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Independent schools steered by experienced and agile boards are successfully navigating their way through the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of the discussion points at tomorrow’s (18/9) Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Governance Forum.

The 2021 Governance Forum is part of a suite of services, online modules, and professional learning events provided by ISQ to support strong, effective, school governance in the independent school sector. Attendees will discuss the future direction of governance with experienced, influential industry experts and company directors, and leave with a strengthened understanding of their school’s strategic environment.

Keynote speakers include:

  • The Hon Dr Gary Johns | Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
  • Elizabeth Jameson AM | President and Chair RACQ, Chair Queensland Theatre, and Board member of the Endeavour Foundation and John Villiers Trust
  • Gavin Nicholson | Author, Associate Professor QUT Business School, former Chair Cannon Hill Anglican College.

Up to 90 independent school board members are expected to attend the Forum on Saturday 18 September.  Most independent school board members undertake their role in a voluntary capacity.

ISQ CEO Chris Mountford said the theme of this year’s ISQ Governance Forum is Embracing Uncertainty – Governing Confidently.

“Independent schools have guided their communities through a significant period of global uncertainty,” Mr Mountford said. “With the support of their boards, independent schools have used their unique position as autonomous education institutions to respond quickly to local needs.”

“The agility of independent school boards is to be commended. They have kept a close eye on their schools during their responses to the pandemic and have taken every step to keep students learning while maintaining the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities.”

Mr Mountford said moving confidently into the future is essential for schools that are charged with the care and education of children while running a not-for-profit business some with significant budgets and workforces.

“Good boards are responsive and responsible. They see opportunities and embrace them confidently,” he said. “Independent school enrolment growth confirms parental confidence in the leadership of independent schools.”

Forum keynote ACNC Commissioner the Honourable Dr Gary Johns will speak about the importance of strong governance.

“Robust governance is particularly important during times of uncertainty to navigate through tough times, steer significant change and lead schools to implement innovative ways of teaching, engaging and learning beyond the immediate crisis, as COVID-19 will have lasting effects on schools,” Dr Johns said.

“It is crucial that independent schools have strong governance. Leaders who take their duties and obligations seriously are critical to maintain and build the confidence upon which independent schools rely.”   

“Australia’s independent schools, like all charities, rely on the trust and confidence of the Australian community. They receive generous support from donors, volunteers and governments, a measure of confidence in the value of their work.”


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