Lessons in Leadership



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24/08/2017 - 7:45 am to 9:30 am

The Institute of Managers and Leaders Newcastle Regional Advisory Committee is delighted to invite you to an exclusive breakfast event, Lessons in Leadership. Join us to hear war stories and key turning points from our speakers:


  • David Pich FIML, Chief Executive Officer, The Institute of Managers and Leaders
  • Viv Allanson AFIML, Chief Executive Officer, Maroba
  • Professor Kevin Lyons, Deputy Head of the Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle


Our speakers will share with you experiences, highlights, lessons and challenges from their leadership journeys in a series of presentations. The event will also feature a Q&A session – a great opportunity to have your questions answered by our esteemed panel!

Register today, visit the new state of the art venue, The University of Newcastle, new City Campus NewSpace. Network with Professionals, Industry Leaders and Academics.

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an insightful event!

David Pich FIML

David Pich is Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

As the first national Chief Executive of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), one of Australia’s oldest, largest and most pre-eminent Membership based organisations, David advocates for sound management and leadership practice in the workplace and beyond.

He began his career in a senior HR role at Hewlett-Packard, and followed this in executive roles in Marketing, PR and Consulting at PWC and Computer Associates. His first CEO appointment was at a medical research start-up at a major Teaching Hospital in Sydney.

David is a graduate of Cambridge University and Western Sydney University. He sits on the Board of The Intensive Care Foundation of Australian & New Zealand and lives in Brisbane with his wife and two daughters. He has a passion for long distance running, although the sub-3-hour marathon continues to elude him.


Viv Allanson AFIML
Viv Allanson is the Chief Executive Officer of Maroba

Viv was promoted from the Executive Director of Nursing position to the position of CEO of Maroba in 2000. Whilst beginning her career in the Public Health sector she has not looked back since she made the move to Aged care in 1992. Her qualifications are numerous including a Master of Health Management.
Bringing her nursing experience to the role has enabled her to maintain her focus on the clinical and care issues whilst progressing Maroba’s business performance.
The focus now is to diversify the range of accommodation and services provided by Maroba to ensure it continues to be a relevant and dynamic organisation. Viv was elected to the Aged and Community Services Association of NSW & ACT board of directors in 2007.
Now an award-winning CEO, Viv shares with us the key attributes that she believes she possesses to ensure her continued success, and what motivates her to keep on climbing. Her views on Leadership:  ‘Flexibility is a key feature, but flexibility without deep compassion for humanity can lead one into the quicksand. For Viv, is about putting the people first … even before the organisation, for by so doing the organisation is always advanced and in a better position to deal with the next challenge’.


Professor Kevin Lyons

Deputy Head of the Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle

 His research has involved projects in collaboration with Tourism Hunter and Hunter Wine & Tourism Association, regional tourism operators, NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, and local governments.

Lyons addresses local issues including tracking regional tourism impacts, knowledge transfer among stakeholders in the tourism industry, the effects of volunteering models upon regional tourism, and tracking the education and marketing intelligence needs of Tourism SMEs in the Hunter region.

His work provides tourism stakeholders with evidence needed to make informed strategic decisions about tourism in the region.

Lyons has secured funding from the Hunter Wine & Tourism Association to put together a team (Dr Paul Stolk and Dr Tamara Young) to monitor monthly revenue generated by cellar doors, the accommodation sector, restaurants, conferences, and wedding functions in Hunter Wine Country.

This unique research provides compelling evidence of regional wine tourism’s impact on the state’s visitor economy. Lyons’ work has enabled the region’s wine and tourism industries to work together, building strength to support regional funding bids via the NSW State Government’s Visitor Economy initiatives.



Venue Phone: (02) 4921 5000

Venue Website:

NeW Space City Campus, The University of Newcastle, Level 3, Room X-302, Corner of Hunter and Auckland Streets, Newcastle, New South Wales, 2300, Australia

Level 3 Room X-302, Corner Hunter and Auckland Street Newcastle, NSW 2300