Leading for Purpose

Leading for Purpose is a structured program over 6 months for current and aspiring leaders in this critically important sector of our economy.

It includes three intensive full day workshops that are followed by individual coaching sessions for each participant allowing them to apply their learning, leverage their strengths and embed new behaviours, all leading to increased effectiveness and improved results.


·         Lead & Succeed with your Strengths

·         Drive your Career

·         Presence & Status – Communicating with Impact


·         Diverse and effective teams

·         Conducive group dynamics

·         Thinking for innovation


·         Leading with your Board

·         Effective Board and Team Processes

·         Leadership in Action


Key Dates

28 February– Program Launch

28th March – Workshop 1

1st March – 27th March – 3 Way meetings; Strengths Assessments

2nd May – Workshop 2

3rd May – 29th May – Individual Session 2 with each participant

30th May  – Workshop 3

31st May – late June – Individual Session 3 with each participant; 3 Way Closing Meetings

Late May/June – Program Close and Graduation


Workshops will be held in Sydney at The Centre for Volunteering. Coaching sessions can be in Sydney CBD or live and virtual.

An Individual Strengths assessment will be completed by each participant prior to commencement, and 3-Way meetings with each participant, their manager or mentor, and their program coach are held at the beginning and end of the program. Coaching sessions can be live and virtual, making the program accessible to participants in regional and remote locations.

The 2019 program launches in late January with the first workshop in late February and concludes in June.

Facilitator and Coach – Denise North                                          

Denise North is a business leader with three decades of experience understanding organisations from the top down and the ground up. Across multiple sectors and industries, she has held board appointments, led companies as chief executive, and been a strategic consultant, executive coach, analyst and facilitator.

Denise has extensive experience in the NFP sector, having held General Manager, CEO and Company Secretary roles in community and membership organisations. She has held board, committee and chair roles in the sector over thirty years.

Denise has been a member of the AICD’s facilitator faculty for the last 8 years and is an accredited executive coach with Executive Central.

Denise has a Bachelor of Economics with Honours in Government from Sydney University and an MBA from the AGSM, followed by qualifications in governance from the AICD and INSEAD. She is a Fellow of the AICD and a member of their Faculty, and a member of Women on Boards and The Ethics Centre. Denise is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/denisenorth

Download further information here.

Denise has written an informative article on the critical importance of  leadership development to the success and sustainability of NFPs.  To read more click here.

If you would like to hear from Denise North, Principal Consultant and Accredited Coach with Executive Central and Gemma Rygate, CEO of The Centre for Volunteering talk about The Centre for Volunteering and the key trends in the volunteering sector click here.

If you require further information email svmadmin@volunteering.com.au

Bookings can now be made here.