I'm Amanda Pafumi. I'm the Deputy Director-General at the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.
When I first found out that Queensland Government was undertaking the Leadership Talent Management Strategy—and Leader Connect program more generally—I thought wow what an awesome opportunity. This is the sort of thing that usually you only hear about in the private sector and for Queensland Government to be embarking on this journey, I think it's an awesome opportunity for Queensland Government employees to be able to lift their profile, to be able to identify and address the development needs that they have in their roles and to help people to satisfy their leadership goals and ambitions.
My last day today and I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be taking on this secondment with Virgin Australia although I must say I am somewhat apprehensive to be leaving Queensland Government today. It's a day of mixed emotions, and I think once I get to Virgin I'll be okay on Monday. But I love my job and I love working in the public sector so it's one of those things that is a little bit bitter sweet today but I'm looking forward to what I am going to learn and what I am going to be able to bring back when I come back in six months' time.
Having not worked in the aviation sector before, I think there is going to be a number of challenges to understand their business. Whilst I've got a number of transferable skills, I'm not a cargo expert and that's essentially the nature of the job that I'm going to do for them. My position will be about heading up their business improvement area within the cargo and regional airlines and supporting the CEO there. I have been selected for that nature of role because it builds on skills and experience that I have and what I can provide to Virgin from what I've learned in the public sector. But what I'm going to take away from that is the things that they do around innovation, for instance, which is something that is really exciting for the Queensland Government. It's certainly something that we are very keen to drive within the sector. Virgin Australia is generally known as being synonymous with innovation so I'm looking forward to what I can bring back to the Queensland Government in that space.
When I joined Queensland Government four years ago I didn't think I was going to be working for an airline in March in 2016 that's for sure—but what a fabulous opportunity. This gives me a great sense of pride to be able to say that I work for an organisation that cares enough about their people that they are prepared to invest and provide these opportunities for people to grow and develop. And what a great public sector we're going to have when we bring back all this talent and skills and ability to the sector down the track.