Developing your Personal Board of Directors


We are thrilled to be having the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP as our special guest at our upcoming National Flame Network event. Tanya is an extraordinarily brave and courageous political leader.  Don’t miss Tanya’s incredible story!

‘When women are equipped to lead, they grow and so do their organisations.’  
– Jo Saxton, Leadership Coaching

Join the conversation with a panel of new and experienced female leaders around the idea of developing your personal board of directors through mentoring, coaching and networking.

Flame is a network for women to support their journey into and through leadership at a school, leadership or board level. Come and join a passionate group of women on zoom to continue to inspire, support and challenge Christian women in leadership in Christian education. If you are a male leader, you are welcome to be one of our champions by attending yourself and/or encouraging a female leader on your board or school management team to be encouraged and inspired.


About Tanya

Tanya Plibersek is the Shadow Minister for Education and Training and Federal Member for Sydney

During the 45th Parliament, Tanya held the position of Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.

Tanya was previously the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development in the 44th Parliament. In government, Tanya was Minister for Health. Her other ministerial appointments have included Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister for Human Services, Minister for the Status of Women, and Minister for Housing.

Tanya grew up in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney and is the daughter of migrants from Slovenia. Like many newly arrived migrants, Tanya’s parents helped build the country in which they made their new home. Her father worked on the Snowy River hydroelectric scheme in the 1950s.

Tanya holds a BA Communications (Hons) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Master of Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University. Before entering parliament, Tanya worked in the Domestic Violence Unit at the NSW Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women. Elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Sydney in 1998, she spoke of her conviction that ordinary people working together can achieve positive change.

Tanya lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and her three children, Anna, Joseph and Louis.

Meet the Panel

Elizabeth Hutchison | B.Ed (Physical Education), M.Ed(Leadership)
Elizabeth is the Dean of Curriculum and Instruction at International Christian School (ICS), Hong Kong. She is in her 13th year at ICS and has served in a variety of positions, including Cognitive Coach and Academic Dean, prior to her current role. Liz taught in Christian education since 1990 in NSW and Queensland, as well as on board one of Operation Mobilization’s Ministry Ships.

Liz has a Masters in Educational Leadership and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, Australia.  Her focus topic is Women Educational Leaders in Christian Schools. She values Christian education, teaching and learning, mentoring, and curriculum development. Liz enjoys fine-tuning systems and supporting others to see individuals and groups grow.


Erin Kluge | ASA; B.Com(Acc); Dip. H.R.; Cert Gov(Prac)
Erin Kluge has been employed by Tyndale Christian School (South Australia) for the past 14 years, commencing as Bursar and promoted over the years to various roles within the Finance Department. At the commencement of 2019 Erin was promoted to role of Executive Director of Finance and Operations of the Tyndale Christian School Group. Erin is a member of Clovercrest Baptist Church with her husband and two daughters. Erin is currently studying towards her CPA, has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Diploma in Human Resources and Certificate in Corporate Governance.



Melinda Dwight
Melinda Dwight is the National Director of Alpha Australia and previously served as the Senior Pastor of the Imagine network of churches for 15 years. Under Melinda’s leadership, Alpha Australia has been working towards the goal of serving all 13,000 churches in Australia and seeing 1,000,000 Alpha stories, as Australians are given the opportunity to explore Life, Faith & God. Melinda is married to John and they have one child, Nicaela.




Your Hosts

Jen Trodden | M.Ed, BEd (Hons), BTeach, BScAPP (HMS)
Jen Trodden is the Head of Campus at Wyndham Christian College located in a major growth corridor in Melbourne’s West. The College was pioneered in 2019 with 100 students, doubled in 2020 with 200 students and will be a P-12 College with 1450 students by 2027. Jen is passionate about seeing the advancement of women in educational leadership, particularly within Christian schools. She is the founder of OnPoint leaders, a network designed to support and encourage women to fulfil their potential. Jen completed a Masters of Education, an Executive Ready Program through Women and Leadership Australia and Growth Coaching training through Growth Coaching International. She has held a variety of leadership positions including the Head of Sport, Head of Health/PE Faculty, Year 9 Coordinator and Secondary Learning Coach. Jen is married and has two daughters. She is passionate about raising up passionate, competent, courageous leaders and being a positive role model for others.


Jill Healey | BSc, DipEd, MEdSt, GAICD
Jill Healey heads up leadership development at Christian Schools Australia, serving as the Flame and Fuse Facilitator.

Jill currently serves on two Christian school boards, is a Board member for Focus on the Family Australia, as well as an active member of the Victorian Independent Schools BGA Board. Jill is a champion of Christian women in leadership and specialist education provision in Christian schools. She believes in the power of God to transform lives and bring hope to young people through Christian schooling.


What is FLAME?

The FLAME Network is a long-awaited national initiative of CSA designed to champion Female Leaders And Managers in Education. Together, we aim to celebrate women in leadership and to inspire, encourage and support aspiring and emerging leaders in Christian education. The Flame network will enable strong connections between experienced and inexperienced leaders and help identify and encourage structures that support women in leadership.

“Flame is more than networking and building relationships, it’s about developing capacity of female leaders and aspiring female leaders to lead with confidence and humility to be all that God has created them to be.”
– Jill Healey, National Flame Network Facilitator, Christian Schools Australia.


Date: 16 September 2020
Time: 11am to 12:15pm AEST
Cost: $20+GST for staff of CSA Member Schools  |  $30+GST for staff of non-member schools

This meeting will be held via Zoom and you will need to register in advance to secure your spot.