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6 August 2012

New partnership to foster strong leaders in a time of complex social change

State Trustees and Leadership Victoria have announced a practical new partnership working together to develop a new pool of leaders who can steer positive change in Victoria.

In explaining the purpose of the exciting partnership, Craig Dent, General Manager of State Trustees said the timing of the announcement is significant.

“Both organisations recognise that as our overall population ages, so too will the number of vulnerable Victorians increase. We believe that such social challenges will require our decision-makers to be able to develop informed and inspired solutions,” he said.

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21 June 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

Sam Sangster
Sam Sangster

Sam Sangster is Chief Executive Officer of Places Victoria. In his diverse career, Sam has held a number of key leadership roles with NAB, Freehills and PMP Ltd before joining VicUrban in 2006, becoming Acting CEO in 2010 before being made Chief Executive Officer of Places Victoria in November 2011.

Places Victoria is a long standing partner of LV and facilitates large-scale urban renewal – for residential and mixed-use purposes – within established areas of Melbourne and strategic locations in regional Victoria. Its activities promote housing affordability and diversity; and best practice in urban and community design.

Here Sam shares some of his many leadership experiences - talking about urban renewal, the importance of sustainability, Melbourne's up and coming suburbs such as Fishermans Bend as well as the importance of valuing customers for an organisation.

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29 May 2012 By Stefan Grun & Conal Thwaite

David Hoath
David Hoath

David Hoath is CEO of The Age and Fairfax's Melbourne Publishing division. Here he speaks with LV about the changing media landscape and the role of leadership as the social revolution in information technology continues.     

David has over thirty years experience working in the media in the UK and Australia, across print and radio platforms. In 2002 the World Association of Newspapers awarded David the research project of the year for publishing initiatives across Europe, North America and Australia.    

In this interview David speaks about the need to lead by example, the symbols and signals that a leader sends out, and the crucial need for communication. He also shares some insights into the positioning of The Age and other daily metropolitan newspapers between the “hyper-local” and “hyper-global” world of instantaneous communications.

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24 April 2012 By Hannah Carrodus

Janet Dore
Janet Dore

Janet Dore is not afraid of making bold decisions.

When she was CEO of the City of Ballarat between 1994-1999 Janet oversaw the Development of the $4m Eureka Stockade centre. As General Manager of Newcastle City Council from 1999-2007, Janet oversaw the planning for a $35m redevelopment of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery.  And in 2008, as the CEO of the Transport Accident Commission, Janet was responsible for organising the TAC’s relocation to Geelong.

Janet’s vibrant career has consisted of an interesting array of senior positions within the public sector and she is certainly a leader with a vision.

Janet says she is proud the TAC continues to be a Leadership Victoria (LV) partner, which it has been since 1997.

Here Janet talks about what makes an effective leader and why the TAC has continued its involvement with LV.  She also talks about the challenges of leading a workforce-the TAC- whose workers are 70 per cent female.

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3 April 2012 By Hannah Carrodus


The first LV Alumni event of 2012, ‘Beyond Networking to Connecting’, was a fantastic night for all involved.

Building off the foundations of last year’s Alumni events which focused on creating networks, this year LV explored how to make your existing networks more meaningful. LV understands that good networks can be assets for life; particularly if the relationship has progressed to a deeper level of understanding and mutual respect.

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9 February 2012 By Stefan Grun

Ilan Weill
Ilan Weill

Ilan Weill is General Manager of LV’s venue partner The Grand Hyatt Melbourne.  He has had a long and varied career with Hyatt, including overseeing the establishment and operation of hotels in South America and India.

Here, he talks to LV’s marketing and communications manager Stefan Grun about the challenges and rewards of leading people across cultures and continents

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5 December 2011


LV’s 2011 Foresight Forum was another important opportunity for LV to do some more of what it does best – use its unique vantage point to bring together clever thinkers from across all sectors to explore the big issues facing leaders.

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