Taking care of yourself and your teams in uncertain times


As we find ourselves still working remotely or adjusting to reintegration its great to talk about some of the wins and losses and some of the permanent changes to the way we work in advancement.

Two of our International Conference speakers are able to share some of their insights and learning. Lynn McClelland, Exec Dir of Student Life, Services and Communications at the University of Canterbury, has guided her teams through recovery after a natural disaster, the impact of a terrorist attack and now through Covid-19. She has some great advice for leading teams and taking care of yourself along the way.

Shelagh Murray, Dir of Development and Alumni Relations at Otago University, strongly believes that a team’s culture is key to success even during the stress of a major campaign or during a pandemic and the significant loss of international students. Shelagh went into lockdown with a relatively new team and has some great advice on how to keep team culture positive while working in isolation and adjusting to reintegration.

Mandy McFarland is Director of Advancement at St Catherine’s College, University of Western Australia. Residential Colleges, along with Universities have been hugely impacted by the loss of international students following Covid-19 and this has led to huge financial pressures and pressures on staff. Mandy will speak about strategies for coping in a smaller tertiary institution with a smaller team while keeping a positive outlook and focused on long term trajectories.



Date:  Friday 27 November
Time:   12:00pm – 1:00pm (AEST), 2:00pm – 3:00pm (NZ), 10:00am – 11:00am (AWST), 11:30am – 12:30pm (ACST)
Venue:  Online webinar
Cost:  FREE to members (log-in), $35 for non-members
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Please click below for a full description of the other 3 webinars in the series.

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Advancement in the time of COVID19. What did we learn? What’s here to stay?


Lynn McClelland, Exec Dir of Student Life, Services and Communications, University of Canterbury

  • Lessons from EQ, Mosque attacks and Covid-19
  • Taking care of your team
  • Taking care of yourself and wellbeing
  • reintegration

Ms Lynn McClelland is responsible for strategy and implementation of domestic and international recruitment, overall student experience, communications and external engagement. Ms McClelland shares lessons from EQ, Mosque attacks and Covid-19. She shares her experience in how to take care of the team, yourself and your own wellbeing, as well as lesson on reintegration.


Shelagh Murray, Director Of Development And Alumni Relations, University of Otago

  • Building a great team culture
  • How to keep teams inspired and motivated
  • Working together on Advancement while in Isolation
  • Impact on teams of full and partial integration

Shelagh Murray is a highly experienced facilitator of non-profit fundraising and her role in the University of Otago as Director of its Development and Alumni Relations Office demands a lot of her extensive skills. Ms Murray has developed and implemented successful fundraising and alumni relations strategies as Head of Alumni and Development at the University of Canterbury (for nine years) and in her subsequent five-year role as Executive Director of Development and the Foundation at Victoria University of Wellington.


Mandy McFarland, Director of Advancement, St Catherine’s College, UWA

  • Understanding financial pressure
  • Pressure on leadership and staff
  • Keeping positive
  • Working as a small team

Mandy McFarland has over 30 years’ experience in strategic business development, philanthropy, client relationship management, events management and marketing. She has worked across a range of educational institutions in Australia and South Africa. Her professional experience includes the strategic development of establishing a philanthropic program and culture, issues management, stakeholder engagement and project management.

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