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Cairns | 25 – 27 May 2022

* Please note that the below ASBAQ 2022 Program is a provisional program and is subject to change at any time.

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Mark McFie

Master of Ceremonies

Mark has been involved in schools and education since 1993. Mark first started his career as a PE teacher and later a Head of Department. Being a firm believer in lifelong learning, Mark completed a Master of Business Administration which then inspired the pathway towards leadership positions and later a desire to move into business administration roles. In 1997, Mark left teaching to become a consultant and trainer in the area of Workplace Health and Safety.

During his time as a consultant, he worked with numerous schools and Regional Councils helping them to improve their safety management systems. After numerous visits to many schools across Southeast Queensland, Mark again wanted to get back into education.

Mark followed this desire to be back in schools and is currently the Business Manager at Immanuel Lutheran College on the Sunshine Coast. Mark holds undergraduate degrees in education and business and has also completed post graduate studies in business administration, corporate governance and education law. He has been an active member of the ASBA (Qld) Management Committee and is the current Vice President of this Association.


General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC(Mil) CVO MC (Retd)

Mastering Leadership (Friday 27 May - 1.15pm - 2.30pm)

Australian Statesman, former Governor General and past Australian of the Year, Sir Peter Cosgrove, served in the Australian military for 37 years, appointed Chief of the Defence Force in 2002, a position he retained until his retirement in 2005.

When he retired, Sir Peter accepted positions on numerous boards and was appointed leader of the taskforce responsible for rebuilding communities in the aftermath of Cyclone Larry.

In 2014, he was awarded a Knight in the Order of Australia when he was sworn in as 26th Governor General of Australia, serving in the role until 2019, and appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order by Her Majesty the Queen in 2019.

His autobiography My Story remains on the Australian best seller list.


Mark McCrindle

Work Wellbeing - Leading thriving teams (Wednesday 25 May - 1.45pm - 2.45pm)

Macro trends in education and society - What is changing and what are the opportunities resulting from this change (Wednesday 25 May - 3.30pm - 4.30pm)

Mark McCrindle is an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author and influential thought leader who is regularly commissioned to deliver strategy and advice to the boards and executive committees of some of Australia's leading organisations.

He understanding of the key social trends as well as his engaging communication style places him in high demand in the press, on radio and on television shows including Sunrise, Today, ABC News 24, A Current Affair and Today Tonight.

His research firm counts among its clients more than 100 of Australia's largest companies and his highly valued reports and infographics have developed his regard as an expert demographer, futurist and social commentator.


Michael McQueen

Teaching For Tomorrow (Thursday 26 May - 9.15am - 10.15am)

Past Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year, Michael McQueen understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

With clients including KPMG, Pepsi, and Cisco, he has helped some of the world's most successful brands navigate disruption, maintain momentum and stay ahead of the curve.

A bestselling author of nine books and featured regularly as a commentator on television and radio, his work has featured in publications ranging from the UK Daily Mail to and the Huffington Post.

Having presented to over 500,000 people across five continents since 2004, Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Dr John Maxwell and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.


Penny Locaso

Flourish Forward (Thursday 26 May - 1.15pm - 2.30pm)

The Busy = Bull**t Challenge (Thursday 26 May - 3.15pm - 4.30pm)

Penny Locaso is the world's first Happiness Hacker on a quest to teach 10 million humans by 2025 how to flourish in life.

Penny turned her life upside down in the pursuit of happiness, leaving a 16-year career as an executive, relocating her family from Perth to Melbourne, ending an 18- year relationship, and making a fresh beginning, founding her own purpose-drive company

She has partnered with companies including Google, Microsoft,, SalesForce, Deloitte and LuluLemon as well as governments and educators to help build a more intentionally adaptable society.

To achieve this, Penny created The Intentional Adaptability Quotient® - a world-first psychometric tool and education program that decodes the skills required to not only navigate but flourish in a period of complex and uncertain change.


Amanda Stevens

Brand Advocacy and Consumer Habits (Friday 27 May - 9.15am - 10.15am)

Amanda Stevens is a renowned thought leader on the customer experience who combines current consumer insights with fascinating research into buying behaviour, providing companies and business owners with powerful strategies for connecting with their customers.

With a double degree in consumer psychology and marketing, she has consulted to some of the country's biggest brands, including Lend Lease, Microsoft, Procter and Gamble and even the Australian Liberal Party.

The Centenary Medal recipient for business innovation has presented at over 700 conferences in 14 countries, sharing the stage in the past with Sir Richard Branson , Sir Bob Geldof and, in 2014, was the supporting speaker for Condoleezza Rice at the Global Leadership Summit. She combines practical strategies with a mesmerizing storytelling style, leaving audiences with memorable messages and actionable insights.


Chelsea Pottenger

Mindset Reset (Friday 27 May - 11am - 12.15pm)

Chelsea Pottenger is a leading authority on productivity, mindfulness and wellbeing. For 12 years she was known for her extraordinary work ethic and high performance at numerous big name organisations until experiencing debilitating Post-Natal Depression

With determination, help and resilience she bounced back with renewed purpose and passion, and is now the inspirational director of EQ Minds which is on a mission to empower high performance through greater mindfulness.

She is regularly featured in Marie Claire, Sunrise, Channel 9, ABC News and 2DayFM to name a few, and is a proud ambassador for mental health charities including RUOK? and The Gidget Foundation. She has worked with many global brands including eBay, Uber, Telstra and Mercedes-Benz, helping professionals recalibrate their brains and create more success in their work and lives.


Ben Cleveland

Fresh Perspectives on Educational Design – Reflections on Research (Thursday 26 May – 11.00am - 12.15pm)

Dr Ben Cleveland is an Associate Professor in Learning Environments in the Faculty of Architecture , Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, where he is Co-Director of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) .He is currently Lead Chief Investigator for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project , ‘Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs’ (2019-2022) and the 'Inclusive Learning Environments in Catholic Schools' (2021-2024) project sponsored by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools.

Ben teaches a range of cross-disciplinary subjects including Building the Brief: People, Process, Place; Human Environments Relations; and Innovative Spaces and Pedagogy. He also supervises more than 10 PhD and Masters students in the field of Learning Environments Research. Ben has consulted on education facilities worth more than $1.5B over the last ten years in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, South Australia, Northern Territory, and New Zealand. These projects have included the Victorian School Building Authority's 2016 New Schools PPP and the 2020, 2021, and 2023 New Schools programs, North Melbourne Hill Primary School, and Greater Shepparton Secondary College. He is a past Chair of the Victorian Chapter of Learning Environments Australasia.

Wednesday 25 May 2022
11.30am – 5.30pm Registration Open
1.30pm – 1.45pm Opening including Welcome to Country
1.45pm – 2.45pm
Macro trends in education and society
Mark McCrindle
2.45pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea and Exhibition
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Work Wellbeing - Leading thriving teams
Mark McCrindle
4.30pm – 5.00pm ASBAQ General Meeting
5.00pm – 6.00pm
Drinks & Exhibition
6.30pm – 9.30pm
ASBAQ 2022 Welcome Function
Thursday 26 May 2022
9.00am – 9.15am Opening Session
Mark McFie
9.15am – 10.15am
Teaching for Tomorrow
Michael McQueen
10.15am – 11.00am
Morning Break and Exhibition
11.00am – 12.15pm Fresh Perspectives on Educational Design – Reflections on Research?
Dr Ben Cleveland
12.15pm – 1.15pm
Lunch Break and Exhibition
1.15pm – 2:30pm
Flourish Forward
Penny Locaso
2.30pm – 3.15pm
Afternoon Break and Exhibition
3.15pm – 4.30pm
The Busy = Bull**t Challenge
Penny Locaso
4.30pm – 5.30pm
Drinks & Exhibition
6.30pm – 10.30pm
ASBAQ 2022 Conference Dinner
Friday 27 May 2022
9.00am – 9.15am Welcome
Mark McFie
9.15am – 10.15am Brand Advocacy and Consumer Habits
Amanda Stevens
10.15am – 11.00am
Morning Break and Exhibition
11.00am – 12.15pm
Mindset Reset
Chelsea Pottenger
12.15pm – 1.15pm
Lunch Break and Exhibition
1.15pm – 2.30pm
Mastering Leadership
Gen Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove AK CVO MC (Retd)
2.30pm – 3.00pm Conference Wrap Up and Final Remarks
3.00pm Conference Close