Copland Leadership Program in Sydney

Copland Leadership Program in Sydney

Be inspired, be mentored and build your network as part of CEDA’s Copland Leadership Program designed to prepare you for the next step in your career.

Event Overview

The Copland Leadership Program is CEDA’s professional development program for emerging leaders ready to take the next step in their careers, preparing them with new leadership skills, awareness and knowledge elevating their leadership performance. As we move on from a pandemic, strong leadership is more critical than ever. 

Participants are provided with access to some of Australia’s top business leaders, who will share their insights and industry experience in highly interactive and informative group sessions. Held over three non-consecutive days, the program is strictly limited to 28 participants to ensure an exclusive and personalised learning experience.and will be delivered face to face (unless health restrictions necessitate online delivery).

Key benefits of participating in the Copland Leadership Program:

  • Be mentored by Australia’s top business leaders, learn from their insights as they guide you in your leadership transition.
  • Have access to a network of emerging professionals from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Peer-to-peer support and networking.
  • Learn to lead with confidence and adapt to change.
  • Examine cross sectoral case studies delivered by Australia’s renowned leaders.
  • Gain new and fresh perspectives on business challenges.
  • Develop critical thinking skills needed to solve complex business problems.
  • Gain competitive advantage in your career and receive cutting edge knowledge.
  • Learn leadership fundamentals to drive organisational change.
  • Participate in interactive group learning and solution development through a leadership case study presented to mentors.
CEDA encourages you to nominate yourself or an emerging leader in your team for the Copland Leadership Program as part of their professional development for 2021.

Opening keynote address

Michael Rose AM
Chair, Committee for Sydney

Michael is the Chair of the Committee for Sydney, an independent think tank that provides research, thought leadership and advocacy on a range of economic, social, cultural and environmental issues relevant to Sydney's liveability and global competitiveness.  He is an independent director who serves on the boards of a number of organisations involved in urban infrastructure, urban policy and place making.  He is Chair of the Committee for Sydney, and also chairs Northwest Rapid Transit, Greater Sydney Parklands and a director of the Sydney Harbour Trust. He has served on the Boards of a number of Government, arts and not-for-profit organisations. Michael is a lawyer by background and former Chief Executive Partner of one of Australia’s leading law firms.  He has a senior advisory role at UNSW and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michael has been actively engaged in policy issues involving indigenous communities rights, employment and education.  In 2016 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Indigenous Communities and the Legal Profession. 

Meet the speakers

Sarv Girn
Chief Information and Digital Officer, Cuscal

Sarv joined Cuscal in March 2020 as the Chief Information & Digital Officer, leading their technology and program delivery functions to enable reliable and innovative payment solutions across the financial services industry. His career spans more than 30 years in the financial services sector in Australia, the UK and Asia. Previously, he was the Chief Information Officer of the Reserve Bank of Australia, providing strategic leadership in transforming the core IT functions that supported RBA’s policy objectives. Sarv has also held executive positions at MLC Life Insurance, Westpac, and the Commonwealth Bank. Sarv is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Non-Executive Director at the Reserve Bank Health Society and the Can Too Foundation.

John Lydon
Senior Partner, McKinsey

John joined McKinsey in 1996 and has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. In December 2013, he was appointed managing partner of McKinsey Australia and New Zealand. John works as a client counselor, helping the leaders of large, complex organisations understand, embrace, capture, and sustain the value potential in their businesses. Among his external appointments, John is a member of the University of Technology Sydney’s Vice Chancellor's Advisory Board, a representative on several Business Council of Australia committees, and part of the founding group of Male Champions of Change.

Angela Scaffidi
Managing Partner, SenateSHJ

Angela Scaffidi co-founded communication and change consultancy SenateSHJ in 2002. Angela as Head of Change leads complex change programs across the public and private sectors, and she has particular experience in the health and education sectors. Angela works with organisations dealing with issues relating to reputation and a loss of trust. She sees an organisation’s culture and reputation as intrinsically linked, and often works across change, culture, leadership and reputation. Angela is deputy chair of Challenge: supporting kids with cancer. She is chair of the Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) and a director of McAuley Community Services for Women. She is Asia Pacific co-chair of PROI Worldwide.

Natalie Walker
Founder and Managing Director, Inside Policy

Natalie has over 16 years experience working in and with the corporate, small business, government and not-for-profit sectors on various social and economic policy. Her previous roles include founding CEO of Supply Nation, project manager in KPMG's Health and Human Services Practice, advisor to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission and program management roles in Queensland Government Department of Communities. Natalie specialises in assisting Inside Policy clients to understand complex policy problems, identify the core issues and design ways forward. She combines her love of data, her facilitation expertise and her design thinking.

Megan Motto
Chief Executive Officer, Governance Institute of Australia

Megan Motto is the Chief Executive Officer of the Governance Institute of Australia. The Governance Institute of Australia is the only fully independent professional association with a sole focus on whole-of-organisation governance. Prior to this appointment, she was the CEO of Consult Australia, the association for professional services firms within the built and natural environment. Megan is also currently a Director of Standards Australia and a National Director for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Megan has a BA/BEd, a MA in Communications Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Tim Beresford
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Austrade

Tim is the Australian Trade and Investment Commission's (Austrade's) acting CEO. Previously Tim was Deputy CEO of Global Client Services with strategic leadership for the promotion of trade and investment opportunities for Australia and operational responsibility for Austrade’s onshore trade and investment teams and offshore network. Prior to joining Austrade, Tim was First Assistant Secretary of Social Policy Division at Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He worked at Westpac in senior line management and strategy roles, and in the professional services sector across Europe, Asia and Australia, including five years at McKinsey & Co.

Meet the facilitator

Dr Melinda Muth
Copland Leadership Program Facilitator

Melinda is an educator and consultant who specialises in decision-making and group effectiveness, principally with senior executives and leadership teams. She is a facilitator and guest speaker in a variety of executive education programs in Australia and has worked in Asia and the USA. She is Managing Director of Streamwise Learning and its Institute of Food and Grocery Management, a Facilitator and Fellow of AICD, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at UNSW.

Session themes and confirmed speakers

Additional participants to be confirmed


Application details

Julia Tolj
Partnership and Collaboration Adviser
ph. 08 6104 7103

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