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2013 Across Government HR Conference –

Transformational HR

Attn: HR Professionals, Practitioners and Interested Public Sector Employees

Human resources departments in all sectors are revolutionising their modus operandi, adopting innovative models of workforce management based on the latest research and changing employee expectations. The Transformational HR Conference for State and Local Government employees will address how HR functions can apply systems thinking, the importance and implications of emotional intelligence measures in the workplace, and the myriad ways in which organisational psychology can be applied at an individual and organisational level.

Dr Barry Bales and Ms Joyce Sparks, leading practitioners from the University of Texas, will share their research, experience, and insights with attendees. Dr Bales is Assistant Dean for Professional Development at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and runs several high-profile leadership training programs for managers and executives. Joyce’s experience in emotional intelligence research and application spans the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

They are joined by Luke Broomhall, forensic and organisational psychologist, and Susan Close, Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Minister for the Public Sector.

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Susan Close, Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Minister for the Public Sector

Susan Close is the State Member for Port Adelaide and was elected on the 11th of February 2012. Susan has lived locally on the LeFevre Peninsula for over ten years with Declan and her two children and is passionate about representing the people in their community. Before entering Parliament, Susan was a senior manager in the Environment Department. She has also previously worked at Adelaide University running student services and believes education is one of the best ways to transform people’s lives and give children the future they deserve. Susan has a long history of advocating for and supporting her local community.


Dr Barry Bales, Assistant Dean for Professional Development at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Dr Bales, who is the Assistant Dean for Professional Development at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, also directs the University’s Office of Professional Development.  In this role he is responsible for organising and delivering seminars and educational programs for over 4,000 government officials each year, including newly-elected county officials and state legislators.

He has conducted workshops on management and leadership development and consulted with organisations across the United States and internationally including in China, South Africa, Latvia, India, and Brazil.


Joyce Sparks, Director, Governor's Centre, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas

Joyce is the Director of the Governor's Centre, LBJ School of Public Affairs, at The University of Texas. The Centre provides professional development services for thousands of managers and leaders at all organisational levels each year.

Joyce is an ICF Credentialed Master Certified Coach, has been doing executive coaching for over 17 years and has worked with government executives as well as private sector clients. She has provided leadership development and coaching sessions for executive officials from across the United States, Canada, Eastern Europe, Africa, Brazil and Australia.


Luke Broomhall, Director, Broomhall Young Psychology

Luke Broomhall is a Director of Broomhall Young Psychology, which provides professional consulting services to individuals, government and private industry around people and performance management. He is a registered psychologist with over 15 years experience in forensic psychology and organisational consulting. Luke is the current chair of the Australian
Psychological Society (APS) College of Forensic Psychology (SA Branch). Luke has conducted personality profiling assessments in high profile criminal matters in South Australia and provides expert medico-legal opinion in criminal matters at all levels of court in South Australia.

His opinion is regularly sought in legal circles when examining the impact of mental health problems in criminal behaviour. Luke’s experience with personality profiling has also been sought by both government and private enterprise in training and development, coaching, leadership and mentoring. Luke has a particular interest in managing personality disorders in the workplace (or ‘corporate psychopathy’), developing individual skills for success in management and group training in managing mental health in the workplace.

Luke has a dynamic and engaging presentation style, drawing from academic literature,
clinical and organisational experience. He has a unique insight into human behaviours and
how to get the best from different personality styles. Luke presents a regular Psychology
segment on 891 ABC Adelaide Drive Program and enjoys spending time with his family,
cycling and the Redlegs.