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Raymond Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board
“Culture and Performance in the Public Sector”

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As Premier of South Australia, Don Dunstan set new directions for public administration that had far-reaching national impacts. Shortly before his death in 1998, Don Dunstan entrusted to the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), the key advocate for effective public administration, the honour of carriage of the annual Don Dunstan Oration on Public Administration, and was in fact its first Orator.

Raymond Spencer is head of the SA Government’s leading economic advisory board and he will present this year’s Don Dunstan Oration on the future of culture and performance in the South Australian Public Sector.

Raymond has been a key figure in the establishment of the Public Sector Renewal Program. The Program aims to provide the South Australian Public Sector with the knowledge and change management tools needed to deliver better outcomes in economic, social and environmental policy; it is about embracing a culture of innovation, community empowerment, and sustainability. The Program is central to realising the policy ambitions of the Government and it will be rolled out across all major agencies during 2013.

Raymond will share with attendees his views on the future of the South Australian public sector, the fundamental thinking behind the Public Sector Renewal Program, and the critical role that each public servant will play in building a revitalised and empowered working culture.

Erma Ranieri is the Deputy Chief Executive of Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DIMTRE) and Chief Executive of the Public Sector Renewal Program, and has been appointed by Premier Jay Weatherill to lead the Taskforce for the Public Sector Renewal Program and will be the Master of Ceremonies for this Oration.

Don't miss the opportunity to hear this inspirational and influential speaker in the keynote address for IPAA SA’s 2012 season. A networking session including drinks and finger food will follow.


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Raymond J Spencer, Chair, Economic Development Board, South Australia

In 2009, Raymond Spencer returned to Australia follows 35 years of living and working in the USA, India and Europe.

Raymond is Chairman of The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Chairman of Capgemini’s Financial Services Global Business Unit (FS GBU) and Chairman of Signostics Limited, a director of Rubicon Technology, Inc. (RBCN) a NASDAQ listed manufacturer of advanced electronic materials and a partner and member of the investment committee in three US based venture funds. Raymond brings more than thirty-five years of leadership in international business, management planning, technology, finance, organizational culture and mergers and acquisitions.

Raymond was born in Adelaide and attended law school at the University of Adelaide. He was inducted to the Chicago Area Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2003 and serves as a board member of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA).

Raymond was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2005 for the Illinois Region. Raymond is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and he was named a Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program, which distinguishes innovators around the world whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social change.


Erma Ranieri, Deputy Chief Executive, Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DIMTRE), Chief Executive of the Public Sector Renewal Program

As the former Executive Director (People and Culture) of PIRSA, Erma Ranieri led the agency’s change management and development agenda by addressing critical business issues such as the attraction and retention of people in a competitive labour market and creating value in an environment of competing stakeholder expectations.

In that role Ms Ranieri was often asked to provide leadership in events and is considered an inspiring, thought provoking and passionate speaker.

Erma is now Deputy Chief Executive, DMITRE, Chief Executive of the Public Sector Renewal Program Taskforce, President of IPAA, and was awarded National Fellowship of the Institute in 2011.