Practical Governance & Leadership Brisbane Master Class Report



The third Practical Governance and Leadership Master Class was held at Clifton’s Training Centre in Brisbane in early July 2011. Chief executive officers and board members representing a range of not-for-profit organisations in education, community services, religious and disability sectors attended the event in order to build their knowledge of leadership and culture and in the case of several boards to “build [their] capability as a team”.


Kevin Larkins welcomed delegates with a half hour presentation outlining the key points required to create a strong base on which to implement excellent board governance. The delegates then split into two groups to hear presentations and participate in discussions with Marion Stanway and Kevin covering the important roles that a high performance culture and good leadership culture play in forming their organisation’s governance framework.


Delegates received their toolkits containing a variety of handouts, a workbook and a CD that included a selection of useful board governance tools.


At the networking lunch, served at the Clifton’s centre, delegates shared tables and made new connections while being able to appreciate the fantastic view of the Brisbane river. A lot of positive discussion reinforced the overall vibe of the day as attendees discussed new ideas and points of view.




Better Boards Australasia has developed Better Boards Connect, an online forum where delegates from all the Better Boards Master Classes will be able to connect with new contacts made at the master class they attended and continue conversations from the day.


Better Boards Connect will allow delegates to begin forum topics, ask questions, read articles and connect with each other both within their own master class group and across all Better Boards master class groups.


Access to Better Boards Connect is provided free of charge as a bonus feature available to all delegates attending the the Better Boards Master Class series this year. We hope the the ensuing connections, discussions and sharing of new ideas will strengthen the connections and knowledge within the Australasian community of non-profit leaders.


What are people saying about the Brisbane Master Class?

“The benefits of the course were evident on the following day when I implemented the suggestion that we start each meeting with ‘What do we have to celebrate”, the laughter and team spirit which this generated at the meeting not to mention all the positive things that had happened and we had taken for granted or not acknowledged was amazing. I’m looking forward to implementing other strategies and ideas taken from the course. Thank you very much for a great day.”

Lyn Bright
Chief Executive Officer, South West Community Transport

“I found attending the Better Boards Master Class worthwhile in helping myself and our Board Chair think strategically about some of the steps we need to take as a newly established Board. We have taken many of the ideas from the day and are looking forward to workshopping these with the Board to ensure our Board values are aligned with the values we want to see in our Edmund Rice Camps operation.”

Gerard Keating
Regional Coordinator, Oceania Province

“The day was very informative and I have been able to adopt some of the information already. Leadership is often talked about but few people provide good examples. Governance is very complex and often in community boards/management teams is not understood or implemented well. I enjoyed to presentation styles of both presenters even though they were very different.”

Diana Innis
Board Member, Health and Community Services Workforce Council

“I can fairly say that the workshop helped me to adjust to the many changes in administrative culture which have occurred during my absence of 17 years or so overseas. It also had the very salutary effect of providing me with a qualitative means to compare our organisation against current best practice, and to discover to my satisfaction that we tick most of the boxes required to build a highly performing interdependent board.”

Derek Robertson
Director, On Track Community Programs

“It was great to work with other members of the Board and agree on how we could provide leadership and governance for the organisation. These roles were clearly defined and separated from those of executive staff and management.”

Lyndall Hulme
Board Member, Health and Community Services Workforce Council

Other delegates who attended the Brisbane Master Class also said:


“The tools provided in the handouts were very useful and could be used for professional development purposes with the Board”


“Both presenters were well versed, knowledgeable & approachable”


“Was great to revisit a number of leadership models, and put in ways that is easy to use”


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