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  • 22 Nov 2017 10:47 AM | Deleted user

    COBA today announced the appointment of Michael Lawrence as its new CEO.

    Mr Lawrence brings 30 years’ experience in financial services to the role.

    He led AMP Bank as Managing Director from 2007 to 2015 and also worked at NAB in a range of roles in Australia and overseas, as well as time at Westpac.

    During his tenure as Managing Director of AMP Bank he took profit from $9m to $104m, with return on capital increasing from 6% to 16% and cost to income ratio down from 78% to 31% over the same period.

    “The Board warmly welcomes Michael and looks forward to the pivotal role he will play representing customer owned banking,” COBA Chair Wendy Machin said.

    “Michael’s strong background and experience as a leader will enable him to immediately take up a busy advocacy agenda.

    “Michael has already shown a great understanding of the issues and opportunities for the sector."

    Commenting on his appointment Mr Lawrence said:

    “I am delighted to join COBA as its new CEO.

    “The customer owned banking sector has a great deal to be proud of, particularly with its strong customer and community focus.

    “I look forward to advocating strongly for the sector and ensuring it continues to have a vibrant and strong future.

    “Customer owned banking already delivers terrific outcomes for millions of Australians. I’m very keen to help COBA members deliver on their exciting plans for growth in the future and within a competitive environment.”

    Michael Lawrence begins as COBA CEO on December 4.

    This article was originally sourced from Customer Owned Banking Association.


  • 22 Nov 2017 10:37 AM | Deleted user

    Six years after establishing The Funding Network in Australia and growing it to be one of the most respected collective giving models in Australia, CEO Lisa Cotton will step down in February 2018.

    “Under Lisa’s leadership, The Funding Network (TFN) has deeply impacted both the social and philanthropic sectors in Australia and we’re so proud of what this lean organisation has achieved,” TFN Chairman, Mark Osborn said.

    “Lisa has worked with a terrific team to build a strong community of corporate, philanthropic, and government partners who, along with nearly 5,000 individuals have come together to support more than 165 grassroots non-profit organisations both locally and abroad”.

    Since its inception TFN Australia has facilitated more than $6.8 million in funding, plus extensive in-kind support to grassroots non-profits working across a range of social issue areas.

    This year, TFN’s work has been widely recognised by our peers by being awarded the Anthill Smart 100 Innovations Award, and the Philanthropy Australia Small Grant of the Year. Lisa Cotton was included as one of ProBono Australia’s Impact 25 list of sector leaders and was named the Third Sector’s CEO of the Year.

    “Lisa’s vision and uncompromising commitment to getting TFN off the ground and flourishing has contributed to the growth of the broader philanthropic ecosystem,” Osborn said. “TFN’s ability to think big and move fast, and the team’s fundamental belief in human dignity has been central to our success.

    “Lisa is leaving TFN in an extremely strong position. Her view is that as TFN embarks on its next stage of growth and development, it’s a perfect time to bring a new leader on board”, he said.

    Lisa will be succeeded by Julie McDonald, currently CEO of The Kolling Foundation where she’s responsible for building and leading the performance of the foundation on behalf of Royal North Shore Hospital, Ryde Hospital and the Kolling Institute of Research. Prior to that, Julie was General Manager Fundraising and Communications for St Vincent de Paul Society.

    “I’m delighted to be handing over the reins to Julie early next year,” Lisa Cotton said. “Her passion and extensive social sector and corporate experience in management, fundraising and marketing, will underpin TFN’s vision to build the capacity of non-profit organisations by democratising giving and facilitating greater community engagement.”

    Established in 2013, The Funding Network (TFN) is a capacity building model for non-profit organisations that convenes live crowdfunding events and creates deeper donor connections into community via skilled volunteering, mentoring and learning forums. As a non-profit organisation, The Funding Network collaborates with a large community network of individuals, foundations, businesses and government bodies seeking to support innovative social change programs. To find out more visit www.thefundingnetwork.com.au

    This article was originally sourced from the Generosity Magazine.

  • 06 Nov 2017 3:58 PM | Deleted user

    The Board of Directors of the Australian Institute of Project Management today announced that CEO, Ms Yvonne Butler FAIPM, has advised that she will be stepping down from the position of Chief Executive Officer in December 2017.

    AIPM Chair of the Board, Mr Leh Simonelli, expressed the Board’s sentiment when he said “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Yvonne for the significant contribution she made in her time as CEO to the Institute and to the profession of project management as a whole. Her passion, commitment and dedication will be sorely missed, and her efforts in setting the course of the Institute should be highly commended.”

    After over three years at the helm of Australia’s peak body for project management, Yvonne oversaw some of the most significant strategic changes and policy improvements in the history of the Institute. She drove the 2015-2020 strategic plan, as well as the new constitution as approved by members at the 2015 AGM in Hobart. Other key achievements included the addition of IPMA’s international certification, improvement of our local RegPM certification program, the 2016 AIPM Inaugural Regional conference in conjunction with IPMA and her outstanding advocacy work for the profession.

    Ms Butler will remain at the Institute until December, and was quoted as saying “I am extremely proud of what the AIPM has been able to achieve in my time here as CEO. Through the support of the Board and our members we have been able to make significant advancements for the Institute and the profession, and with the new strategy in place the time is right for me to stand down. I would like to thank the Board, staff and volunteers of the AIPM who have made my time here so rewarding and enjoyable”.

    It will be business as usual at the AIPM over the next three months, as Yvonne works closely with the Board and the Executive Team during the transition to effect a smooth handover and to ensure consistency of her legacy.

    The Institute would like to wish Yvonne all the very best in the next step of her career and thanks her for her significant contribution to the Institute and the profession of Project Management.

    This press release was sourced from Australian Institute of Project Management and was written by Michael Martin.


  • 03 Nov 2017 1:38 PM | Deleted user

    Six years after establishing The Funding Network in Australia and growing it to be one of the most respected collective giving models in Australia, CEO Lisa Cotton will step down in February 2018.

    “Under Lisa’s leadership, The Funding Network (TFN) has deeply impacted both the social and philanthropic sectors in Australia and we’re so proud of what this lean organisation has achieved,” TFN Chairman, Mark Osborn said.

    “Lisa has worked with a terrific team to build a strong community of corporate, philanthropic, and government partners who, along with nearly 5,000 individuals have come together to support more than 165 grassroots non-profit organisations both locally and abroad”.

    Since its inception TFN Australia has facilitated more than $6.8 million in funding, plus extensive in-kind support to grassroots non-profits working across a range of social issue areas.

    This year, TFN’s work has been widely recognised by our peers by being awarded the Anthill Smart 100 Innovations Award, and the Philanthropy Australia Small Grant of the Year. Lisa Cotton was included as one of ProBono Australia’s Impact 25 list of sector leaders and was named the Third Sector’s CEO of the Year.

    “Lisa’s vision and uncompromising commitment to getting TFN off the ground and flourishing has contributed to the growth of the broader philanthropic ecosystem,” Osborn said. “TFN’s ability to think big and move fast, and the team’s fundamental belief in human dignity has been central to our success.

    “Lisa is leaving TFN in an extremely strong position. Her view is that as TFN embarks on its next stage of growth and development, it’s a perfect time to bring a new leader on board”, he said.

    Lisa will be succeeded by Julie McDonald, currently CEO of The Kolling Foundation where she’s responsible for building and leading the performance of the foundation on behalf of Royal North Shore Hospital, Ryde Hospital and the Kolling Institute of Research. Prior to that, Julie was General Manager Fundraising and Communications for St Vincent de Paul Society.

    “I’m delighted to be handing over the reins to Julie early next year,” Lisa Cotton said. “Her passion and extensive social sector and corporate experience in management, fundraising and marketing, will underpin TFN’s vision to build the capacity of non-profit organisations by democratising giving and facilitating greater community engagement.”

    Established in 2013, The Funding Network (TFN) is a capacity building model for non-profit organisations that convenes live crowdfunding events and creates deeper donor connections into community via skilled volunteering, mentoring and learning forums. As a non-profit organisation, The Funding Network collaborates with a large community network of individuals, foundations, businesses and government bodies seeking to support innovative social change programs. To find out more visit www.thefundingnetwork.com.au

    This article was originally sourced from Generosity Magazine

  • 31 Oct 2017 7:16 AM | Deleted user

    The 2017-18 Not For Profit Remuneration Report is now available! The AuSAE member price is $231.00 instead of RRP of $286.00; a saving of $55.00 or 20%.

    To take up this opportunity on this special AuSAE member price, click here.

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    Have the confidence that your remuneration decisions accurately reflect the latest information on Not for Profit sector remuneration in Australia.

    The report presents results for each position by:

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    We are very proud of the quality and breadth of details in the report; and are again confident in its value in the hands of those involved in the association and NFP sector generally.

    Click here to take up this special AuSAE member price.

  • 27 Oct 2017 1:28 PM | Deleted user

    Thank you for being a member this past year, the team at AuSAE hope we had the chance to meet you and demonstrate our passion for the Association industry and developing this further in Australia and New Zealand.

    We invite you to join us again in 2018 and continue to make a powerful investment in your career at the Australasian home for Association professionals.

    • Belong to community of like-minded professionals to compare experiences and hear success stories
    • Connect to great people and great ideas to expand your network
    • Advance your career, enhance your skills and professional development and stay up-to-date with industry trends
    • Be inspired and learn from industry leaders and Association peers

    We’re pleased to let you know our key milestones this year:

    • Increased our community of Association professionals by 16% adding 180 new members
    • In New Zealand we held 33 events including the annual LINC Conference and Exhibition
    • More than 427 people attended NZ Events
    • Piloted a new event series titled Women in Association Leadership in Australia
    • In Australia, we hosted 53 events including the ACE Conference and Exhibition
    • Welcomed more than 1,350 people at Australian events across 7 States & Territories
    • Repositioned and refreshed our brand identity to better represent the membership
    • Launched a new monthly e-newsletter Association Insights including member only content

    Our focus in 2018 will be to:

    • Expand our online education program
    • Increase our focus on developing practical resources and tools
    • Add new formats to our face-to-face events
    • Support the development of benchmarking reports, advice and knowledge centres
    • Investigate the introduction of an Association Manager Certification

    Thank you for your on-going support of the only not-for-profit organisation representing Association Professionals, together we can build the capability and capacity of Association Leaders and Membership organisations.

    Renew your AuSAE membership today!

    RENEW TODAY and call our team on 1800 764 576. We look forward to hearing from you. 

  • 27 Oct 2017 1:13 PM | Deleted user

    Mentors are truly magnificent people who share their time, energy and experience with someone else. They guide and encourage, they challenge and confront, but most of all they support and listen.

    My first real mentor was an ex-boss. He gave me my first job as a graduate and watched out for me as I progressed through the ranks of a multinational, eventually reaching the Marketing Director role that he was in when he employed me.

    Throughout the intervening fifteen years, he was a sounding board and provided a fresh perspective when I couldn’t see the wood from the trees. But most of all it was his belief in me, as an inexperienced young woman, straight out of university, that I most appreciated. His unwavering belief in my potential helped me gain confidence until I, too, believed in me.

    Many people I meet, say they have never had a mentor. If this is true, then they have truly missed out on something special. I suspect, though, that they actually have had people support and guide them, they just haven’t thought to us the label of ‘mentor’. Equally, I believe that there are people who may be thought of as a mentor by another, without ever realising the depth of impact that their words of encouragement or advice, might have had.

    On National Mentoring Day, it’s a great time to pause and reflect. Who have been, and are, the mentors in your life? What have they contributed and what was their legacy? Isn’t it time you acknowledged them or expressed your gratitude? Make their day with a thank you, big or small.

    And don’t underestimate your own capacity to touch someone’s life in a profound way. Is there someone you could provide mentorship to? There is almost nothing more rewarding than knowing you have truly helped someone reach their potential.

    Life is short, do it today!

    This article was sourced from Art of Mentoring.

  • 25 Oct 2017 11:27 AM | Deleted user

    Advanced Solutions International (ASI), a leading global provider of software and services for associations and not-for-profits, announced today that the 2017 release of its iMIS 20 Engagement Management System (EMS)™ is now available. iMIS 20 2017 helps organizations better connect with their members, donors, and other constituents — thereby deepening engagement, improving satisfaction, and increasing retention. Learn more at www.advsol.com/primis.

    With each new iMIS 20 release, ASI continues to extend its vision of the only Engagement Management System for the not-for-profit world that can eliminate data silos, improve reporting, and enable continuous performance improvement in a single cloud-based system. iMIS 20 2017 will help organizations increase operational efficiency, make better business decisions and advance their missions.

    The RiSE web development platform — the central nervous system of iMIS 20 — makes all of this possible by concentrating database management and web publishing into a single, easy-to-use application. With iMIS 20, an organization's website and business system can be one and the same.

    The iMIS 20 2017 release contains 150+ new features and enhancements, including:

    • Engagement scoring
    • Security and PCI improvements
    • 100+ new reports, queries and dashboards

    Learn more about iMIS 20 2017 at http://www.advsol.com/primis.

    About ASI

    Advanced Solutions International (ASI) is a recognized global, industry thought leader that focuses on helping associations and not-for-profits increase operational and financial performance through the use of best practices, proven solutions, and ongoing client advisement. Since 1991, ASI has served nearly 4,000 clients and millions of users worldwide, both directly and indirectly through a network of over 100 partners, and currently maintains corporate offices in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.

    See ASI at the AuSAE LINC Conference in Wellington 13/14 November. 

  • 24 Oct 2017 2:06 PM | Deleted user

    The Australian Custodial Services Association (ACSA), the peak body representing the custody industry in Australia, today announced the appointment of Mr Robert J. Brown as its chief executive officer.

    The appointment of Mr Brown represents a milestone for the organisation, and comes as the industry works through key issues including the Asia Fund Passport legislation and the blockchain replacement of ASX’s CHESS system.

    Mr Brown is a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, working at senior levels of organisations such as HSBC Securities Services, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and State Street Australia.

    Commenting on Mr Brown’s appointment, ACSA Chair, Mr David Knights said: “After an exhaustive recruitment process, we are pleased to welcome Rob back to ACSA as CEO. He brings a wealth of experience in the custody and financial services sectors, together with a past contribution to ACSA itself. His knowledge and skills will serve ACSA well as our industry adapts to the strategic shifts underway in the financial services sector.

    “On behalf of the ACSA Board and the wider industry, we welcome Rob to the role and look forward to his leadership in driving the Australian custody industry forward,” Mr Knights said.

    Commenting on his appointment, Mr Brown said: “ACSA is a unique organisation that provides value to its members, and insight to broader stakeholders, in the interests of an efficient and vibrant securities servicing sector. I look forward to developing further dialogue with members, and ensuring that our organisation is fully aligned to opportunities. ACSA’s history of collaboration, and our member’s willingness to share deep technical knowledge, provides a powerful platform for the ongoing development for our organisation.”

    Mr Brown started in the new role on Monday 16 October 2017.

    This media release was sourced from ACSA and was written by Kurt Graham.

  • 24 Oct 2017 11:13 AM | Deleted user

    AuSAE are proud to champion our new initiative Women in Association Leadership #WIAL. Our new networking series will provide a platform to showcase and celebrate our #WIAL who have led the way.

    With no other event like this for our association leaders in the marketplace, we are aiming to bring like-minded women together to build those support networks and develop professional and personal skill sets.

    Our first series will welcome three inspiring women in associations who will share their journeys, challenges and advice in a facilitated and interactive discussion.

    Speakers include Cassandra Heilbronn, President, Women Lawyers Association of Queensland and Senior Associate, MinterEllison. Dominique Lamb, CEO and Director, National Retail Association and NRA Legal. Jane Schmitt, CEO, Australian Medical Association Queensland. Facilitator is Mel Kettle.  

    To register for our Brisbane event: Brisbane 22 November

    In Melbourne we welcome two inspiring women, and a male champion of change in associations who will share their journeys, challenges and advice in a facilitated and interactive discussion. 

    Speakers include Mark Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Swimming Australia. Dr Zena Burgess, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Dr Louise Schaper, Chief Executive Officer, Health Informatics Society of Australia. Facilitator Mel Kettle.

    To register for our Melbourne event: Melbourne 21 November

    Grab your colleagues, best friend or boss (male or female) and come along to #WIAL and see what we can achieve when we all come together.

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