Challenges are inevitable; learn to govern sustainably

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

Registration and welcome

8.00am - 9.00am

Registration will begin at 8.30am with 30 minutes for networking and light refreshments.

The forum will commence promptly at 9.00am.

Keynote address - Taking the long-term view

Anne Skipper AM FAICD, Chair, Silver Chain
9.00am - 9.45am

The not-for-profit (NFP) sector is transforming, and while most directors recognise the importance of strategy to their organisation’s success, looking to the future can be challenging in the NFP environment. This session will explore practical steps you can take to ensure your board, executive leadership and governance practices are evolving in line with changes occurring in the sector to support the long-term future of your NFP.

Morning tea

9.40am - 10.15am
Make new connections and reflect on Anne Skipper’s opening address over morning tea.

Panel Session - Building financial strength

10.15am - 11.30am
In the context of an increasingly complex sector, the importance of positioning your NFP to achieve long-term financial sustainability cannot be underestimated. However, many NFP boards continue to grapple with how to leverage their assets and evolve their funding models to establish financial strength.

Anne Skipper in conversation with a NFP director

11.30am - 12.10pm

Hear a personal account from a not-for-profit director involved in successfully rebuilding the financial strength of their NFP and safeguarding its long-term sustainability, including:

  • Strategies employed by the board and the challenges they faced
  • Lessons learnt and key insights
  • The role of the board vs management
  • Policies needed to facilitate financial sustainability
  • Synergies that can be applied across the sector.

Susan Alberti will join Anne in Melbourne 23 May

Penny Knight will join Anne in Perth 25 May


12.10pm - 12.30pm
Take this opportunity to contribute to the morning’s learnings and ask our speakers your burning questions in this Q&A session.