Gippsland’s peak leadership group, the Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP) has selected 27 participants for 2020 intake; a cohort of leaders from both public and private sectors across the region.
Formally established in 1996, the Gippsland Community Leadership Program is the longest running program of its kind in Australia and, as a result of 23 years of solid patronage, it boasts a supportive, diverse and engaged alumni of over 600 graduates.
GCLP Program Director Mark Answerth said, “We’re extremely proud of the calibre and commitment of our alumni. Many graduates are still living in Gippsland, others have moved beyond the region with a number becoming significant leaders at state and federal levels.”
Graduates can also be identified in current or former leadership roles in local government, business, industry and community organisations including the arts, environmental and sporting associations throughout the region.
Among the graduates are Chair of Bushfire Recovery Victoria Ken Lay, AO APM (ex. Victorian Police Commissioner); Mary Aldred, CEO of Franchise Council of Australia; Cr Dan Clancy, Mayor of Latrobe City; business owner, communications consultant and speaker Leah Mether; and, Maree McPherson, Chair of Gippsland Regional Partnerships.
Under the auspices of the Committee for Gippsland, the GCLP is structured to deliver enhanced understanding of: the power and impact of leadership; the workings of government and political environments and the role of advocacy; the value of community connections; Gippsland’s diversity, challenges and opportunities; and, individual leadership qualities as a leader now and the leader you can become
The program runs from February to October and, along with practical field trips to state and federal parliament, is centred on the cohort developing and delivering five group-based community projects within Gippsland.
“I’m proud to say that our 2020 group has decided to base all five projects in East Gippsland to help support fire-affected communities,” highlighted Mr Answerth. “I am very excited with the quality and passion of the cohort and look forward to working with them to build on their leadership capacity for the betterment of all of Gippsland.”
Representing 15 different industries and 17 different townships, this year’s group will be formally acknowledged at the annual GCLP launch on 20th February in Lakes Entrance. CFA Assistant Chief Officer for South Eastern Region, Trevor Owen will be guest speaker. Those interested in attending the launch can purchase a ticket ($45.00) by contacting 03 5623 3219.
Photo – The GCLP class of 2019 enjoying a field trip to Richmond Football Club gaining insight into leadership in the sporting arena.