Not-for-Profit Governance and Performance Study Update





Phil Butler GAICD

Phil Butler GAICD

Sector Leader, Not-for-Profit, AICD

Based in Canberra, Phil is the Not-for-Profit Sector Leader for the AICD. This role aims to support organisations in the NFP sector to achieve their respective missions through ongoing improvements in governance and to build greater awareness of the contribution of NFP directors and support their ongoing professional development. Examples of this work include the Good Governance Principles and Guidance for NFP Organisations and the annual NFP Governance and Performance Study.

Prior to taking on this role, he was Manager NFP, Public Sector & ACT for AICD which involved managing the activities and membership of the division and having a focus on the key sectors within ACT.

Phil’s careers spans Private, Public and Not for Profit sectors, including senior roles with Reed Elsevier, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and with the Australian Bureau of Statistics early in his career.

His board and committee roles have included various school and sporting organisations, and most recently as a director of Pro Musica and as a member of the Canberra Institute of Technology Advisory Council.

In addition to successfully completing the Company Directors Course, he completed AICD’s Mastering the Boardroom program and is a regular speaker at conferences and briefings across Australia.

Heather Francis GAICD

CEO, RHH Research Foundation
With a career spanning three decades in the fields of health and education, working in diverse locations statewide, Heather’s current roles provide an opportunity to blend her experiences and skills in endeavouring to make a difference through a range of not for profit organisations. Heather has been CEO of the RHH Research Foundation for over six years where she enjoys the chance to use her former background as an academic to guide a grant program that has funded over $7m in local clinical research. Heather is also on the Board of Primary Health Tasmania and has been a member of the Tasmanian Community Fund Board for almost four years, describing this as a privilege in guiding a significant grant funding program that invests an average of $6m per annum into NFP organisations for activities that benefit our communities in an enormously diverse range of ways. More recently, Heather was appointed as Chair of the St Michael’s Collegiate School Board, providing a chance to apply a passion for good governance in an area that she is equally committed to – delivering outstanding educational opportunities for young women and girls. After being appointed to the Tasmanian Women’s Council, more recently Heather has Chaired the Panel of Judges for the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women. In 2013, Heather was recognised as Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year for the Community/Government sector.

Paul Byrne FAICD

CEO, Li-Ve Tasmania

Paul is the CEO of Li-Ve Tasmania, which provides genuine person-centred support and accommodation to 240 people living with disability in Tasmania. Further, he chairs the Tasmanian Division of the National Disability Services (NDS) and is National Vice President.

With over 30 years’ experience in the disability sector, Paul is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people living with disability, especially those with acquired brain injury. Further, he champions ground-breaking research, education and resources in end-of-life care for people with life-limiting illness and disability in Tasmania. Paul is currently focused on ensuring National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) business systems positively impact participants.

In 2010, as a result of his immersive study of disability organisations in the UK, USA and Canada, Paul resolved to embed in Li-Ve Tasmania a person-centred philosophy. This approach has measurably transformed organisational culture; business growth; and, most importantly, outcomes for the people the organisation supports.

Paul is a Director of the Tasmanian Council on Intellectual Disability and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

National Disability Services (NDS) roles:

  • Director and Vice President NDS Board
  • NDS Audit & Risk Committee
  • Chair, National Committee on Workforce
  • National Committee on Ageing
  • Chair Tasmanian Division

Adam Mostogl MAICD

Founder, Illuminate Education & Consulting

In any given week, Adam Mostogl might be helping young entrepreneurs to kick-start their companies, stimulating small businesses to challenge the status quo, challenging communities to understand their potential or teaching hundreds of students to embrace innovation to solve the problems of the future.

Adam is passionate about embracing creative and innovative solutions to common problems, with experience in retail, heavy industry, tourism, hospitality, and brand management. Since 2010, over 3300 young Australians have undertaken entrepreneurial education programs lead by Adam as the Founder / Inspirer of illuminate Education & Consulting, which focuses on inspiring students to recognise how they can be the job creators of the future. Adam is also recognised in the digital marketing field in Tasmania, assisting government agencies and marketing firms in teaching, developing and implementing digital marketing solutions – which is more fun than it sounds!

Adam is also the Executive Director of the Van Diemen Project, which was recently announced as Tasmania’s Most Innovative Startup. The organisation is focused on empowering Tasmanian businesses and entrepreneurs to do great things globally and practically supports the community to see self-employment and entrepreneurship as an employment possibility, business advice and mentoring, short intensive courses as well as being Tasmania’s first business accelerator and incubator.

Adam was announced the 2015 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year – and a finalist for Young Australian of the Year – for his endeavours in entrepreneurial programs, education more generally as well as community development. He was also given an honourable mention (and was the only Tasmanian) in the 30under30 list for young Australian entrepreneurs for 2015.

In his spare time, Adam is;

  • Director of Entrepreneurship, Start-up & Innovation for Northern Tasmania Development Corporation
  • Director of Cowork Launceston,
  • Director of Launceston Chamber of Commerce as well as the chair of their Education Taskforce
  • Advisory Board Member for the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, and
  • on the Executive Sponsor Group for an exciting social inclusion program amongst other roles.
The NFP sector is going through a time of extraordinary change. With such change comes significant opportunity along with some major challenges for directors and executives to manage.

Referencing the 2017 NFP Governance and Performance Study, this event offers an opportunity for NFP directors and business leaders to discuss the latest trends and challenges facing the sector and hear from experienced directors and executives about how they are navigating these changes.

Now in its 7th year, the NFP Governance and Performance Study is the most comprehensive source of information on the governance of NFPs in Australia. Phil Butler GAICD, AICD’s NFP Sector Leader, will introduce the key themes emerging from the 2017 study and will be joined by a panel of leading experts to discuss the board’s role in setting and overseeing an organisation’s culture, embedding the organisation’s risk appetite and managing its reputational risk, adapting to the changing business environment, and building its financial strength to ensure ongoing sustainability.

This briefing has been designed for NFP directors and executives who are looking for a fresh perspective on the trends facing the NFP sector and will provide expert insights and stories from directors and executives who are dealing with these difficult issues.