Future Leaders Forum

2017 Future Leaders Forum - Cairns

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.

The 2017 event will be held in Cairns so lock the date in now; 18-19 May 2017.

The Programme can be found here and the registration form can be found here.

For further queries, please contact:

Lisa Hamilton

Programme Facilitator

Ph: 07 3174 5007


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. 

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

A big thank you to our sponsors for this event.








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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