Melbourne Master Class – 16 April 2011 – Round Up

Practical Governance and Leadership







The first Better Boards Practical Governance and Leadership Master Class for this year was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 16th of April. 27 delegates attended, mostly from Victoria, some from Tasmania and as far away as Western Australia.


The welcoming plenary was opened by our convenor Michael Goldsworthy, then delegates split into two groups to focus on developing the high performance organisational and leadership cultures required to inform and guide their organisation’s governance framework.


The master class was facilitated by presenters Kevin Larkins and Marion Stanway, who introduced materials to guide the discussions, and encouraged interaction between delegates to discuss issues and ideas.


In their toolkit delegates received a workbook aligned to the day’s material, and a selection of useful governance tools was also included on a CD. The day concluded with networking drinks for those wanting to make more connections within the non profit industry, and all delegates left with new ideas, new perspectives, skills and plenty of food for thought.




What attendees had to say:


“I am at a point in my career where I am now acutely aware of the leadership challenge, being the strength of character needed to challenge individual and group behaviours and direction in favour of better alternatives. Partly for this reason, the theme of the Better Boards Conference, being that governance is leadership, was particularly meaningful for me. Through a combination of adroit presentation skills, depth of experience and authenticity from having practiced what was being preached, the presenters had a memorable impact on my comprehension of how I can influence a board for the better.”

Brendon Rowse
Board Member, Christian Community Churches Victoria


“If experience and knowledge are keys to successful leadership and therefore boards, Better Boards Master Classes, exposing delegates to the experience and knowledge from the presenters and fellow delegates, cannot fail but to improve leadership.”

Ritchie M Watson (Major)
Director, The Salvation Army Employment Plus


“…Where a positive and willing attitude exists by all members of the leadership group, a situation occurs where no aspiring target or vision cannot be realised.

It is however vital that clearly defined rules of engagement are accepted and understood by the members. These should be revisited regularly and modified as and when necessary. It is only through complete transparency as to how the board should and does operate that ideas will be nurtured and become reality.

I will be making the recommendation to our National Council to consider a Master Class be attended by all our Councillors.”

Mike Black
AIFST Vic Branch Chair


“A refreshing update on current corporate governance issues, ideas and shared experiences. Not to be missed.”

Douglas Ball
Chief Evecutive Officer, ASTERIA Services Inc.


Other delegates who attended the Melbourne Practical Governance and Leadership Master Class described the day as “Practical”, “Inspirational”, “Very Helpful – a learning and confirming experience”, and “Very beneficial in leadership and professional development”.



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