VIC Not-for-Profit Forum 2017



Keynote Speaker Anne Skipper AM FAICD

Keynote Speaker Anne Skipper AM FAICD

Chair, Silver Chain

Anne is an experienced businesswoman and company director – she has been a nurse, change agent, business owner, board director and advocate for children in Australia and internationally.

Her diverse board portfolio has included government, private sector and the not-for-profit sector in the areas of health, finance, social welfare, women’s affairs, children and young people.

Anne is currently the Principal of Anne Skipper and Associates a specialist organisation consulting in corporate governance, board dynamics and strategic facilitation.

Her career highlights have been; founding the highly successful leadership development business The Teleran Group, Chairing the International year of the Family and in 2000 being awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for community service.

Anne has had over 25 years experience as a company director and currently a facilitator with the Institute of Company Directors in Australia and internationally.

She has held positions as a director and chair of boards in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors and is currently:

  • Director Plan International Board, Director Plan Hong Kong Board and immediate Past-Chair Plan International Australia Director
  • People’s Choice Credit Union
  • Chair, Silver Chain Group Australia
  • Director Central Adelaide Hills Medicare Local
  • Director Tonkin Consulting
Keynote Speaker Susan Alberti AC FAICD

Keynote Speaker Susan Alberti AC FAICD

MD Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation

Passionate, driven and ambitious, Susan Alberti has forged paths in areas traditionally dominated by men.

As co-founder and Managing Director of a large building company, the Chairman of her own medical research foundation, and the Ambassador for the National Women’s Football League, Susan has had both great success professionally and personally.

Pioneering through tragic personal circumstances, Susan’s work has assisted in raising millions of dollars for diabetes research and her passion has resulted in her being recognised internationally for her effort.

A trailblazer in Women’s football, Susan has been instrumental in the formation of a national women’s football league as well as the success of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

Mark Heintz GAICD

Mark Heintz GAICD

Chair, Board Lentara Uniting Care

Mark has been Chair of the Board Lentara Uniting Care for 5 years and has recently been appointed to the Uniting Care Single agency board to amalgamate 26 agencies throughout Victoria, the new agency will have 3500 staff and 4000 volunteers and revenues of $240m. He is also CEO of Otway Pork a fully owned subsidiary of The Pastoral Pork Group, a privately owned Australian agri-food group, Mark has extensive leadership experience across large scale business turnaround, change management, strategic planning, dealing with conflict and the unknown. He has significant management experience across finance, compliance, sales, marketing and manufacturing.

Jerril Rechter FAICD

Jerril Rechter FAICD

CEO VicHealth

Jerril Rechter is the CEO of VicHealth in Victoria, Australia. She has extensive leadership experience across government and not-for-profit sectors.

A World Health Organization Advisor and Chair of the International Network of Health Promotion Foundations, Jerril is also a past and current member of numerous boards and committees in government and not-for-profit sectors. These include several Victorian Government ministerial committees including being chair of the Justice Health and Ministerial Advisory Committee and member of the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation.

She regularly presents at state, national and international conferences and events to share her experiences in health promotion, leadership, and the potential of innovations to improve health and wellbeing for everyone.

Jerril is a recipient of Fellowships from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Australia Council, Harvard Club of Australia and the Australian Davos Forum-Future Summit. In 2015, she was named Victorian winner of the Government and Academia category at the prestigious Telstra Victoria Business Woman of the Year Awards. Jerril was named in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence in the Public Policy category for 2016.

Jerril is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Master of Business Leadership from RMIT University in Melbourne.

Penny Knight MAICD

Penny Knight MAICD

Managing Director BaxterLawley

Penny Knight is a strategist and analyst. She is an expert in the development of evidence-based strategy and change management, and has extensive knowledge of research and performance improvement. She has worked with KPMG London and PriceWaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong advising clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, and has held senior government roles, most recently with the Strategic Policy Unit in WA Treasury. Penny is currently Managing Director of BaxterLawley a consulting firm specialising in providing strategic planning, public policy, performance improvement and governance services. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University Not-for-profit Initiative.

Her recent projects include the Disability Services National Benchmarking Project and the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ NFP Governance and Performance Study.

Her qualifications include a BCom and an MBA, and she is a member of the board of Nulsen Disability Services and Therapy Focus.

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.

Join us, along with colleagues and peers, for the 2017 Melbourne Not-for-Profit Forum.

Wear many hats

In an increasingly complex and constantly evolving environment, Not-for-Profit boards are facing ongoing challenges in their efforts to achieve long-term success and financial strength.

In this half-day forum created specifically for Not-for-Profit board members and executives, you will hear experienced directors and industry experts discuss how they are approaching the biggest issues facing NFP boards today. Designed to challenge your thinking and ensure your board has the resilience to govern into the future, this interactive half-day forum will provide you with new insights and experiences to take back to the boardroom.

The session will include both keynote addresses and interactive panel sessions from industry experts, presenting on current examples from the sector and allowing participants to express their thoughts on topical issues.