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Speed Mentoring for Board Members 2016


As a board member of a non-profit organisation, have you ever wanted the opportunity to personally connect with a range of experienced professionals who can help you reflect upon the many facets of your role?

BoardConnect’s speed mentoring event is a unique opportunity for board members of non-profit organisations to have access to experienced and understanding mentors who can offer confidential and impartial advice in a highly interactive session. 

Mentees will rotate through a number of mentors throughout the one-hour session in an energetic and timed interaction. Speed mentoring is very effective in facilitating highly productive, focused conversations about specific questions - you will be able to discuss any aspect of your role, such as your own development as a board member or issues and situations that occur in the boardroom - so be sure to consider your line of questioning ahead of the event. Each of our mentors have been highly successful in their chosen professions and contributed to a range of organisations as board members or consultants and are keen to share experiences with you. 

When you register you will be asked to select between two mentoring rounds, in between which there will be a networking session where mentees will get the chance to meet and mingle with other non-profit board members, just ahead of the festive season. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Registrations are limited, and close on Monday 6th of February, or once all positions are filled.

This event is FREE for Queensland Health NGOs participating in the transition program with BoardConnect. If your organisation is in the transition programme, please register HERE.

For all other admission, please register HERE.

If you have any queries, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.

 There will be an event photographer present at the session, please let us know if you do not wish to be photographed. 

Speed Mentoring for Board Members:

Date and time    

Date: Wednesday 15th February 2017
Round 1: 7.50am - 9.00am
Networking: 9.00am - 9.55am
Round 2: 10.00am - 11.00am


Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main St, Kangaroo Point
QLD 4169

Cost FREE for Queensland Health NGOs participating in the Transition Program

$50 for other attendees







Meet the Mentors

More mentors to be announced closer to the date

David FishelDavid Fishel

David Fishel is a founder and director of BoardConnect. He has been a board member of several cultural organisations, was Chair of Circa/ Rock n Roll Circus, and Chair of Creative Enterprise Australia, and a Council member of QUT. David is currently a board member of BoardConnect and Chair of Brisbane Writers Festival. He is the author of The Book of the Board, a book for the board members of non-profit organisations, published by Federation Press in early 2003 (3rd edition to be released in late 2014). David Fishel is also a Director of Positive Solutions, having co-founded the Company in 1990. He has carried out or led many of Positive Solutions consulting projects including strategic planning, feasibility studies, and research projects to inform Government cultural policy. Previously, David has managed arts organisations from small scale touring theatre companies to Battersea Community Arts Centre, London, which he helped establish, and the Liverpool Playhouse (UK).


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Cathy is a cultural strategist based in Brisbane and working across Australia and Asia Pacific. As one of the founding Directors of Positive Solutions, she specialises in policy formation, strategic planning and the funding and financing of the arts. Cathy has worked throughout Australia and in Hong Kong on the development of cultural policy, including cultural plans for local governments, strategy reviews and planning for State and Federal governments, cultural facility developments, and organisational and business planning for arts organisations. Cathy is the founder of the QuickstART microloan fund for artists and a partner in the Arts Business Innovation Fund, assisting arts organisations to access new forms of finance for change. As Director of non-profit company Of One Mind, Cathy is working with the Southbank Centre London to develop Women of the World (WOW) Festivals in Australia and Asia Pacific. Cathy was involved in the development of WOW at the Sydney Writers Festival and in Katherine, was one of the Executive Producers of WOW Brisbane in June 2015, and is involved in the early stages of planning WOW Commonwealth for 2018. Cathy is a graduate of the Universities of Lancaster and Liverpool in the United Kingdom.


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David Grace has been a director of not for profit and for profit companies , both listed and unlisted and public and private companies for over 25 years. He has acted as chairman of three companies, one NFP and two for profit. He has served on committees on Risk, Audit and Corporate Governance and is currently chair the Corporate Governance Committee of an APRA regulated company. David has also been practising as a corporate lawyer for 35 years and in that capacity advised many companies and directors on director's duties and strategy around corporate governance.


Margo Powell
A qualified fundraising professional with 20 years' experience in the non-profit sector, Margo come siwth an impressive background in fundraising across the arts, health and medical research and higher education. As Philanthropy Manager at QUT she leads a large fundraising team with a goal to raise $135M for education, research and community programmes. Margo is active in the fundraising community - she enjoys her volunteer mentor role with the Fundraising Institute of Australia and the QUT Career Mentor Scheme, and frequently presents to non-profit boards on fundraising and philanthropy. She consults indepdendently to BoardConnect and facilitates fundraising workshops and masterclasses for Queensland Health NGOs.



Mike Gilmour
Director, Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local; Chair, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE; Chair, Open Minds; former President, Queensland Division of CPA Australia




Nicole IrelandNicoleIreland
Nicole has extensive experience in stakeholder relations for both public and private companies as both a senior leader and as a consultant.  Her key areas of interest are communication; risk planning; policy and strategic engagement. An AICD graduate, Nicole has been on the Board of Sands Queensland for over four years


Participation Cost

We encourage a board member and a CEO/Artistic Director to take part in the respective sessions, to ensure that roles are understood by both the board and senior staff.

Cost of participation is