Ghost in the machine – Executive Officer as the great silent operator

A session at The 6th Annual Executive Officers’ Conference 2014

  • Marty Robinson
  • Melinda Hunt
  • John Clarke
  • Adam Chapman

Senior management’s secret ace in the hole, an Executive
Officer’s exact role differs from department to department,
and so often this is an unspoken arrangement. From
administrative support, and project management, internal
communications, service delivery and even stepping up as
the Director by-proxy in their absence. But how do you juggle
competing expectations and reconcile project ownership as a
facilitator? And how can you leverage this valuable skill set as
management’s great silent operator? This expert panel opens
the floor to discuss:
• Strategies in managing role expectations and visibility
• Defining boundaries – where does the buck really stop?
• Tackling a specialist role with a generalist background
• Demonstrating authentic leadership, influence and authority

About the speakers

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Marty Robinson

Executive Officer to the Secretary; Treasury

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Melinda Hunt

Executive Officer to the Chief Operating Officer; Australian Catholic University

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John Clarke

Senior Executive Officer, Policy and Planning, Office of the Vice-Chancellor; University of Southern Queensland

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Adam Chapman

Director, Strategic Engagement and Communications; Department of Education

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Date Mon 17th November 2014

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