Refreshed, Recharged - Get ready for 2021: Face to Face Breakfast Event - Association Leaders


26 May 2021


7.00 am - 9.00 am


Location: The Botanical 'Archer Room', 169 Domain Road South Yarra, Melbourne


John Kilgour - CEO, Civil Contractors Federation Victoria; Wendy Rowland - CEO, Australian Hand Therapy Association


$70.00 Non Members | $40.00 Members

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Speakers: John Kilgour,  CEO - Civil Contractors Federation Victoria 

Wendy Rowland,  CEO - Australian Hand Therapy Association

Chair: Nick Koerbin, Executive Director - Association Executive Services 

If you are like most of us, we don’t want to return to 2020 full of disruption and uncertainty. The last twelve months has forced us to manage through a rapidly changing operating environment. The accelerated pace and the intensifying complexity of change is leading to the emergence of a new reality never experienced by Association Leaders.

In this networking breakfast the first scheduled face to face meeting of Association Leaders in Victoria for over a year, we are going to hear from our two experienced guest speakers. They will cover how they have managed the challenges during 2020 and now they are recharged and refreshed – what are their plans for 2021. What will be different? 

If you are an association leader and ready to connect with real people and enjoy a great breakfast at a great venue, book now!

This event is limited to 40 attendees. 


 Cost $70.00 Non Members  |  $40.00 for AES Members (NFP Association Leaders Only)  

Speaker Profiles 


John Kilgour - Chief Executive Officer, Civil Contractors Federation Victoria 

John Kilgour is the Chief Executive Officer for the Civil Contractors Federation Victoria, a peak industry body supporting over 500 members responsible for the construction and maintenance of over $13bn per annum of Victoria’s major infrastructure, including roads, bridges, pipelines, drainage, ports and utilities. 

CCF members also play a vital role in the residential and commercial building industry by providing earthmoving and land development services including the provision of power, water, communications and gas.   

Known for his strong advocacy work and networks at local & State Government levels, John joined CCF in February 2016 from the Committee for Ballarat where he was CEO.

Prior to joining the Committee for Ballarat, John had a long and distinguished career in the downstream oil industry with BP.   

During his 34 years with the BP Group of companies, John delivered major investment projects in the oil and gas, retail, petrol and convenience sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia.

In February 2017, John was appointed President of the Victorian Civil Construction Industry Alliance, of which CCF is a member.

Wendy Rowland - Chief Executive Officer, Australian Hand Therapy Association 

Wendy has twenty years' experience in not-for-profit national and state-based sport and health associations in leadership, management and marketing roles.

She is a visionary, innovative, solution-focused, positive and dynamic leader. Prior to joining the AHTA, Wendy led a national member-based association, the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN). From 2015 to 2018, Wendy increased operating revenue from $800,000 to $2.340 m and she delivered an operating surplus of $384,000; the largest in the history of the association.

Wendy has strong governance and financial management skills. She advances associations through careful and determined delivery of goals and objectives and well-planned collaboration and consultation. Her greatest strength is her ability to visualise a better way forward and develop and maintain strong partnerships and relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 

Prior to her role with ACORN she was the inaugural Executive Officer of the Asthma Foundations of Australia, and she led Life Saving Victoria in its 100th year.

She has overseen the following operational activities: an international conference attracting 1280 delegates and 90 sponsoring companies; a leadership summit; the publication of the Journal of Perioperative Nursing and Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia; national and state-based media campaigns attracting major media television, radio and newspapers; volunteer and teaching scholarships, education and research grants, excellence awards, education webinars, university HECS waived scholarships and subscriptions and sales.

Wendy has a Bachelor of Education (Physical Education, Nutrition and Health) and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management.

Chair: Nick Koerbin - Executive Director, Association Executive Services 

With over 30 years of management expertise, Executive Director and Founder of AES, Nick Koerbin is one of the most experienced NFP leaders in Australia. He has held positions as the CEO of Materials Australia, the National Parts Code, as well as General Manager positions in the Institute of InsuranceAustralian Quality Council, the Financial Planning Association, the Australian Human Resources Institute, and the Furniture Industry Association of Australia.  

He has worked with hundreds of Associations supporting and networking their leaders and providing consulting and other services to assist their organisation achieve excellence and best practice.  

As Chair, Nick will ask questions of our speakers, share his own and client experiences and will encourage attendees to ask questions and provide their insights.


AES networking breakfasts are for leaders of associations who wish to learn the latest in Best Practice in Association Management. Our meetings are designed to share ideas, explore new options and to connect with other leaders. The numbers are limited to encourage networking and discussion. 









$70.00 Non Members | $40.00 Members

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