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Strategic Board Series

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"Good venue, good presenters and excellent facilitation."

"Although I attend many meetings related to the diaspora of association governance and value deliverance, the number of innovative, contemporary insights and examples presented made attendance most worthwhile"

"Real highlight of the event was meeting lots of different people from other or similar fields interested in the same concepts and learning.

"Topics and panel were good and therefore time went too quickly. Good to have networking at the end to chat further." 

"Nice group of people in a comfortable setting. TAS staff were very welcoming and engaging"

"The event was very enlightening, giving me some tips to support my organisation and the members."

"Have attended 3/3 now and I enjoy it every time. Always lots of notes to be taken!"

"The TAS SBS is well run with insight and value provided by the panel members and a good networking opportunity. If you are a Board or Committee member of an Association I would recommend that you attend."

"The panel discussions were skillfully moderated to tease out positive, timely pearls of wisdom from the experienced panel members, both young and old."

The Strategic Board Series is an invaluable information sharing and collaboration event held by The Association Specialists. It is comprised of a panel of thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds in professional associations. 

This complimentary event is organised by the TAS team with the goal of increasing awareness and providing a platform for knowledge sharing and networking among peers.


Benefits for Attendees:

  • Strategic information and insights on topics vital to board members direct from sector leaders
  • The chance to participate in the discussion with interactive sessions where attendees are encouraged to ask questions
  • Enjoy complimentary drinks and canapes while experiencing unparalleled networking opportunities to connect with other association board members and keep the conversation going beyond the forum

Upcoming Events

To close off the year off with a bang - the TAS Strategic Board Series will be returning to both Sydney and Melbourne for November 2019!

Speaking on 'Culture in the Boardroom' at both events will be Nick Green OAM-  a former Australian rower, dual Olympic gold medallist and four-time World Champion. He was also a member of Australia's prominent world-class crew – the coxless four known as the Oarsome Foursome.

Marriott Hotel, November 19, 5.00-8.00pm

Confirmed Panelists to date: 

  • Nick Green - Director of Sales, Aon
  • Karen Bevan - General Manager, Settlement Services International 
  • Peter Strong - Chief Executive Officer, COSBOA
  • Vera Visevic - Partner, Mills Oakley 
  • Paul Colyer - National Executive Officer, Australian Catholic Primary Principals Association
  • Doug Taylor - Board Member, Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Grand Hyatt, November 28, 5.00-8.00pm

Confirmed Panelists to date: 

  • Nick Green - Director of Sales, Aon
  • David Gandolfo - President, CAFBA
  • Lisa Hasker - Chief Executive Officer, Vicsport
  • Jocelyn Bignold - Chief Executive Officer, Mcauley Community Services for Women
  • Damien Manuel - Chairman, Australian Information Security Association 
  • Bridgette Engeler - Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne and Board Director, Association of Professional Futurists

Throughout the evening you will have the chance to hear from two panels of adept and experienced leaders within the NFP and Association space. Facilitated by Francis Child, Managing Director of The Association Specialists, these panels will explore the below topics:



Culture starts at the top. Creating an effective board culture is the key to a strong organisation that is resilient enough to withstand and survive difficult times. How can NFP boards and executives work together to ensure that the culture set at the top permeates throughout an organisation? Does the boards’ current culture help or hinder strategic objectives? Is it time to change your board culture?

Panelists will consider these questions and also discuss:

  • Strengths and weaknesses in boardroom culture
  • Compliance and ethics. Just because we can, should we?
  • How the selection of a CEO and senior leadership team can have a significant influence on culture
  • Promoting a healthy culture in the boardroom


Professional associations play a vital role in Australian society and their sustainability for the future is critical. With rising complexity in regulatory environments and mounting public expectations for transparency and accountability; when looking to the future, associations recognise the need to have appropriate skills, wisdom and experience. Leading from the front and focusing on new legislation and initiatives in 2020 will be imperative. What does the future hold for the NFP sector in Australia? 

Panellists will discuss:

  • How the right technology can assist the NFP sector to be more effective and efficient
  • Building member trust and gaining credibility - taking the moral high ground
  • Embracing new skillsets and expertise to compete in a highly complex and rapidly changing sector
  • How to 'Future-proof’ your NFP

Registration is complimentary and provides the chance to hear from a panel of experts, whilst enjoying drinks and canapes as you network with peers from a range of associations from various industry sectors.

Past TAS Strategic Board Series

For an idea of what to expect moving forward, take a look below to see the footage below from the previous series!

August 2019 SERIES
Professionalising your Association for the 21st Century

Accreditation, Certification and Credentialing for Members

Governance & Finance Panel

Conferencing, Networking & Digital Engagement Panel

Risk Panel

Returns Panel

Maximising Revenue & Optimising Association Member Engagement

Optimising Association Member Engagement

Transforming Governance, Advocacy and Lobbying: Best Practive in the Digital Era

Inspiration and Insights for the Modern Marketing Association

November 2017 SERIES
Stay Afloat - Revenue Streams and Profitability

November 2017 SERIES
Be Responsible - Governance and Board Responsibilities

November 2017 SERIES
Stay Engaged - Member Interaction, Communication & Marketing