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Governance Forum

Embracing Uncertainty – Governing Confidently

The Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) Governance Forum has been firmly established as the agenda-setting event for the state’s independent schools governance, leadership and stewardship community. The Forum returns in September 2021 with a renewed ambition to build schools’ confidence and resilience while operating in a post-pandemic world.

As the independent education sector regains its equilibrium, the ISQ Governance Forum is a chance to discuss the future direction of governance with experienced and influential industry experts and company directors.

The Governance Forum will be held as a face-to-face event as well as a webinar. It will be an optimum opportunity to meet fellow governors from a range of schools and contexts, and strengthen your understanding of the strategic environment in which your school operates. School boards seeking to move confidently into a complex and uncharted future are encouraged to attend this event.

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Venue: Victoria Park Golf Course, Brisbane
Time: 9:30am-3:00pm
Face-to-face: $300 | Webinar: $200

Multiple ticket discount:

Register 2 people, receive 30% off (discount code: GOV30)
Register 3 or more people, receive 40% off (discount code: GOV40)


The Hon Dr Gary Johns

The Hon Dr Gary Johns took up the role of Commissioner of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) following a long and varied career in public service and policy advice. He was an inaugural board member of Volunteers Australia, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Community Partnership, and the committee to design the Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. Dr Johns has authored and/or edited nine books on the subject of public policy.

Dr Johns was a member of the House of Representatives from 1987-1996 and served variously as Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister, Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, and Special Minister of State and Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations. He served as an Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission 2002-2004.

He received the Centenary Medal in 2001 and the Fulbright Professional Award in Australian-United States Alliance Studies in 2002.

Dr Johns was Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, senior consultant with ACIL Tasman, Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University, and Visiting Fellow at QUT Business School.

Elizabeth Jameson AM
In 2020, Elizabeth Jameson became the President and Chair of RACQ after 12 years on the board.

Elizabeth also maintains an active portfolio of other directorships, presently as Chair of Queensland Theatre and a board member of John Villiers Trust and the Endeavour Foundation. Her past directorships have also included the boards of over 20 organisations, for-profit and not-for-profit.

In 2002, Elizabeth founded Board Matters and its associated governance legal practice, Board Matters Legal, a team of specialist governance, legal and strategy consultants. This followed her career of almost 15 years as a corporate/commercial lawyer, including Partner at national law firm Deacons (now Norton Rose) and 10 years as a practising director. In 2020, Elizabeth transitioned to the role of Founder Consultant at Board Matters.

In her spare time, Elizabeth toils away at a PhD in corporate governance, in which she is investigating the role of trust in the design of directors duties laws in Australia and the implications for directors in practice today.

Gavin Nicholson
Gavin is an experienced director, governance researcher and board consultant. He has provided advice on corporate governance and strategy to more than 150 listed and large public companies, government owned corporations, statutory authorities, not-for-profit organisations and local government. He has published extensively in the leading journals in his field and heads several large research programs aimed at understanding how to help boards make better decisions.

Gavin is an Associate Professor at the QUT Business School and has facilitated nationally for the Australian Institute of Company Directors for over 15 years in the areas of strategy, governance policy and process and board evaluations. He has co-authored four books including the best-selling Boards that Work: A New Guide for Directors.

Gavin was also the Chair at Cannon Hill Anglican College.

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