Future Leaders Forum

The 2018 Future Leaders Forum will be held in Longreach on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May 2018. 

This unique forum is aimed at those within the local government sector who are looking to further their career. 

This two day event, providing informative and interactive sessions, will provide valuable networking opportunities with some of Queensland's brightest talents.


Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May 2018

Longreach Civic and Cultural Centre

96A Eagle Street, Longreach

08.30am Registration

08.45am – 4.00/4.30pm



Wednesday, 16 May, 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Drinks and finger food will be served at this event. 



Future Leaders Forum 2018 is titled: Adaption and Transformation – The story of Queensland Local Government.  This two-day forum will feature council case studies, the ‘ever popular’ CEO panel discussion, think tanks, transformative workshops and much more.

For more information, please find the interim info sheet here


Lisa Hamilton, Programme Facilitator

T: 07 3174 5005




Laura Ellis, Administration and Brand Officer

T: 07 3174 5006



On the 16th of May, 2017 – Peta Irvine, Lisa Hamilton and Jessie Demnar of LGMA Queensland travelled to Cairns for the 2017 Future Leaders Forum.  The Future Leaders Forum has been running since 2003 and focuses on developing the future leaders of local government in Queensland. 

The theme, ‘A letter to my younger self’ focused on the idea that when we look back at our younger selves, one of the things we often wish we had was greater awareness; awareness of ourselves and awareness of others. As we gain experience, we realise that to succeed we have to understand our own motivations and needs and also to consider those of the people around us. As managers, our understanding of our team’s motivations and needs might be the difference between an effective, successful team and a dysfunctional mess.

Bringing back favourites such as the CEO Panel we were fortunate to have Chris Rose, Managing Director, Crest Performance, Linda Cardew, CEO Douglas Shire Council, Tim Cronin, CEO Cook Shire Council and John Andrejic, CEO Cairns Regional Council discuss what they wish they’d known when they started in Local Government. They were joined by Peter Franks, CEO Mareeba Shire Council, Janelle Menzies, CEO Yarrabah Shire Council, Darryl Crees from Douglas Shire Council and Jenni Dillon from Cairns Regional Council who offered advice in a speed dating session.  Gary Stevenson, CEO Isaac Regional Council was a very welcome return presenter after a few years' break.  

The attendees also had the chance to hear valuable insights from the other points of view including an elected member’s experience of local government – Councillor Julia Leu, Mayor of Douglas Shire and Suppliers to Local Government which was a panel discussion between Russel Paten (Telstra), Emma Peters (Local Buy) and Martine Care (Preston Law).

It’s always heartening to see the ‘Future Leaders’ of our sector brimming with ideas after these forums and excited to share what they’ve learnt in their own councils. The delegates at this forum were no different, writing a letter to their younger selves which they have offered to share with the sector.  Click here to read their words.

We look forward to next years forum, and hope to see you there.

Event photos can be found here.


Peter Franks - Effective Management - It all starts with You

Peta Irvine - Motivation and need: the keys to influence

Lisa Hamilton - Distractions: The productivity killers of the new millennium 

A big thank you to our sponsors for this event.






In 2017 the Young Manager of the Year Award is proudly supported by Preston Law


This years Forum was held in Brisbane on 12-13 May 2016 and included an amazing line up of speakers and  panelists. Again, the highlight of this years forum as in previous years was the CEO Panel where attendees gained valuable insights into what each of the CEO's considered a highlight of their career, what they would change and what piece of advice they would give to aspiring CEO's. 

Our keynote speaker, Dr Jessica Gallagher, was truly inspiring. You could hear a pin drop as she led each delegate through the story of her life, her struggles, her determination and her inspiring ability to rely implicitly on her team members. We were encouraged to do the same with those in our teams within local government. 

Getting Your Ducks in a Row - 2015

The 2015 Future Leaders Forum, Getting Your Ducks in a Row, provided an opportunity for officers consider the changes they may need to make in order to be ready for more demanding local government roles in the future. The speakers offered insights into different domains of life and the forum structure allowed for relaxed networking between delegates.

The search around Brisbane in the style of the Amazing Race, got delegates out of their chairs and their creative hats on.  The pictures the teams posted to LGMA Queensland's Facebook page attest to the fun they had solving the clues and finding local landmarks.

The CEO Panel offered fascinating insights into the journeys of three of Queensland's CEOs, Chris Rose, Leon Yeatman and Linda Cardew.  They discussed some of the challenges they faced and, particularly, their struggle to achieve balance given the demands of their roles.


The presentations from the event are available below:

Michelle Clarke - The Fit Duck
Nick Mills - Teaching Ducklings to Fly  (Nick has also included two articles of interest, Oops and Teaching Smart People to Learn)
Ralph Tattersall, Taking Stock - The Wellness Inventory
Noel Whittaker, Paddling Under the Waterline
David Whittingham - Why Ducks Flock

Please click here to view the full programme.  

For more photos, check out the LGMA Queensland Facebook page ( )
or the FLF album.

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