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In 2020, the Young Regional Leaders Think Tank focuses on

CREATING A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER

Our Big Idea

The Young Regional Leaders Think Tank is a collaborative and immersive experience focused on the unique and sometimes tricky facets of creating leaders for our future considering the current economic, political and environmental climate.

Be 'Cause'

A gathering of like-minded people in a practical, down to earth environment, with a critical thinking, open to challenge learning style, that brings together the young and the young at heart who know change is needed to create a better future together. The think Tank provides you with tools to analyse, grow and even transform your leadership skills so we can work together – young leaders and mentors – FOR A BETTER FUTURE, This means you create your own legacy with a constructive and positive impact in your work and in your regional community. Make a difference today for a better future together tomorrow.

Backtrack Youth Works

We enable young people who have lost their way to reconnect with education and training, become work ready and secure meaningful employment. Most importantly we get young people ‘back on track’ by developing strong, happy & healthy foundations that result in positive pathways and full participation in their communities.

Master of Ceremonies & Opening Keynote Speaker - The Hon. Adam Marshall MP

MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, MEMBER FOR NORTHERN TABLELANDS, MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND WESTERN NEW SOUTH WALES

Adam Marshall is the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales and proudly represents his local community as the Member for Northern Tablelands in the NSW Parliament.

Having grown up of a farming property near Gunnedah, in the state’s North West, Adam is proud to have always lived and worked in country NSW. He attended Gunnedah South Public School then Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth.

Completing school, Adam returned home to help manage his family’s farming enterprises. He became a journalist, during which time he was elected to Gunnedah Shire Council, at the age of 19, in 2004.

Adam was elected Deputy Mayor in 2007 and then, at the age of 23, Mayor in 2008, a position he held until he stepped down from local government in 2012 to move to Armidale to study at the University of New England. During his time in local government, Adam also served as Chairman of the Namoi Regional Organisation of Councils (NamoiROC), Chairman of the NSW Country Mayors Association and Senior Vice President of Local Government NSW.

Elected to the NSW Parliament in 2013 and most recently in March 2019, Adam has previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Northern NSW, before his elevation to Cabinet in January 2017 where he served as the Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Assistant Minister for Skills.

Adam recognises the important contribution made to our state by way of tourism and major events, and in particular regional communities, and looks forward to championing them on a larger scale.

Finale Keynote Speaker - Ian Mason

ENTREPRENEUR, INVESTOR, SENIOR LEADER, ECONOMIST, AUTHOR, SPEAKER & SPEECHWRITER.

Ian is CEO of Rainbow Bridge Education, a company he founded to create accessible resources for parents across the world to use in the home learning environment. Rainbow Bridge is one of several start-ups founded by Ian over the last decade; his portfolio includes multiple companies in the education, technology, publishing and not-for-profit sectors.

Ian was instrumental in the creation and growth of Virgin StartUp, Sir Richard Branson’s not-for-profit company for entrepreneurs, which has now supported over 11,000 entrepreneurs with over £35 million.

He is immensely passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, an endeavour which has seen him take up roles across the world, including Global Entrepreneur in Residence at Creative Enterprise Australia’s Collider Accelerator Programme and Visiting Entrepreneur at The Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.

Prior to Virgin StartUp, Ian was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at London Chamber of Commerce, a role which saw him advising the UK Government on business policy in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis and gain credibility as an economic commentator.

He is also the Chairman of Future Leaders Network, an organisation he founded, that seeks and develops the business, academic and political leaders of the future.

Ian is a professional speaker and has been asked to participate in a diverse range of engagements, from the 11th UK/South Africa Bilateral, to the Gen Asia Conference and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. Ian has also delivered lectures for a number of Universities globally, including London School of Economics, University of Bari and Queensland University of Technology.

Ian’s media work includes TV interviews broadcast on free-to-air TV in the UK, Australia, China, Italy & Macedonia amongst others and his radio work for both regional and national stations in the UK, includes the BBC and LBC. Ian is also a professional speechwriter, having previously written for senior politicians and business leaders.

Ian campaigns on a number of issues, including social mobility, youth leadership and financial literacy. As an active youth leader on the global stage, he was also appointed Leader of the UK’s delegation to the Y20 Summit in both 2015 and 2016.

In his leisure time, Ian enjoys playing football, marathon running, motorsport, falconry, shooting, ballroom dancing, and listening to jazz/swing music. He is a member of MENSA and avid supporter of Aston Villa Football Club.

Keynote Speakers - Dan Emery and Tom Croft, The Welders Dog Group

FOUNDERS & DIRECTORS, ENTREPRENEURS, INNOVATORS, OF  CRAFT BEER & BEST MATES 

Dan and Tom established The Welder’s Dog brand in 2014 with their first craft beer bar in Armidale. Since then, the brand has grown into additional bars and a commercial brewery all under the same name.
Dan and Tom were school mates from Inverell and while backpacking overseas at 25 made the decision to start their own business. They haven’t looked back!

Dan and Tom will share how they created The Welders Dog why failure is not an option but instead believe success only needs some tender loving brewing. Here their story of the ups and downs of starting a micro business that is quickly growing into a national brand competing with other brewers – nationally and internationally…and winning! Bring your business and leadership questions to ask Dan and Tom.

Keynote Speaker - Dr Lou Conway, University of New England Smart Region Incubator

DIRECTOR, UNE SMART REGION INCUBATOR, SENIOR LEADER & MENTOR

Dr Lou Conway is the Director of the UNE SMART Region Incubator which supports startup businesses across the New England North West region.  Lou has lead the development of the SRI from its inception in March 2017 and is passionate about supporting startups in agriculture, health and other business oppourtnities using technology to solve a problem in the global marketplace.

Lou has worked in various roles within agribusiness, education and human service delivery and her research reflects this diversity of background.  Since her early days as an Occupational Therapist, Lou has pursued a keen interest in regional development and a commitment to working with stakeholders to capture the benefit of innovation and technology in our regions.

In her session Lou will introduce you to three young founders who will share their stories about how they took their startup idea and developed it into a business working out of a regional location. Lou will also share how a support network is critical to the success of any startup.

The format will be a panel discussion followed by a Q & A so come along with questions so you can add to your leadership toolbox.

Keynote Speaker - Professor Michael Adams, BA(Hons) Law, LLM(Lond), FCIS, FGIA(Life), FACE, FAAL - University of New England

HEAD OF UNE SCHOOL OF LAW, PROFESSOR OF CORPORATE LAW

Professor Michael Adams is a specialist in Australian corporate law and international corporate governance. Michael has expertise in financial services regulation, information governance, consumer protection and the broader area of legal technology and education. Professor Adams was Dean of Law at Western Sydney Law School from 2007 to 2017. From 2019 he is the Head of the University of New England Law School.

He teaches, writes and presents regularly on these topics, as well as a major media commentator. He has published 12 books, 35+ chapters, 100+ articles and presented at over 250 conferences/seminars in the last 30 years.

Professor Adams’ has degrees in accounting/economics and law, his postgraduate studies at University College London; he is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators; the Governance Institute of Australia [FCIS/FGIA(Life)]; and the Australian Academy of Law. Before UWS, he was Professor of Corporate Law; Perpetual Trustees Australia chair of Financial Services Law and Assistant Director UTS Centre for Corporate Governance.

2001 National President of Chartered Secretaries Australia (now Governance Institute of Australia) and served on the ICSA International Professional Standards Committee.  He has been a consultant to the national law firm Ashurst and now, Coleman Grieg Lawyers. He is a Director of the charity, Freedom Hub Ltd and on the Advisory Board of Information Governance ANZ; National Chair of Education Committee, GIA; previously director of the Australian Pro Bono Centre; and the Australian Academy of Law. Former President of the Australasian Law Teachers Association; the Corporate Law Teachers Association and deputy chair of the Australian Council of Law Deans. In 2000 he was the recipient of the Australian University Teacher of the Year in “Law and Legal Studies” and in 2005, recipient of the Institute President’s Award and later made a Life member of both ALTA and Governance Institute.

Young Regional Leaders Think Tank

Special Thanks to Our Supporters

Day 1 - THINK TANK Speakers

DINNER GUEST - Bernie Shakeshaft and Backtrack Youth Leaders

Bernie is the founder and CEO of BackTrack Youth Works in Armidale NSW. He has spent the past 25 years working and living out his passion…. catching wild dogs and wild kids.  For many years he lived in the Northern Territory learning his trade in remote areas, learning the lessons of life in the bush and surrounded by wise and skilful Aboriginal men and old school stockmen.

In 2006 with his children growing up and forging their own paths in life, he was determined to turn his vision of working with the most disadvantaged young people in our communities into a reality. To keep them alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams. 2014 saw him travel overseas on a prestigious Churchill scholarship to learn from some extraordinary organisations that have helped develop the BackTrack model in Australia.

Under Bernie’s leadership, BackTrack has forged a new beginning for over a 1000 young people.  Bernie takes great pride in how his vision of giving young people having a hard time a new life journey and a new beginning, is now spreading across NSW with mentoring other communities to get started using the same successful tools that have had remarkable results in Armidale.

“We’ve started something special here in Armidale.  I’m proud of what has been achieved to date.  The future is what I’m interested in and how we grow and extend new tracks going forward.”

DAY 2 - THINK TANK Speakers

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Book before August 31st for an early bird discount
2020/03/11 12:00:00

Why have a Young Regional Leaders Think Tank?

CREATING A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER

The Young Regional Leaders Think Tank is a collaborative and immersive experience focused on the unique and sometimes tricky facets of creating leaders for our future considering the current economic, political and environmental climate.

A gathering of like-minded people in a practical, down to earth environment, with a critical thinking, open to challenge learning style, that brings together the young and the young at heart who know change is needed to create a better future together. The think Tank provides you with tools to analyse, grow and even transform your leadership skills so we can work together – young leaders and mentors – FOR A BETTER FUTURE, This means you create your own legacy with a constructive and positive impact in your work and in your regional community. Make a difference today for a better future together tomorrow.

Engage with other young leaders, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and mentors, who understand how integral ‘critical thinking leadership’ is, to multiplying individual potential for maximum impact to business and community results; who know how important life-long learning is to ensuring the right action is taken by the right people at the right time; and who are committed to paying it forward so the legacy of CREATING A BETTER FUTURE TOGETHER continues to grow across regional communities.

It’s a time to collaborate, network and engage with like-minded leaders and:

  • BUILD YOUR LEADERSHIP TOOLBOX: learn key strategies from leaders who have everyone working for the same purpose and learn how to contribute to Creating a better future together.
  • DEVELOP COMMUNICATION SKILLS; have teams working effectively with communication strategies that work.
  • DEVELOP AGILE PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS: develop critical thinkers and advanced problem solving and decision-making skills.

Why should you make sure you are in the room with us?

Now is your opportunity to be part of a new movement in regional business and leadership success.

THINK TANK PROGRAM

11th March 2020: DAY 1 Think Tank - Saumarez Homestead Armidale, NSW
1.30pm - 2pm: Registration & Networking

Round 1 Think Tanks

2pm – 3pm:

Thinking Behind the Thinking – Thinking now for a better future! with Diane Gray

Afternoon Tea: 3pm - 3.30pm

The Legacy of Saumarez

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Tour Saumarez Homestead

Round 2 Think Tanks

4.30pm – 5.30pm:

Be a Standout – How asking quality leadership questions changes the future with Superintendents Scott Tanner, Greg Moore and Peter McKenna.

12th March 2020: Day 2 Think Tank - Powerhouse Hotel Armidale by Ridges
8.30am - 8.45am: Networking

Official welcome from the Hon. Adam Marshall MP

8.45am – 9.30am
10.30am - 11am Morning tea and Networking

Panel Speakers - Greg Paramor AO & Melinda Phillips, Backtrack

Growing Backtrack

12noon – 12.45pm

12.45pm - 1.30pm Lunch and Networking

Panel Speakers - Speakers: Susan Law (Armidale Regional Council), David Levingston (Aero Health Care), Bonnie Cochrane (TIPIAC)

Generations Generating Leaders

2:30pm – 3:15pm

3:15pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Tea and Networking

Hurry, positions are closing fast!

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Saumarez Homestead

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New England Regional Art Museum

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Aboriginal Cultural Centre

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Armidale Folk Museum

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Self-guided Heritage Walk

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Wollomombi Falls

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