SEA 2023 Business Managers’ Forum and GLaM Conference

Leading for sustainable diversity and inclusion

Steiner Education Australia presents the:

SEA 2023 Business Managers’ Forum 

Thursday 4 May, 2023

Governance, Leadership and Management Conference 2023

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May, 2023


Tarremah Steiner School, Muwinina Country,

Steiner Education Australia invites board directors, education leaders, teachers, business managers and front-line managers/reception/admin and operational staff to the 14th annual Governance, Leadership and Management Conference, Leading for sustainable diversity and inclusion at Tarremah Steiner School, Huntington/Muwinia Country, Tasmania/Iutruwita. Our sincere thanks to Tarremah Steiner School for welcoming SEA and representatives from schools around the country to their school, as part of their 30th birthday celebrations. We are delighted to once again meet face to face for this conference and look forward to seeing you there.

2023 Business Managers’ Forum – Thursday 4 May, 2023

The GLaM conference will once again be preceded by the SEA Business Managers’ Forum on Thursday 4 May, 2023.  We are very pleased to welcome a wonderful panel of speakers and presenters to this year’s forum including Jack Stevens, Edstart, Chris Duncan, AHISA, John Somerset, Somerset Education. The Forum will also include a World Cafe Session looking at the changing nature of the Business Manager’s role in schools and the ever popular Panel session, facilitated by Steve Klipin, Business Manager at Shearwater, The Mullumbimby Steiner School. Click the button below for a program of the day.

A dinner will be held at Bombay by the Bay, Blackmans Bay, on Thursday night at 6pm. The cost of the dinner is $50 per person and needs to be booked in advance through the booking link below.
For a detailed description of the program and presenters, click on the full GLaM Program below. 

2023 Governance Leadership and Management Conference – 5 & 6 May, 2023

The 14th annual Governance, Leadership and Management Conference will follow the the Business Managers’ Forum. Keynote presentations and workshops will explore the theme of Leading for sustainable diversity and inclusion. 
Keynote presentations at the 2023 GLaM Conference include: 
  • Professor Scott Eacott, UNSW – Sustaining and securing Steiner education: now and into the future 
    This keynote will focus on where Steiner schools fit into the Australian school education system. Bringing a unique independent voice to the conversation, and working with ongoing research projects, Scott will focus on the problems and possibilities of schooling on the margins. In particular, and aligning with the conference theme, attention will be paid to how Steiner schools contribute to the social contract as articulated in the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration and the pursuit of equity, inclusion, and excellence in education.
  • Dr Neil Boland, AUT – Leading for sustainable diversity and inclusion
    Setting goals for diversity and inclusion and working towards them is increasingly asked of leaders in educational contexts. Some qualities which this demands include high levels of self-awareness, curiosity, courage, vulnerability and empathy. We look at the challenges of working with established traditions and ways to engage with and shift mindsets, behaviours and practices, starting with our own.
  • Tessa Keenan – Reconciliation Australia – Reconciliation in education: be the voice for generations
    The 2023 theme for National Reconciliation Week, Be a Voice for Generations, calls on all Australians to act today to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation. Working in partnership across the Australia education ecosystem there is an opportunity for school leaders, teachers and institutions to engage deeply in reconciliation in education, to influence systems change that embeds a continual commitment to reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination. By actively listening to the voices and aspirations of First Nations peoples, school leaders, teachers can use their voices and actions to drive change within their educational communities. 
  • Tim Fry, SEA Professional Partner – The value and importance of Board mentoring in schools: a case study
    Steiner Schools recruit members of their governing bodies from diverse backgrounds and with varying degrees of experience. The extent to which individuals can navigate the complexities of the role are enhanced through the support of programs in mentoring and professional development. One such program is the SEA Board Mentoring Program where new governing members are linked with experienced partners to help them in a new role such as the Board Chair. In this session we present a recent case study, allowing you to better understand how the program works and its benefits to schools.

There are an excellent selection of workshops for school board directors, school business and education leaders, teachers, admin and operational staff on Friday and Saturday covering a range of topics including: 

An introduction to governance in Steiner schools Tim Fry
How to lead communities of practice Eleanor Waterford
Curating and telling the story of your school Scott Eacott
Sustaining well-being for admin and operational staff Kelley McGlashan
Why and how culture counts in financial sustainability of a Steiner school John Somerset
Leading for revitalisation of Steiner education Virginia Moller and Bronwen Haralambous
Interculturality Neil Boland
Leading child safety and wellbeing Kelley McGlashan
Deep listening and difficult conversations Murray Hopkins
Strategic planning that works Darren Clark and Virginia Moller
Market feasibility or magical thinking: high school feasibility Hallie Fernandez and Annabelle Kellenberger
Developing a culture of collective leadership in Steiner school Libbi Turner and Jodie Thomas
Rudolf Steiner’s three-fold social order James Goodlet
Forming a relationship with the Core Principles for Australian Steiner schools for admin and operational staff Joan Weir
Leading for sustainable diversity and inclusion in Steiner schools Neil Boland
Admin Forum Joan Weir and Deborah Bottin



A conference dinner will be held on Friday 5 May at 6.30pm at The Beach House, Blackmans Bay. Dinner needs to be booked in advance through the booking link below. 

Early Bird Registration – closes 14 April, 2023

Business Managers’ Forum – $75 + GST

Business Managers’ Forum Dinner, Thursday 4 May 6pm – $50 per person

GLaM Conference – $290 + GST

GLaM Dinner – Friday 5 May 6pm – $55 per person

Business Managers’ Forum and GLaM Conference – $335 + GST

For registration after 15 April, 2023 – 28 April, 2023 – Registration closes 28 April, 2023. 

Business Managers’ Forum $110 + GST

GLaM Conference $335 + GST

Business Managers’ Meeting and GLaM Conference – $400 + GST

Please click the link below to register for the conference. The early bird discount will be applied at the checkout if you register before 14 April, 2023.

Register here




The 2023 SEA Business Managers’ Forum and GLaM Conference are generously sponsored by NGS Super, Edstart and Mercurius. We are very much looking forward to having representatives form NGS Super, Edstart at the Conference. 





04 May 2023 - 06 May 2023
VENUE: Tarremah Steiner School, Hobart, Tasmania