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NSW Association Governance Workshop

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Date:Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue:Northside Conference Centre, Cnr Oxley St & Pole Ln, Crows Nest NSW 2065
Presenter:Kathy Nguyen, Manager - Client Services, Associations Forum

An association Director’s or Councillor’s responsibilities are considerable, yet the experience, knowledge and connections gained from this important role can be immense. Our Governance Workshop will enable Directors, Councillors and Committee members from the governing body of associations and charities to better perform their role and duties.

Associations Forum has conducted hundreds of governance sessions with Boards of associations and charities. We understand how associations and charities are different from commercial and government entities, often with a devoted membership base. From our years of experience working with associations and charities and by understanding the context in which they work, we have developed this highly-relevant, practical and interactive one-day workshop.

Member Registrations: $660 including GST 
Non-Member Registrations: $880 including GST 
(NFP only)

Who should attend:

This workshop is specifically designed for:

  • Presidents; chairs; directors; councillors; governing committee members
  • CEOs and senior staff
  • Company secretaries and public officers

of associations incorporated under the Commonwealth Corporations Act and State and Territory Associations Incorporation Acts and ACNC registered charities.


8.30am          Arrival Tea and Coffee

9.00am          Session 1: Director Roles and Responsibilities

  • Definition of governance and its importance to associations
  • Incorporation legislation and common law responsibilities of Directors
  • The position of members in relation to governance

10.30am          Morning Tea

11.00am        Session 2: Key Documents, the Constitution and By-laws

  • Constitutions and role of by-laws and governance charters
  • Board/Council composition, term limits, conflicts and external Directors
  • Members’ voting rights and Annual General Meeting considerations

12.30pm          Lunch

1.30pm          Session 3: Functions of the Board

  • Association planning for short, medium and long term
  • Financial stewardship, tax and avoidance of fraud such as RSL NSW
  • Reputation protection, including CPA Australia case study
  • 40 tips for association Boards/Councils

3.00pm            Afternoon Tea

3.30pm          Session 4: Improving Board Processes and Performance

  • Appropriate information to the Board/Council and minutes
  • Meeting effectiveness and avoiding ongoing meetings
  • Board assessment, stability and revitalisation
  • Recapping the role of Board Directors/Councillors in achieving mission

5.00pm            Close of workshop


Kathy Nguyen, Manager - Client Services, Associations Forum

Kathy works on consulting projects for Association Forum clients, both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific, on association structure, operations and governance. She has reviewed over 150 constitutions and regularly presents to organisations on membership, governance and events.

Kathy commenced at Associations Forum in 2004, leaving in 2010 to work at Governance Institute of Australia until 2013. She has also worked at Ernst & Young, the Trade Association Forum in London and for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Kathy holds Bachelors of Laws & Business and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course™.


Testimonials for our Governance Training

"A fantastic educational event that is sure to assist everyone who attended to improve their respective Association's Governance."
- Gerard Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Shop & Office Fitting Industry Association

"Well run, good and relevant speaker combined with the opportunity to share and learn from other CEO and Chairs."
- Suzanne Jones, Chair, Australian Association of Dial Before You Dig

"It was a very good session, informative and well delivered providing a clear understanding of governance responsibilities."
- Tina Douvos-Stathopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Greek Welfare Society PRONIA

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