About Us

Institute of impact

20+ Years

Developing impactful leaders

We exist to develop impactful leaders

True impact radiates beyond one or two people. It’s felt by strangers, businesses and the next generation. That’s the kind of impact the Leaders Institute empowers.

A not-for-profit association, for over 20 years we have been developing leaders by encouraging self-awareness and providing opportunities to understand the big picture and different perspectives.

Through our leadership development programs we help to create a powerful sense of connection between individuals, their organisations and the wider community. This develops leaders with an outward focus and strong collaboration skills, who understand that their greatest value is the impact they can have on the world around them.

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How we work: Our expertise

We deliver programs that build adaptive leadership capacity; the practise of mobilising people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. 

Adaptive leaders have strategic foresight, thrive in complexity and can integrate multiple perspectives and systems to lead change successfully.

Our lively and experiential programs are designed to engage diverse learning styles and personalities.

Vision, Purpose & Values

Our vision is that South Australia is led by dynamic and holistic leaders in all sectors who work together to advance the State so it is a sustainable, enviable and vibrant place to live, work and do business.

Our purpose is to provide unique and unforgettable development experiences for our State's established and emerging leaders and lifelong support for them, so that SA thrives.

Our values

  • Collaborate
  • Inspire others
  • Act with integrity
  • Value diversity
  • Show compassion
  • Act courageously
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Creating social impact

We provide opportunities to create social impact and help South Australia thrive.

Community Action Projects

Governor’s Leadership Foundation (GLF) Program participants undertake a Community Action Group Project working with a not for profit organisation on a complex issue.  Read more about the range of Community Action Projects here.

Think Tanks

All GLF Program can contribute to their communities by participating in Governor’s Think Tanks, where graduates work together to help address complex issues.


Our graduates often drive extraordinary social impact as a result of their program involvement. Some of these are recognised through our celebrated Dennis Mutton Award.

Our Patrons


His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia is Patron of the Leaders Institute.

Vice Patron

Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (retired), is a former Governor of South Australia, and Vice Patron of the Leaders Institute.

Our patron


His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC Governor of South Australia

Our patron

Vice Patron

Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd)

Our Board of Directors

Alexandrea Cannon Chair

Alexandrea Cannon


In addition to her role as Chair of the Leaders Institute of South Australia, Alexandrea is Chair of SATAC (SA... read more

Gino DeGennaro Treasurer

Gino DeGennaro


Gino joined the Leaders Institute Board in February 2017, where he is the Treasurer. Since April 2018, he has been... read more

Jane MacFarlane Board Member

Jane MacFarlane

Board Member

Jane has been the CEO of the Helpmann Academy since 2015, an organisation that supports and empowers South Australia’s most... read more

Michelle Peterson Board Member

Michelle Peterson

Board Member

Michelle is an experienced professional with a career span of over 30 years in the metals, white goods and energy... read more

Myron Mann Board Member

Myron Mann

Board Member

Myron is the Founder and Chairman of boutique advisory company, Lewman Pty Ltd. An experienced CEO of multinational companies, Myron... read more

Naomi Szetu Board Member

Naomi Szetu

Board Member

Naomi has over 20 years’ experience working in public policy, policy and program development and innovation, and research. She is... read more

Peter Stevens Board Member

Peter Stevens

Board Member

Peter is an experienced senior executive with experience in the information technology industry within the university sector. He has served... read more

Scott Mosen Board Member

Scott Mosen

Board Member

Scott has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in retail and the NFP sector. During his time at... read more

Todd Roberts Board Member

Todd Roberts

Board Member

With a career underpinned by financial literacy, Todd has wide expertise in the areas of accountancy, audit and insolvency, corporate,... read more

Meet our team

Cathie Brown CEO

Cathie Brown


Cathie has held executive roles in a variety of industries, including child protection, rural and emergency services, and education. Starting... read more

Gill Tamhane Program Coordinator

Gill Tamhane

Program Coordinator

As a former nurse in the UK, Gill has always been driven to care for others. Following nursing, she has... read more

Gaye Jones Finance and Administration Officer

Gaye Jones

Finance and Administration Officer

Gaye is an experienced finance professional who has worked across not-for-profit, government and private enterprise. She has been with the... read more

Sarah Ballantine Project Officer

Sarah Ballantine

Project Officer

Sarah has worked across the wine, engineering and advertising industries in Adelaide and London. Working with organisations that are leaders... read more

Our Yearbooks

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Our Rules

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