VIC/TAS 2024 Leadership Program

6 Aug — 27 Aug 2024
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Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the Parks and Leisure Australia VIC/TAS Leadership Program with CEO and leadership mentor, Cameron Schwab. Take part in four sessions focused on high-performance leadership habits to enable you to establish daily practice of leadership excellence.

The Leadership Program is designed to prepare leaders for high-impact leadership roles, recognising the need to perform well now while at all times evolving your leadership game. The Program will build around important leadership conversations with exercises that focus on:

  • Leadership Mindset – Going deep. The curiosity to learn and the courage to unlearn. Reflective thinking, building clarity around the expectations of your role, both cultural and performance.
  • Leadership Skillset – Going forward. The system and the work. Do the reps, mostly small and regular activities, to establish habits and build leadership capability to match leadership ambition.
  • Leadership Identity – Staying true. The stories you tell yourself. How to overcome self-doubt by developing a leadership identity that is a self-expression of your expertise, experience and essence.

Cam teaches leadership from the inside-out. Beyond developing leadership competency, he notes that modern leadership demands courage, composure, humility and compassion.

After cutting his teeth as a recruiter at the Melbourne Football Club, Cameron was appointed CEO of Richmond Football Club at age 24, the youngest in the history of the Australian Football League (AFL). He then spent the next 25 years as the CEO of three AFL clubs, the second longest-serving CEO in the modern game.

Having taken on some of the sport’s most difficult and daunting challenges, he experienced all of the game’s ups and downs, whilst navigating periods of genuine adversity and complexity. A cancer survivor and mental health advocate, Cam is also an artist and illustrator. He holds an MBA and Master of Marketing from the Melbourne Business School and completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School.

Find out more about Cam and his leadership ethos at the Design CEO website.

Special Guests

Jacqui Weatherill, CEO City of Greater Dandenong

Jacqui is an experienced Chair and Non-Executive Director in the Not for Profit and Public sectors, with some 30 years’ experience working in challenging senior management roles as a CEO and senior executive across local and state government. Currently the CEO of the City of Greater Dandenong, she has also been CEO at the City of Stonnington and the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, whilst also having held senior executive roles at City of Boroondara, Benalla Rural City Council and Brimbank City Council. In addition, she is the current President of the Y Australia (formerly the YMCA), and former president of Gymnastics Australia.

Allison Beckwith, CEO Banyule City Council

Allison is a committed Local Government professional with a significant track record in local government in both Executive and Senior Management roles. She has extensive experience in program and service delivery across the Community Services industry, beginning her career in Local Government at the City of Hume, and has gone on to amass a 20+ year legacy at Banyule City Council including roles such as Leisure and Cultural Services Coordinator, Manager Leisure, Recreation and Cultural Services, Director Community Programs, and now Chief Executive Officer. In 2017, she was awarded in the Top 50 Public Sector Women in Victoria.


Kristin Davies, PLA National President & Generate Network Chair

Kristin is a dynamic and dedicated change leader with over 15 years of industry experience. The current National President of Parks and Leisure Australia, she is also the Coordinator of Social Infrastructure and Open Space Planning at Surf Coast Shire Council.  Kristin brings a wealth of expertise from diverse sectors including public and private domains and her roles in leadership spans social policy, social infrastructure and open space planning, land management, and integrated placemaking. As a pivotal figure in Parks & Leisure Australia, Kristin has served as Deputy President for more than two years and held a directorial position on the National Board since 2018. Her contributions have been instrumental in driving national strategy and sustainable growth.


Stefan Ratnasingham, PLA National Finance Director 

With over 10 years of working experience Stefan is the current National Finance Director at Parks and Leisure Australia. Having spent a number of years working in public practice accounting firms which specialised in tax, audit and superannuation he has supported a variety of clients in different industries. Stefan is also the current National Finance Manager at Clublinks where his love of accounting gets to support the delivery of sport and recreation to the community.

This event is proudly brought to you by

With a combined heritage of over 120 years, the convergence of Green Options, Recreational Services, Skyline Landscape Services and Super Gardens into the Green by Nature brand sets a new standard for the horticultural and landscaping industry.

Our four businesses share a vision of bringing people and communities together through the creation and cultivation of the best gardens, parks, fields, sporting facilities and destination landscapes – anywhere.

As Australasia’s most awarded landscape services businesses, we continue to be the partner more people turn to for the design, build and maintenance of remarkable green spaces.

We pride ourselves on developing and fostering long-term relationships with our clients to create remarkable green spaces together, and we are here to make a meaningful positive impact on our communities and planet.

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427 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia

August 6 @ 8:30 am - August 27 @ 1:30 pm

$1,750.00 – $2,250.00


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VIC/TAS: 2024 Leadership Program - Member
$ 1,750.00 Excl. GST
VIC/TAS: 2024 Leadership Program - Non-Member
$ 2,250.00 Excl. GST