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2016 Leaders Forum Yearbook

Contents 2016 Program Participants


2016 Participant Reflections


Executive Officer and Minister's Messages


Leaders In Action (LIA)


Chair's Message & LBWR Committee


LIA Roll Call

2016 Program Schedule


Year in Review



2016 Program Participants Wendy Adams Program Manager Business Operations Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Keren Day Director Governance and Risk Management Ballarat Health Services

Jacinta Baxter Property Officer City of Ballarat

Philip Diprose Project Management Officer Pyrenees Shire Council

Lloyd Bennett Building Supervisor JG King Australia

Talina Edwards Director/Registered Architect Talina Edwards Architecture Peter Davies Scholarship

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Sarah Birtles Clinical Nurse Educator – Professional Development Ballarat Health Services


Janelle Burns Executive Assistant to CEO Sovereign Hill Lindy Crowe Artistic Director Curtain Call Performing Arts Studio Bug Blitz Scholarship

Anna Harber IAP and Resource Allocations, Housing and Crisis Support UnitingCare Ballarat Shane Herbertson Statewide Specialist, Emerging Plant Industries, Agriculture Victoria Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources Alan Jones Road Safety Supervisor City of Ballarat

Jacqueline Keevins Manager Pharmacotherapy Network Ballarat Community Health Jacqueline King Director of Nursing Ballarat Health Services Daina MacLeod Chartered Accountant MTA Accounting Kimberley O’Neill Intake and Assessment Counsellor Centacare James Rendell Managing Director Co-pilot Marketing

Ash Sims Strategic Sourcing Manager Mars Chocolate Australia Donna Stanczak Finance Officer – Data Entry Stream Haymes Paint Shannon Thompson Psychologist/Student Counsellor Australian Catholic University Kane Vorbach Pharmacy Manager UFS Dispensaries Tas Wansbrough Artist Bug Blitz Scholarship

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Jon Kanoa Executive Officer Grampians RAJAC (Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee) Bank Australia Scholarship


Executive Officer and Minister's Messages

I am delighted to take on the role of Executive Officer with LBWR. It is a very exciting time to be settling in Ballarat as Western Victoria is on the cusp of a new boom – in innovation, culture and population. Now more than ever, the region requires strong, positive and thoughtful leadership to ensure it continues to grow from strength to strength. The Leaders Forum empowers, educates and provokes our community leaders to make positive change. This year’s group have tackled a diverse range of regional themes and have been challenged to consider their own skills, beliefs and value systems. They have developed individually and as a group and I’m sure will continue to collaborate with each other on projects into the future. I am looking forward to bringing my experience from the university sector to LBWR to activate and energise our community through Leaders Forum, the Leaders in Action network and community engagement projects like Think Tank Ballarat. By working together across our broad network, we can tackle the big issues and harness the opportunities available to us as one of the fastest-growing regions in the state.

Congratulations on celebrating your 10th birthday in 2015 and to this year’s graduates, who now join an alumnus of almost 300. The Andrews Government is strongly committed to developing future leaders in rural and regional Victoria. Communities in regional Victoria face unique social and economic challenges. Maximising and creating opportunities to address these challenges is something that will take leadership and dedication. The Andrews Government is strongly committed to developing future leaders in rural and regional Victoria and has provided $8 million over four years for the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs (VRCLP) to address these challenges and opportunities. The development of regional community and business leaders is vital to the success of regional Victoria. Through its leadership program, short courses and networking opportunities, Leadership Ballarat & Western Region fosters the development of a vibrant network of community and business leaders in Western Victoria. The Leaders Forum program benefits individual participants by providing them with skills, knowledge and self-confidence to actively engage in local and wider communities. It also benefits local communities more broadly by improving their capacity to recognise, prioritise and drive regional change.

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Congratulations Leaders Forum 2016.


Jennie Courtney LBWR Executive Officer

Hon Jaala Pulford MP Minister for Regional Development

Chair's Message & LBWR Committee

Jennie has international experience – including a role at Oxford University – which lends her an expansive, strategic perspective. She has already shown herself to be willing to challenge the ways things are done and the Committee is very supportive of this attitude. Renewal is critical for any organisation. Whilst we will be very careful not to compromise those essential aspects of the program that have

made it so successful, we could not claim to play a role in leadership development if we did not critically review ourselves and evolve as needed. As always, the Committee is grateful to the sponsors for their generosity; the employers who support their staff to undertake the Leaders Forum; the participants themselves for their commitment; and the Committee for Ballarat staff who make it all work. Scott Williams



Scott Williams (Chair)

Director, Scott Williams Consulting

Jennie Courtney

Executive Officer, Leadership Ballarat & Western Region

Melanie Robertson

CEO, Committee for Ballarat

Gayle Boschert (LBWR 2007)

Telehealth Program Manager, Grampians Rural Health Alliance

Tony Chew (LBWR Learning Partner)

Community member

Cassie Lindsey (LBWR 2009)

Policy and Program Manager - Sports Engagement Program, Our Watch

Terry Lloyd

Community member

Bobby Mehta (LBWR 2012)

Chief Pharmacist, UFS Dispensaries Ltd

Norman Prueter (LBWR 2012)

Risk Management Co-ordinator, Pyrenees Shire Council

Nicole Roberts (LBWR 2011)

Senior Manager - Retail Operations, Sovereign Hill

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The major responsibility for the LBWR Committee this year was the appointment of a new Executive Officer, following the resignation of Sofia Fiusco. Sofia was much admired. It is perhaps a reflection of the excellent state of LBWR at the end of Sofia’s tenure that the EO position attracted a strong field of candidates. After very careful consideration, Jennie Courtney was appointed and commenced duties in September.


2016 Program Schedule Date

Topic and Purpose


Guest Speakers

February 24-25

Opening retreat

Venue: Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, Hepburn Springs

• Sofia Fiusco (LBWR Executive Officer)

Venue: Trench Room, Ballarat Town Hall

• Dr Joseph Voros (Senior Lecturer Strategy & Strategic Foresight, Swinburne University)

Sponsor: City of Ballarat

• Jeff Pulford (Major Projects, City of Ballarat)

Develop group values to guide participants through the year to ensure they get the best from the program.

• Kraig Grime (Leading Teams) • Stella Savy (Vocalise)

Leadership: Relationships Personal development: Learning

March 9

Our Region Understand the regional community in which we live and how we prepare our livability for 2040.

• Susan Fayad (Coordinator Heritage Strategy, City of Ballarat)

Leadership: Vision Personal development: Perspective

• David McGinness (Honorary Research Fellow, Collaborative Research Centre in Australia History, Federation University Australia)

March 23

Safe & Secure Communities Explore the social determinants of health and community connectedness as we continue to grow in population.

Venue: Yuille Park P-8 Community College, Sebastopol

• Steven Johnson (Director Grampians Region, Berry Street) • Brett Shillito (Assistant Principal, Yuille Park P-8 Community College) • Simone Gilbert (Student Engagement Officer, Yuille Park P-8 Community College)

Leadership: Advocacy Personal development: Resilience

• Kieran Murrihy (Director, Foresight Lane)

April 20

Leading Teams Gain insight into ways to develop a culture in which we motivate others to lead.

Venue: Ballarat Tech Park Central

• Kraig Grime (Leading Teams)

Venue: Trench Room, Ballarat Town Hall

• Anthony Schinck (Regional Director - Grampians, Regional Development Victoria)

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Leadership: Capacity building Personal development: Inspiration


May 11

Community Voice Observe a council meeting and consider how to listen to the community and lead through the noise. Leadership: Governance Personal development: Advocacy

Sponsor: City of Ballarat


Topic and Purpose


Guest Speakers

May 25


Venue: North Ballarat Sports Club

• Judy Verlin (former mayor of Ballarat and former Committee for Ballarat chair)

To delve into the complexities and opportunities of lobbying to all levels of government.

• Maryanne Martin (Director, People Pathways) • Mark Patterson (Chief Executive Officer, North Ballarat Football Club & Sports Club)

Leadership: Networks Personal development: Advocacy

• Ammon Beyerle (Director, HERE Studio) June 8

Water Consider how we future-proof our water supply to develop sustainable systems.

Venue and sponsor: Central Highlands Water, Wendouree

• Janet Dore (Chair, Committee for Ballarat) • Tony Chew (LBWR committee member, Learning Partner and former Chair of Committee for Ballarat) • Paul O’Donohue (Managing Director, Central Highlands Water)

Leadership: Innovation Personal development: Sustainability

• Phil Anstis (Strategic Planner, Central Highlands Water) • Peter Field (Coordinator Catchments, Central Highlands Water) • John Frdelja (Manager Strategic Asset Management and Planning, Central Highlands Water) June 22

Living in Harmony Evaluate the importance of diverse communities and the impact of unconscious bias on inclusiveness.

Venue: Ballarat South Community Hub, Sebastopol

• Darlene Henning- Marshall (Program Manager, Women’s Health Grampians)

Leadership: Inclusive Personal development: Understanding

July 20

• Kate Souter (Health Promotion Worker, Women’s Health Grampians)

• Karen Heap (Chief Executive Officer, Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative)

Resilient Communities

Venue: Narmbool, Elaine

Learn about community resilience and how we respond when under threat.

Sponsor: Sovereign Hill

• Natalie Abbott (Manager Customer and Business Services, Moorabool Shire) • Cherie Graham (Municipal Emergency Manager, Moorabool Shire)

Leadership: System-based response Personal development: Survival

• Gill Armstrong (Site Manager, Narmbool)

August 3

Mid-Year Reflection Examine the year thus far and consider the remainder of the year regarding individual expectations, community vision and the role you play. Leadership: Judgement Personal development: Acceptance

Venue: Ballarat Tech Park Central

• Suzanne Cassar (Senior Programs Coordinator, Langi Kal Kal Prison) • Sofia Fiusco (Former EO, LBWR) • Jake Bridges (Leading Teams)

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• Tony Brady (Vegetation Management Officer, CFA)


2016 Program Schedule Date

Topic and Purpose


Guest Speakers

August 17

VRCLP Regional Leadership Summit

Venue: All Seasons Hotel, Bendigo

• Nigel Collin (Founder, Thinkativity)

Under the theme “Innovative, Collaborative, Responsive COMMUNITIES”, VRCLP16 brings together some of the top leaders and practitioners from across Australia, each of them ready to share their thinking, their plans and their knowledge.

Sponsor: VRCLP

• Matt Pfahlert (Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship) • Natalie Egleton (Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal) • Carolyn Tate (Slow School for Business)

Leadership: Innovation Personal development: Collaboration

• Brenda Dolieslager (BMD Psychology Consulting and Squared Impact) • Peter Kenyon (Bank of I.D.E.A.S.) • Rob Milton (Flexor) • Tim Gentle (Think Digital) • Karen Corr (Change Makers Australia) • James Ritchie (Thamani Pty Ltd)

August 31

Social Inclusion Develop a better understanding of the challenges involving ex-offenders and the community on their release from prison.

Venue: Langi Kal Kal Prison, Trawalla Sponsor: Grampians Region Justice Program

Leadership: Pathways Personal development: Inclusion

• Suzanne Cassar (Langi Kal Kal Prison) • Michelle Wood (Regional Director, Grampians Region Prisons) • Darren Davies (Operations Manager, Langi Kal Kal Prison) • Rhonda Hinchliffe (Adult Vocational Services Manager, Grampians Region). • David Hartmann (Open Place) • Langi Kal Kal inmates

September 13

VRCLP combined program day Develop strategic thinking beyond our own localities and consider how, as regional thought leaders, we can respond creatively to the key issues facing our communities.

Venue: The King Edward Ballroom, Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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Agribusiness Understand the impact of food production on our environment and our economy, and consider the future of farming in our region within the broader global context. Leadership: Innovation Personal development: Sustainability

• Frank Kelloway and Dr Daniel Terrill (Deloitte) • Jason Clarke (Director, Minds at Work) • Helga Svendsen (Facilitator)

Leadership: Strategic thinking Personal development: Responsive

October 5

• Leigh Kennedy (Regional Director -Gippsland, Regional Development Victoria)

Venue: Southern Farming Systems trial site, Inverleigh; Meredith Dairy; and Ballarat Tech Park Central

• Tom Quinn (Future Business Council) • Zoe Creelman (Research and Extension Officer, Southern Farming Systems) • Gina Kreeck (Operations Coordinator, Southern Farming Systems) • Julie Cameron (Owner, Meredith Dairy) • Philip Wollen (Winsome Constance Kindness)


Topic and Purpose


Guest Speakers

October 11


Venue: Australian War Memorial and National Press Club of Australia, Canberra

• Brigadier Wade Stothart (Australian Army)

Venue: Parliament House, Canberra

• Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Sponsor: Catherine King, Federal Member for Ballarat

• Catherine King (Federal Member for Ballarat)

Remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on Australian society and leadership.

• Tim Watts (Federal Member for Gellibrand) • Tim Wilson (Federal Member for Goldstein)

Leadership: Bravery Personal development: Relationships

October 12

Canberra Engage in dialogue with our country’s elected leaders and be exposed to a variety of leadership styles. Leadership: Visionary Personal development: Democracy

• Opposition Leader Bill Shorten • Paul Bongiorno (Journalist) • Jane Hume (Senator for Victoria) • Cathy McGowan (Member for Indi) • Ross Hart (Member for Bass)

October 13

Canberra Understand the importance of Parliament in the lives of Australians and gain an insight into our national cultural institutions.

Venue: Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra

Leadership: Democracy and decision-making Personal development: Debating

Shaping our community

Venue: M.A.D.E, Ballarat

• Janelle Ryan, Jennifer Ganske and Tim Matthews (LIA).

Leadership: Leadership Personal development: Reflection

November 16-17

Closing retreat Link the experiences of the year to your leadership journey, exploring how you will make an impact in the community.

• Mark Schultz (Director, Governance Today) • Noel Dempsey (CEO, Ballarat Regional Tourism)

Find out more about the role of good governance in our region and how boards work.

Venue: Grange Bellinzona, Hepburn Shire

• Garry Trotter (Partner, SED Consulting) • Jake Bridges (Leading Teams)

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November 2


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Year in Review


2015 LBWR graduation dinner

2016 International Women’s Day lunch

2015 CAFS Christmas Gift Appeal

Sofia Fiusco’s farewell

2016 Ballarat Cycle Classic volunteers

2016 Rug Up Ballarat Winter Festival

Leaders In Action (LIA) event

Tree planting at Narmbool

#walktogether project

Halving Homelessness: Think Tank Ballarat

Guest speaker Philip Wollen

Halving Homelessness: Think Tank Ballarat ideas pitch

2016 Leaders Forum Canberra trip

VRCLP Combined Program Day

2016 City of Ballarat Youth Awards

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B31 Ballarat Business Month with Trevor Young


2016 Participant Reflections

Wendy Adams Program Manager Business Operations| Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning LBWR 2016 has been an experience I’ll never forget. It’s delivered a diverse range of topics which have given me a greater understanding of my region and the commitment of so many workers and volunteers. My Learning Partner has helped develop my personal skills of self-reflection, acceptance and courage. Learning about my life purpose and what’s important to me was both challenging and rewarding. The highlight of the year was my fellow participants. This enthusiastic bunch of strangers ploughed into the year with honest conversations and a willingness to listen and learn from each other. Without realising, we formed a team, everyone with different strengths and abilities but all with something to give.

Jacinta Baxter Property Officer | City of Ballarat Wow, what a year! At the start of the year, I was filled with excitement at the prospect of some new learnings and creating new networks. But it has exceeded my expectations, with each program day peeling off the community like ‘layers of an onion’.  The Canberra experience drew all of these together in a whole new lens for me to see through. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing but, now due to all of these experiences, I feel a much more solid, open and communitydeveloped individual who is initiating more open community issue conversations with the knowledge to back me up.

Lloyd Bennett

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Building Supervisor | JG King Australia


I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to participate in this leadership program and learn about our community in a much broader sense. It has been more than a networking opportunity, providing an insight into how important it is to keep communities going and how strong leaders play a vital role in this. The program has been a challenge, allowing me to learn more about myself while identifying both my strengths and weaknesses. I now look forward to where the experience will take me and how I can serve my community in the future.

Sarah Birtles Clinical Nurse Educator – Professional Development | Ballarat Health Services The program has exposed me to some rather thought-provoking information, situations and environments and consequently motivated much reflection, both personally and professionally. It has given me more insight into our local and global environment and issues, which in turn has increased my desire to become more active and achieve more in my community. I’ve met some incredible people, from the participants to the facilitators, presenters and those we met incidentally. Canberra was certainly a highlight for me. It was great to become more familiar with the other participants and to develop more insight into Parliament and the Australian War Memorial. It was an honour to be involved in the laying of the wreath.

Janelle Burns Executive Assistant to CEO | Sovereign Hill I am incredibly grateful to have been nominated by my organisation to participate in the 2016 program. I knew it would be a great benefit for my personal skills development but I could not have predicted the impact it’s had on my critical thinking and growth as an individual. The program has broadened my views of the Ballarat community and the issues we face moving forward to become an innovative, sustainable and thriving city. It’s also highlighted the importance of building a strong network of emerging leaders to become active community members. It’s been a privilege to share my experiences with an amazing group of passionate individuals.

Lindy Crowe Artistic Director | Curtain Call Performing Arts Studio | Bug Blitz Scholarship LBWR has opened my eyes to many local issues and exposed me to new and interesting people. The 2016 participants have bonded well, enthusiastically embracing each other’s stories and journeys. These connections have already helped me professionally and personally. The program has given me the courage to expand my horizons and my future plans. I have a renewed confidence and appreciation of the contribution I give to the community in which I live and work. It has inspired me to continue working hard as a volunteer and as a professional, giving back to Ballarat and ensuring it remains the beautiful and vibrant city we know and love.

Keren Day

My previous leadership development experiences have taken place within the context of my industry, which is a specific perspective. LBWR was a means to be open to a new set of people and different ways of seeing the community. I wanted to explore how I could use my leadership skills in the community as well as my workplace, and the program has delivered that in spades. The content has been valuable, but I have found the highlights to be the members of the group, my community of learning leaders, and the way the content has been delivered. Leadership development is a lifelong road, but this year has challenged me in new and inspiring ways.

Philip Diprose Project Management Officer | Pyrenees Shire Council I have been inspired by the communities’ resilience and fortitude to determine their growing society through better education for the disadvantaged, preventing family violence and supporting each other in times of emergency. The program days have shown me how a positive culture can provide a positive future. This is one thing we all can contribute to and it extends to all walks of life. My fellow participants have made this learning journey most rewarding. Their experience, expertise and enthusiasm holds me in awe. The ability to discuss different ideas and theories in an open and honest environment with community-minded people has made it easier to explore other possibilities, other directions and other reasons.

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Director Governance and Risk Management | Ballarat Health Services


2016 Participant Reflections

Talina Edwards Director/Registered Architect | Talina Edwards Architecture | Peter Davies Scholarship It’s been a big year embarking on this leadership journey and I’m sure the full extent of its impact will become clearer as I continue along this path. At times, the road has been bumpy but, through personal growth, I’m learning to enjoy the detours. When it’s been smoother sailing, there was time for reflection and mapping out the best way forward. We’ve opened our hearts and minds by broadening our horizons and one of the best bits is that we’ve shared this journey of discovery as a collective. With this fabulous crew by my side, together we can go to greater heights!

Anna Harber IAP and Resource Allocations, Housing and Crisis Support | UnitingCare Ballarat My main goal for this year was to meet a variety of other "Ballaratians", get a better understanding of the town in which I live, and learn more about what “leadership" means to me. I think it's safe to say this experiential learner achieved those objectives and, at times, truly surpassed them. Being surrounded by a variety of amazing people (presenters, participants and mentors) willing to share their passions, opinions, knowledge and energy has further opened my eyes to the diversity in our community. The end of the program year won't be the end of my leadership journey and I look forward to continuing to further grow and build on what I’ve learnt, so I’ll see you around!

Shane Herbertson

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Statewide Specialist, Emerging Plant Industries, Agriculture Victoria | Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources


I was nominated for LBWR by my employer. At first, I thought I can’t do this with a young family, a new role at work and generally considering myself as “time-poor”. After careful consideration, I jumped on board and am so glad I did. For me, the people involved in the course make all the difference. Being immersed in program days with people possessing diverse opinions, careers and differing values really challenged my perspective and thinking. A major impact has been pushing myself outside of my comfort zone to refine my ability to respectfully question and challenge other people’s ideas and viewpoints and using that to guide my own views. The Canberra trip was a highlight.

Alan Jones Road Safety Supervisor | City of Ballarat Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to network with great people within the community. I now have a greater understanding of the issues that affect different groups within the community. I understand how, even if it seems minor, an act of kindness or offer of help to another person or group can change the perspective of life for them. Visiting Yuille Park was a real lightbulb moment. Being able to see past perceptions and the way I filter things was a very welcome and enlightening experience. Listening to the views of very passionate people has changed the way I look at topics I may not have acknowledged in the past.

Jon Kanoa Executive Officer | Grampians RAJAC (Regional Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee) | Bank Australia Scholarship Being a participant in LBWR 2016 has provided me with further skills and tools to be able to look at things from a different perspective. The discussions and debates that have taken place at some of our program days have challenged my way of thinking and have made me take a step back and really think about what direction I want to head in certain scenarios. The leadership that each of my brothers and sisters of the program have shown me over the year has had a massive positive effect on the way I conduct my own values and I thank each and every one for that.

Jacqueline Keevins Manager Pharmacotherapy Network | Ballarat Community Health This year’s journey has been a welcome opportunity to meet and work alongside people from a diverse range of industries; many of us with wildly different expertise and ‘lenses’ on the community around us. The program curriculum has covered important content but, for me, the most significant learning has come from the subsequent discussion amongst participants which has shed light on our different motivations and experiences. As a group, I think we now have the collective confidence to go forward and contribute to the making of a culture and community that will only benefit the Ballarat region.

Jacqueline King

The last year has been very reflective for me. We have been challenged to consider many aspects of community programs and how we can contribute as individuals. The various approaches of the numerous leaders we’ve been exposed to (both external speakers and participants) has contributed to my incremental learning. I am not sure at this stage where this learning will take me but I am confident it has enhanced my leadership style. Meeting and working with the diverse and talented participants has been a highlight for me. I feel privileged to have got to know and interact with this group during our journey.

Daina MacLeod Chartered Accountant | MTA Accounting The program has taken me on an amazing journey of community learning and understanding. The connections I have made with fellow participants from many diverse fields have provided me with a close network to discuss business and community issues and the direction of our personal leadership journeys. I will now view our community with a different lens, take into consideration why things are being approached in a certain way, and not judge from first impressions.  I have gained clarity around the direction of my career and a greater understanding that change can happen if we take an interest and a small step in the right direction.

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Director of Nursing | Ballarat Health Services


2016 Participant Reflections

Kimberley O’Neill Intake and Assessment Counsellor | Centacare I have gained so much from my leadership year. The strength of this program is its people - the expert presenters and facilitators, the organisers behind the scenes, as well as the dedicated and enthusiastic participants. Having shared this year with participants who come from a variety of industries, with such a wealth of knowledge and experience, has been a privilege. The exposure to different areas of the Ballarat and greater region, and the range of leadership strengths covered by the program days, has inspired me to become more involved in my community and has allowed me to grow in both my professional and personal life.

James Rendell Managing Director | Co-pilot Marketing The greatest value I have gained from the Leaders Forum program is perspective. Once a fortnight, I am in a room with twenty-something people from diverse professional backgrounds, various stages of life, and different passions driving their leadership journey. With distractions put aside and a different learning experience to approach, I gain a rare chance to reflect, gain insight, see topics through the eyes of others, and stop and think. Alongside some experiences I am unlikely to have otherwise had, the program for me became a regular effective compass to help align my thinking and add context and perspective to challenges and opportunities that I face, all while making a great new personal and professional network.

Ash Sims

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Strategic Sourcing Manager | Mars Chocolate Australia


The program really broadened my understanding of important local, regional, national and global issues. I was able to focus my thoughts around a number of issues faced within the Ballarat region and was provided clarity on how I can personally make Ballarat a better place to live for all. The program has also enabled me to make some great connections with other developing leaders, community groups and industries within Victoria. I now look forward to truly making a difference within my community and, through the program, feel empowered to do so.

Donna Stanczak Finance Officer – Data Entry Stream | Haymes Paint I was provided with a wonderful opportunity to participate in the leadership program this year. This year’s program brought together a diverse range of talented individuals who have inspired myself and others throughout this journey. Working with my mentor this year has been stimulating and thought-provoking. I have developed a sense of confidence to initiate change in my personal life, as well as my career. The program days have given me an understanding of what issues are affecting our community and have made me question my own personal views. I feel my leadership journey is just beginning. I now have a greater understanding of the role of a community leader and our ability to create positive change.

Shannon Thompson Psychologist/Student Counsellor | Australian Catholic University My leadership journey has confirmed what I have always known - I love this beautiful, charming and vibrant city in which I am most fortunate to live. My participation has prompted me to ponder just how involved I am in considering vital social, economic, industrial, educational, infrastructure, planning and governance issues that residents sometimes take for granted. The notion of getting involved and becoming more aware and attuned to such issues has prompted me to adopt a more informed and engaged approach to my community. My fellow participants have inspired and challenged me both personally and professionally. Getting to know and learn from such diverse and knowledgeable individuals has definitely been the highlight of the year for me.

Kane Vorbach Pharmacy Manager | UFS Dispensaries My time as a LBWR participant has been very enjoyable to say the least. The program has enhanced my skills as a leader and a manager. I now find myself asking the harder questions, striving for results as well as managing myself and my team more effectively.

Tas Wansbrough

The opportunities for personal and professional growth the leadership program offers its participants has never been lost on me, so I have been determined to push myself as much as possible. The LBWR program has specifically given me the tools and insight to delve deep and ask the difficult questions, to stand up for my community and understand that great things can happen when you go out of your comfort zone. The Canberra trip was an exceptional highlight for me. To have quality time with key politicians and journalists to discuss examples of regional ingenuity and resilience, as well as to advocate for Ballarat as a premier regional arts destination, was an informative and valuable experience.

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Artist | Bug Blitz Scholarship


Leaders In Action (LIA) Since 2005, almost 300 people have completed our Leaders Forum program. The Leaders in Action (LIA) group of past program participants is committed to shaping the future of our region. Once you graduate, you will join this network and: ■ contribute creative and informed thinking to help find solutions that support a sustainable future; ■ engage in community initiatives that strengthen our community; ■ collaborate with fellow program alumni, agencies and community groups; ■ lead by inspiring participation and connectedness in the community; and ■ further your professional development by participating in ongoing learning activities. For more information, contact Jennie Courtney on 5332 1247 or email

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Stephen Allen Gillian Armstrong Ben Atkinson Mark Bruty Filip Cannizzaro Peter Field Nikki Foy John Frdelja

Jennifer Ganske Chris Gardner Sarah Glyde James Hayward Ben Howell Michelle James Caitlyn Larcombe Shirlene Laurie

Joy O’Brien Pauline O’ShannessyDowling Chris Prehn Dougal Purcell Damian Ryan Jillian Simpson Jade Smithard

Heather Taylor April Ure Barbara White Michelle Whyte Morgan Panhuysen Williams

Nick Clare Adam Criddle Nathan Curnow Talei Deacon Michelle Dunn Katrina Fanning Albert Ferguson Robert Fillisch

Darcy Franklin Paul Hutchison Sarah Jamison-Jones Adrian Kenny Aldona Kmiec Pennie Mathieson Tim Matthews Deb Milera

Michelle O’Brien Justin O’Gorman Orry Pilven Kimberly Roberts Anne Robertson Melanie Schoo Rick Stephens Fiona Strauss

Diana Sullivan Jennifer Trengove Dom Uljanic Leon Underwood Sonia van Dorssen Lisa West

Chris Alcock Ashley Barker Katrina Beer Chloe Biggin Kate Burrows Trent Bursill Anna Doughan

Michael Flynn Mick Gorfine Ross Huntington Daniel Jones Jodie Kennedy Corina Kozaris Robert Ladd

Kylie Long Samantha Mackley Taya McPhee Adrian Misseri Sandi Murphy Greg Murray Jaclyn Reriti

Anthony Riding Carolyn Robertson Kathie Taylor Matt Vallance Steph Wallace Fiona Whatley

Jeff Ashmore Tim Atkinson Jo Brennan Belinda Burley Andrea Carroll Angela Connor Andrew Eales

Dr Nina Fotinatos Leeanne Greenwood Michelle Harper Barry Kay Marnie Kerridge Larelle Kuczer Beth Lamont

Andrew McManus Bobby Mehta Simone Noelker Tim Owen Jodie Perry Jo Powell Norman Prueter

Janelle Ryan Jodie Rykers Sean Simpson Christopher Stevens Dawn Tschujasehenko

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Nadia Attar-Bashi Jo Curkpatrick Wayne Gason Sam Gent Mona Hatwal Ashley Heenan Bianca Jones

Rhonda Lowe Sarah Lum Matthew Lyttle Simon Manterfield Peter McConvill Mark Powell James Riggs

Steve Roberts Peter Rutley Frances Salenga Anthony Schreenan Nicole Roberts Jude Sobey Daniel Sutton

Nathan Thorp Tim Waller Chris Waters Annie Young Igor Zovko

Shane Armstrong Jane Barclay Denielle Beardmore Andrew Brisbane Olivia Brown Sheree Collins Brett Davis Serena Eldridge

Pauline Fay Karin Franck Katherine Gillespie Lynette Heenan Anita Holdsworth Geoff Johnson Wayne Jones Kylie Lang

Sheree Lowe Jed Manley Jade Morrison David Moyle Judy-Ann Quilliam Mel Razmjoo Ben Reeve Adam Rogers

Mark Simpson Gabby Spiller Greg Stewart Gavin Svanosio Mark Thornton Charles Zhang

Chev Chevalier Angela Clough Karl Curran Glenn Drew Karen Eaton Ewen Fletcher Sue Flockhart

Carmel Flynn Andrew Henwood Mick Hynes Cassie Lindsey Heather McBean Adam McSwain Shannon Meadows

Chris Moors Lydia Mzondo Sean O'Keeffe Jarrod Page Krys Pekin Melissa Polkinghorne Maria Rice

Paul Wallace Andrew Wallace Leanne Wilson Fleur Baker Michael Boatman

Jodi Barclay Rachel Browning Andrew Burgess Nicole Cassells Matt Chapman Bronwen Clarke Luke Cooper

Matthew Dawson Brett Edgington Debbie Fankhauser Todd Fletcher Bernie Fradd Amanda Kay Lauren Mann

Chris Martin Genevieve Martin Rachaele May Sharine Shaw Stuart McKee Katie Morris Kurtis Noyce

Catherine Riddoch Paul Rogan Lu Scott Maree StevensonChamings Chris Wright

Tavis Baker Peter Boadle Gayle Boschert Ben Brown Vikki Chaffey Kate Diamond-Keith Troy Everett

Peter Forbes Belinda Fyffe Kerri Gordon Douglas Gowans Narelle Hibberd Chris Hutton John King

Jennifer McPhersonBerry Andrew Nuske Tony Redmond Karen Robinson Caius Ryan Arti Shaw

Claire Stafford Robyn Stevens Michelle Symes Kath Venters Tracey Wilson

Natalie Abbott Carolyn Barrie Olivia Bates Tamara Boyd Ange Carey Colin Dorn Karen Doyle

Luke Dunne Jenny Fitzgerald Robert Gibson Scott Hebbard Naomi Irvin Liz Leorke Kym Ludbrook

Tennille McLauchlan Luke Mullane Paul Murphy Travis Polkinghorne Tania Rigby John Ruyg Michael Smith

Mark Spenceley Matt Stevens Marietta Thompson Adam Wiseman

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