Building a Positive Board Culture

4th June, 2022 @ 9:30 am


04/06/2022 - 9:30 am - 3:00 pm


It is essential that a school’s Board sets the cultural and ethical tone for the school. A core part of this happens in the relationship between the Board and the school leadership, and the signals that the Board’s interactions send about what ‘good’ looks like, what is expected, what is celebrated and what is taboo. The relationship between the Board and Principal and by extension, the school’s stakeholders, has a huge bearing on the ability of a school to adapt and thrive. There is a growing appreciation that the quality of this relationship, given the direct influence of Principal leadership, represents an integral ingredient in the formation of school culture.

A Board’s internal culture has profound implications for the collective culture and ultimately the adaptive capacity of the school it oversees. Only through surfacing, understanding and progressing its own culture can a Board truly shape the culture of a school. To work on progressing culture, a Board needs to have a deep appreciation of the culture necessary to respond to and navigate the challenges and opportunities it faces (its aspirational culture) and the ability to identify where it is currently operating (its current culture).

This workshop will build on the session presented by David Runge and Andrew Brown at the 2021 AISSA Governance Conference and will enable Boards to reflect on their current culture and to identify their aspirational culture using a range of approaches, tools, and frameworks.

David Runge will also be available for contract by individual school boards to undertake a review of culture and to plan a pathway to the future.

David Runge Co-Founder and Director of Future Schools

Co-founder and Director of Future Schools, an organisation committed to the future of schooling and innovation in education, David collaborates with numerous schools, universities, Education Departments, and corporate organisations to implement innovation and deliver cultural change. He is passionate about evolving organisations so that they are more adaptive and future focussed; therefore, better able to meet the needs of a changing social landscape.

David has worked with numerous executive teams to lead whole school change initiatives. He is passionate about self-authorship and co-constructed education, and imagines a world of purpose-filled, empowered learning.

With extensive knowledge in foresight, culture and innovation, and as an Adaptive Cultures practitioner, David supports schools to meet their strategic agendas by collaborating with both Boards and leaderships teams to deliver cultural evolution and organisational adaptation.

Target audience – board members and school leaders

Delivery mode – face to face

Presenters – David Runge, Future Schools

For registration enquiries please contact Emily Metelmann.

There is no on-site parking available.  For parking options please refer to the parking map.  Tram stop #1 Greenhill Road is a 6-minute walk away.


Bookings are closed for this event.