Thursday 18 February 2021 - LIVE sessions

6 x 50 minute online sessions access LIVE as they happen or

Access on demand between 18 February and 31 March.

2021 National Not-For-Profit Sector Conference - Rising Stars in Challenging Times

You decide what you'll pay to be Inspired and learn from 6 leading Not-For-Profit experts in strategy, financial management, innovation, capacity building and the power of human connection – from the comfort of your office or home.

​Dear Not-For-Profit Leader

2020 has been an ‘interesting year’ and has really put the sector under even greater pressure to support communities that have struggled to cope. Many of our teams are tapped out, reserves are spent and yet the demand for help is unrelenting. We are wanting to support you and bridge the gap for inspiration and skills needed to thrive in 2021 and beyond.

We have gathered together a one-day programme that is truly inspirational with speakers who understand the sector, share a heart for community and have some breakthrough ideas that you can apply in your organisation almost immediately.

Nett proceeds from the 2021 Not-For-Profit Sector Summit will go directly to fund a deserving charity.

With your help, we can meet our goal of $10,000.

When you register for the Summit, you decide what you want to pay to attend, starting from just $25 for access to the entire event. There are no other fees for attendance.

So what do you get for your registration fee?

With costs escalating in the last few years, your continuing education dollars don’t go as far as they once did. At the Virtual Summit, you’ll have access to 6 hours of high-quality, CPD approved continuing education Plus, support GROW’s efforts to expand mental health resources to underserved and never-served communities around the world.

Are you ready to learn from leading experts and help change lives? You can go directly to our registration form – or keep reading below to learn more.

Why register?

Best Value

You decide how much you want to pay to attend (from as little as $25).

Live Q&A

Interact with presenters through live Q&A sessions.

Live Webinars

Access live, interactive webinars facilitated by leading experts and practitioners.

Recorded Sessions

Access to session recordings, on-demand, 24/7 – so you don’t miss out on anything.

Variety of Topics

Covering the theme "Rising Stars”

Leading Experts

Learn from international and national subject-matter experts

Accrue CPD Credits

Earn up to 6 CPD Approved hours.

Nett Proceeds Go to Auckland City Mission

All nett proceeds will be donated to the Auckland City Mission

*Live sessions can hold a maximum of 500 concurrent participants (first in, first served). If you are unable to attend a live session due to capacity being reached, you will be able to watch the content (including Q&A discussion) at your convenience (on-demand) until 31 March 2021.

Who should attend

The 2021 National NFP Sector Conference is aimed at senior managers within the NZ NFP Sector, and anyone who has an interest in this sector, and wants to contribute to a better NZ, please register now.

About the presenters

Aly McNicoll, Director NZ Coaching & Mentoring Centre/LEAD Centre for Not for Profit Governance & Leadership

Aly McNicoll has been involved with coaching and mentoring in NZ and Australia for the last 12 years with a particular interest in training. She has refined techniques for both introducing coaching as a skill set and promoting learning as a way of being in teams and organisations.
Aly is a regular presenter at international conferences (American Society for Training & Development Conference, European Mentoring & Coaching Council Conference) where her specialist skills in peer learning techniques have led to her spending increasing proportions of her time working with clients in Australia, the UK and the USA.
Aly is a member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council and an international associate of Clutterbuck Associates (UK).
Prior to her corporate training role, Aly has led leadership and management programmes at Unitec Institute of Technology where she also spent 4 years training tutors in the staff development unit. She is also a qualified counsellor.

We have always said that leadership is a bit like swimming - you can only learn it by diving in and thrashing around. 2020 has thrown leaders in the deep end and provided a crash course in leading through complexity, change and uncertainty. Forget about being agile, we have needed something more radical this year - leaders who can move fast even if they have no idea where they are going. This keynote workshop will look at how leaders need to think differently, engage differently and act differently in this new normal, complex world. The challenges ahead are too big for individuals and the leaders who succeed will be those who can step out of their comfort zone, move from ‘me to we’, and inspire others to step up and deliver exceptional results.

Aly will present the keynote on Reinventing Leadership – simple habits for complex times

Helmut Modlik Kaiwhakahaere Matua| CEO Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira, Ora Toa PHO

A born and bred pā boy and part of the Arthur whānau, Helmut gets his fancy name from his German father who came to Aotearoa to build state houses in the 1950's.

Helmut was educated locally until the 4th form when he had the good fortune to head off to play his beloved sport - basketball - for Church College. While he says that his passion for basketball was possibly his real motivation, he surprised himself and his whānau by also managing to pass School Certificate, UE and Bursary while away at school.

Escaping GEC and Todd Motors in the 1980's, Helmut completed his BCA and MBA, which led him initially into accounting and finance, and then enabled him to transition into economic development (as the inaugural CEO of Poutama Trust) and management consulting. He also taught part-time for Te Wānanga o Raukawa for 14 years, ran his own management consultancy (Arrus Knoble Developments) for 12 years and has been a CEO specialising in change, growth, mergers and turnaround companies for the last 14 years.

Helmut says that he is a life-long serial entrepreneur and loves to create exciting new ventures. His current role (as our CEO) is the last job he will ever have as he is fiercely passionate about working to enhance the well-being, prosperity and mana of Ngāti Toa. He says this mahi is all he ever wants to do from now on.

Helmut has been married for 36 years to his wife Catherine and together they have 4 children who have blessed them with 11 moko and still counting. While everyone knows that he loves basketball...almost no one (other than Dr Annie Judkins at Ora Toa) knows that Helmut also has a love for poetry.

Helmut will present: Why Crown agencies can NEVER address inequalities without a fundamental reframing

David Gilchrist, UWA Business School Co-convenor, Not-for-profits UWA Co-convenor, Australian Studies Research Group

Over a career spanning 30 years, Professor David Gilchrist has held a number of senior roles in the Not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. Most recently, he held the role of Assistant Auditor General in Western Australia and, prior to that, he taught accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK as well as at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Australia. He was Foundation Director of the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative for five years and held the position of Associate Dean of the School of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia where he was adjunct professor of Not-for-profit Leadership. He is currently a Visiting Professor and Research Chief Investigator in NFP Studies at the NFPO Research Centre, Hebei GEO University, and Peoples’ Republic of China.
Professor Gilchrist has published widely as an academic and journalist, and is a principal author of a number of key national reports including the seminal report 'Australian Charities 2013' for the Commonwealth Government and the Australian National Disability Costing and Pricing Framework (2014). He is co-author of 'The Three Sector Solution' (2016) published by  Australian National University Press, author of 'Imperial Theory: Colonial Pragmatism' (2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan, co-author of 'Public Sector Accounting, Governance and Accountability: Experiences of Australia and New Zealand' (2018) published by Routledge and co-author of 'Designing Impactful Collaboration' soon to be published by Australian National University Press.

If 2020 taught us anything it confirmed the importance - economically and socially - of the not-for-profit sector. It also demonstrated the resilience of a sector that is critical to maintaining many of the human services and cultural activities that define our communities. However, notwithstanding this importance, the ongoing sustainability of the not-for-profit and charitable sector is increasingly challenging and volunteer directors are at the decision-making centre of the whirlpool of competing policy, funding and practical realities. In this presentation, Professor David Gilchrist will examine what this means for volunteer directors in a practical sense, what they ought to consider in their decision-making processes and how they might respond to these challenges.

David Gilchrist will present the keynote Sustainability: Not-for-profits and volunteer directors

David Todd, Managing Director Synergia

David has worked in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom on a wide range of issues looking for solutions to complex issues as diverse as mental illness, disability and suicide prevention. He has a strong belief that together is better and that by working together and harnessing each other skills, knowledge and experience 1 plus 1 can indeed make 3. David believes it is critically important that we move past opinions and bias to decisions that are grounded in theory and the evidence. 

David Rees, Founding Partner, Synergia

David has worked across the public and private sectors both locally and overseas. Bringing insights to the organisational setting by helping individuals and groups improve their understanding of, and ability to change the systems within which they live and work, he places a great deal of emphasis on bringing together best evidence and broad engagement within a systems framework. He combines his extensive facilitation skills with a range of systems methods to help individuals and groups improve their understanding of the complex worlds within which they live and work, and their ability to design effective systems. Working with public and private sector clients and universities, David utilises qualitative and quantitative systems methods to guide his consulting and research work in the areas of health, social care and community development.

David is an Honorary Lecturer at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland and a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago.

David and David will present on Using data intelligently: they will share some of the work they’ve done using a range of data analytics, data visualisation and simulation modelling to help NFPs to use data in a more focused and intelligent way.

Wayne Graham, Founder/CEO the Daily Encourager

Wayne has worked as a Business Manager and consultant and has over 30 years experience in media publishing, project management and strategy.

He worked on many major projects including the merger of the Dominion and Evening Post, the digital transformation of the newsrooms and was awarded a scholarship to work for News Corporation in London.

Recently he has seen a need for a more positive news environment and to build trust with the media. In response, he has founded Daily Encourager media.

The Daily Encourager has been established to report real life experiences and events that encourage what is best in New Zealand society and human endeavour.

Since launch, over the past three years they have published over 400 good news stories from across New Zealand, many from the not-for-profit sector.

Wayne will present on: How to showcase your story: A fresh vision for media.

He will cover some tricks and tips on how to get the media working for the NFP sector.

Chris Farrelly, CEO / City Missioner – Auckland City Mission

Chris has been the City Missioner since 2016, and overseen significant growth in the Mission particularly in areas of Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Health and the development of the new Mission facility – “HomeGround”.  

Chris has a long history of working with the poor and marginalised in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and has managed a number of health and social service organisations and programmes.

Chris was previously the CEO of Manaia Health PHO in Northland, a position he has held for 13 years. Chris spent many years living in a South Korean slum where he led a number of health and social development programmes. Since returning home he has worked in the area of HIV-AIDS prevention and care, and hospital and health management.

Other areas of interest for Chris include, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and addressing inequity, partnership with Maori, mediation and conflict resolution. He has a number of academic and professional qualifications including a Master of Theology degree from the USA, and a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution from Massey University.

Chris will present his keynote on how the Auckland City Mission quickly had to adapt the delivery of its services last year, the challenges they faced and how they overcame these.


9am: Aly McNicoll: Reinventing Leadership – simple habits for complex times

10am: Wayne Graham: How to showcase your story: A fresh vision for media 

11am: David Todd and David Rees: Using data intelligently

Lunch break

1pm: Chris Farrelly: Working on the Edge

2pm: Helmut Modlik: Why Crown agencies can NEVER address inequalities without a fundamental reframing

3pm: David Gilchrist: Sustainability: Not-for-profits and volunteer directors

Date & Time

Thursday 18 February.
Each session starts on the hour: 9am, 10am, 11am 1pm, 2pm, 3pm.
(12noon lunch break)

Pricing and Registration

Your Impact, Your Choice*

$100 - Hero

Be a Hero for underserved communities. Translate your learning into the highest possible social impact and support for those most in need.

$50 - Champion

Be a Champion for underserved communities. Go one step above and make a greater social impact with your registration.

$25 - Advocate

Be an Advocate for underserved communities. Our most affordable option is ideal for students and those currently experiencing financial challenges.

*Your choice of registration does not affect your access to presentations and content, only the social impact you’ll personally create with your registration.

Choose your option on the registration form (ticket type).

All nett proceeds will be donated to the Auckland City Mission.

Registration process
Payment online is by debit or credit card (VISA, Mastercard or American Express) only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.  Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. 

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by credit card) there will be a $25 surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  • The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
  • The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

If you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly, or have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 021 066 9811 or email:

What happens if you have to cancel?

Refunds are not available unless GROW cancels the workshop ahead of time. You will have access to the webinars post conference until 31 March 2021. Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the workshop – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.
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