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Transforming Organizations

28 Feb 2019 6:00 pm
Lecture Theatre 200, Social Sciences Building (A02), Science Road, The University of Sydney

Dress: Business casual
Catering: Drinks and canapes will be provided following the event.
RSVP: by 20 February, 2019

In a world where uncertainty is a given how do organizations respond to the world that they face and plan for an uncertain future? This panel discussion and book launch will explore how transformation can be achieved to not only ‘keep up’ but to make our organizations meet the needs of a profoundly changing society. Mark Scott, A.O., Secretary of The NSW Department of Education and former Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) will launch Transforming Organizations, a book that looks at the how, not only the why of transformation.

The launch will be followed by a panel on How Can we Transform Our Organizations? The panel has deep experience in transforming organizations across broadcasting, transport, media, finance, healthcare and education that makes a transformation within organizations and more broadly across sectors.


Mark Scott, A.O. (Secretary, Department of Education and former Managing Director, ABC)
Vanessa Chapman (General Counsel and Company Secretary, New Payment Platform)
Bruce Jeffreys (Co-founder, GoGet, Dresden Optics)
Dr Miranda Jefferson (4C Transformative Learning and 4C Organizations)

Co-author and host: Professor Michael Anderson

Professor Michael Anderson is an internationally recognised educational leader. He has taught, researched and published organisational transformation and education for over 20 years including 14 books and 60 book chapters and journal articles. His international research and practice focus on how the 4Cs can be integrated using coherent deep learning frameworks to make organizations fit for today and ready for tomorrow. He is co-author of Transforming Organizations.


Mark Scott A.O.

Mark Scott AO is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and has a distinguished record in public service, education and the media. Mark’s career began as a teacher in Sydney. He built on his interest in education with senior policy and leadership positions with two NSW education ministers, Terry Metherell and Virginia Chadwick. Mark held a number of senior editorial roles at Fairfax, including Education Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and Editor-in- Chief of metropolitan, regional and community newspapers. From 2006 to 2016, Mark was Managing Director of the ABC, overseeing the creation of new services like iview, News 24, ABC3 and digital radio, and the expansion of online and mobile services, such as the ABC News site and podcasting.

Vanessa Chapman

Vanessa Chapman is a senior corporate lawyer with extensive top tier private practice and in-house payments industry legal and executive management experience, with particular expertise in payment systems and payments regulation. She joined National Payments Platform (NPP) Australia from APCA, where she worked for more than 6 years, more recently in the position of General Counsel. Vanessa has been involved in the NPP program since its inception, particularly in the formulation of the NPP governance arrangements. She has BA (Econ.)/LLB and Master of Laws (Corporate and Commercial) from University of New South Wales.

Bruce Jeffreys

Bruce has worked extensively in both the private and government sectors.  His first real job was in the marketing department of the Istanbul Film Festival in Turkey where he went on to stage an Australian Film Festival with his partner Catherine Simpson. Bruce and Nic Lowe founded GoGet in 2003 with three vehicles and 12 members.  Today, GoGet, Australia’s first and largest professional car sharing service, has over 2800 vehicles and 100,000 members and operates in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra.  In 2014 Bruce and Jason McDermott founded Dresden Optics, launching a patented eyewear system designed and manufactured in Sydney. Bruce is also a Founding Director of the Makerspace & Company Foundation, creators of Sydney's first permanent Makerspace dedicated to providing non-institutional learning and training opportunities for people looking to join the Rebel Alliance.

Dr Miranda Jefferson

Dr Miranda Jefferson has been involved in leading innovation in schools for over 20 years. She leads programs, initiatives and research in curriculum reform, educational change and school transformation in several schools. Miranda has taught drama and media arts learning and teacher professional practice in the Education Faculty at the University of Sydney. She has also been on advisory boards for ACARA.