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 together like-minded women and male champions of change to build those support networks and develop professional and personal skill sets.
Our first series will 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.
Mark Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Swimming Australia
Mark commenced as Chief Executive Officer of Swimming Australia in May, 2013 with an objective to ensure that the Australian Swim Team attains sustained success in the pool and our swimmers are widely recognised as great ambassadors for our sport and Nation. Mark is focussed on the development of swimming at all levels throughout Australia by further strengthening the important swimming community links that exist and communicating and building a relationship with Australia’s vast swimming family.
Mark was the Chief Executive at Hockey Australia between 2008 and 2013. In this role he was responsible for ensuring the future success of two of Australia’s most successful national teams, the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos and leveraging this success to enhance the profile of the sport and grow participation levels. Under his leadership the world first, ‘International Super Series, Hockey 9’s’ tournament was created, attracting sponsorship from India and Australia and broadcast rights within both Australian and international markets. Under his leadership participation within junior development programs grew, both national teams attained their first major sponsorships for many years and Australia successfully hosted three international Champions Trophy tournaments.
Prior to joining Hockey Australia in November 2008, Mark was the Chief Commercial Officer at one of the Australian Football League’s (AFL) largest and most successful clubs, Essendon Football Club. During this time record sponsorship, membership and merchandise levels were achieved, and marquee events such as the Dreamtime at the ‘G were established.
Mark has a Masters’ of Business Management and outside of his professional sporting experience he has worked in Executive Marketing & Business Development roles. He has a passion for leading change and establishing cultures which underpin organisational success, particularly within high performance environments.
Dr Zena Burgess, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
With a dynamic career spanning more than 20 years, Dr Zena Burgess is recognised throughout Australia as an esteemed leader, with a proven unique skill set. Since her appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of the RACGP in 2008, she has transformed the organisation into an outward looking, entrepreneurial organisation, attractive to both GPs and partner organisations. By leading the development of a national brand strategy, Dr Burgess has created and facilitated a governance review to ensure commercially-focused priorities are balanced with member engagement, and has developed and implemented a clear strategy, which includes financial strategies and targets and performance management processes. In just eight years under her leadership, RACGP membership has almost doubled – from 19,000 to more than 35,000. 90 per cent of Australian GPs choose RACGP membership, with a 97% retention rate. Dr Burgess holds a PhD in psychology, having completed her thesis in the area of women and corporate governance.
Dr Louise Schaper, Chief Executive Officer, Health Informatics Society of Australia
Dr Louise Schaper, PhD FACHI CHIA
- Honorary Research Fellow and Sessional Lecturer, Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC), The University of Melbourne
- Certified Health Informatician Australasia
- Fellow Australasian College of Health Informatics
- Australian representative to the International Medical Informatics Association
As leader of Australia’s peak body for digital health, Dr Louise Schaper is a passionate advocate for the transformation of healthcare. Committed to the improvement of health outcomes enabled through innovative uses of technology and information, she has a global reputation in health informatics and digital health and is shaping a new future for HISA. With a background as an occupational therapist, Louise has a PhD in technology acceptance among health professionals, is a graduate of Stanford’s Executive Leadership Program, a Certified Health Informatician and a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow. Louise has delivered over 100 conference presentations, has written for academic and industry publications and text books, is host of the Dissecting Digital Health podcast and she is always online.
Facilitator: Mel Kettle
Mel Kettle is a communication and social media expert, with over 20 years’ professional experience, a Master of Business in Marketing and a Master of Public Health. She specialises in developing practical communication solutions for her clients. She also trains, mentors and up-skills CEOs, staff and volunteers to improve their communication and social media skills. Mel has worked with professional and industry associations, community organisations, researchers and academics, charities, government, and businesses of all sizes to help them develop effective and practical communication and social media strategies that lead to an increase in brand awareness, customer satisfaction and business growth.
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.