The Christian Schools National Business Conference is a biennial gathering of Christian school business leaders from across Australia. For more than two decades those involved in all aspects of the ‘business’ of Christian schools, board members, business managers, those involved in administration, marketing, finance, HR or IT have gathered together for professional learning and fellowship. 

In 2022, the  conference will be held in Kingscliff, on the lovely north coast of NSW.  Come and join with peers from across the whole Christian schools sector.


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Conference Details

Date

26 to 28 October 2022

Venue

Mantra on Salt Beach

Gunnamatta Avenue, Kingscliff

Program

A program outline has been prepared to provide you with an overview of the event and to assist you with some approximate timings for your travel planning and preparation.

Please note that this program is subject to change.

Conference Theme

The theme for the 2022 Christian Schools National Business Conference will be:

Growing and Preparing for What God is Calling YOU to

The focus of our keynote sessions will be on interpersonal dynamics within our executive teams (boards, staff teams, etc) and how we progress meaningful dialogue and decision-making in that context. This theme is synthesized with spiritual formation, ie. the interpersonal dynamics we experience are both the product of, and catalyst for, formation. 

Attendees will come away with some practical tools for understanding their own and other's behavioural/interpersonal preferences, as well as how such things might be understood with the Holy Spirit's curriculum of formation. These will not be your standard keynote presentations; you will be actively engaged in and grow through these times. 

Our workshops will supplement the focus of the keynote presentations with a range of practical sessions covering a broad selection of topics.

Conference Workshops

There will also be a range of workshops available to delegates, some of these include:

  • Creating school buildings for the future
  • How benchmarking your school can provide reassurance to your board
  • What you need to know about the future of school insurances
  • How to ensure that your enrolment contracts can survive challenge
  • The unique aspects of digital and online learning
  • How your IT provision can better serve your mission
  • Knowing the tools to ensuring that your staff are equipped and engaged
  • What the latest accounting and regulatory changes mean for your school
  • Ensuring that your marketing supports your mission
 

We encourage all school business leaders to come, as well as emerging and aspiring leaders, for a time of inspiration, growth and challenge. Bring your team to ensure that nobody misses out.

 

Speakers

Outlined below is the wonderful range of keynote and workshop speakers at our 2022 event, some of whom are listed below. Further speaker images and bios will be added in due course

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Nagle

Founder and Principal, Heritage Leaders

Jeff Nagle is founder and principal of Heritage Leaders, a for-purpose consultancy focused on accelerating the formation of leaders and teams. While working in the leader formation space since 2014, Jeff has also served in the Christian international development sector for more than 18 years. In this time, Jeff served as COO with Compassion Australia, CEO of International Justice Mission Australia, and CEO of Compass Foundation. Jeff currently serves as Chairman of MAF Australia, as well as Campus Pastor of Coast Community Church on the NSW Central Coast.

Jeff was a co-founder of the for-purpose law firm, Fair Supply, which works to operationalise the Modern Slavery Act within large corporations. Prior to this Jeff held a series of management, strategy and project roles with Telstra. Jeff has qualifications in visual arts and media, education and business, and holds an MA in Global Leadership through Fuller Seminary. His area of special interest is the Spiritual formation of leaders and teams in difficult contexts. Jeff lives on the NSW Central Coast with wife Shelley and two teenage children. He still thinks he's a surfer.

Keynote Speaker: Belinda Allen

Senior Economist, Commonwealth Bank

Belinda is a Senior Economist at the Commonwealth Bank. She has extensive experience as a financial markets economist. Belinda joined the Commonwealth Bank in 2017. Her work primarily involves developing and communicating views on the Australian and international economies. Prior to joining the Bank, Belinda spent over 10 years at Colonial First State Global Asset Management, the Bank’s asset management arm as a Senior Analyst in the Economic and Market Research team. Here Belinda developed extensive experience in analysing both the Australian and global economies as well as the various investment markets. Belinda works in the Institutional Banking & Markets division of the Commonwealth Bank. This division is responsible for managing the Group’s relationships with major corporate, institutional and government clients and providing a full range of capital raising, transactional and risk management products and services. Belinda holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and has been awarded the CFA designation. Belinda is also a Committee Member on the NSW Women in Economics Network.

Keynote Speaker: Paul Campey 

Partner, Resolve Consulting Group

Paul is a founding Partner of Resolve Consulting Group and works in the areas of Governance, Strategic Leadership and Financial Management. He has worked in and with Christian Schools for over 25 years and is passionate about their impact. Paul is currently undertaking a PhD at Avondale University on Spiritual Discernment in decision-making by Christian School Boards. He is the co-founder of The Bursars Forum and has also served on many local, national and international Boards. Paul has also been part of the ACSI Global team since 2011, initially providing governance and financial management advice to help ACSI Global offices become sustainable. More recently, Paul’s work with ACSI has focused on assisting and developing schools across the Asia-Pacific region.

Workshop Presenter, Felicity Marlow

Principal, Norwest Christian College

As Principal of Norwest Christian College, Felicity Marlow is passionate about leading staff and students in the application of both clear Christ-centred thinking and good educational practice, building staff and student capacity, whilst honouring God-given individuality. These are qualities Felicity believes are foundational to a truly Christ-centered education. Felicity was appointed as the Principal of Norwest Christian College in 2019 and is an exemplary leader in Christian Education. Felicity is a trained music teacher and has over 20 years of teaching and leadership experience in various Independent and Christian schools across Sydney. Prior to commencing as the Principal, Felicity held the positions of Deputy Principal, Director of Professional Learning, Head of Creative and Performing Arts, Welfare Coordinator and Music Teacher. Felicity also serves as a CSA member of the State Alliance Leadership Team for NSW..

Workshop Presenter, David Ford

Partner, Carroll & O'Dea Lawyers

David Ford is a partner at Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers. He practises mainly in commercial and education law.  He has advised educational institutions throughout Australia for over 30 years. David has presented at conferences in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Belgium, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and throughout Australia, and published numerous papers on topics as varied as enrolment procedures and conditions; student rights; teachers’ liability; investigations; risk management; teachers, school counsellors and confidentiality; bullying (including cyber bullying); outdoor education; sport; multiculturalism in education; discrimination; discipline; and child protection.

Workshop Presenter: John Somerset

Director, Somerset Education

John Somerset FCA, is Director of Somerset Education. John’s passion is financial viability and sustainability of non-government schools. He has 36 years Chartered Accounting experience, with 27 years specialising in schools including past President of Independent Schools Queensland and a past board member of the Independent Schools Australia. John's experience in school governance and training includes financial viability/sustainability assessment and improvement, capital expenditure and borrowing analysis, budgeting, board reporting, and using key performance indicators (KPI's) to inform decisions and manage financial risk.

Workshop Presenter: Rebecca McGlashan

Chief Consultant, PeopleBench

Rebecca is the Chief Consultant with PeopleBench. With over two decades experience providing strategic and specialist workforce advice to private and public sector organisations, Rebecca is passionate about making a difference through people-related initiatives. Rebecca's expertise includes organisation design and development, leadership and team capability, and talent and reward strategies. Drawing on both in-house leadership and external consulting experience, Rebecca is able to readily adapt to the needs of her clients.

Workshop Presenter: Fleur Johnston

Founder & CEO, PeopleBench

Fleur has more than 22 years' experience working with Executive leaders in private, public and not for profit sectors in Australia and overseas. With a background in psychology and human development, Fleur is a highly accomplished Strategist, Organisational Development and Human Resource Management executive specialising in large scale business and cultural change. Fleur has extensive experience partnering with Boards, CEOs and Executive Teams to define business challenges and design interventions to achieve measurable change in business outcomes. Since 2017, Fleur has been the CEO at PeopleBench - a National School Workforce Research and Analytics company, specialising in exploring the relationships between school workforces and optimising student outcomes in the P/K-12 Education market.

Workshop Presenter: Gary Underwood

Author, Entrepreneur and Partnerships Development, Christian Education Ministries

Gary has recently retired from Principal of Australian Christian College, Moreton after 9 years of service. Gary was previous a Principal in Melbourne for 4 years and the majority of his career has been as an educator and education consultant. He is an entrepreneur, an author and manages his two companies that handle his publishing interests, which have seen their publications sell globally. He now works for Christian Education Ministries (CEM) developing partnerships with Christian schools and developing online education in Australia. Gary has served on many school Boards from schools, as well as serving on the Boards of Anglicare Victoria and Council Christian Education in Schools Victoria (CCES). He is the author of over 150 books for schools.

Workshop Presenter: Matthew Crouch

Partner, Saward Dawson

Matthew Crouch is a Partner at Saward Dawson and is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Company Auditor. Saward Dawson is a full scope accounting firm, specialising in services for not-for-profits. Matthew has over 15 years’ experience in the oversight and conduct of not-for-profit audit engagements, both large and small. Matthew has been the team leader on a many independent schools and College engagements. He leads the Saward Dawson Education Sector Team which undertakes many services for Independent Schools including, external and internal audits, grant acquittals, VRQA forecast reviews, payroll reviews, fringe benefit reviews, taxation advice, including NFP structures, GST, PAYG, government pandemic incentives, superannuation and salary packaging, technical seminars and updates.

Workshop Presenter: Louise Edrich

Claims Manager & Senior Insurance Consultant, ACS Financial

Louise has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. She brings a wealth of knowledge that stretches across many facets of a complex business. Louise helps clients navigate through complicated claims situations with empathy and care. She is also responsible for overseeing a significant insurance and protection portfolio for independent Christian schools across Australia. Louise’s comprehensive knowledge of the insurance market, her problem-solving skills, and her attention to detail, enable her to efficiently manage complex placements.

Workshop Presenter: Rosie Kinday

National Insurance Manager, ACS Financial

Rosie has been with ACS Financial for 22 years. Initially working to support her studies through Bible College, Rosie’s leadership and management qualities were soon realised and she quickly rose through the ranks. Rosie has a strong knowledge of underwriting, broking, risk management, developing client-specific education seminars, and scheme management. She builds strong client relationships and has been responsible for placing and managing many significant accounts for some of Australia’s largest Pentecostal churches. Rosie is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. Let me know if there are any issues with any of these.

About the Venue

Delegates are provided a special accommodation rate to stay at the Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff. There is an option of accommodation types available, including:

  • Hotel style rooms
  • Suite style rooms with a fully serviced kitchen

Seasons Restaurant, located adjacent to Mantra on the grounds of Peppers Salt Resort, offers breakfast. Please note, there is no room service available at the Mantra.

There are a range of restaurant venues and a small convenience store within a 2min walk of the Mantra. Find out more about Mantra on Salt Beach here

 

Qualify for CPD Hours

Attendees may qualify for up to 15 hours of structured CPD depending upon the requirement of your applicable professional body. A certificate of professional learning will be issued to all attendees shortly after the conclusion of the event.


COVID Safe Information

We are committed to the health and safety of our member community and are continuing to follow government guidelines regarding the spread of COVID-19, as well as the venue's COVID-safe event plan.

Please note that, at present, you will not be required to ‘check-in’ to this event for contact tracing purposes and delegates are NOT required to be fully vaccinated to participate in this event. Learn more about how we are keeping you safe at events organised by CSA.


Cancellation Policy

Please refer to the cancellation policy included in the registration process.



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Thank you to our sponsors

This event is sponsored by a range of sponsors to whom we are very grateful:

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