Educate Plus

Queensland Annual General Meeting, Christmas Lunch & Professional Development Session


Educate Plus Queensland Chapter would like to invite you for their AGM, Christmas Lunch and Professional Development Session.

Brisbane 2032 Olympic & Paralympic Games – Will the Games deliver opportunities for educational institutions?

Join a special panel discussion event of distinguished professionals leading the charge for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

This event has been carefully curated for principals and CEOs of schools and residential colleges, business managers, directors of development/advancement, marketing and communications, alumni, fundraising, community engagement and sporting professionals in the education sector. 

You’ll gain insights on how to start planning your organisation’s engagement in and around the Brisbane 2032 games relative to your strategic plan, facilities, talent, attendance and potential involvement. 

Ensure there are no lost opportunities and lead the charge in your community to reap the rewards of engaging with the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games, the world’s foremost multi-sports events. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take advantage of in our city. 

Get all your questions answered by asking them ahead of time as we welcome CEO of EducatePlus, Mandy McFarland as our panel facilitator.  Please email any questions you’d like addressed by members of the panel to

Event Details

Date: Thursday 24 November 2022

Time:  10.45 am – 2.00 pm

Venue: The Women’s College within the University of Queensland, College Rd, St Lucia

Cost:  $66 (+gst) Members. $88 (+gst) for Non-Members. This includes a two-course meal, two drinks, coffee and tea

Parking:  Onsite parking available for attendees. See Map Reference M12

Registration close 5.00 pm, Thursday 17 November.

If you are an Educate Plus member, please review/complete the AGM Documentation below;


Meet your Facilitator and Panelists

Mandy McFarland, CEO, Educate Plus ( Facilitator)

Mandy is the CEO of Educate Plus and leverages an enviable career in the field of Advancement at both tertiary and secondary levels.

She is a strategic leader who has outstanding people skills and a recognised ability to develop strong relationships with key stakeholders across the whole educational spectrum.

Mandy is deeply connected to Educate Plus – she’s been a volunteer since 2004, she’s a Fellow whose served on the Board for nearly 10 years and she’s won numerous awards to acknowledge her contribution and to recognise the work she was doing in the institutions she served.

Kerry Petersen PSM, Executive General Manager, Operations, Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee

Ms Kerry Petersen is the Executive General Manager, Operations, Brisbane 2032 Organising Committee.

Kerry brings over 32 years of public sector and major event experience to the Brisbane 2032 role including delivery of many significant public infrastructure programs and projects

Under Kerry’s leadership as the Associate Director-General of the Brisbane 2032 Taskforce, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Kerry was responsible for leading the Queensland Government’s engagement in all activities associated with the successful candidature for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Kerry’s expertise in major and mega‑event planning and knowledge of government was a key factor in the success of the candidature.

Kerry previously led the Queensland Government’s activities for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) including the delivery of the GC2018 infrastructure.

Kerry was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in June 2019 which recognises outstanding service by employees of Australian federal, state and local government agencies.

Barton Green GAICD, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Brisbane

Barton Green is the Chief Executive Officer of the Committee for Brisbane – an independent, apolitical membership-based organisation that advocates on behalf of greater Brisbane.

In 2021, the Committee and its members developed and published a suite of policy papers Brisbane 2033: Legacy Project – The Committee for Brisbane – the year after the Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games, what could our legacies be?

Barton has executive management experience spanning more than 34 years and company director experience over more than 23 years. He has served on the Boards of private companies, statutory authorities and not-for-profit organisations, including as Chairman and Deputy Chairman.

He is a communications and marketing expert, having spent more than 40 years as a journalist and communications consultant to the public and private sectors. He has worked in and around politics for more than 35 years, including as a Parliamentary reporter and member of the Queensland Parliament Media Gallery, a Senior Ministerial Advisor in the Goss Government, Founder and President of the Government Relations Professionals Association, and a government relations consultant.

In 2003, Barton was awarded Australia’s Centenary Medal for distinguished service to conservation and the environment.

Cameron Pegg, Member, Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Committee

Cameron is a leading content strategist who specialises in storytelling for the education and NFP sectors. He creates compelling Cases for Support and alumni publications, and is an experienced Annual Giving and Giving Day copywriter.

As a journalist, he writes features for The Australian, and has a regular segment on ABC Radio Queensland. Cameron teaches a suite of content and writing courses for the QUT Executive Education program, and is a founding editorial board member of the Journal of Education Advancement and Marketing (UK).

Nicolle Kelly, Executive Director, Department of Tourism, Innovation & Sport

As Executive Director, Sports Technology and Innovation for the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport, Nicolle is leading the development of a Queensland Government SportsTech and innovation strategy aligned to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Nicolle has significant experience in innovation, SportsTech and strategy and program design and implementation. With a background in international education, Nicolle celebrates the reputation of Queensland educational institutions worldwide, and appreciates the critical contribution that Queensland educators make to local and global communities.

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