Conference 2016 Live Blog – Saturday


Welcome to the Better Boards Conference 2016

We will be updating this blog with news, insights and key ideas from the Better Boards Conference 2016 across the weekend, so keep checking back!

This year the Conference is being held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) 29-31 of July. We’ll be posting photos and highlights from plenary sessions, selected workshops and the CEO’s Innovation Tour and Board Member Innovation Tour. We’ll try to provide information on some of the fantastic not-for-profit organisations we’re visiting and interacting with over the weekend. We encourage you to take a look at their websites, read about the innovative work they’re doing and learn from the game-changing moves they’re making in order to govern for maximum impact


Please join the conversation and interact with our speakers, trade exhibitors and fantastic attendees by commenting below or connecting with us on social media. We will also be tweeting from @betterboards. Please share your tweets with us and other delegates by using the hashtag #betterboards.

Take a look at our live blog for Friday.



This live blog is now closed. Follow our coverage of Sunday, the third and final day of the Better Boards Conference here.







After an enlightening end to the day from James Beck, we are heading to the 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner for some well deserved relaxation and entertainment.








Our final session for Saturday is James Beck of Effective Governance, speaking on what an innovative board looks like.


Time for the final session of concurrent workshops, these include:

  • Game-Changing Moves: From Federation to National Organisation – Randall Pearce, Managing Director, THINK: Insight & Advice

  • The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Unleashing Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your NFP – David Sharrock, Managing Principal, Sharrock Pitman Legal

  • Tension, Governance and Entrepreneurial Spirit: How We Turned Lady Gowrie Qld Around – Leisa Prowse, Chairperson, Lady Gowrie Queensland

  • Governance of Innovation or Innovation-Aware Governance? – Om Dhungel, Director, Settlement Services International
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  • Intrapreneurship: Lessons Learned Reinventing the Experience of Ageing – Beverly Smith, Principal Consultant, ThirdThird







    The next session of concurrent workshops has begun. This session features:

    • How Well Do You Value and Protect Your Competitive Edge? – Joanne O’Brien, Partner, CRH Law

    • B Corporations: Redefining Success in Business – Alicia Darvall, Executive Director, B Lab Australia & New Zealand


    • Strategic Foundations to Help Build and Sustain Income from Within Your Organisation – Lali Wiratunga, National Manager, Westpac Financial Education

    • Toward Successful Digital Innovation in the NFP Sector – Maria Palmer,
      TCM Client Services Manager, Telstra Health (Disability, Aged and Community Care)

    • What Do You Mean “We Are Too Operational”? Achieving the Holy Grail of a Strategic Board – Vera Visevic, Partner Not-for-profit, Mills Oakley Lawyers













    Our second session of concurrent sessions is up now. Delegates are choosing from:

    • DLMA Analysis: A Practical Solution to Role Dilemma – Peter Tunjic, DLMA Labs Founder, DLMA Labs

    • Cultural Due Diligence: Assessing Fit as Part of Strategic Choices – Brodie Woodland, Director Governance and Strategy, TMS Consulting

    • Heart and Head: Financial Management Challenges in the Non-Profit Boardroom – Morri Young, Chief Executive Officer, Accounting for Good

    • Don’t Just Sit There – Change the Dynamics for Good! – Sallie Saunders, Director and Principal Consultant, Building Better Boards

    • How to Establish an Innovation Pathway in Your Organisation – Simon Goodrich, Managing Director, Portable










    Next up is our first stream of concurrent workshops. Delegates are choosing from:

    • A Co-Operative Business Model
 – Craig Thomson
, Chief Executive Officer, Community Gateway Inc.

    • Learning for Purpose: Capability Development Transforms Your Organisation’s Social Impact – 
Ramon Wenzel, 
Assistant Professor, The University of WA, Centre for Social Impact (Business School)


    • Practical Strategic Planning: Tools and Techniques – 
James Beck, 
Managing Director, Effective Governance


    • The Customer-driven Competitive Marketplace…Transform Your Organisation, Reinvent Your Culture – 
Michael Goldsworthy, 
Principal Consultant, Australian Strategic Services







    Some highlights from Sarah’s presentation





    Some of the conversation happening around Sarah Vaughan of Microsoft Australia’s presentation.






    And our first session for the day has begun!








    We are coming to you today from the Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. We are looking forward to welcoming 600 attendees across the weekend from all across Australia to the Conference this weekend.



    Welcome back to the Better Boards Conference!

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