SAPPA Conference 2022 – stay tuned!

The 2021 SAPPA Conference was held on Thursday 17 June and Friday 18 June 2021 at the Stamford Grand, Glenelg. All
Preparations are underway for the 2022 conference and we hope to see as many satisfied delegates and wonderful speakers as we did in 2021.

Kate Christie Presentation

Overview of 2021:

Be one of the first 50 people to register to be in the draw to win a great ‘EARLY BIRD PRIZE’ – a Barossa Food and Wine Experience Day Tour for two people.

The 2021 theme of ‘It starts with us’ is particularly relevant to our members and once again we are fortunate to have secured excellent speakers. We are excited to be bringing you Brendan Spillane and Rachael Robertson who will be our keynote speakers on Thursday 18 June, along with Dr Scott Winch and Kate Christie, Founder and Director of ‘Time Stylers’ on Friday 18 June.

Registration for SAPPA members is $850 and $990 (inclusive of gst) for non-SAPPA members.
The cost of registration includes the conference dinner on Thursday night and Friday end of conference networking drinks/canapes.

We have secured special discounted accommodation rates at the Stamford Grand, Glenelg and would encourage you to stay for the duration of the conference (see the ‘Information for Delegates’ page for details).

The SAPPA conference provides delegates with the opportunity to catch up with colleagues in a casual environment to listen to engaging, relevant speakers and connect with your peers. In the past some leaders have brought their leadership teams and used the opportunity to network with other teams. Feedback from past conferences indicates that leaders find the SAPPA conferences relevant and inspiring.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 SAPPA Conference where ‘It starts with us’.

Register now via the Delegate Registration tab on the right hand side of this page.


MC - Ms Margot Foster PSM

Director STEM Aboriginal Students’ Congress
South Australian Department for Education
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MC - Ms Margot Foster PSM

Margot Foster is a Director working in the South Australian Department for Education. She was a teacher and leader in complex and disadvantaged public schools across SA, but learned her teaching craft in Elizabeth.
“She has a commitment to quality learning and teaching for all students, particularly those from disadvantaged communities and is an advocate for the voice of children and young people in education. Her inspirational leadership, vision and exceptional level of service to public education have made a significant difference to the South Australian teaching profession and the learning experience of children and young people.” 2012 South Australian Public Service Medal citation.

Margot is an award winning educational leader for SA which includes;

2019 Australian Gold Medal for the Most Outstanding Contribution to the study and practice of educational administration and leadership – Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

2012 Australia Day Honour’s List – SA Public Service Medal for Education – ‘For outstanding public service in the area of education’

2011 South Australian Branch – Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) – SA Education Leadership Medal

2011 Australian Council of Educational Leaders – FACEL, admitted to the rank of Fellow ‘For her innovative, strategic, reflective leadership and advocacy for social inclusion principles and pedagogic reform’

Minister John Gardner

John Gardner has represented the seat of Morialta, in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs and near hills townships, since 2010.
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Minister John Gardner

John Gardner has represented the seat of Morialta, in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs and near hills townships, since 2010.

John was appointed Minister for Education after the March 2018 state election, having previously served as Shadow Minister in this portfolio since January 2016. He is also Leader of Government Business in the South Australian House of Assembly.

Before entering Parliament, John worked in both the private and public sectors, including his family’s manufacturing business while studying at the University of Adelaide.

After graduating, John worked in policy roles at a state and federal level, particularly in the fields of substance abuse and education policy.

Rachael Robertson

Author and Leadership Speaker
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Rachael Robertson

“After 15 years leading diverse and remote teams and business units, I took the jump and lead the 58th annual expedition
to Antarctica. It was a tough, gruelling and exhausting year, but ultimately extremely rewarding and fruitful. The intensity
of this leadership role, where the leader is on-duty all day, every day, for 12 months with no respite, gave me the
opportunity to road test my leadership ideas the hard way – without the luxury of peers, a desk or any way out! It was a
‘leadership laboratory’ in the most extreme, hostile environment on Earth.”

Because Rachael speaks from experience, she connects
deeply with audiences, relating her own challenges to the
challenges of every workplace. She needs no props, no
“rah-rah” moments or no forced audience participation to
reach people at a deep level. This is a seasoned leader
telling it how it is in her own approachable style. Your
people will leave inspired and motivated to make their
own lives extraordinary.

Mr Brendan Spillane

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Mr Brendan Spillane

Director: Brendan Spillane Consulting

Brendan Spillane is an acclaimed Australian educator, speaker and coach. He works as an Executive Coach with a range of senior leaders from business, education and elite as well as community sports.
Brendan began his career as a teacher and then a Principal before working in a statewide capacity for Catholic Education Western Australia. He held several senior roles on state and national executives of his professional associations including a period as national Vice President of APPA.
He is currently working with a range of corporate and sporting organisations as well as with schools, systems and professional associations. In 2019, he was a critical friend to Michael Fullan in support of his book ‘Nuance’ and in deepening the understanding of ‘Connected Autonomy’, a key concept that emerged from that work.
Brendan has delivered keynote addresses at a wide range of conferences in Australia, New Zealand, US, Singapore and elsewhere. He presented a Keynote Address at ICOT 2015 (Bilbao, Spain) in the area of critical thinking for organisational success. In 2019, he was a Keynote presenter at Singapore’s CoachSG Conference. He is currently working with a number of programs and individual coaches preparing for the 2021 (!) Olympic Games in Tokyo and also works in a number of senior leadership programs in Australia and New Zealand, including the Coach Accelerator Program, the High-Performance Sport NZ flagship learning program.
An engaging speaker and presenter, Brendan uses a powerful blend of story, metaphor and humour to create the conditions for a more authentic and insightful dialogue in groups. His professional interests include developing the narrative intelligence of leaders, exploring the practical connection between wellness and performance and supporting people to balance empathy and candour in their professional conversations.
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Dr Scott Winch

First Nations Senior Policy Advisor
World Vision Australia
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Dr Scott Winch

Scott Winch is Wiradjuri man and the First Nations Senior Policy Advisor for World Vision Australia. His work primarily focuses on First Nations child rights including education and justice. Scott has over 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal affairs from local community development and advocacy to international research and projects. His experience spans from urban to remote communities mainly in the health and education sectors including roles in community development, senior management, academia, research and evaluation and policy. He has a PhD which investigated “the impact of school engagement on Aboriginal primary school students in Victoria in relation to their educational outcomes”, a Masters’ of Applied Epidemiology and a Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management. A father of two who are beginning their education journey in primary school. Scott believes in the potential of education to positively transform the lives of First Nations children and communities as well as a vehicle for reconciliation, equity and prosperity for the nation. Scott’s also been actively involved in Indigenous surfing for the past three decades.

Kate Christie

Director and Founders; Time Stylers
Kate Christie proves that you can have a fantastic career and still have the time to do what you love. However, there was a time when Kate held a lot more guilt, stress and plenty of insomnia. Kate had 3 children in three and a half years, all while trying to grow her career as a Corporate Lawyer and Senior Executive.
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Kate Christie

Kate Christie proves that you can have a fantastic career and still have the time to do what you love. However, there was a time when Kate held a lot more guilt, stress and plenty of insomnia. Kate had 3 children in three and a half years, all while trying to grow her career as a Corporate Lawyer and Senior Executive.

A typical evening included rushing from work to get to the crèche before the doors closed; throwing her kids in the car; dashing home; checking her emails; feeding the kids; checking her emails; bathing the kids; checking her emails; making dinner; checking her emails; feeding the cat; walking the dog; checking her emails; having her 4th glass of wine; checking her emails and then falling into bed … where she would check her emails. She was living the dream!

Something had to give. Eventually it was Kate. She left her executive job to stay at home with her children as she felt she had no choice. She was wrong – she did have a choice. And what her time out gave her was the head space to reframe the way she managed her time. There is a better way.

Kate founded Time Stylers and created a unique 5 step framework to help her clients find and harness hours of lost time. Kate consults to big and small business, government departments and C suite executives on smart time management; how to maximise productivity at work and home; how to retain top talent via smart time management strategies; and how to future proof your business / industry via productivity strategies. Kate works with time poor, busy, overwhelmed high performing individuals and teams both in Australia and internationally, who want to take their game to the next level. She is the best at what she does – providing innovative strategies to ensure you gain control of your time.


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