AIS Governance Symposium 2019

"Leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders"
- Tom Peters

The  AIS Governance Symposium 2019 renews attention to the critical question of who will lead our schools into the future. As governing bodies with significant responsibilities for the appointment of the Head, how do we identify, prepare and sustain the leadership potential that modern headship demands.

A panel discussion, with insights from keynotes and schools leaders will canvass the vital issue of leadership succession, illustrating how some schools have consciously invested in processes to prepare and develop their people for the complex role of school leadership.

Find out what attendees of the 2018 Governance Symposium had to say about the event...

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

Donna Orem

National Association of Independent Schools, USA

Donna Orem was named president of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in November 2016. Orem served as NAIS’s chief operating officer for 11 years before becoming president. In that capacity, she directed the organization’s strategic planning and provided vision and leadership for new initiatives, products, and services.

Orem speaks frequently about leadership, governance, trends in independent education, and workforce development. She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles. Most recently, she co-authored the NAIS Trustee Handbook, 10th edition, published in September 2015.

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