Honorary Appointments

Drew BakerHonorary Fellow

Drew Baker is Chief Executive Officer of  IPAA ACT and passionate about the public sector, with over 20 years’ experience working in and with the Australian Public Service (APS). His areas of expertise and focus are change management, leadership and management development, service delivery reform and business management.

Prior to his role with IPAA, Drew was the General Manager of Public Sector for the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) where he was also responsible for the AIM business in Canberra. This followed a number of years consulting with the Centre for Public Management (CPM), where he consulted on leadership development, strategic planning, facilitation and executive coaching. Drew was an elected member of the IPAA ACT Council for a number of years during his time as a consultant.

Drew’s career in the APS spanned twelve years over the period 1995 to 2007 and included Senior Executive Service (SES) roles at the Department of Human Services and the former Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. He also worked at the former Department of Employment and Workplace Relations and the former Australian Customs Service.

public sector excellence awards

Drew was awarded the Institute's Public Service Excellence Awards in 2018 for outstanding contribution to the Australian Public Service. The Public Sector Awards are presented to public servants at different levels of governance who have made an outstanding contribution to their field. Award recipients also receive an Adjunct Professorship or Honorary Fellowship, and Drew was awarded a Professional Associateship with IGPA.

“Drew Baker has made an exceptional contribution to the APS/ACT Government in his role as CEO IPAA ACT. IPAA is the professional association for public sector  employees. During his 4 year term thus far as CEO IPAA he has transformed the relationship between IPAA and public service. In this critical role he has developed innovative and sustainable programs to assist the development and growth of the public service and demonstrates that partnerships are vital to enduring success of public sector.”

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