Notre Dame Academic challenges roles and responsibilities of not-for-profit directors

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 10-12-2010

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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Providing comment on the roles and responsibilities of not-for-profit directors was the challenge for panellists at a recent Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Not-for-Profit Directorship event.

Adjunct Professor David Gilchrist, joined panellists Fiona Kalaf, Art Gallery of WA Board member, and Christopher Thorn, Executive Director Philanthropy Services - JB Were for a discussion in front of an audience of over 120 people which included CEOs, directors, government representatives and those involved in the provision of services to the not-for-profit sector.

"The not-for-profit sector is extremely diverse and covers almost every part of human endeavour. The audience reflected this diversity, and participants were offered the opportunity to raise issues and make comment which was an extremely important part of the session," explained Professor Gilchrist.

"We often forget that not only is the sector itself a very large and important component of our economy and society, but there is an enormous group of hidden participants who are not reflected in the economic and social statistics. They consist of thousands of volunteers who participate in roles extending from board and director level to service delivery."

Professor Gilchrist coordinates the course for Not-for-profit Leadership at The University of Notre Dame Australia which encompasses both the unique Graduate Certificate in Not-For-Profit Leadership and the Fremantle School of Business' research program in this area. He also holds the position of Assistant Auditor General Standards and Quality for Western Australia.

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