Senior Leaders' Program (SLP)

Sunday 28 May to Friday 2 June 2017 – Catholic Leadership Centre, Melbourne

The vision for the Senior Leaders’ Program is to open the cohort to a new life-long learning journey about themselves and others, benefitting every part of their lives.

The Senior Leaders’ Program surely resets the benchmark for all leadership programs. Without doubt it has created the mold for the future. Its tone, content, design and evidence-based theoretical, humanist approach, is precisely what our complex, fast paced and constantly changing world requires. The days of the old managerial approach – rewarding decisions made within hierarchical structures – is a relic of the past. Welcome to a better future of leadership program – and to the new, insightful leaders it helps create.
– Joanne Yates, Organisational Development and Policy Consultant

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gain the courage and wisdom not to need to make the complex simple

The Senior Leaders’ Program is the result of over five years of research and development driven directly to answering “how do we make organisations fit for the future and fit for people?”

This unique, contemporary executive program builds on existing leadership skills. It is a gateway to bodies of wisdom from the humanities, sociology and philosophy disciplines - beyond the expertise of the traditional business school. This mass of knowledge has been meticulously customised for organisational leaders.

You will experience the next generation of learning methods – beyond current experiential learning. These methods are disruptive and person-centred, designed to challenge how you think about the world and transform the way you make sense and meaning.

    The Senior Leaders’ Program offers participants unique benefits

  • Develop critical thinking and hold greater resilience to respond to complex scenarios
  • Discover greater sensitivity to engage diverse stakeholders and their perspectives
  • Build individual capacity to work autonomously and collaboratively in challenging situations
  • Improve strategic thinking skills to perceive, examine and act in areas of uncertainty.

On completion of the Senior Leaders’ program, participants have a greater capacity to achieve the following:

  • Accomplish organisational objectives with a higher sense of purpose
  • Apply critical and strategic thinking skills when responding to individual, team and organisational challenges
  • Drive improved performance with greater influence and impact on organisational decisions and strategies
  • Build resilient interrelationships between themselves and the organisation, their people and systems.

we need to be extraordinary just to survive – the Senior Leaders’ Program helps leaders get to extraordinary

The Program is a contemporary innovation in executive education. An ideal participant is one that believes:

  • real change in organisations can only come from having people change themselves
  • true high performance comes from those who know why they want to perform
  • in having the courage to embrace complexity and do the hard yards to create authentic organisations fit for the future.

The program is open for:

  • senior leaders with direct reporting responsibility to the CEO
  • senior divisional managers responsible for complex business and technical areas
  • senior general managers who have complex cross-functional responsibilities.

Errol Benvie, Program Director

Errol Benvie Errol has developed this program over five years and proven its effectiveness in transforming leaders' insights and understanding of themselves and the complexity of modern organisations. He brings to his leadership of the program a 25 year general management career which included several CEO roles across a range of industries. He has an MBA and a Masters in Organisational Coaching from Sydney University and is a doctoral candidate at Middlesex University.

As Program Director, Errol leads and facilitates the integration of the participants' experiences into the formal curriculum and, together with the team, supports the transformative outcomes. As a developmental coach his style is provocative yet deeply respectful of the courage and challenges involved in changing participants' mindsets.

Lex Dwyer

Lex Dwyer Lex brings over 30 years of experience in building collaboration, well-being and reflection in organisations and teams. He immerses participants in an experience that provides education around important business themes and at the same time illustrates how to better take care of themselves and build a capacity of high performance. A key theme of his work is managing energy and building resilience in a turbulent and challenging business world and harnessing cross functional opportunities to minimise the siloed approach that limits businesses. His unique approaches using humour, wisdom, learning and reflection are integrated throughout the program in this novel journey that also acts as the engine coolant to the dialogue and mental exercise of the program.

Katie Vasey

Katie Vasey Katie brings a qualitative methodology termed 'ethnography', applied for over a century, to investigate the complexity of humans in all their social environments. She has been conducting ethnographic studies with humanitarian migrants since 2002. Her teaching experience and research background includes: human rights, mental health, humanitarianism, ethnographic and qualitative research methods and public health.

Using ethnographic methods, Katie's work explores how and why forms of well-intentioned intervention (be they humanitarian, philanthropic, medical, or entrepreneurial) so often cause backlash or unexpected repercussions. Katie currently consults to the University of Melbourne, Monash University and to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She delivers the module on Ethnographic Methods on the joint Executive MBA offered by Madrid University's IE Business School and Brown University in Rhode Island.

Julie Morgan

Julie Morgan Julie brings over 20 years of senior leadership and executive experience to her role as Senior Consultant and Lecturer in Organisational Development for ACU Executive Education. She has worked in a variety of not-for-profit settings including international human rights, overseas aid and development, healthcare and education. Nationally and internationally, Julie's work in adult education has focused on ethical and values-based leadership development, the promotion of social inclusion, and conflict transformation and peacebuilding. Julie is consistently ranked as one of ACU Executive Education's most inspirational facilitators. With qualifications in Counselling, NFP Management, and International Human Rights Law and with degrees in Education, Theology, and Ethics, Julie's doctoral studies at UNE focus on Complexity Responsive Leadership.

David Cameron

David Cameron David graduated from NIDA to become an award-winning stage and screen actor. He is an acclaimed theatre and television director, best known for series including Stingers, Sea Change and City Homicide. David has voiced hundreds of commercials and animations, and has also created documentaries for Telstra, Origin and NAB.
He teaches and mentors actors and directors at The Victorian College of the Arts and also for a number of Australia's top corporate institutions where he employs his knowledge of performance to assist leaders to have greater impact and presence in their communication.

Peter Lawry

Peter Lawry Peter is renowned for engaging people deeply, and has transformed leaders and organisations in more than 20 countries around the world. His practical approach is widely recognised for its ability to achieve extraordinary business outcomes while increasing both employee commitment and customer satisfaction. His work in complex adaptive systems brings a unique perspective to social systems of organisations offering practical tools and processes for making meaning in organisations. Prior to his work with corporations, Peter was a clinical supervisor training professionals in the helping professions.

Michele Konrad

Michele’s career began in the US Military, from which she became a project manager and turnaround specialist, earning twenty years’ experience on major projects in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Australia and Papua New Guinea. She has now broadened her scope to include writing and filmmaking. Michele is, above all, a storyteller. She sees a story as the most powerful way to shift a paradigm, enabling the transformation of people, who then turn around projects. In an industry obsessed with linear causality and the illusion of predictability, Michele has built a career of translating complexity into successful outcomes for projects and teams. She will tell the story of her evolution from an effective but sometimes bruising change agent to a person-centred master storyteller, illustrating lessons of benefit to a variety of challenging situations. Michele holds a Master’s of Science in International Affairs and an MBA from Georgetown University, and is the co-author of a non-fiction book on the economics of societies in transition.

Dates and times

The course is a five-and-a-half-day intensive residential program.  It will commence at 4pm on Sunday 28 May and will conclude at 4pm on Friday 2 June, 2017.


The Catholic Leadership Centre is a world class conference and learning facility for professional learning programs and executive courses.  Conveniently located in the heart of East Melbourne with easy access to public transport.

The Catholic Leadership Centre

576 Victoria Parade

East Melbourne VIC  3002


We recommended participants book flights which arrive no later than 2pm on Sunday 28 May 2017. Flights and transfers are the responsibility of the delegate and are not included in program fees.

Per person fee

  • for bookings from 1 April: $10,990

Multiple bookings per organsiation

  • pricing discounts are available for organisations sending more than one person

Prices are quoted in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST.

Fee inclusions:

  • five nights of accommodation
  • all meals and drinks
  • all program materials and resources.

Please note flights and transfers are the responsibility of the delegate and are not included in the program fee.

Contact us

For more information or to discuss the Senior Leaders’ Program please contact Peter Boyle at or call 02 9739 2842.

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