Bringing Associations Together To Boost Performance


Association Databases and Systems Summit 2023

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Date:Tuesday, 18 July 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST
Venue:Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000

A day of discussion and discovery on current technological challenges that associations face when selecting a system for their association. This includes what an organisation should ensure their system is capable of doing and what the organisation should know about their system.

Suitable for delegates from associations, industry bodies and not-for profit organisations ranging from CEO’s, President’s to Membership Managers and IT Managers.

Session highlights include:

  • Challenges and Best Practices: Managing Association Systems in Challenging Economic Times 
    This session will discuss the need for assertive and dynamic association leadership throughout the system lifecycle from vendor selection to system retirement. Alan will share a case study focused on how to select and manage vendors and association teams during implementations under today’s turbulent market conditions, and how to mitigate project and operational risks over the next year or two of volatility in the employment markets and economic disruption.
  • Case Study: Private Label Manufacturers Association Australia & New Zealand
    • The need for a CRM (challenges we were facing without having such a system in place)
    • Our journey (implementation & usability)
    • Reasons why we elected to implement a new system and learnings gained on this journey
    • Where are we now?
  • What’s the best CRM for your Association?
    Associations expect a lot from their CRM or Association Management System. It’s not just an online database of their members. Instead, it’s expected to support many of the operational and administrative functions to deliver their services. So, what’s the best CRM for your Association?
    Regardless of your size or services, Tammy will provide you with some key criteria and principles to help you make the right decision for your organisation. This is also a great time to get your CRM solution questions answered.
  • Showcase of Database Systems

Member Registrations: $550
Non-Member Registrations: $770
(NFP only)

Associations Forum will send a tax invoice upon registration for this event.

Registrations: Exclusive to not-for-profit organisations


Andrew Gosbell, Associations Advisor, Associations Forum

Andrew Gosbell

Andrew is based in Melbourne and provides a range of advisory services for Associations Forum based on his broad experience in governance, change management, leadership development, government relations and policy development, risk management, strategic planning, negotiation and partnership development.
Andrew has over 15 years senior executive experience working in medical colleges and associations, including successful tenures as CEO of General Practice Registrars Australia and Deputy CEO at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. He has a track record of working collaboratively with volunteers, association members and office bearers, and professional staff to successfully deliver a range of strategic initiatives at both national and state levels. He has well-developed networks in the health and associations sectors. Andrew also has governance experience as a non-executive director and currently holds a number of Board and Committee positions in the NFP and tertiary-education sectors.

Alan Kramer, Managing Director, Askra Consulting

Alan KramerAlan focuses on helping Associations, NFPs, and health and allied health organisations to take strategic business control over their Information Technology and business processes. 
Alan helps his clients to achieve better value for money and higher quality outcomes from their technology solutions - independent of any specific technology vendor or solution.   Alan’s focus with his clients is in four areas: Business and IT Strategy; Business Process Change & Continuous Improvement; Selecting and delivering new IT solutions; and IT Project Rescue.

Bill Trainor, Chief Executive Officer, Private Label Manufacturers Association Australia & New Zealand

BILLBill is the CEO of Private Label Manufacturers Association Australia / New Zealand (PLMA), part of the world’s largest trade association for companies supplying Private Label products to retailers. During his 9 year tenure Bill has grown PLMA’s membership from less than 40 companies to over 100 companies, positioning the association as an industry leader in the FMCG sector. Bill is the principal of Trainor Consulting Group, providing business and market development services to many companies across the retail industry both domestically and internationally. Bill consults to PLMA in his capacity as CEO. Bill’s services include market research & analysis, brand strategy development, supply chain optimisation & coaching in best practice retail execution.

Tammy Ven Dange, Strategic Advisor, Roundbox Consulting

Twenty-five years ago, Tammy Ven Dange helped a client set-up a new charity to support military veteran organisations. Since then, she’s remained heavily involved in the Not for Profit (NFP) sector while concurrently working in the IT industry for much of her career. She’s started two NFPs, been on the Board or Advisory Committee for five, facilitated many strategic planning sessions for others, and most recently was the CEO of a charity.
As for IT, Tammy entered the industry as a project manager for the original NASA SAP implementation in 2001. Her last corporate job in the sector was the Head of Public Sector for an Australian IT company. Today, Tammy helps Not for Profits make strategic decisions about IT. It may be for the selection of an individual solution, or a full transformation roadmap that includes a review of their entire enterprise architecture. In her spare time, Tammy is also the host of the podcast, “Executive with a Cause,” where she chats with for-purpose leaders about the nuts and bolts of running an organisation well.

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Sydney Masonic Centre - The perfect venue for your event of any size

The Sydney Masonic Centre, perfectly located in Sydney's CBD can cater to your association event of any size. Start on level 4 for up to 150 people with registration and catering spaces, plenary and break out rooms all on the one level. Move to ground level for conferences of up to 250 people, or then add in Level 1 with a large plenary auditorium, banquet hall and spacious entry foyer and you have a conference for 600 pax with numerous breakout and foyer spaces to choose from.

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