The AuSAE Board of Directors may elect a person as a Honorary Life Member who, in its opinion, has rendered distinguished service to the Society. All nominations will be reviewed and assessed by the AuSAE Board of Directors. The AuSAE Board of Directors will consider all nominations for life membership usually at the first Board meeting in the calendar year. Life members of the Society are entitled to use the post-nominal SAE (Life Member). Life members who are Fellows of the Society are entitled to use the post-nominal FSAE (Life Member). Life Members retain all of their membership rights and privileges, have full voting rights and may serve on the Board of Directors. Life members are not required to pay an annual membership fee.
Current Life Members - The following individuals are been granted Honorary Life Membership to the Australasian Society of Association Executives.
Mark Franklin - Life Membership granted 2014
Mark Franklin has been the Chief Executive and non-voting member of the Board of the Ethnic Communities' Council NSW since 2009. He has extensive CEO, academic and volunteer experience covering national and international organisations within the financial, community, entertainment, health and research sectors. Former Senior Author in Association Management, MBA Program, University of New England Associate of the Cultural Diversity Research Network, Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University Member of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Reference Group, NSW Electoral Commission Past National President and Fellow of the Australasian Society of Association Executives.
Adrian Hart - Life Membership granted 2013
As Secretary and CEO of Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Queensland , Adrian aims to create excellence in organisational management and corporate governance. He has more than 30 years of professional management, industry representation and committee / board participation. He was the Executive Director of Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland for 25 years, before moving to the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Queensland to implement a major turnaround. He is passionate about effective board governance, industry representation and lobbying and supporting small business development through common interest groups. His specialties include Governance & Strategy, Change Management, Marketing, Communications & Media Relations, Policy Development & Lobbying, Services Development and Event Management.
Leisa Donlan - Life Membership granted 2013
Over the past eleven years Leisa has presented to thousands of non-profits and their committees or boards ranging across sports clubs and governing bodies, community groups, industry associations, indigenous communities, philanthropic organisations and for Government. Leisa regularly provides interviews for radio and television on non-profit management, volunteer governance and her other specialist areas. She is a regular contributor to four international magazines and presents across the globe on governance, association management, staff & board relations and strategic planning. For the past ten years she has been a regular consultant to Government, providing training, assisting organisations with constitutional reviews, risk management, planning, disaster recovery and mediating during times of conflict.
Steve Bowman - Life Membership granted 2013
Acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of Conscious Governance, risk and strategy in the USA, Asia and Australia, Steven Bowman has transformed the prevailing understanding of the meaning of governance and strategy. He began to envision a conscious governance philosophy, which has quickly spread throughout the world, based upon the premise that governance is about the choices that people make and not just about compliance, policy and procedures. He is a director of Conscious Governance, based in Melbourne, Australia. He is sought after by businesses around the world as an expert adviser on conscious leadership, strategic innovation, and awakening the power of consciousness within organizations. Steven has held numerous senior executive and CEO positions with some of the USA and Australia’s most prestigious organizations. He has authored and coauthored over fourteen books on nonprofit governance, strategy, risk and executive leadership. Among his clients are: Craigs List Foundation, CPA Australia, CEO Institute, Aged and Community Services, Mental Health Association, Australian Sports Commission and Make a Wish Australia.
John Peacock - Life Membership granted 2013
John Peacock, General Manager of Associations Forum Pty Ltd, is one of Australia’s most experienced advisors to associations and charities and is a thought leader for the not-for-profit sector. John, with a BCom (University of NSW), has senior management and Directorship experience in a variety of not-for-profit organisations. John commenced his career as a professional association manager in 1989 at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and became CEO of a medium sized legal association within 10 years. Since 2000, John has trained and consulted to hundreds of associations and charities, large and small, on strategic, governance, board effectiveness, operations, restructuring and financial issues. As well as engagement on specific projects, John responded to the Australian Senate Inquiry into NFP Regulation, in 2009 he wrote submissions to the Productivity Commission regarding their Inquiry into the Not-for-Profit sector and in 2012 he wrote submissions to Australian Treasury on the proposed Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.
Kate Hartwig - Life Membership granted 2013
Kate started her career as an Association Executive with the South Australian Employer’s Federation, multi-managing a range of industry and professional organisations. She moved to Sydney in 1987 and was appointed CEO of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association, then Executive Director of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and CEO of the Australian Video Retailers Association. She moved to Melbourne in 1999 and took on roles with Software Engineering Australia and as CEO of the Retirement Village Association. Kate moved back to Adelaide in 2005 and into the charity sector as CEO of the AIDS Council of SA and Cystic Fibrosis SA. Apart from her involvement in AuSAE, Kate has been a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Institution of Chartered Accountants since 1992 and was a Governor of the AIDS Trust of Australia. Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws and an MBA and is now working as a Consultant to the NFP sector.
Simon Pryor - Life Membership granted 2013
Simon Pryor FSAE FAIM is the Immediate Past President – and a Fellow - of the Australian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE) and currently serves AuSAE as Principal Professional Learning and Certification Advisor. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mathematical Association of Victoria – the professional association for mathematics educators. Simon Pryor is President of the Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria (CPTAV). He was a director and Company Secretary of Performing Arts Moreland, a not-for-profit company responsible for the celebrated Brunswick Music Festival for seven years to June 2013 and in 2009 completed a ten-year stint as Chairman of Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd, a popular and successful boutique brewery in Richmond, Victoria. Simon Pryor has experience as an evaluator, policy developer and commentator, strategicplanner, curriculum developer, conference presenter, meetings and events organiser, as a business facilitator and trainer, and in economic research. He has also continually served as an executive officer of professional, education and industry associations for the past thirty years, including the Meetings Industry Association of Australia in Victoria, Moreland Community Enterprise Centre, Employment and Economic Development Corporation, Engineering Education Australia, and the Victorian Association for Drama in Education. Hehas also had experience in the political arena, serving as Mayor and Councillor at the City of Brunswick. In addition, he also has previous experience as a journalist, teacher, actor and tram conductor.
Barrie Cooper - Life Membership granted 2013
Barrie is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Security Association, based in Auckland.He has held this position for over six years and has been instrumental in the restructuring of the Association into a vibrant and financially sound voluntary member based organisation.Previously he was the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Property Institute before setting up his own consultancy business in managing and advising not for profit organisations.Barrie is a founder member of Associations New Zealand and a past president.He co-authored the two Association's manuals on governance and administration.He still holds a Board position as is a Fellow of that organisation. He is also Chairman of Radio Lollipop New Zealand, an international charity for children in hospitals.He was instrumental in forming what was then the New Zealand Society of Association Executives, which morphed into an Australia New Zealand organisation and is now AuSAE.
Chris Davis - Life Membership granted 2013
Chris Davis is a past CEO of the Australian Water and Wastewater Association. He joined the NSW Board of AuSAE in the mid ‘90’s and was NSW President from 1998 – 2000. He also joined the National Board and was elected as Vice-President in 1998, just as the out-going President and Executive Officer resigned and announced that the organisation was effectively broke. Together with incoming National President, Kate Hartwig and fellow Directors John Peacock and Adrian Hart he gave a personal interest free loan to AuSAE to stave off bankruptcy and worked on a major restructure of the organisation over the next two years. The team worked tirelessly to rescue AuSAE, prop up member and State support and convince all stakeholders that a new and stronger AuSAE was both desirable and achievable. These efforts resulted in the transformation of AuSAE from a State-based federation to a single National entity. The vote took place and was carried at the Annual General Meeting in 2000, where Chris also became the first National President of the new AuSAE and oversaw the implementation of the National constitution and the dissolution of the former independent State associations. In 2005 Chris was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, in 2007 Chris resigned from the CEO role at the Australian Water Association and joined Parkinson’s NSW. Chris has been President of Parkinson’s NSW since 2010, giving him a fresh perspective on staff and board interaction.
Roy Adam - Life Membership granted pre 2012
Cliff Dodds - Life Membership granted pre 2012
Max Farley - Life Membership granted pre 2012
Bill Freeman - Life Membership granted pre 2012