Networking Lunch (Canberra): Member Engagement - Remaining Relevant in a Society of Choice

  • 31 Jul 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
  • Swan Room, National Convention Centre Canberra, 31 Constitution Ave, Canberra ACT 2601


  • Please note that this registration type is not available to AuSAE business partner members and AuSAE non-members.
  • Non-members who work in associations or other non-profit organisations can register to attend. Please note that registration is not available to corporates who are not current AuSAE members.

The Networking

This event is now closed for online registrations, if you are interested in attending please email

We invite you to take a couple of hours out of your day to connect with others in the industry to discuss high level topics of real importance, develop new relationships and gain critical information. This is a rare opportunity to network with other CEOs and senior management professionals from charities, associations and other non-profit organisations. Ample opportunity will be given for you to discuss issues and network with others.

The Topic

Martin will draw on his 27 years of learnings gained from volunteering and working for membership organisations to explore membership engagement and growth – what it looks like, the success and what happens if things go wrong. Martin will discuss how to undertake a membership health check for your organisation, how to empower staff and the importance of effective communications in the process.

The Speaker - Martin Thomas, Operations Manager - Training & Development, St John Ambulance Australia NSW

Marty has had an extensive 38-year business career having owned and operated local and overseas companies and has travel extensively throughout South East Asia. Positions held during this time include Managing Director and General Manager. In 2008, he left the private sector, to follow his passion to work in the NFP sector and took up the position of CEO for Scouts WA. Since then has held the roles of CEO for Scouts Victoria and National Chief Executive for Scouts Australia and is currently the Operations Manager at St John Ambulance Australia NSW. 

Marty’s role at Scouts Australia focused on the strategic development and growth of Australia’s largest youth leadership organisation. Scouts Australia has over 70,000 members and is part of the global Scouting fraternity of 45 million members. Marty is responsible for 14 staff and online business and the Scouts Australia Institute of Training (RTO)

Marty has served on numerous Boards and subcommittees including finance, risk management, marketing and corporate governance. He is a member of AuSAE, an Associate Fellow of the Australia Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As a recent graduate of the prestigious Sydney Leadership course Marty has continued to refine his leadership skill and understands the challenges that face many associations in today’s environment.

His interests including sailing, camping and bike riding and he loves to travel with his family whenever they get the opportunity. 

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