Directors' Briefing: How NFPs can Achieve Purpose and Avoid Mission Creep

Wed 4 Mar 2020
5.30pm to 7.30pm

(Arrival time: 5.15pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units


Australian Institute of Company Directors
Level 3 18 Jamison Street
Sydney NSW


Single Members: A$90.00 Non-members: A$105.00

Gina Anderson GAICD

Director, George Institute for Global Health and Chair of Development Committee
Gina Anderson is an experienced Company Director. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of GDI Property Group and GDI Funds Management; Advisory Board Member of the Australian Charities and Not-forprofi ts Commission (ACNC); Co-Founder and Chair of Women’s Community Shelters; Advisory Board Member, Initiative on Corporate Philanthropy, The Conference Board, USA; and Philanthropy Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, University of NSW. Gina was Executive Director and CEO of Philanthropy Australia from 2005 to 2010. She has held corporate aff airs, human resources and general management roles, including seven years in senior management roles at Westpac. Gina joined the Board in February 2012, and is Chair of its Development Committee.
Verity Blackman

Verity Blackman

Board Director, UN Women National Committee Australia

Verity Blackman was elected to the Board of UN Women Australia in November 2013 and appointed Company Secretary in November 2016.

Verity has a background in strategy, stakeholder management, corporate communications and fundraising for not-for-profit organisations. She is currently Chief Executive Officer at Life Education Australia, Australia’s largest provider of preventative health education to school children.

Prior to that, Verity was Chief Merger Officer at YWCA Australia, where she managed a major national amalgamation, transforming the YWCA’s federated structure into a single national entity and steering one of Australia’s oldest women’s organisations towards a new vision.

Previously, Verity was General Manager, Sustainability and Public Relations at Lifeline Australia, responsible for generating ongoing income to support Lifeline’s national operations, and overseeing Lifeline’s marketing, communication and media. Verity has more than twenty years’ experience in sponsorship and event management including ten years as commercial sponsorship manager and then corporate social responsibility manager at HSBC Bank Australia.

Verity has a Graduate Certificate in Marketing and Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney. She is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and completed the Harvard Business School Annual Program for Leaders 2018, “The Future of Work in the Digital Age”, Harvard Club of Australia.

Staying focused on the bigger picture.

In the NFP sector, mission statements should serve as the foundation of the organisations’ vision and strategy and should be the glue that links the key purposes. Sometimes it is hard to stay focused on achieving the purpose and strategy without expanding beyond the original goals set.

This can result in blurred messaging to stakeholders, and a loss of focus on the organisations key values and strategic direction.

Our guest speakers for this briefing are Gina Anderson GAICD, Director at George Institute for Global Health and Chair of Development Committee and Verity Blackman GAICD, Director and Company Secretary of UN Women National Committee Australia.

Gina and Verity will share their experiences on the importance for not-for-profit boards to stay focused on the purpose and strategy of an organisation, and why mission creep happens.

This event will give you the opportunity to ask questions during an audience Q&A. Once the formalities have concluded, drinks and canapes will be served throughout the informal networking part of the evening.

We look forward to welcoming you at this event.

Contact details

NSW Events
T. 02 8248 8400