From the CEO
The Foundation has enjoyed another year of exciting
change and development, and I would like
offer my gratitude to our stakeholders
for their commitment and support.
We are delighted to welcome Frances Maguire
to the Menzies Foundation Board. Frances
brings a wealth of experience and will
be an important contributor to the
success of our strategic initiatives. We
also welcome Natalie Gilbertson to the
role of Project Manager.
During October 2019, the Foundation
hosted Futurist, Professor Brian David
Johnson as he explored the challenges of
resolving transnational legal cyber security
threats and disputes in uncertainty and
complexity, amplified by the pace of technological
change. Brian had a busy schedule
as he delivered threatcasting workshops,
the Menzies Oration, cyber week commitments, podcasts
and videos. The Public and Technical
Report of the lab will be released
early 2020. This report will be useful
input into the development of the Ninian
Stephen Cyber Law program at ANU. The planning
for this initiative is well underway and
we look forward to the launch of the inaugural
program in 2020.
The Menzies School Leadership Fellowship
Program continues to progress as the fellows
now focus on Collective Efficacy within
their schools. In further news, I am delighted
to announce, applications for the next
cohort of School Leader Fellows will open
1st March 2020, with applications
open to leaders Australia Wide. Please
read on below.
The Menzies Science Entrepreneur Fellows
have commenced the Fellowship program
and are in the process of finalising goals
and milestones for the next 18 months.
We very much look forward to sharing their
journeys with you.
As the year comes to a close, we prepare
to farewell Professor Anne-Marie Hill from
the role of Chair of the Menzies Alumni
Representative Committee. I'd like to take
this opportunity to thank Anne-Marie for
her hard work as Chair over the past year
and as Deputy Chair in 2018, particularly
in progressing the role the Menzies Alumni
play in the context of the Foundation’s
new strategic direction.
Wishing you and your families a safe holiday
The Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program (MSLFP) has now progressed into the next phase. Collective Efficacy is the central piece of the MSLFP and will provide the Fellows with a ‘sandpit’ to develop their individual and school level leadership capabilities The fellows will be supported to lead the co-design, implementation and evaluation of their respective school's collective efficacy strategy through a tailored combination of workshops, tools, expert advice, peer to peer groups and coaching. We anticipate many insights from their Collective Efficacy Projects about how to build the leadership capabilities required for collective efficacy – individually, in schools and across the wider system.
The Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Menzies School Leader Fellowship Research and Evaluation Report is in development and will be released in February 2020.
In further news, applications will open 1st March 2020 for the next cohort of Menzies School Leader Fellows, with the fellowship now open to leaders Australia wide. For further information, please contact Sarah Jenkins
Menzies Orator 2020 - Professor Tina Seelig
The Foundation is delighted to announce, in partnership with
University of Melbourne, Professor Tina Seelig will deliver the
2020 Menzies Oration on the 26th March. As part of the
new series; the Oration is an opportunity to
invest in initiatives of high national importance with
Professor Seelig making an important contribution to a
deeper understanding of the importance of creativity, innovation
is Professor of the Practice
in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science
and Engineering, and is a faculty director of the Stanford
Technology Ventures Program. She teaches courses in the
Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) and leads
three fellowship programs in the School of Engineering
that are focused on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical
School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur,
and author of 17 books, including Insight Out
and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20
She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National
Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and
the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.
Please forward your expressions of interest and attendance
to Sarah Jenkins
Official invitations to be sent in February 2020.
The Future of Risk, Security and the Law The Foundation is delighted to present the 2019 Menzies Oration
for your viewing.
Futurist, Professor Brian David Johnson was this years, 2019
Menzies Orator. As part of the new Menzies Oration Series,
partnered with University of Melbourne, he explored the Future
of Risk, Security and the Law; the challenges of resolving
transnational legal cyber security threats and disputes in
uncertainty and complexity, amplified by the pace of technological
He was also joined by panellists; Head of Technology and Digitial
Law at PwC, Cameron Whittfield, CEO of AustCyber, Michelle
Price, Dean of ANU College of Law, Professor Sally Wheeler
and CEO of ANU Cyber Institute, Dr Lesley Seebeck.
Following the Threatcasting workshops and Oration, the Public
and Technical Lab Report will be released early 2020, this
contributes to the work of the Foundation as it focuses on
supporting Australia’s capacity to build cyber resilience.
Thank you to those who joined us.
Click below to view.
PhD student to Founder of Genics Pty Ltd
We welcome you to learn more about Menzies
Foundation Science Entrepreneur Fellow,
Dr Melony Sellars as she shares her journey
of PhD student to Founder of Genics Pty
Ltd - solving real world problems through
developing and applying novel biotech solutions.
Solutions that will empower Genics to revolutionize
todays shrimp farming practices to deliver
global food security for the future.
Listen to the podcast here
The Menzies Leadership Forum
The Foundation is delighted to launch The Menzies Leadership
As the Foundation strives to raise the profile of 'outstanding'
leadership in Australia, we intend to offer a rich
space of insights and observations around the leadership
qualities required to be a leader of purpose and impact.
The first of these podcasts and videos are now available on our website.
Join Menzies Foundation CEO, Liz Gillies in conversation
with world renowned futurist, Prof. Brian David Johnson
as they discuss how leaders and businesses best prepare
themselves to take on worldwide cyber security threats and
explore what leadership will look like 10 years
from now and how leaders today best prepare the future.
Menzies Alumni update As the Menzies Foundation encourages Australians to reflect
on leadership, build their own leadership capability and take
leadership roles in the community, we welcome our outstanding
alumni to join us. CEO of the Menzies Foundation, Liz Gillies
hosted an Alumni webinar in November, providing an update of
the Foundation's strategic direction and activities to date.
This webinar explored Philanthropic best practice models, how
the Foundation will make an impact, the Menzies Foundation
strategy and execution of the strategy.
Thank you to those who participated. If there are any follow
up questions, please contact Sarah Jenkins.
The Foundation is committed to continuing to engage with our
Alumni in support of the Foundation's work. The Alumni connected
to Science Entrepreneurship, please keep a look out for a survey
from the Foundation in the next week. We hope to capture your
insights regarding opportunity and barriers for Science Entrepreneurs
as we continue this important work.
Farewell Professor Anne-Marie Hill Professor Anne-Marie Hill completed her time
on the Board in November 2019.
Anne-Marie joined the Board in 2018 and made
a significant contribution to developing the
Foundation’s new strategic platform, including
taking on the role of Chair of the Menzies
Alumni Representative Committee where she was
instrumental in developing the role of the
Menzies Alumni in the context of the new strategic
position of the Foundation.
We thank her for her service to the Foundation.
Our best wishes to you Anne-Marie.
Welcome Frances Maguire
We are delighted to welcome Frances Maguire
to the board of Menzies Foundation.
Frances is a Partner and the Consulting
Clients and Markets Leader at PwC Australia
Consulting. In addition to her current
role, Frances has also been Department
of Human Services Client Lead Partner;
Consulting Government and Public Sector
Lead; Government Strategy Practice Lead;
and Firmwide NSW Government Client Lead
With more than 40 years’ experience, Frances
has extensive knowledge of governance,
leadership and management in the public,
private and not-for-profit sectors.
Frances is committed to creating positive social
outcomes and has previously been a member
of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation Board.
As 2019 comes to a close, Menzies Foundation would like to give
thanks to the amazing support we have received throughout the
year. We are grateful to our alumni, program partners and key
stakeholders; all of whom have made a considerable contribution
to the vision of the Foundation as we work to raise the profile
and importance of outstanding leadership both in Australia
and the world.
We look forward to sharing another exciting year with you
in 2020 and wish you a very happy holiday season and
a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Join the conversation: Leadership is often a topic
of contention. As we strive to raise the profile and importance
of 'outstanding' leadership for Australia, we ask you to join
us in this work. The Foundation value your insights, and so,
we would appreciate hearing your views regarding the state
of leadership today. We appreciate you taking a few minutes
to complete the survey.