Navigating the Annual General Meeting

Navigating the Annual General Meeting

Garry Barnes

Garry Barnes

Practice Lead, Governance Advisory @ Vital Advisory

Better Boards is pleased to present "Navigating the Annual General Meeting" in partnership with Garry Barnes, Practice Lead, Governance Advisory @ Vital Advisory.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a key fixture in any not-for-profit organisations calendar, but all too often it is treated as a tick the box exercise. But how can we turn the AGM from a box ticking exercise into an opportunity? How can we set ourselves up for AGM success? How can we avoid both common and unexpected AGM issues or challenges?

This panel, chaired by Garry Barnes from Vital Advisory, will explore these questions and much more, including:

  • Presenting Reports at your AGM (message vs content)
  • Boosting engagement and participation from members
  • Working through unexpected challengers to board roles
  • Handling difficult questions, disagreements and disruptions
  • Creating opportunities for organisation growth from the AGM

Join us to find out how you can make your Annual General Meeting an opportunity for your organisation.


Garry Barnes – Practice Lead, Governance Advisory @ Vital Advisory (Panel Moderator)

Garry Barnes Garry has over twenty-five years’ experience in IT governance, information security, IT audit, and risk management across a wide range of public and private organisations. He has extensive experience with globally recognised frameworks and standards including COBIT5, ISO27001, ISO31000 and privacy. Garry has also worked in NSW government in various roles in the information security services supply chain, as well establishing a whole-of-government information security forum. Garry is a sought-after presenter and a multi-accredited trainer. He has held significant leadership roles as a volunteer for ISACA, including International Director and Treasurer, and member of its Audit and Risk Committee, Strategic Advisory Council, Credentialing and Career Management Board, and CISM Certification Committee (including as chair), as well as an exam item writer for its CISM and CGEIT certifications. He is also a past President, Treasurer and Director of the Sydney Chapter of ISACA.

Janet Rodger - CEO @ Yoga Australia

Janet Rodger Janet is an experienced CEO and senior leader in the Not-for-Profit sector, much of it focused on mental health and well-being. Janet has been CEO of Lantern Mental Health and General Manager for SANE Australia and Mindful Employer. A qualified accountant, she is also an experienced Management Consultant, working across the country on various projects, large and small. Janet has been practicing Yoga for many years and has a strong interest in mindfulness-based stress reduction and meditation. A self-confessed early adopter, she is very comfortable around technology and digital media, and her roles have frequently drawn on her wide range of administrative and management skills, including driving transformational change.

Rick Kane - CEO @ Disability Employment Australia

Rick Kane Disability Employment Australia (DEA) CEO Rick Kane has 25 years’ experience in disability employment, 15 years with DEA as a board member and CEO. DEA is the peak body for Australia’s Disability Employment Services. Rick has worked in disability employment since 1996. He began his career at the Salvation Army, went on to be the Executive Officer at Workforce and then worked at WISE Employment for 10 years as the Policy Advisor. DEA is recognised internationally as the pre-eminent organisation representing, supporting and resourcing disability employment throughout Australia. DEA members have assisted hundreds of thousands of people with disability, injury and health conditions to find and keep jobs over the last three decades. Rick has seen multiple changes to the structure of disability employment, including the introduction of case-based funding, the adoption of different assessment models and the program operate to a performance and compliance framework. Through it all, person- centred assistance, ongoing support and the Disability Service Standards have been integral to best practice and outcomes. Rick’s work focus is government relations and policy development as it relates to best practices and continuous improvement increasing employment outcomes for people with disability in Australia. This includes engaging international perspectives. He represents the sector’s best practice in his work with government, disability advocates, employers and academics.

Scott Miller - CEO @ Volunteering Victoria

Scott Miller Scott has been CEO of Volunteering Victoria since 2018. Prior to this role, Scott was CEO of Volunteering New Zealand for three years. Scott and teams have led various strategic deliverables over the last seven years aiming to improve the sustainability of volunteer leaders and volunteers’ impact and experience. Recent examples include the Federal Government’s redesign of the Victoria’s Volunteer Management Activity grant, the world’s first CPD (continuing professional development) program for leaders of volunteers, two data-driven tech SaaS (software as a service) products and an array of State of Volunteering research reports. Scott is delighted to speak on Navigating the Annual General Meeting, having led very large and formal meetings through to very small community meetings.


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