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Local Government Managers Australia Future Leaders Forum


The Local Government Managers Australia (LGMA) Future Leaders Forum equips people to further a career in local government and provides valuable networking opportunities with some of Queensland's brightest talents. 

Our Senior Housing Officer, Hilda Mosby, our Cluster Divisional Manager Ranetta Nawakie and our Administration Officer Environment and Health, Kathy Cochran were selected as TSIRC’s Future Leaders and share their experiences here.

Hilda Mosby

“I’m very honoured & privileged to be part of the team who participated in the LGMA – Future Leaders Forum 2016. 

I found it very beneficial in understanding the dynamics between city councils and regional councils. Many are still siloed and need to communicate horizontal, as well as vertical. 

The speakers who presented had many years of experience in local government and were inspirational. Leadership is driven by our determination to move forward in our professional & personal lives.  I am refreshed and ready to drive change in my current role.

I would like to thank the CEO & the Management team of TSIRC to give me this opportunity to attend the forum which will help me progress forward in my employment in Local Government.”

Kathy Cochran

“Firstly I’d like to thank our management team for the opportunity to attend the LGMA Future Leaders Forum. Secondly, to my colleagues that attended for making it a memorable and rewarding experience.

I believe that we, as a Council going forward, should invest in identifying leaders and put the time into nurturing their aspirations, and providing them with leadership opportunities.

What I gained out of the Forum was that with good leadership, each team member is valued for what they can bring, to achieve the collective goal and outcomes. Further you have to be prepared (through training and or experience), so when opportunity presents, you are ready for it. 

The Forum allowed us the opportunity to meet other aspiring leaders in Local Government and develop a network to benefit one’s career.

One of the biggest point that was identified was that a great effective team requires good leadership, breaking down of silos, having meerkat moments to stick your head up and see what others in your team are doing, and realign when necessary, to reach the targeted outcome or end goal.

Ranetta Nawakie

 “The LGMA Future Leaders Forum was a great opportunity provided by TSIRC. We had the chance to network with representatives from various councils throughout Queensland, giving me an understanding of how the regional and city councils operate, and the diverse services provided. 

Guest speakers ranged from CEO’s of different councils and Olympic medallists who spoke about their personal and professional experiences.  The key speakers gave an insight into their career paths, the struggles and the rewards, lessons learnt along the way, team work, communication, leadership, management and work & life balance.

I’d like to esso TSIRC for the opportunity to attend the LGMA Future Leaders Forum.  I highly recommend the workshop as it has given me a broader perspective and has allowed me to set goals and clarified how I can reach my goals.  

Besides the workshop, I enjoyed the fun, the city, the food and the time away building relationships with my colleagues.  I am refreshed, inspired to make a change, to challenge myself for my community and our region.”