Better Boards Conference 2019

Hosted at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Published: July 4, 2019

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Conference Downloads

Speakers’ presentations from the 2019 Conference in Brisbane are available as downloads through the links below:

CEOs Summit – Friday 2 August


The CEO’s Role in Strategic TransformationDagmar Parsons

Creating Deeper Corporate Partnerships to Maximise Your Social Impact – Phil Preston

Working With Your Board: Strategies for Success – Chris Scott

Navigating the Governance Journey: CEO’s Perspective in Developing a Board – Lynne Moran

[No Slides] The Mind of the Change Maker: How to Get Better Performance from Your Leaders – George Liacos

Panel Discussion

Top Tips for Effective CEO/Board Relationships – Valerie Lyons

Conference Day 1 – Saturday 3 August

Opening Presentation

The Implications of the Royal Commission and Regulator Activity on NFP Governance – Victor Hamit

The 7 Deadly Sins post the Hayne Royal Commission – Beth McConnell - (handouts)

The implications of the Royal Commission and Regulator Activity on NFP Governance – Sabine Phillips

Concurrent Workshop #1

The Evolved Leadership Team: 6 Essential Trust Building Blocks to Enhance Organisational Agility – Marie-Claire Ross (handouts)

How to Strategically Navigate Australia’s Archaic Fundraising Laws and Regulations – Tania Burstin

Boardroom Blunders – how dynamics can bring your board unstuck and how you can deal with it – Zac Zahner (handouts)

Concurrent Workshop #2

Using the ACNC Governance Standard to Assess Board Performance – Julie Garland-McLellan

Strategies for Contending with Business Disruption in NFP Service Provision – Greg Smith

[No Slides] Creating Greater Strategic Awareness Around the Board Table – Steven Bowman

Concurrent Workshop #3

Best Practice Whistleblowing at Your Not-for-Profit – Sally McDow (in place of Nathan Luker)

The SVA Fundamentals for Impact: Organisational Effectiveness for Social Sector Organisations – Malcolm Garrow

Sustainable Governance in Remote Australia: What can we learn from our urban colleagues? – Sally Clifford

Concurrent Workshop #4

Conflicts of Interest for Boards in Regional Areas – Sallie Saunders

What Happens At The End? Tips for winding up an organisation – Helga Svendsen

Board Dynamics: Keeping it dynamic despite (inevitable) dysfunction – Derek Mortimer

Closing Plenary

Leadership in Times of Royal Commissions: A Tale of Two Cities – Marcia Pinskier

Conference – Sunday 4 August

Dimensions of Board Effectiveness – Dr Peter Crow

Extending Trust and Social Licence Through Effective Stakeholder Engagement – Megan Motto

Preparing for the Governance (R)evolution – Being Governance Fit – Darren Fittler & Elizabeth Lathlean

Strategic Thinking and Planning – Dr Ruth Knight

Change How You Think and You Can Change Everything – Kieran Flanagan



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