Conference 2013 Live Blog — Sunday



We are live blogging over the whole weekend so keep checking back at this page for the latest updates on what’s happening around the conference. Whether you’re attending this year or keeping an eye on proceedings from a distance, we’ll have plenty of updates and highlights to share with you.


View the coverage of the previous days of the conference: Friday, Saturday.





Today we will be hearing from a range of great speakers, including Murray Baird from the ACNC, Teresa Zolnierkiewicz from ANZ Trustees and David Miles of Innovation Australia. Delegates can choose from concurrent workshops covering a variety of subjects, from managing the board’s relationship with government to boardroom evaluation.


We look forward to receiving feedback from you today in your conference feedback forms and hope you have an enjoyable and rewarding day. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to seek out one of the conference staff in a green Better Boards shirt.


This morning we have a message from our conference Chair Michael Goldsworthy


Welcome Better Boards delegates to day two of the full conference! Today’s sessions build on the conference theme, Governance In Turbulent Times.

One needs to be mindful that turbulent times deliver emerging realities and practicalities for the leadership team of NFPs: boards, CEOs and senior mangers. A focused, disciplined and futuristic leadership team will be able to harness the collective wisdom of the team and most importantly undertake the necessary strategic thinking and strategic discussion and determine the necessary strategic decisions to ensure:

1. clients can access services/products in the future,
2. the organisation is viable, sustainable and profitable, able to fund its vision and strategies
3. the contribution to the economic development, community development and regional development of the communities, towns and regions in which the organisation operates.

Have a great day and plenty of laughs, Michael Goldsworthy, Chairman Better Boards Conference, temporarily residing at Cabrini Hospital.



This marks the end of The 7th Australasian Better Boards Conference, 2013


Thank you to all speakers, sponsors and partners for joining us over this weekend and sharing their wisdom and insights with us. Thank you to Jackie Furey for leading delegates through this learning journey over the past 2 or 3 days And thank you finally to the delegates. Your enthusiasm, cooperative spirit and willingness to engage with speakers and other delegates has made this Better Boards Conference one to be remembered.


We look forward to seeing many of you again at future events.



Our wonderful MC Jackie Furey closing the 7th Australasian Better Boards Conference. Thanks for your hard work over the weekend, Jackie!




“Even if you don’t know how it will be different – what NFPs offer in the future will be different.” – David Miles





NFPs are created because someone thinks it’s a good idea…. but the question that too few organisations ask themselves is, is it still a good idea? And are there better ways of doing things? – David Miles


And finally, we will hear from David Miles, Chair of Innovation Australia.



Just some of the questions coming in for Justin Scarr and Robyn Kippenberger from our online Q&A system








We’re back in the Plenary for our final Plenary for the conference. We will be hearing from Justin Scarr and then Robyn Kippenberger on The Royals (Royal NFP organisations, not the royal family) and their critical success factors.
Later we will have another keynote from David Miles.






“Yes, boards make collective decisions, but they’re also personal decisions and they must, as professionals, speak up if they do not agree. We need to encourage people to take personal accountability as directors.” – Peter Tunjic



“Direct within the law not to the law.” – Peter Tunjic



Lots of energy and some powerful ideas from Peter Tunjic next with “New Directions in Directing”






Next up we’re thinking about how boards engage… or disengage with financial data with Adele Johns.



Some more fantastic contributions coming in on Twitter:





Lots of great questions coming in for Teresa Zolnierkiewicz on Pigeonhole Live and now Jackie Furey is taking some questions from the floor.



Next up is Teresa Zolnierkiewicz, speaking on driving change.



For those of you looking for Sallie Saunders’ materials from her presentation in the second session of workshops yesterday at 11.40am. They are currently accessible here and here








Our first speaker today is Murray Baird, Assistant Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to speak on the ACNC’s new Governance Governance



Welcome back to the 7th Australasian Better Boards Conference!
We hope that you’re well rested and up for some more learning and growing today. Head on in to the Plenary, Jackie Furey is ready to open proceedings for the day.



The Better Boards Conference has been inspiring, informing and connecting leaders of non-profit organisations since 2002. Both new and experienced leaders find peer support and guidance to assist them with their mission to build better boards and strengthen leadership within their organisations.


Focusing on governance & leadership for leaders of Australasia’s non-profit organisations, this popular conference is specifically curated for Chief Executive Officers, board members and senior managers from the non-profit world.


The workshops and presentations will focus on discussing an discovering practical solutions and actions to help navigate approaching challenges within the sector and make a difference in your organisation.

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