Bringing Associations Together To Boost Performance


Planning Days

Holding a Planning Day is one of the best ways to refocus and re-energise your organisation. Planning in the context of an association or charity needs to be practical, straightforward and provide a guide for future Board meeting agendas.

Our consultants at Associations Forum have extensive knowledge of the governance and operations of associations, and are experienced Planning Day facilitators.

Through our intensive work with the associations sector, they are able to provide relevant input to Planning Day discussions based upon our experiences and observations of other organisations.

We develop the agenda for the Planning Day in consultation with the association and, on the day, drive discussions forward at an appropriate pace to achieve tangible results by the close of proceedings. Attendees depart with a sense of clarity and accomplishment, knowing there is shared knowledge of a common direction and next steps.

10 Steps for successful Planning Days for associations


Please contact Kathy Nguyen on 02 9904 8200 or for further information.


"We are grateful for the assistance of Associations Forum. With the new plan and mission statement, we now have a clear path and direction for IMSANZ. Joining Associations Forum was a great move for us for all of the guidance and expertise they provide."
Leigh-anne Shannon, Executive Officer, Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand Ltd (IMSANZ) – August 2018

"Thanks for those comments and thanks very much for facilitating the day. We certainly got a lot out of the day and covered everything we needed to. Your insights about association management were invaluable. Thank you again."
Gillian Leach, Former CEO, Australian Association of Practice Management - March 2018

"John was so integral to a positive outcome for the day – especially with such clear and concise board director roles and responsibilities guidance – a timely and helpful refresher for us all."
Scott McGill, Deputy CEO, Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine – February 2018

"Thanks very much for the very productive and worthwhile meeting on Friday."
Conjoint A/Prof Mark Bloch, President, Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine – February 2018

"I really appreciated your input and keeping us focused."
Greg Haywood, National President, Strata Community Association – February 2018

"Once again, I just wanted to thank you for such a professional, and enjoyable day. I think you struck at the very heart of our Association and focused everyone on the realities of what they need to consider and what actions could be undertaken to achieve success under the eight pillars. I look forward to working with you in the future and to our journey ahead. Again, our thanks."
Louise Van Ristell, National Communications and Member Relations, Traffic Management Association of Australia – January 2018

"Thanks for facilitating our strategy review yesterday in Canberra. I think we covered a fair bit of new ground and moved the thinking for all of our attendees away from the 'historical legacy' and into planning strategically for the necessary practical path that lies ahead."
David Burnell, National Senior Vice President, Australian Institute of Building – November 2017

"I also feel that the day had a good outcome and has provided good information for [us] to work with. Thanks once again for your role in yesterday."
Sarah Neill, State Commissioner, Girl Guides NSW & ACT - September 2017

"Dear Denys, On behalf of AusIMM President Colin Moorhead and the AusIMM Board, thank you for your facilitation of our Board Strategy meeting on Sunday. As the Board mentioned on Sunday, this was one of the most successful and productive strategy meetings we have had to date, and we look forward to taking our outcomes and building the AusIMM into the future. I enjoyed very much working with you and thank you again Denys for your role in a most successful day.
Miriam Way, Chief Operating Officer, AusIMM - June 2017

"Just a quick note to say how pleased I am with the plan we made on the weekend. Thank you so much for your care and attention and for helping to steer us in the right direction. It's very much appreciated."
Karen Fitt, President, Australian Hand Therapy Association Inc – May 2017

"The Board were all very positive about the few days."
Christopher Cliffe, Chief Executive Officer, CRANAplus – March 2017

"It was an incredibly useful session and thank you for helping us through it. I left the meeting feeling extremely positive about what we currently do and what we will do. I was thrilled with how focused the Directors were and how they all participated."
Jill Brookfield, Executive Officer, Association of Accredited Certifiers – February 2017

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