LinkedIn Local Coffs Coast: Not-For-Profit Leadership


Calling all not-for-profit leaders and those interested in supporting not-for-profits!

  • Are you on a Board or Management Committee?
  • Are you part of a local community group?
  • Or an executive leading a for-purpose organisation?

This LinkedIn Local event is for you. This event will include a panel of guest speakers who will offer 10 minutes of expert insight into critical issues facing many organisations. This includes:

How to tackle workforce shortages in the NFP space. Kerry Grace – CEO of the Regional Development Association Midnorth Coast

The challenges and opportunities in the housing market. Sharon Smith – President of the Planning Institute of Australia NSW and Section Leader Local Planning at Coffs Harbour City Council

Emerging trends in NFP governance. Brendan Walsh – Experienced CEO, Chair and Consultant with Conscious Governance

How to collaborate to find new solutions. Steven Paul – CEO of Coffs Harbour Support Services and Director of Coastlink

It is also an opportunity for you to meet and network with Board Members, Directors, local NFP leaders and the wider LinkedIn Local community on the Coffs Coast. LinkedIn Local is all about getting to know the people behind the LinkedIn profiles and connecting at a human level.

Tickets are $25 and include nibbles. Drinks are available to purchase from the wine bar.

This event is proudly sponsored by Alt Collective - Entrepreneurship Facilitators. Visit for more information.

More about the speakers:

Kerry Grace – RDAMNC

Economic and Community Development practitioner Kerry Grace has been the CEO of RDAMNC since August 2016. Kerry brings a range of skills to RDAMNC incorporating her experiences in procurement, vocational education, advertising and human services industries. Kerry has worked with all levels of government, not for profit organisations and Aboriginal corporations and private sector businesses via her consultancy Evolve Group Network since 2003. As a seventh generation Mid North Coast resident Kerry is a passionate advocate for the people of the region. She has also recently launched the Community Practitioner Academy to provide support for the NFP sector.

Sharon Smith – NSW PIA

Sharon Smith is the current President of the NSW Planning Institute of Australia and the Section Leader of Locale Planning at Coffs Harbour City Council. As a Fellow of PIA, Sharon brings decades of strategic planning experience across the local government and private sector in northern NSW. In her role of PIA President, she brings specific insights into the local, regional and State planning challenges and opportunities around housing affordability issues and the delivery of affordable housing solutions.

Brendan Walsh – Conscious Governance

For more than three decades, Brendan has been a passionate and inspired contributor to nonprofits in Australia. His substantial experience includes roles as Senior Executive, CEO, Director and Board Chair of a number of highly successful and strategically focussed organizations. He has worked in community and social enterprises, as well State and Local Governments and private sector. Brendan has a passion for transforming organisations to better support the people and communities they serve. He also has interest and experience in helping organisations to identify and seize opportunities for alliances, partnerships and when appropriate, mergers.

Steven Paul – Coffs Harbour Support Services

Steven’s keen interest in working in the not-for-profit sector was sparked during his 20 years in the accounting and finance industries working at a large London university, and as the principal of an accounting practice. He is currently the CEO of Coffs Harbour Support Services, a local disability support provider delivering supported independent living services and community care services for the past 30 years. Steven is also a long standing Director of Coastlink and has previously been the CEO of Community Transport Central Coast.



  • Wednesday, 10 August 2022 | 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM