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Association Databases and Systems Summit 2024

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Date:Tuesday, 30 July 2024
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST
Venue:Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW 2000

This one-day summit will inform delegates of the relevant issues and technological challenges faced when selecting a system for your association. Showcase Sponsors include Causeis and SwiftFox CRM.

Join us to network, collaborate, share ideas, and learn from fellow Association leaders and database practitioners.

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

From Fragmentation to Integration: Piecing Together the Technology System Puzzle
Tim Boyle, CEO, ARCS Australia, will share the journey that ARCS is navigating through its existing fragmented system landscape towards a workable integrated solution. He will highlight the key challenges faced, such as data silos, competing systems with their own ecosystem and lack of system interoperability, and the strategies employed to mitigate these issues while maintaining operational efficiency. He will also offer insights into the decision-making process for system evaluation and the criteria we are using to select future solutions. 
Tim Boyle, Chief Executive Officer, ARCS Australia  

CRM Implementations Made Easier: Proven Tips for a Smoother Journey 
It's a common perception that CRM projects are rarely on time or within budget, and with good reason. Headlines often highlight cost overruns and delays in major IT initiatives. When you add this additional project work to your already busy staff workload, CRM implementations can be a downright nightmare. But what if it didn’t have to be this way? In this presentation, Tammy Ven Dange of Roundbox Consulting will share proven tips and strategies that address common challenges, demonstrating how planning for the imperfect project can lead to a smoother, more manageable CRM implementation. 
Tammy Ven Dange, IT Strategy Consultant for Associations, RoundBox Consulting 

Panel Discussion: Challenges, Best Practices & Change Management 
This panel session will discuss the challenges that associations face when selecting a system for their organisation, specifically what an organisation should do to ensure the system meets their needs and what steps the organisation should take in implementing a new system. The panellists will also discuss the positive and negative aspects of their current database and learnings from implementing a new system.
Chaired by: Michael Bell, Senior Associations Advisor, Associations Forum

Challenges That Associations Face When Selecting a System For Their Organisation
The speaker will address challenges associations face when selecting a system, including traps to avoid, defining their requirements, budget constraints, integrations with existing systems, data security, scalability, and vendor support quality, highlighting the complexity and multifaceted nature of these decisions.
John Walker, Consultant, COTIQU



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SwiftFox CRM

As a not-for-profit, it can be challenging to create lasting change with limited resources. That's where SwiftFox comes in. Our platform is designed to help you make the most of your resources, streamline your event management and donations, and maximise your impact. With SwiftFox, you can store all your contacts and have a central hub for all your communication needs.  Imagine starting your day with the peace of mind that all your event management, stakeholder lists, projects, government relations tools, and donation information is stored securely in one platform. With SwiftFox, you can minimise the risk of data security breaches and focus on what matters most - making a difference in your community.  Watch video here.

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

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

Registrations are only open to not-for-profit organisations. For any corporate enquiries, please contact 



Dr Tim Boyle, Chief Executive Officer, ARCS Australia 

BILLDr Tim Boyle joined ARCS Australia as CEO in November 2023, previously serving in senior leadership and executive roles at ANSTO. A globally recognised leader in research translation and IP commercialisation, he has over two decades of experience in technology partnerships, licensing and developing science based ventures. Previously Tim also served as Executive Chair of global peak association ATTP, and is a life member and former non-executive director of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia. Tim also holds appointments as an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology, and Global Expert Faculty at Singularity University.

David Buley, Chief Financial Officer, Association of Independent Schools of NSW  

DavidDavid Buley is the CFO of the Association of Independent Schools of NSW and during his 30 years there has seen the independent education sector grow nearly 400% to represent 1 in 5 enrolments in NSW. Like education and schools, the Association has grown tenfold to absorb this growth, and constantly adapts its offerings to suit the ever-evolving environment characterised by technology shifts & pedagogical innovation. David is an active presenter in many of the business programs that AIS delivers but also at conferences both domestically and internationally. His presentations cover a broad range of governance, strategy, finance, technology and other business-related topics, informed by years of professional consultancy experience assisting schools achieve increased returns and enhanced sustainability through operational improvements.

Tammy Ven Dange, Strategic IT Advisor for Associations and NFPs, Roundbox Consulting

DavidTwenty-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. Tammy started two NFPs, been on the Board or Advisory Committee for six (including the President of a Professional Association), 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 and data with her business, Roundbox Consulting. 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.

Michael Bell, Senior Associations Advisor, Associations Forum

DavidMichael is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Governance Institute and Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. He has worked in chartered accounting practices and the banking and finance industry holding General Manager roles in Finance, Strategy and Operations. More recently he has consulted in governance, financial control and risk management to a range of organisations. He has been an active Committee Member in several Not for Profits and joined the board of Coeliac NSW&ACT before becoming President of Coeliac Australia in 2016. During his time as President he successfully transformed the organisation from a federated to a national company limited by guarantee. Michael brings a broad governance, finance, project management and risk perspective to his roles ensuring this works in a positive way to achieving strategic goals.

Other Speaker:

  • John Walker, ConsultantCOTIQU

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