Join us at Claudelands Conference Exhibition Centre, Hamilton 26 - 28 September 2021



As an association professional, you can’t afford to miss our signature event, the AuSAE Leadership, Insight and Networking Conference. LINC brings together association professionals and suppliers from all aspects of association management.

Renew your enthusiasm for association management over two jam-packed days of learning, peer-to-peer sessions, and a whole lot of fun...

Leadership | Management | Membership Engagement | Business Development | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | plus more...


Major Conference Partner


Conference Partners






Conference Program
Over 25 educational and insightful sessions
12 hours + of peer to peer networking 



Leadership | Management | Membership Engagement | Business Development | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | plus more...

Sunday 26 September 2021

6:00  Buses leave for welcome function
6:30  Welcome function

Monday 27 September

8:00  Buses depart from hotels to Claudelands.

8:30  Coffee

9:00  Welcome + Keynote The true power is accepting the truth of who you are. 
Shelly Davies, Keynote Speaker and Rockstar communication 

10:15  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion –  Leadership for sustainable outcomes. 
Maretha Smit, Chief Executive, Diversity Works New Zealand [Topic: Leadership]

11:00  AM Tea and Networking in the exhibition area 

11:30  Plenary leadership address Speaker to be confirmed [Topic: Leadership]

12:15 Birds of a feather: Assisting others in association management
Brett Jeffery, General Manager, AuSAE and other Association executives
[Topic: Collaboration]

1:00  Lunch and Networking in the exhibition area 

Learning sessions

 1:45

Privacy 2020
Speaker to be confirmed
[Topic: business development]

Someone had to change. Me or them? 
Posy Moody, General Manager, NZ Herefords [Topic: Governance] 


 2:15

Developing a strategy for an online Community
Bruce Jackson, Higher Logic 
[Topic: IT / Membership] 

Targeting the education system to strengthen your sector
Ian Lee, Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy and Design Directorate, Tertiary Education Commission 
[Topic: Leadership] 


2:45 Afternoon Tea and Networking in the exhibition area 

 3:15

Transforming your association for the future
Roz Henry, CEO, 
Cooperative Business NZ 
[Topic: Project Management]

Member versus member resolution
Gary Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Security Association
[Topic: Membership] 


 3:15

Using AI to engage your members
speaker to be confirmed
[Topic: Membership / IT]

On solid ground - how lessons from the Christchurch Earthquakes prepared AMINZ for Covid-19
Sue Wells, Executive Director,  Arbitrators' and Mediator's Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ)
[Topic: Leadership]


4:15  Closing address + Each of us has a story about who we are.
Jehan Casinader, keynote speaker

5:15 Close of day one Buses to hotels

6:30 Buses depart hotels to Conference dinner
7:00 Conference dinner til late 

Tuesday 28 September 2021

7:45  Buses depart from hotels to Claudelands.

8:30  AuSAE town Hall 

9:15  Day two keynote address - Literacy in Life
Hilary Beaton, Executive Director, Public Libraries Association of NZ

10:00  AM Tea and Networking in the exhibition area

Learning sessions

 10:30

Winning with Virtual Engagement
Peter Swanson, Chairperson, Orienteering NZ  
[Topic: Membership Engagement]

Incorporated societies act
Speaker to be confirmed
[Topic: business development]


 11:00

Volunteerism getting it right
Heidi Quinn, Volunteer Management Lead  
[Topic: Membership Engagement]

Cyber security
Speaker to be confirmed
[Topic: business development]

11:30  Keynote Strengthening your association through International contacts
(let us get you ready)

12:00  Panel session Managing staff remotely 

12:30  Lunch and Networking in the exhibition area

1:15  Reliance and Business Risk
Speaker to be confirmed
[Topic: Business Management]

2:00   Keynote Address Building a younger and diverse membership
Jim McIlwain, Institute of Finance Professionals NZ
[Topic: Membership Engagement]

2:45  Closing keynote address plus closing

3:45  Farewell function


Major Conference Partner 


Conference Partners 






The Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE)

Australian Office:
Address: Unit 6, 26 Navigator Place, Hendra QLD 4011 Australia
Free Call: +61 1300 764 576
Phone: +61 7 3268 7955
Email: info@ausae.org.au

New Zealand Office:
Address: 159 Otonga Rd, Rotorua 3015 New Zealand
Phone: +64 27 249 8677
Email: nzteam@ausae.org.au

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