Sunshine Coast Director Briefing: The Board's Role in Workplace Culture

Thu 10 Feb 2022
5.30pm to 8.00pm

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


The Lakehouse Sunshine Coast
15 Freshwater St
Mountain Creek Qld


Single Members: A$70.00 Non-members: A$85.00

Kathryn Foster Giudes GAICD

Kathryn Foster Giudes GAICD

Co-Founder, CEO and Managing Director, macroDATA Digital Solutions

Ms. Foster Giudes Ms. Foster Giudes has a strong background in technology, sales and early-stage start-up companies; where she designed, built and ran large internet-based businesses. Prior to becoming to moving to Australia, Ms. Foster Giudes was executive Senior Director of Xbox Games Marketplace as well as Microsoft Store online where she managed the profit and loss and global expansion in over 200 geographies with annual revenue budgets in the low billions of dollars. She has extensive technical and commercial experience in software and hardware solutions and advises companies on strategy and technology.

Ms. Foster Giudes is the Managing Director and CEO of an early stage data centre and communications company, macroDATA Digital Solutions. macroDATA is building highly available and secure data centres running off of 100% green energy.

Ms Foster Giudes also advises the QSuper board and serves on a diverse set of boards as a non-executive Director.

Sabrina Walsh

Chair, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health

Appointed to the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health (SCHH) Board in May 2020, and appointed SCHH Board Chair June 2021.

Sabrina is passionate about public sector health services and helping health organisations prepare for the future and improve health outcomes. She has more than 30 years of experience in the health industry across a variety of roles.

Sabrina began her career in health as a clinical psychologist before moving into health policy, health service management and then leadership roles. Past roles include Chief Information Officer roles in Queensland and NSW, health service Chief Executive roles in Queensland, Director of Northern Territory Mental Health Services, and executive leadership roles in mental health, aged and disability services.

As a consultant, she provides strategic advisory services to large organisations with a focus on leadership, governance and strategy. Sabrina has also led major digital health transformation initiatives in NSW.

Sabrina’s qualifications include a Master of Applied Psychology and an Executive Master of Public Administration.

Understand the role of the Board in setting workplace culture, its importance in promoting psychological safety and how it should be put into practice.

Organisations across all sectors in Australia are recognising the important role of culture in improving performance and building a productive workforce.

Positioned at the apex of organisational hierarchy, the Board - in partnership with executive management – has an important role to play in forming and monitoring workplace culture.

Like other areas of governance, adjustments to organisational culture remains an ongoing area of focus.

Join us as we share expert insights into building a workplace culture that improves productivity and encourages an engaged workforce.

  • Discuss why workforce culture impacts staff retention and acquisition.
  • The main reasons that lead organisations to consciously develop and enhance a unique workforce culture.
  • Best-practice measures to determine the success of workplace culture, aside from metrics.
  • Discuss how psychological safety and workplace culture extends to employees connecting remotely and working from home.
  • The benefits of a psychologically safe workplace culture to enable employees to communicate ideas and concerns without fear of being punished or judged.