2018 North QSPA State Conference

02 August - 03 August Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove

Schedule

  • 02 August
  • 03 August

Registration

08:00 AM 08:30 AM

An opening address for Conference 2018

08:30 AM 09:00 AM

Margaret Gurney

Session A - Leadership in Business and the speed of change

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

Nick Loukas

MORNING TEA

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Session B - The Changing Goal Posts for Education: AI, Robots & 21st Century Skills

11:00 AM 12:15 PM

Dr Robert Kay

Session C - A National Perspective

12:30 PM 01:00 PM

Andrew Pierpoint

LUNCH

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

Session D - Reflections on Business Leadership in a Turbulent and Short-Focused World

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Lance Hockridge

Session E - A sharing session focusing on commonalities and timings of senior curriculum in 2019 and beyond

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

EVENING - Pre-dinner drinks

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

EVENING - Dinner/ Guest Speaker

07:00 PM 11:00 PM

Session E - Leadership Lessons - A Conversation with Diane Smith-Gander Diane will distill the lessons from 30 years as a Global Management Consultant, Senior Executive and Company Director

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

Diane Smith-Gander

MORNING TEA

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Session F - Updates from our QSPA President and Executive portfolios

11:00 AM 01:00 PM

LUNCH

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

Session G - The 7 Time Investment Mistakes Leaders make that impact the bottom line (and how to avoid them)

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

Kate Christie,

Partners

Speakers

Andrew Pierpoint

President
Australian Secondary Principals’ Association
Andrew Pierpoint is President of the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association – the peak body for School Leaders across Australia. Andrew has had extensive experience, over 35 years, in High Schools as a science teacher, Head of Department Science, Deputy Principal and Principal as well as having several system positions in the
support of Principals. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked in complex rural and remote communities through to large regional and metropolitan schools.

Andrew’s special interests are the provision of professional learning for school leaders, Principal Health and Wellbeing and is highly active in school sport. Andrew has demonstrated a passion for State education in Queensland for many years and possess an excellent understanding of the Principalship from first hand experience.
Most importantly, Andrew has a genuine desire to make a real difference for School Leaders in the application of their ever increasing, complex roles in schools and the broader community.

02 August

Diane Smith-Gander

Company director
Australia’s largest corporations
Diane Smith-Gander is a professional company director and has led an accomplished business career spanning many industries and countries, with experience at some of Australia’s largest corporations. She was a partner in the US at McKinsey & Company, the world’s pre-eminent management consultancy. Diane is a non-Executive Director of Wesfarmer, AGL Energy, WA’s Keystart Home Loans and she serves on the partnership council of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia a top 5 law firm. She chairs the SafeWork Australia member’s body and the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council.

Diane has a BEc and MBA and in 2015, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia where she is a member of the Business School Advisory Board. She is also a director of CEDA. She is the immediate past President of Chief Executive Women (CEW), a group that represents 500 senior women in business.

03 August

Dr Robert Kay

Executive Director
Incept Labs
Dr Robert Kay is a Co-founder and Executive Director of Incept Labs. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University. His career has moved between industry and academia. He was formerly the Head of Strategic Innovation at Westpac Banking Corporation; a Senior Lecturer in Information Systems and Organisational Development
at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a research analyst at Bovis Lend Lease. He has been commissioned to undertake multiple studies of senior leaders, covering topics of organisational resilience, innovation, and corporate governance.

The largest of these involved interviews with Chairs of 100 organisations around Australia for the AICD. Ultimately, however, his passion is in education. His early research focused on experiential curriculum design for the development of 21st Century learning and he has been involved in numerous evaluations of school transformation and professional development programs across South Australia, Victoria, Malaysia and currently the Northern Territory.

These experiences have provided Robert with a unique perspective on the challenges the school system faces as it tries to prepare young people for an uncertain and disrupted future. Robert holds a first class honours in curriculum development and worldview change, whilst his PhD involved the application of biological systems theory to improving learning and resilience in organisations.

02 August

Dr Sue Pillans

Marine scientist
Creative and Visual communications
Dr Sue Pillans is a marine scientist, artist and writer who specialises in
creative and visual communications as a graphic recorder. Sue combines her love of art and science to provide a range of creative services to “Picture your ideas” including graphic recording and sketchnoting, working with kids and schools (art-science programs), original artworks, science (creative) communication and kids picture books. Sue will be graphically recording the presentations and discussions at the Conference. You can ‘sea’ more of Sue’s creative journey and visual storytelling by visiting her website @ www.drsuepillans.com

Kate Christie,

Founder and CEO
Time Stylers
Kate Christie, Founder and CEO of Time Stylers is a Time Investment Advisor; Global Speaker; and best-selling Author.

Kate consults to big and small business, government departments and C-suite executives on maximising individual time spend and managing organisational drag through smart time investment strategies. She has appeared on television, radio and in print as a leading commentator on time management and maximising work/ life integration to ensure your success across work, family, community, and life.
 
With a reputation for helping her clients find 30 hours of lost time a
month, Kate’s focus is to ensure you are left educated, entertained and
with a lasting impact on the way you choose to live, work and play.

03 August

Lance Hockridge

Global Experience
Corparate
Lance Hockridge is a results-driven executive leader with extensive global experience in the transportation, manufacturing and heavy industrial sectors. Lance has forty  years of experience in the transportation and heavy industrial sectors living in Australia
and the United States. At BHP Lance led the Company’s global transportation activities and he spent many years in the BHP Steel business. Lance retired as Managing Director & CEO of Aurizon in November 2016. Having joined QR as CEO in 2007, he led the state-owned rail freight business through a successful IPO in November 2010. During the subsequent six-and-a-half years, Lance led the renamed Aurizon through a major safety, customer, cultural, operational and financial transformation into one of Australia’s strongest performing companies.

He was the only Australian CEO to be awarded a UN CEO Empowerment Award in March 2016. He is a former member of the Business Council of Australia’s Efficient Regulation policy committee
and was part of Q20, the business advisory group promoting Queensland investment as part of the G20 Summit in Brisbane in 2014. Lance has an extensive list of not-forprofit interests. He won the Australian Human Resource Institute Diversity CEO Champion
of 2014. Today, Lance is a Non-Executive Director of Huawei Technologies Australia, together with other private company interests.
He provides a range of consulting and advisory services to companies in Australia, New Zealand and USA.

02 August

Margaret Gurney

Regional Director
Education in Far North Queensland
Margaret Gurney is the Regional Director of Education in Far North
Queensland. This is a diverse region which covers the Cape, Torres Strait, Cairns, Tablelands and Johnstone area. The role focuses on Early Childhood Education and Care and Schooling. Margaret began her career as a primary teacher, and also taught as an itinerant music teacher. She has enjoyed the challenges of being a teacher and then Principal across a variety of schools in various geographical locations – from Mutchilba, Clifton, Chillagoe, Yorkey’s Knob in Far North Queensland to Ramsay, Nobby, Clifton and Harristown in Darling Downs South West Region to Goodna State School in Metropolitan Region. Margaret then moved into the Assistant Regional Director (School Performance) role in South East Region.

Margaret is committed to doing her best to make sure that each
and every child and young person in FNQ, has the best possible opportunity to lead a successful life. #whatever_it_takes 

02 August

Mark Breckenridge

President
Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association
Mark Breckenridge is President of the Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association taking up that position in January 2018. Mark has more than thirty years of experience as Principal across a diverse range of schools from small one-teacher schools, P-10 rural through to regional and metropolitan high schools with large student enrolments. During this wideranging career Mark has developed an appreciation for the complexities inherent in all schools, regardless of location or size.

School leaders are the critical component in school success; addressing issues of complexity, building and sustaining relationships that help enable a culture of continuous improvement. As a Principal Mark sought to ensure that his schools were a place where community matters. He believes strongly in the value of partnerships across the community-with families, business and industry and the wider community. From his earliest years as a Principal Mark has actively engaged in building professional and collegial networks with his fellow school leaders. These networks have been an important element in
Mark’s leadership journey and are a central focus of his work now as QSPA President.

Nick Loukas

President
Cairns Chamber of Commerce
Nick Loukas is a local pharmacist in Cairns and President of the Cairns
Chamber of Commerce. Finishing his schooling in Cairns and owning his first pharmacy at 22 years old in Mareeba. He then returned home to Cairns in 1995 where he owned a number of pharmacies in Cairns and Smithfield. He developed the V Pharmacy and Alive Discount Pharmacy brands and franchised these. At present, Nick is the Managing Director of Retail Pharmacy Group with business interests from Cooktown to Gladstone. In 2011, Nick was invited to work with JCU as Chair of the Pharmacy Advisory Committee and continues to hold this position. He also has a Bachelor of Business and studied at Harvard Business School. Nick is a fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Management and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. With an office in Lake Street, Nick has been as active member of the Inner-City Working Committee  throughout the CBD redevelopment. His passions are in marketing
and leadership. 

02 August

NQ School Photography

Platinum
NQ School Photography are the only locally owned and operated school photography company in Cairns. We have over 16 years School Photography experience and over 30 years of experience in the Photographic Industry.

AMP Advice

Platinum
AMP Advice. We think an adviser is like a personal coach for your money. They bring the right knowledge, expertise and guidance to identify your specific goals and help you achieve them. And a little planning early on can go a long way.
Find out how good advice can help build wealth.

AAB Office Equipment

Gold
AAB Office Equipment – Locally Owned & Family Operated
AAB Office Equipment has been the Cairns print specialist for over 40 years. Launched by Anton (Senior) Booy on 20 May 1977, the business was originally located on Mulgrave Road. Over the years, our location has changed several times, but our ownership has not. Today, Anton (Junior) Booy is Managing Director of AAB Office Equipment and his three brothers lead all departments within the business, ensuring the very best service for customers. Peter Booy is in charge of Sales, John Booij is the Service Manager and Robert Booij is Chief Financial Officer. The vision is clear: to continue to work with brands and customers to create partnerships that build strength and boost performance and productivity. We achieve this thanks to our team of 20 dedicated, professional personnel, servicing and supporting customers across Cairns and Far North Queensland.

Smartsalary

Gold
Who is Smartsalary?
Smartsalary is one of Australia's largest outsourced salary packaging companies, employing over 340 people across the country in 5 offices. We service more than 130 organisations, specialising in large corporate clients, Commonwealth and State Governments, major health care groups, and other Public Benevolent Institutions. From these organisations over 130,000 people salary package with us.
Smartsalary Pty Limited is owned by Smartgroup Corporation, an Australian Public Company trading on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: SIQ).

Harleys - The Educational Super Store

Gold
Harleys - The Educational Super Store was established in 1976. Located in Cairns, Queensland, it is the largest family-owned educational supplier in North Queensland.

McLeods Office Furniture

Gold
McLeods Office Furniture has been servicing FNQ for over 20 years. Our showroom has the most comprehensive display of office furniture in Cairns. We supply the Commercial, Education and Hospitality sectors throughout North Queensland.
When image counts McLeods can help you with colour, style & design.

Queensland Teachers' Union

Gold
Find out why more than 43,000 teachers in the Queensland Government’s primary schools, secondary schools, special schools, colleges and TAFEs choose to belong to the QTU.

TrackEd

Gold
TrackEd we already partner with over 140 schools across Queensland, and it has been great to hear about what a difference TrackEd has made. From the very outset, we have designed it to work with your existing data systems and there is no extra data entry with TrackEd. Instead, we make use of what you already have. TrackEd imports countless datasets from OneSchool, your student photo folders, IdAttend, Mighty Minds, Vivo and anything in a spreadsheet. TrackEd is the only tool available that brings everything together, making data transparent, available and easily digestible.

James University Australia

Gold
James Cook University. One of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics, Australia's James Cook University is surrounded by the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Our unique location enables students from Australia and overseas to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world.
Born for the tropics
Ranked in the top 2 percent of the world's tertiary institutions by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, James Cook University is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.hat make a difference.).

QSuper

Bronze
QSuper for more than 100 years, we’ve been helping Queenslanders reach their retirement goals and feel good about their future. Now, we can help you too.

From humble beginnings in Queensland in 1913, we’ve grown to become one of Australia’s largest super funds.

RACQ Bank

Bronze
In 1965 a group of teachers created Queensland Teachers’ Credit Union, so that they could lend money to other teachers. From this small beginning, our range of financial products and services soon expanded. We developed a reputation for delivering a personal banking service, and our more competitive interest rates attracted all Queenslanders. As a result, our membership expanded beyond teachers and is now made up of Queenslanders from all walks of life and from all corners of our great State.

Queensland Department of Education

Corporate Sponsors
QLD Department of Education and Training PO Box 15033 ... Brisbane Qld 4000 ... All enquiries about aschool should be directed to the school in the first instance.

Registration

08:00 AM 08:30 AM

An opening address for Conference 2018

08:30 AM 09:00 AM

Opening FACILITATOR: Kate McDonald 
SPONSOR: NQ Photos

Speakers

Session A - Leadership in Business and the speed of change

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

Leadership in Business and the speed of change

Speakers

MORNING TEA

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

MORNING TEA 10:30—11:00
Sponsored by Business Liaison Association

Session B - The Changing Goal Posts for Education: AI, Robots & 21st Century Skills

11:00 AM 12:15 PM

FACILITATOR: Teena Seidenkranz 
SPONSOR: McLeods Office Furniture

Speakers

Session C - A National Perspective

12:30 PM 01:00 PM

Speakers

LUNCH

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

Session D - Reflections on Business Leadership in a Turbulent and Short-Focused World

01:45 PM 03:00 PM

Session D - FACILITATOR: Natasha Glover 
SPONSOR: JCU

Speakers

Session E - A sharing session focusing on commonalities and timings of senior curriculum in 2019 and beyond

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Session E - FACILITATOR: Mark Wilson
SPONSOR: AAB

EVENING - Pre-dinner drinks

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

EVENING - Pre-dinner drinks 
FACILITATOR: Rob O’Brien
SPONSOR: QTU

EVENING - Dinner/ Guest Speaker

07:00 PM 11:00 PM

EVENING - Dinner/ Guest Speaker
SPONSOR: AMP Advice

Session E - Leadership Lessons - A Conversation with Diane Smith-Gander Diane will distill the lessons from 30 years as a Global Management Consultant, Senior Executive and Company Director

09:00 AM 10:15 AM

Session E -FACILITATOR: Richard Graham
SPONSOR: Harleys

Speakers

MORNING TEA

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

MORNING TEA 

Session F - Updates from our QSPA President and Executive portfolios

11:00 AM 01:00 PM

Session F - FACILITATOR: Paul Charles

LUNCH

01:00 PM 01:45 PM

Session G - The 7 Time Investment Mistakes Leaders make that impact the bottom line (and how to avoid them)

01:45 PM 02:45 PM

Session G - FACILITATOR: Martin Woodcock
SPONSOR: Track Ed

Speakers