Early advice to alumni

Expressions of Interest: Directors of Leadership Victoria

At Leadership Victoria we develop exceptional leaders for thriving organisations and positive social impact. Contributing to this exciting mission is interesting, challenging and very worthwhile.

Now in our 24th year, LV's activities have influenced thousands of leaders. Our 1,000+ alumni hold senior positions in many organisations and departments, and our transformative skilled volunteers lead positive change in the Victorian community and elsewhere.

We are growing and developing, and we seek two members to join our Council (Board of Governance). Our core governance functions (strategy, compliance, finance etc) are already well managed: now we seek additional individuals with gravitas and extensive networks, and who are prepared to help strategically garner support for LV, including from potential sponsors, philanthropics and other organisations.

A full position description is below. The positions are honorary, although some expenses can be reimbursed and attendance at our high-profile events is complimentary.

We will soon be advising a formal process which will be widely advertised. Alumni are invited to informally express interest to the LV Chief Executive, Richard Dent richard@leadershipvictoria.org . A formal external process will be advised in the third week of March.

We anticipate interviewing during early April, with appointment in May.

Council Member Role Description

 Governance Vision Statement

“In support of the vision and mission of Leadership Victoria, the Council:

- upholds LV's values and provides leadership and support

- provides and facilitates significant network, strategic and financial capital

- positions all aspects of Leadership Victoria's practice amongst global leaders

- ensures exemplary compliance and other governance practices”

1. Summary

Being a Council member of Leadership Victoria is a valuable way of contributing your time, energy, capability, commitment and connections. The work we do in providing leadership development and building the community is vitally important for Victorians.

Council members make a unique contribution in the areas listed under “key criteria” at the end of this role statement.  Council members have a value system which aligns with our organisation, and a commitment to build their knowledge of our mission and activities.  Council members’ commitment to our mission includes helping us to network and to foster relationships which will lead to independent financial, pro-bono, volunteer or other support. Council members have at least one field of unique personal value-add which makes a substantial contribution which does not duplicate that of other members or of senior staff.

2. About Leadership Victoria

Leadership Victoria (LV) is Australia's most enduring and impactful community leadership organisation.   We have developed more than 1,000 community leaders who have gone on to make significant contributions to Australia in paid and unpaid roles..


Our Vision is great leadership in every individual, organisation and community. Our Mission is to develop and deploy leaders for thriving organisations and positive social impact. We do this by:

  • Delivering a range of leadership development activities for individuals in corporate, government and non-profit roles
  •  Building the "leadership character" of Australia through thought leadership 
  •  Deploying highly skilled transformative volunteers to address social, economic and environmental issues

3. Council Role

Members of the Council are responsible for the overall governance of the organisation.  In LV governance comprises three key areas

  1. Compliance: ensuring financial and statutory requirements are met and risk is managed.
  2. Performance: ensuring mission and financial outcomes are met by setting and monitoring strategic activity and by providing expert advice.
  3. Impact: leveraging the role of Council member to foster support for LV's mission and representing LV in the community.


4. Governance Philosophy

The Council’s role on behalf of the community and our members and other stakeholders, is to ensure that we achieve our mission and strategic goals and objectives and, in doing so, meets all the legal and moral responsibilities and requirements accompanying ‘best practice’ corporate governance.

The Council governs with an emphasis on:

  • Strategic leadership rather than administrative detail.
  • Encouragement of diversity of opinions and views.
  • Collective rather than individual decisions.
  • Future rather than present focus.
  • A clear distinction between Council and CEO roles.


Council members are not involved in the management of the organisation but are often asked for their perspective in their fields of expertise. 

5.  Council Composition

Council members are drawn from a wide variety of community backgrounds.  We aim to have a Council in which every Council member meets the essential criteria, and in which there is a good balance of perspectives and skills.

Essential Criteria
All members of the Council need to meet criteria 1-4.

1.            Governance Role
Demonstrated capacity to meet the roles and responsibilities of a company director, including legal responsibilities, a capacity to act in accordance with the Council Member Code of Ethics and Proper Practice, to act free of any conflict of interest, and to actively participate in and contribute to meetings and other governance-related activities as part of a regularly developed Council Member Contribution and Development plan. 

2.            Leadership, Strategy and Innovation
Demonstrated capacity to provide leadership, formulate strategy, foster innovation, and develop governance-level policy in relevant fields.

3.            Profile and Networks
Well-recognised community profile and/or capacity to utilize existing networks or contacts and/or capacity to develop additional networks,and contacts in support of LV's mission.

4.            Independent Support
Capacity to assist with acquiring and/or developing pro-bono, in-kind, volunteer, philanthropic or other independent financial or similar support.

Balanced Criteria

The Council should comprise an adequate balance of members who meet aspects of criteria 5-6.

5.            Governance Capability
Governance qualifications (eg AICD), or governance training, or significant Governance experience..

6.            Specific Skills Areas

Demonstrated specific capacity to use personal skills and experience to make a major contribution in one or more of the areas of:

a)    Leadership development theory and practice

b)    NFP program delivery and skilled volunteer management

c)    Community services / community development

d)    Finance, accounting, law

e)    Business or general management, including HR

f)     Philanthropy, fundraising, grant seeking, sponsorship

g)    Marketing, media, branding, stakeholder management

h)   Social entrepreneurship, business development

i)     Government relations

j)     Risk Management

k)    Other mission-related skills and experience