Conference 2017 – Live Blog Saturday

Better Boards Conference 2017 Live Blog


Welcome to the Better Boards Conference 2017

We will be updating this blog with news, insights and key ideas from the Better Boards Conference 2017 across the weekend, so keep checking back! This year the Conference is being held at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) 28-30 of July.


This year’s Better Boards Conference aims to highlight the mindset and strategies leaders will need to ensure the successful governance and leadership of their not-for-profit organisation in unpredictable times. Follow along with us at one of the largest regular gatherings of leaders from not-for-profit organisations in Australasia. We’ll be posting photos and highlights from plenary sessions, selected workshops and the CEO’s Innovation Tour and Board Member Innovation Tour.


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.


This marks the end of our Saturday Live Blog. Follow allow with our Sunday Live Blog tomorrow.





Our final session today is with Andrew Donovan on Future Boards: The Adaptive Board for Adaptive Times









Our final group of concurrent workshops is up now. And it’s a great lineup!

Linda Noble – Chief Executive, Governance New Zealand and Women on Boards
‘Adapt or Die’ – A Transformation Story


Paul Smith – Co-founder and CEO, Future Directors Institute (company),
Non-executive Chair, Jane Goodall Institute Australia
Intergeneration Diversity in the Boardroom; Risk vs Risk


Abby Clemence – Managing Director, Infinity Sponsorship
The New Sponsorship Revolution






After lunch, we’re back with another selection of excellent workshops


Vera Visevic – Partner, Mills Oakley
Asset-protection and Investment – An Opportunity for Stability


James Beck – Managing Director, Effective Governance
Managing the Board-CEO Dynamic


Karen Bevan – Chief Executive Officer, Girl Guides Australia
Gearing Up Governance for Transformation







Our next batch of thought-provoking workshops have kicked off!

Victor Hamit – Director, Wentworth Lawyers
Board Sub Committees are a Risk! There is a Better Way!

Rosie Yeo – Director, Public Affairs Network Pty Ltd
Unlocking Boardroom Blocks to Innovation

NFP Sustainability: Business Models for Survival and Scale
Felicity Green, Associate Director at Spark Strategy







After morning tea our first session consists of 3 engaging and stimulating workshops

Steven Bowman – Director, Conscious Governance
Induction Insights for Directors

Nigel Donovan – Principal, Donovan Ataraxy Pty Ltd
No Safe Place B: Rethinking Change Management

Nina Sochon – CEO and Distributed Teams Expert, Transformed Teams
Adapt to Skills Shortages Through Location Independence: Distributed Teams













Note: This year we will be streaming Fiona Kerr’s opening keynote live from the Better Boards Conference. This live stream will commence at 9.00AM AEST on Saturday the 29th July. You can register online now for this wherever you are in the world



Welcome to the Better Boards Conference 2017.



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Better Boards Australasia connects the leaders of Australasian non-profit organisations to the knowledge and networks necessary to grow and develop their leadership skills and build a strong governance framework for their organisation.

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