Alumni and Participants


Our Alumni and current ELGP participants are a vibrant group of young professionals who are currently contributing on Boards of Governance and/or in the communities in which they work and live.

As well as their diverse business, professional and entrepreneurial interests, the graduates of our Program have all demonstrated a remarkable commitment and drive to make a positive impact in the aged care and community sector at a leadership level. We invite you to read the professional profiles in the following pages of the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 participants and alumni.

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Emerging Leaders in Governance Program (ELGP)


The Emerging Leaders in Governance Program (ELGP) develops young professionals (under 40 years of age) for Board leadership in the aged care and community sector. The Program uses action and experiential learning methods and a range of tools and media aimed at developing your leadership and governance skills for a Board position within the aged care and community sector. The Program focuses on the following:

  • You as a Leader – On a dedicated (weekend) Leadership Retreat and through learning activities throughout the Program, you will be assisted to identify and evaluate your personal leadership style and strengths, your leadership goals and aspirations and opportunities to develop these.
  • Board Governance – During the Program you will learn about the role of Boards, the roles and responsibilities of Directors; as well as Board dynamics, etiquette and processes, including Board papers; – at learning sessions, a Board Observation opportunity for each participant and at Unconventions and other events.
  • Aged Care and Community Sector Knowledge – The Program includes site visits to aged care and community organisations and formal and informal presentations and conversations at Unconventions, one-to-one mentoring sessions (one for each participant) and networking opportunities, for you to gain exposure to Community leaders and current themes within the sector
  • You in a Team – You will be required to complete a group project with 3 or 4 other participants. The project has genuine business value for the sector and will be added to the online Resource Toolkit on the website here. See resources entitled “ELGP Project” for previous projects produced by our Alumni.
  • Community Support for Your Leadership Journey – Throughout the Program you are supported by the aged care and community sector. Community Leaders (from Community Partner and other organisations), share their insights and are mentors and speakers at events and learning sessions. They may offer Board traineeships or Board positions near graduation time. You also have free access to Unconventions as an ELGP participant and alumni.

You can read the 2018 Program Prospectus here.    Please read it carefully. 

** Applications open 30 November and close on the 20 December. 

You can complete the application here.

The Program runs from late January to May each year. It is delivered by experienced leadership development trainer, Alicia Curtis, with Dr. Nicky Howe CEO of Southcare Inc. Read about them here. Places on the program are sponsored by Community Partners. Successful applicants are required to make a small financial contribution of $200 to demonstrate commitment to the Program. Read here about what previous graduates had to say about the ELGP.

Enrolments open in November of the year before and an information evening is held in the same month to provide those interested with an opportunity to find out more about the program and the responsibilities and opportunities for participants. Subscribe with your email (right column) to be notified when enrolments open or contact us us below for other enquiries.


Who Should Apply


Each year up to 20 talented individuals of diverse age, professions, industries, occupations and experience are accepted into the Emerging Leaders Governance Program (ELGP) Entry to the Program is competitive. The following qualities will enhance your application:

  • A desire to be a Board member of an Aged Care or Community Organisation. The ELGP is sponsored by aged care and community organisations who are committed to developing young leaders to succeed on Boards. Whilst this Program does not offer you a Board position, it is anticipated that you are similarly keen to give back to the aged care and community sector at a Board level.
  • A Business, Professional, Community and/or Entrepreneurial Skill, Interest or Value that you could contribute in a voluntary capacity on a Board of Governance.
  • Leadership and Community Experience – You may already be a thought or action leader in a specified community (eg youth, rights, ethnic) and/or you may volunteer or participate in community events, for a community organisation, for a particular cause or on a committee.

Read the profiles here of some of candidates who have been selected for the Program in previous years.

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Commitment to the entire 4 month Program is vital, therefore if you apply and are chosen, you are agreeing to attend the whole Program (Dates will be provided at application time). The commitment of this Program is not to be taken lightly. There are Wednesday sessions (either breakfast or evening sessions) every week, 2 Saturday sessions, team project work and a weekend retreat (Friday night to Sunday afternoon). All sessions are held outside of normal working hours. All sessions are compulsory as part of the Program.

Networking and Connectivity


A distinguishing feature of the Emerging Leaders Governance Program (ELGP) is to connect emerging leaders with each other and with senior community leaders so that you can establish continuing support, connectivity and opportunities to succeed in your leadership and governance journey.

As a participant of the ELGB you will have the opportunity to connect with peers in your graduate group and the Alumni Network.

You will also be able to expand your networks in the aged care sector and community sector at learning sessions, Board observations, Unconventions and other such events with networking opportunities.

Over 34 Community Partner organisations provide speakers, leadership mentors and Board observations for the ELGP in areas such as aged care, health, drug and alcohol, LGBTI rights, advocacy, community services, community housing and disability. You will have opportunities to engage with senior leaders from some of these organisations to exchange ideas, gain insights and establish contacts. Many participants, especially those who are not from the aged care or community sector find these networking opportunities invaluable.

Board Opportunities


The Emerging Leaders Governance Program gives you individual training, current insights and access to aged care and community contacts to enhance your leadership and governance aspirations. The Program does not offer Board positions.

Periodically some of our Community Partners offer Board Traineeships at graduation time. In 2015, Southcare Inc, Starick Inc, Swancare, Melville Cares and CommunityWest made Board traineeships available to ELP graduates. After completing traineeships, many graduates have gone on to accept full board positions.

After graduation, some participants have also been “headhunted” by aged care and community Boards for full or temporary Board positions.

Board Positions

Melville Cares Inc Board Member Opportunity

The target areas for Board recruitment exist in IT, strategic planning and marketing and finance experience. Please download the position description for more information: board-director-position-description-2018

David Endersby, Chairman        
1300 506 998   M 0409 235 538

Therapy Focus Board Member Opportunity

Therapy Focus is currently looking for an emerging leader to join its high performing Board.

Therapy Focus enables people living with disability to optimise their quality of life. We do this through providing a range of high quality therapy services to people living with disability.

We are looking for a young leader who understands the value that their diversity brings to a Board, who shares our values of courage, integrity, inclusion and respect, and is confident to bring their perspectives and experiences to help the organisation achieve its purpose.

The young leader we are looking for, will understand the importance of consumer engagement, provide insights into how technology and social media can be used to successfully improve business outcomes, and will have a strong commercial customer focus.

In return, you will have the opportunity to work with  a committed team of directors, access to professional development, and contribute to the success of the organisation.

To apply, please send a cover letter that tells us why you are the young leader we are looking for, your resume, and a completed Expression of Interest Form, to Applications close 5pm on the 3rd of April 2018.

To find out more about Therapy Focus, please visit or contact Julie Carr, Governance and Risk Committee Chair on for a confidential chat.  


TADWA Board Member Opportunity

Expressions of Interest are sought for a Board position on TADWA – Technology Assisting Disability WA.

TADWA is a not for profit organisation established in 1984 that devises solutions to enable people with disabilities, older people and their carers to be independent and safe in their homes and community, and to achieve a higher quality of life.

TADWA provides technical and practical solutions including occupational therapy, smart assistive technology, home modifications, workplace modifications and recreation and leisure support.   You can learn more about TADWA at

TADWA appointed a new and dynamic CEO in May 2017, which creates an excellent opportunity to see new leadership and growth for our organisation.   TADWA has great vision to expand its range of service offerings, with increased attention on assistive (smart) technology options to complement our traditional offerings of in home modifications.  TADWA is also planning to expand its Fee for Service options and so intelligent assessment of opportunities in a sometimes uncertain market is important.  Obviously the impact of consumer directed care and funding models is high on the Board and CEO’s agenda.

About the TADWA Board and the Board Role Opportunity

The TADWA Board is a high functioning and strategically focused board. We have a diverse skillset, covering governance, risk management, marketing, business development and government experience.   The Board provides honest and high level advice to guide the CEO in building the TADWA business to sustainably service the community into the future.

The Board is interested in expressions of interest to join the TADWA Board as a volunteer and to bring complementary skills and experiences. In particular, we are currently looking for Board members with financial management experience, with experience or interest in being part of the Audit and Risk Committee.   Accounting qualifications would be desirable but not essential.

In addition, we are looking for a Board member with legal experience, particularly in the field of intellectual property and/ or product liability law and interest in being part of TADWA’s Innovation Committee.

We would also welcome expressions of interest from those with lived experience in the areas of disability or aged care.  Alternatively professional knowledge of the sector and/or applied experience in or a sound knowledge of the NDIS and similar funding environments is also welcomed.

As a TADWA Board member we will ask you to bring your skills and experience to the table at a strategic level. You will not be required to undertake operational tasks, although you may be able to contribute more specific guidance on one of the Board sub-committees.

Board Members are appointed for a term of two years. Board meetings are held monthly, on the third Tuesday of the month, starting at 5.00pm at the TADWA offices in Bassendean. Meetings run 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the agenda and Board members are expected to pre-read agenda papers. Board members are required to participate in the annual strategic planning process, which includes up to two 2-day workshops, usually held on the weekend so that working members can attend. Members are also encouraged to join one of several sub-committees that meet bi-monthly or quarterly, such as the Governance Committee, Marketing Committee or the Audit and Risk Committee. Members may also be called on ‘out of session’ to provide input to matters, between meetings.

TADWA is at an exciting time in its development and participation as a Board member will give you an outstanding experience and opportunity to make an enduring difference upon the lives of those in the WA community.

If you are interested in expressing your interest in joining the Board of TADWA  please contact Angie Taylor, Executive Assistant to the TADWA Chief Executive Officer on  (08) 9379 7400 or at     Angie will then connect you with the Board Chair to discuss further. You may wish to have your curriculum vitae ready to provide.

Once Expressions of Interest have been received, the Chair and the Board Governance Committee will consider the expressions of interest and may then meet with you to discuss further.

We look forward to hearing from you about this exciting opportunity.



Board Traineeships

None at this time.


Al Louise F 1 - small“Since completing the inaugural Emerging Leaders Governance Program in 2013, I have completed a Board Director Traineeship with SwanCare Group, been appointed to the Board of MercyCare and graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors course in 2014.

MercyCare’s Board had a number of important projects, including a major strategic planning process, ceasing delivery of acute care services and reviewing their constitution. I also used my internal auditing skills as a member of the Board’s Risk and Audit Committee.

In 2015, I was appointed to the Palmerston Association Board. All of these incredible experiences have enabled me to develop and continue my governance journey to benefit the community sector in WA.”

Louise Forster, Experienced Business Leader,
2016 BHP Billiton Scholar and Palmerston Board Director

Board Success


In March 2016, 40% of ELGP graduates have secured Board positions; and 21% are completing Board Traineeships in aged care, health, mental health, disability, drug and alcohol, education, training and peak body groups.

Read about Ashley and Matthew’s governance journey below.



“Graduating from the inaugural Emerging Leaders Governance Program has opened more doors for me than I thought possible. Since the completion of the program I have been fortunate enough to be appointed to two NFP boards, including my appointment to the Southcare Board as Board Secretary. The knowledge, skills and connections I made through the Program have presented opportunities that would ordinarily not be available to a young person wanting to gain Board experience, and the mentorship shown by the entire Southcare Board and leadership team has been truly invaluable”

Ashley Dawson
CPA Senior Manager and Southcare Board Director

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“Following the Emerging Leaders Governance Program, I was fortunate to gain a year-long traineeship as a director on the Board of the SwanCare Group. At this time. I have had two board meetings and one sub-committee meeting so far and am loving every minute of it. I would strongly recommend the Program to any young professional looking to gain/learn more about directorship positions in the community sector as well as those with an interest in leadership and connecting with other like-minded, young professionals”

Matthew Horgan, Engineer

Alumni Network


The Alumni Network is a growing group of past graduates of the Emerging Leaders Governance Program. The Network is a facility for graduates to stay in touch with each other and maintain links with Community Partners, events and other developments of the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards Program.

The Alumni Network is supported by an Alumni Committee of graduates of the Emerging Leaders Governance Program. The first Alumni Network event “Why now is a good time to be on a Board” in November 2015 featured George Jones, Retired Sundance Chairman as speaker. More social, networking and leadership development events are planned for the future.

Most Alumni Network events are also open to other young leaders in the community who are interested in leadership and Board governance. If you would like to know more about these events, please register as a member on this website to get our news direct to your inbox.

Alumni and Participants


Our Alumni and current ELGP participants are a vibrant group of young professionals who are currently contributing on Boards of Governance and/or in the communities in which they work and live.

As well as their diverse business, professional and entrepreneurial interests, the graduates of our Program have all demonstrated a remarkable commitment and drive to make a positive impact in the aged care and community sector at a leadership level. We invite you to read the professional profiles in the following pages of the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 participants and alumni.

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