2018 Stormwater Victoria Conference
WEDNESDAY 6TH – FRIDAY 8TH June, 2018 | sheraton melbourne hotel, VICTORIA
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Keynote Speakers


Dr Andre Taylor

André’s personal mission is to help leaders to fulfil their potential and enable positive change through leadership development, team development and facilitation work.

He is a leadership development specialist, sustainability and water practitioner, educator, coach and facilitator.

He has worked in the water / waterway sector for most of his 27 year career. Over this time he has worked in consultancies, local government, State government and in academia.

He has a Bachelor of Science with first-class honours, a Master of Environmental Management, and a PhD that examined the ‘champion phenomenon’ in the water sector.

Current roles include:

  • Leadership Specialist with the International WaterCentre.
  • Course Coordinator of the ‘Leadership in a Complex Environment’ MBAx course at the University of NSW Business School.
  • Class Facilitator of the ‘Leading Change for Sustainable Development’ Masters course at Monash University.
  • Director of André Taylor Consulting.

Former roles include:

  • Chair, Research Advisory Subcommittee for Adoption Pathways, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.
  • Chair, Integrated Urban Water Scientific Expert Panel, Healthy Waterways (Qld).
  • Principal Program Officer (Water Quality), Brisbane City Council.

Keynote Presentation:

Leadership to Deliver Water Sensitive Communities: The Case for a New Mindset

This presentation will explore the role of leadership in accelerating the process of building water sensitive communities. Specifically, it will encourage conference participants to adopt a new mindset with respect to the style of leadership that is best suited to address this challenge, and provide practical guidance on how we can use this style.

Leadership is not a position. It is a process of influence that delivers direction, alignment of activities towards that direction, and personal commitment to collective success. As such, it's a group based process that is central to driving change. From this perspective, all conference participants potentially have a role to play in processes of influence (leadership) that aim to deliver more sustainable forms of water management.

This presentation will draw on complexity leadership theory, the concept of 'adaptive leadership' and Dr Taylor's own experience as a water practitioner and leadership development specialist to explore how stormwater practitioners can adopt new approaches to leadership in the context of advancing water sensitive communities. It will make the case that leadership is central to driving change, clarify the difference between technical and complex challenges, and explain why adaptive leadership is needed to address complex challenges. Through personal stories, Dr Taylor will explain 5 practices for adaptive leadership that conference participants can use to accelerate our progress in building water sensitive communities in Victoria.



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