Local Government Finance and Strategic Leadership Summit

Summit highlights

  • 26-27 February, 2019
  • Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre

The Local Government Association of Queensland and Queensland Treasury Corporation have partnered together to deliver Facing the Future, the 7th Local Government Finance and Strategic Leadership Summit. With the spotlight on governance, culture and trust across many industries and sectors in recent times, the importance of leadership and the pursuit of purposeful strategy is imperative in today’s business environment. The 2019 Summit promises to be informative and interactive with the opportunity for personal growth and to learn new skills, frameworks and approaches that can be applied at council.

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Strategic Leadership Short Course

Day 1 features a full day Strategic Leadership Short Course, where participants will receive a certificate of completion from The University of Queensland’s Executive Education Business School. The course is designed specifically for local government leaders, drawing from an MBA-style structure and leadership topics.

Keynote presenters

Day 2 features an impressive list of keynotes and interactive panel sessions.

Queensland Government Address

  • Warwick  Agnew Director-General, Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs

Industry experts

  • David Gall Chief Customer Officer, Corporate & Institutional Banking, NAB – Moving on from a Royal Commission, Insights into Culture and Governance in Finance
  • Leanne Kemp Queensland Chief Entrepreneur and Founder & CEO, Everledger – Fostering Statewide Entrepreneurship
  • Helen Hutchings Group Executive Director, Communications, Phillips Group – Creating meaningful engagement with your community
  • Danielle Roche General Manager Infrastructure Maintenance Operations and Service Deliver, Queensland Urban Utilities – Asset management: Resetting the baseline

Strategic Leadership Short Course

Day 1 features a full day Strategic Leadership Short Course focusing on strategic leadership in the areas of purposeful strategy, integrated performance reporting and leading a collaborative and problem-solving culture. Each session offers the opportunity for personal growth and to learn new skills, frameworks and approaches that participants can take back and apply within their local government teams.

Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to complete two streams from MBA-style topics:

  • Strategy and Governance
  • Finance and reporting
  • People and culture


  • Danielle Duell People With Purpose and The University of Queensland Business School
  • Professor Karen Benson The University of Queensland Business School
  • Gill McLaren Syntegrate and Author of Think. Plan. Live

Informative, interactive sessions based on MBA topics

Strategy and Governance

Purpose-led strategy

Elements of a purpose-led strategy

Examples of purpose-led organisations

How to create a purpose led strategy

Risk and opportunity management

Effective implementation

Finance and Reporting

Transforming Finance Reports to whole of business

Governance/fiduciary responsibilities

Monitoring Financial Performance

Aligning financial reporting to strategic planning

KPI Metric Development

Best practice local government KPIs

Financial performance indicators

Governance and special purpose reporting

People and Culture

Power of creating a culture fingerprint to drive greater collaboration, employee engagement and results

Unique leadership fingerprint

Discovering your values and strengths

Leading a collaborative and problem solving culture

Role of culture alongside strategy

The four culture lenses: Clarity, connection, contribution, psychological safety