Copland Leadership Program in Sydney

Copland Leadership Program in Sydney

Be inspired, be mentored and build your network as part of CEDA’s Copland Leadership Program designed to prepare you for the next step in your career.

Program overview

The Copland Leadership Program is CEDA’s professional development program for emerging leaders ready to take the next step in their careers preparing them with new leadership skills, awareness and knowledge elevating their leadership performance. As we move on from a pandemic, strong leadership is more critical than ever. 

Participants are provided with access to some of Australia’s top business leaders, who will share their insights and industry experience in highly interactive and informative group sessions. Held over three non-consecutive days spaced over six weeks, the program is strictly limited to 24 participants to ensure an exclusive and personalised learning experience.

Key benefits of participating in the Copland Leadership Program:


  • Be mentored by Australia’s top business leaders, learn from their insights as they guide you in your leadership transition.
  • Have access to a network of emerging professionals from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Peer-to-peer support and networking.
  • Learn to lead with confidence and adapt to change.
  • Examine cross sectoral case studies delivered by Australia’s renowned leaders.
  • Gain new and fresh perspectives on business challenges.
  • Develop critical thinking skills needed to solve complex business problems.
  • Gain competitive advantage in your career and receive cutting edge knowledge.
  • Learn leadership fundamentals to drive organisational change.
  • Participate in interactive group learning and solution development through a leadership case study presented to mentors.
CEDA encourages you to nominate yourself or an emerging leader in your team for the Copland Leadership Program as part of their professional development for 2020.


Meet the speakers

Andrew Stevens
Chair, Innovation and Science Australia

Andrew is the Chairman of Innovation and Science Australia and the Chairman of the Consumer Data Right - Data Standards Body. He is also a Non-executive Director of Stockland Group Limited, Male Champions of Change Institute Pty Limited and the Greater Western Sydney GIANTS. He is a member of the Advisory Executive of the UNSW School of Business and of the Founding Group of the Male Champions of Change, a group of CEOs and Directors working to make gender equality a reality. Andrew was the Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand from 2011 to 2014.

The Hon. Verity Firth
Executive Director, Social Justice, University of Technology Sydney

Verity Firth is the Executive Director, Social Justice at UTS and leads the newly established Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is currently spearheading the University’s Social Impact Framework, a first of its kind in the Australian university sector. Ms Firth has over fifteen years’ experience at the highest levels of government and not for profit sector in Australia. Before her parliamentary career, Ms Firth worked as a lawyer and was Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.

John Lydon
Senior Partner, McKinsey

John joined McKinsey in 1996 and has worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. In December 2013, he was appointed managing partner of McKinsey Australia and New Zealand. John works as a client counselor, helping the leaders of large, complex organisations understand, embrace, capture, and sustain the value potential in their businesses. Among his external appointments, John is a member of the University of Technology Sydney’s Vice Chancellor's Advisory Board, a representative on several Business Council of Australia committees, and part of the founding group of Male Champions of Change.

Ming Long AM
Non-Executive Director

Ming Long is a non-executive director with experience in funds and investment management, real estate, education and professional associations. She has held leadership positions including CEO and CFO roles and is the only Asian woman who has led an ASX-100 or 200 listed entity in Australia. Ming led the establishment of the Property Male Champions of Change and convened the 2017 National Group, was named as one of the 100 Women of Influence and was a finalist in the Telstra Business Womens Awards. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants and Finsia, a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Amy Brown
Deputy Secretary - Strategy and Delivery, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Amy loves working for the NSW Government. She is passionate about delivering real outcomes that improve quality of life for our citizens, provide access to opportunities for individuals and deliver value for taxpayers. She’s currently Deputy Secretary and head of the Strategy & Delivery group at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) – a group formed to provide expert commercial, strategic and economic advice to the Premier on major and complex whole-of-government policies, programs and projects.

Sarv Girn
Chief Information & Digital Officer, Cuscal

Sarv joined Cuscal in March 2020 as the Chief Information & Digital Officer, leading their technology and program delivery functions to enable reliable and innovative payment solutions across the financial services industry.

His career spans more than 30 years in the financial services sector in Australia, the UK and Asia. Previously, he was the Chief Information Officer of the Reserve Bank of Australia between 2012 and 2018. There, he provided strategic leadership in transforming and developing the core IT functions that supported RBA’s policy objectives. Sarv has also held strategic and transformational executive positions at MLC Life Insurance, Westpac, and the Commonwealth Bank. He has a proven track record in formulating and implementing digital strategies to enable customer service and revenue goals, with core expertise in building teams to drive change through capability and culture improvements.

Sarv is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Non-Executive Director at the Reserve Bank Health Society and the Can Too Foundation.

Sam Maresh
Country Leader, GE Australia

Sam Maresh was appointed as Country Leader for GE Australia in 2018. He is responsible for driving company growth across the various GE departments whilst supporting key initiatives and representing GE amongst industry and government stakeholders.

Sam began his career working in the Government sector in a range of energy, resources and commerce portfolios. His career includes a period in academia, researching climate policy and emission trading in the United Kingdom where he authored a range of publications. Prior to joining GE, he was Chief Advisor Government Affairs at Rio Tinto. He sits on a number of boards and advisory committees across Australia.

Sam holds a Science Degree from the University of Melbourne, a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from RMIT University and an Executive MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Meet the facilitator

Dr Melinda Muth
Copland Leadership Program Facilitator

Melinda is an educator and consultant who specialises in decision-making and group effectiveness, principally with senior executives and leadership teams. She is a facilitator and guest speaker in a variety of executive education programs in Australia and has worked in Asia and the USA. She is Managing Director of Streamwise Learning and its Institute of Food and Grocery Management, a Facilitator and Fellow of AICD, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at UNSW.


Welcome Event (Online)
Tuesday 10 November 5:00pm
  • Andrew Stevens, Chair, Innovation and Science Australia
Leadership fundamentals in an evolving world
Wednesday 11 November 9:00am
  • Sam Maresh, Country Leader, GE Australia
Emotional intelligence and personal effectiveness in leadership
Wednesday 11 November 1:30pm
  • The Hon. Verity Firth, Executive Director, Social Justice, University of Technology Sydney
Strategic thinking – developing a point of view about the future
Wednesday 25 November 9:00am
  • Sarv Girn, Chief Information & Digital Officer, Cuscal
Driving and leading strategic traction – managing the balance of risk and reward
Wednesday 25 November 1:30pm
  • John Lydon, Senior Partner, McKinsey
Developing capable teams – building skills and ensuring performance
Wednesday 9 December 9:00am
  • Amy Brown, Deputy Secretary - Strategy and Delivery, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Leading sustainable change – understanding the impact of underlying patterns of behaviour on an organisation’s culture
Wednesday 9 December 1:30pm
  • Ming Long AM, Non-Executive Director,

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