AIS Governance Symposium 2020

AISNSW is pleased to announce the annual Governance Symposium will return to the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICCS) on Tuesday, 14th April 2020.

Full event details, including speaker and registration information, will be made available in late November. Early registration is advised as ICCS has a fixed capacity.

We look forward to welcoming you to the AIS Governance Symposium 2020.

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International Convention Centre Sydney (ICCS) Darling Harbour

New Venue for 2019

Chairman's Welcome

The AIS Governance Symposium is the leading Australian forum for the dissemination of research and the practice of quality governance in the independent school sector. Beyond compliance the Symposium engages delegates in the deeper issues of school governance which contribute to school leadership, effectiveness and the role of the school as a centre of learning and community.

Now in its fifth year, the Symposium moves to a new venue at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICCS), Darling Harbour. As in previous years at the SCG, the Symposium attracts more than 600 delegates who are Chairs, Board members, Heads and Business Managers. Participation in the Symposium contributes six hours accreditation towards the NESA professional learning requirement. I welcome you to the 2019 Symposium.

John Ralston OAM
Chairman, AISNSW

Symposium Commencement

Dr Geoff Newcombe AM, Chief Executive, will introduce delegates to the key themes of the Symposium and set them in the context of current and emerging issues for the independent school sector.

Dr. Geoff Newcombe AM
Chief Executive, AISNSW

Keynote Presenters

Professor Donna Cross

Donna Cross is a Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia and the Head of the Health Promotion and Education Research team and Director of the Early Childhood Development and Learning Collaboration at the Telethon Kids Institute.

Since 1999 Donna has been awarded over $60m in research funding to conduct research to improve child and adolescent, and their parents’ and school executives’ health and wellbeing. Over the past 25 years she has led 70+ applied school and community-based research projects investigating ways to enhance wellbeing and social and emotional development and reduce anti-social behaviour in schools and families.

In 2012, Donna was awarded the WA ‘Australian of the Year’ for her services to children’s health and wellbeing, she is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and in 2017 a finalist for WA Scientist of the Year. Donna’s 2017 Churchill Fellowship investigated ways children’s wellbeing, development and learning is influenced by their use of technology.

Gavin Nicholson

Associate Professor
Queensland University of Technology

Gavin is an experienced director, governance researcher and board consultant. He has provided advice on corporate governance and strategy to more than 150 listed and large public companies, government owned corporations, statutory authorities, not-for-profit organisations and local government. He has published extensively in the leading journals in his field and heads several large research programs aimed at understanding how to help boards make better decisions. 

Gavin is an Associate Professor at the QUT Business School and facilitates nationally for the Australian Institute of Company Directors in the areas of strategy, governance policy and process and board evaluations. Gavin is also the Chair at Cannon Hill Anglican College where he has served on the board for the past 12 years.

Tracey Cain

Managing Director
Australian Public Affairs

Over the past 25 years, Tracey has advised the independent schools sector on a range of public affairs matters from reputation building to critical incident management and master planning. During this time she has worked with over 400 independent schools and most schools associations such as the AISs and peak bodies for Christian, Anglican, Steiner, Lutheran, Seventh-day Adventist, Uniting, Presbyterian and Uniting Church schools.

With a background in journalism and advisory roles for Australian and US politicians, Tracey runs APA’s independent schools practice and works regularly with Principals, Chairs and School Councils. She is a Director on the board of Knox Grammar School and the Association of Independent Schools of NSW.

2019 Panel Session

The Panel will explore current initiatives and opportunities for schools to invest in the leadership development of their senior people. As the requirements of modern headship become more demanding and diverse, how should the sector respond to the key questions of leadership succession? How will we identify, prepare and extend the leadership talent and temperament to steer our schools into a complex and dynamic future?

Panel Foreword:

Fiona Johnston
Principal, St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, WA

2019 Panelists:

Nell Anderson
Chair, Ascham Council of Governors
Gavin Nicholas
Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology
Tyson Wood
Company Manager, TES and Smart Teachers Australia