Governance Workshops set to roll out across regional Tasmania

Volunteering Tasmania is running a series of Introduction to Governance workshops to raise awareness of the value of good governance within community groups and advance the skills of existing and potential Board members.

The workshops will provide insight into the responsibilities of a Board and the role requirements of directors and committee members. Participants will be taught how to make informed decisions on financial performance, run effective meetings and how to develop a process of continuous improvement.

These free workshops have been fully funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, and will be running in Nubeena, St Helens, Queenstown and Smithton on October 10, 29, November 20 and 21 respectively.

They have been designed for both current Board members and newcomers with an interest in serving on a community board or committee.

The workshops will:

  • Increase confidence and professionalism and enable directors and committee members to participate more effectively in their not-for-profit community organisation;
  • Inspire people to consider committee and director roles within small and medium not-for-profit community organisations;
  • Create opportunities for workshop participants to network and exchange strategies and ideas; and
  • Ultimately find satisfaction in their Board experience.

Each workshop has a capacity of 30 participants.  For locations, times and RSVP details, please download the flyer.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our expert presenters:

  • Steve Allen, Academic Coordinator (Cradle Coast) & Teaching Fellow, Tasmanian School of Business & Economics.  An accounting and financial management practitioner and academic, Steve has management experience across several public sector organisations and is a skilled presenter.  He has served on the Boards of several not-for-profit organisations and presents an accessible approach to understanding the financial aspects of not-for-profit governance.
  • Donna Bain, General Manager, Self Help Workplace.  Donna has over twenty years of experience in not-for-profit association management including voluntary positions on boards in the adult and community education sector and the disability sports sector.  In addition to being the General Manager of Self Help Workplace, Donna also currently holds a number of committee and board positions.  Donna’s areas of interest include association management, policy and advocacy, and not-for-profit governance education systems.
  • Ella Dixon, CEO, Migrant Resource Centre (Northern Tasmania).  Ella has extensive experience in not-for-profit management including governance, strategic planning, policies and procedures. Prior to becoming CEO of the Migrant Resource Centre in Northern Tasmania, Ella was the Regional Manager of the Community Development Division (Department of Premier and Cabinet). Ella has also worked in local government, the private sector and within community-based organisations. She has assisted many small sporting clubs, state-wide bodies, and community groups in strategic planning and governance issues.  Ella has also been a Board member of several committees and been on the receiving end of advice from management, making her aware of the responsibilities of decision makers and the level of information they seek.


Volunteering Tasmania would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science – Building Better Regions Fund.  For more information, visit