Copland Leadership Program in Brisbane

Copland Leadership Program in Brisbane

The Copland Leadership Program is CEDA's professional development program for emerging leaders across the corporate, government, academic and community sectors.

Program overview

The Copland Leadership Program is designed for talented and motivated emerging leaders who are looking to build their leadership skills and accelerate their careers.

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, as well as a Welcome event and a Boardroom lunch. The program is strictly limited to 25 participants to ensure an exclusive and personalised learning experience. Each Copland cohort features a dynamic mix of people from different fields of expertise, which enables the group to discuss a diverse range of viewpoints.

Key benefits of participating:


  • Be mentored by Australia’s top business leaders and learn from their insights.
  • Have access to a network of 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.
  • Increase your understanding of your individual leadership skills.
  • Learn leadership fundamentals to drive organisational change.
  • Engage in a boardroom lunch.
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.
CEDA's Copland Leadership Program will also be held in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. 

Meet the speakers

Claire Blake
Chief Financial Officer, QIC

Claire leads enterprise financial outcomes through the provision of strategic advice, analysis, decision support, risk management and business partnering. Claire oversees QIC’s finance team that delivers financial services for the QIC corporate group, investment products, mandates and real estate assets.

Ming Long
Deputy Chair, Diversity Council of Australia

Ming is an influential leader with non-executive director experience in a broad range of industries including financial services, funds and investment management and real estate. She has held leadership positions including CEO and CFO roles with a track record of taking on challenging roles, including successfully navigating the global financial crisis.

Megan Motto
Chief Executive Officer, Governance Institute of Australia

Megan Motto is the Chief Executive Officer of the Governance Institute of Australia. The Governance Institute of Australia is the only fully independent professional association with a sole focus on whole-of-organisation governance. Prior to this appointment, she was the CEO of Consult Australia, the association for professional services firms within the built and natural environment. Megan is also currently a Director of Standards Australia and a National Director for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). Megan has a BA/BEd, a MA in Communications Management and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Neil Scales OBE
Director-General, Chief Executive Officer and Chair, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Prior to joining TMR, Neil was one of the United Kingdom’s (UK) most senior public transport executives. In this role, he was responsible for some 200 million passenger journeys every year by train, bus and ferries and the two Mersey Tunnels. He is credited for reversing the fortunes of Merseytravel, which is now recognised as one of the best transport authorities in the UK. 

Gail Williamson
Chief Growth Officer, WiseTech Global

Gail's work focuses on accelerating growth and geographic expansion for WiseTech globally, delivering on strategic initiatives, launching breakthrough technologies and leading the global brand. She is passionate about high growth, globally scalable innovation and engaging teams and aligning resources to deliver it. Her role spans capital markets, communications, brand, marketing, channels, culture, governance and stakeholder management globally.

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 combines her practical and academic experience to help individuals and teams to innovate, solve problems, and take action. She is a facilitator and guest speaker in a variety of executive education programs in Australia, and has worked in Asia and the USA.


Welcome event
Tuesday 15 September 5:00pm
Leadership fundamentals in an evolving world
Wednesday 16 September 9:00am
  • Gail Williamson, Chief Growth Officer, WiseTech Global
Emotional intelligence and personal effectiveness in leadership
Wednesday 16 September 1:30pm
  • Megan Motto, Chief Executive Officer, Governance Institute of Australia
Strategic thinking – developing a point of view about the future
Wednesday 30 September 9:00am
Driving and leading strategic traction – balancing risk and reward
Wednesday 30 September 1:30pm
  • Claire Blake, Chief Financial Officer, QIC
Developing capable teams – building skills and ensuring performance
Wednesday 14 October 9:00am
  • Neil Scales OBE, Director-General, Chief Executive Officer and Chair, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
Leading sustainable change – understanding impacts of behaviour on culture
Wednesday 14 October 1:30pm
  • Ming Long, Deputy Chair, Diversity Council of Australia
Copland boardroom lunch
Friday 23 October 12:00pm

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