2019 Leading on Boards

Leveraging your specialist professional skills and experience as an NFP board member is not only personally rewarding and a development opportunity, it can make a significant impact towards an NFP organisation. But it’s your role as a leader which will set you apart as a board member: how you take up your board role, the dynamics around the board table, how decisions are made, aligning with vision, mission and values.

Series #2 Program - Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2019
Early-bird rates close 1 October 2019


About the program

Drawing on the experience of our expert facilitators, a range of dynamic guest speakers and a diverse group of peers in the room, you will examine:

  • The motivation of board members and the connection to vision and mission
  • The technical responsibilities of NFP board members; legal compliance, financial oversight, risk management
  • The roles of board members in setting the strategic direction
  • Board processes and governance
  • The leadership component of a board role, including: developing strategy, developing relationships, communication, decision making and ethics
  • Finding the right board role
  • Barriers and challenges to fulfilling a board role.

Participants will also undertake an individual Skills Assessment to identify the strengths they bring to a board role and their areas for development.

Who should attend?

Recently appointed board members; board members who have not previously undertaken formal board role development; those considering or aspiring to a board role; executives and managers seeking to understand the roles and responsibilities of board members

2019 Program Dates

Series #1: Friday 1 & Saturday 2 March 2019

Series #2: Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2019

2019 Program Fees:

Early Bird: $1200.00 + GST 
Standard: $1500.00 + GST

Enrol in Series 2 Program now - Earlybird registrations close 1 October 2019


Program inclusions: 

·         Pre-reading and program materials

·         Fully catered

·         Certificate on graduation

Program details are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change without notice.


Liz Bishop (WCLP'02) 

Liz Bishop

Liz has worked in the Victorian Community Services and Disability sectors for the past 35 years holding a variety of leadership roles as CEO, Deputy CEO, COO and GM in several Community Sector Organisations. She has been an active member of the disability industry peak body: National Disability Services (NDS), as the inaugural NDS Victoria vice chair and as an elected representative at the national level.

Liz has always had an interest in and played an active role in her own leadership development and in that of others, especially young women in the NFP sector. Liz now brings her service industry operational experience and NFP governance leadership experience to Leadership Victoria programs.

Liz started her working life in the sector as a nurse at some of Melbourne’s largest Institutions for people with a disability. Moving to the NFP sector in 1995, she has worked for four Melbourne based NFPs, culminating in her most recent role as Deputy CEO at Melbourne City Mission responsible for Strategy.


·         Advanced Diploma in Group Facilitation, Groupwork Institute

·         Strategic Perspectives in Not For Profit Management, Harvard

·         Williamson Community Leadership Program, LV

·         Graduate Diploma Business, Health Management, RMIT

·         Certificate in Association Management, Mount Eliza Business School

·         Certificate in Mental Retardation Nursing, Kew Cottages


'Leadership Victoria's program is the ideal place to start your shift into leadership roles on NFP boards; a comprehensive overview of what you need to know to be effective, hearing from highly experienced board members about how it all works in practice. I highly recommend the program'. 

'The NFP Board Leadership program is worthy of any new or proposed board member attending.The calibre of all the speakers was excellent and they made dry subjects interesting which stimulated provocative discussions'.