Reflections on Leadership

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Reflections on Leadership

Lessons for schools from the COVID-19 Crisis and the experience of Anglicare


There’s no doubt – 2020 has been a challenging year! The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed many things: it has shown cracks in our communities; the vulnerability of budgets to financial shock; our society’s desire for meaningful relationship (especially revealed when it is taken away in lockdown and now through our ongoing need to socially distance); and the quality of leaders and their leadership.

So what can school communities learn from someone who has been tested more than most? Our speaker, Greg Hammond OAM, is the Chair of the Anglicare Board in Sydney. He has had to navigate some of the most pointed public and political scrutiny of anyone in this crisis. The Anglican EdComm 2020 Governors’ Symposium is a unique opportunity to learn from Greg’s experience. As educational institutions undergo increasing examination, how can governors and leaders be prepared and position organisations to not just ‘weather the storm’ but navigate it, learn from it, emerge stronger and deepen the organisation's commitment to the gospel? Greg Hammond shared his insights and advice for everyone involved in the governance and leadership of educational institutions.


Speaker: Mr Greg Hammond OAM

Mr Greg Hammond OAM is a consultant and adviser to financial institutions, charities and not-for-profit organisations and has over 30 years’ experience as a lawyer specialising in banking and the governance, supervision and regulation of Australia's financial system. 

He was a member of the panel appointed by the Federal Government to review the legislation governing the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission in 2018 and he completed an independent review for the Federal Government of the regulatory and legislative barriers which impede cooperatives and mutuals from accessing capital in 2017. He was a partner of King & Wood Mallesons for over 27 years (1987–2014) and an Adjunct Fellow with the Applied Finance Centre at Macquarie University for over 20 years. In 2016 Greg was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through a range of volunteer roles (including over 17 years as a member of the Arden Anglican School Council, with over 11 years as Chair when the school expanded from P-6 on one site to a full P-12 school with two sites). 

His current roles include being Chair of Anglican Community Services (t/as Anglicare Sydney) and Olive Tree Media, and a director of Anglican Representative (National Redress Scheme) Limited, the Australian College of Theology, G&C Mutual Bank, the Glebe Administration Board, Opportunity International Australia and Sydney Diocesan Services. He is a member of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. He has attended Macquarie Anglican Church for over 35 years and has served in a range of ministry roles.

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Further Reading

Below you will find the readings that Mr Greg Hammond OAM has identified as further reading. These readings will give you further insight into the content of the evening and will be valuable to inform your thinking.

1. The Australian Government the Treasury (2018). Strengthening for Purpose: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Legislation Review 2018. ACT: Commonwealth of Australia.

2. Brown, S. (2020, March 25). Leading in Chaotic Times. Retrieved from

3. Holland, T. (2020). Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind. London, UK: Little, Brown and Company.

4. Olive Tree Media. Jesus the Game Changer. Retrieved from

5. Russell Reynolds Associates (2020, March 23). Board leadership and performance in a crisis. Retrieved from

Further Reading Resources

Additional Resources

Mr Greg Hammond OAM is the Chair of Olive Tree Media. Olive Tree Media, in partnership with the Baptist Association of NSW/ACT, has produced the Jesus the Game Changer Schools Edition. This product bundle is available free for registered SRE teachers. You can find out more about this resources on the Olive Tree Media website. Mr Hammond referred to Series 1 during his address and a link is also provided below for the trailer for this series.