14th annual


20-21 February 2020 | Adelaide Convention Centre


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The CEO & Chair Symposium is designed exclusively for the needs of leaders and decision-makers. The Symposium is an opportunity to discuss amongst your peers the topics that are often reserved for the Board and most senior levels of staff. 

Tom Symondson

Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Healthcare Association

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Deon Schoombie

Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Healthcare Products Australia

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Marie-Claire Ross

Chief Corporate Catalyst & Founder, Trustologie

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Session highlights

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Revamping Your Organisation

Deon Schoombie has worked at Consumer Healthcare Products Australia for the past 30 years and, during that time, has seen two changes to the organisation’s name. Fundamental to a successful name or brand change is a preparedness to clearly communicate the necessary steps and expectations.

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Six Critical Steps to Foster a High Trust Senior Leadership Team

How well does your executive team engage in truth-seeking dialogue, challenge one another, share resources, and be accountable for results? High-performance leadership teams are vital to an organisation’s success. But they need TRUST first to succeed.

Marie-Claire Ross, Chief Corporate Catalyst & Founder, Trustologie

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From London to Melbourne – the journey of an association CEO

Tom moved from the UK to Australia in 2011. He started his career in local government in London after an early realisation that his international relations degree wasn’t going to land him a plum job in New York working for the UN! Since moving to Australia, he has worked in two peak bodies (something he hadn’t even heard of before leaving the UK), most recently as CEO of the Victorian Healthcare Association.

Tom will reflect on his experiences as an association CEO and talk about the journey that led him to this point, as well as the things nobody tells you about being a CEO until after you’ve signed the contract.

Tom Symondson, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Healthcare Association

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What To Do When Faced With Your Worst Case Scenario

Despite the issues that Family Based Care Tasmania have faced in the last few years, including the Aged Care Royal Commission and the Royal Commission into Disability, the association has managed to continue diversifying the business and doubled their revenue by overcoming the external and internal influences that they have faced.

Justine Barwick, Chief Operating Officer, Family Based Care Tasmania

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The Pursuit of Happiness: An ASA Story

Jennifer was a part of the turn-around process at the ASA and will illustrate the challenges faced by the Board and how they overcame them to not only become the successful organisation they are now, but to take that success and move the association forward.

Dr Jennifer Alphonse, Vice-President, Australasian Sonographers Associations

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