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Invitation from the Conference Chair

On behalf of the Association of Heads of Independent School of Australia (AHISA), I would like to invite you to come together in Sydney for the AHISA Leading, Learning and Caring (LLC) Conference, to be held 8-10 April 2024.

The LLC 2024 Conference Committee is confident that our conference will provide vibrant networking opportunities for delegates, exhibitors and sponsors. It is also a wonderful opportunity for delegates to learn from peers and view products and services from a range of businesses supporting the education sector.

Schools and their communities are a beacon of light and hope amid a world of uncertainty and volatility. As leaders in schools, we need to cultivate this hope and foster curiosity, optimism and resilience in our students and staff. It is about leading with a clarity of purpose and direction and knowing that when we work closely and positively with our staff, students, parents, and community we can make the greatest difference. There are no simple solutions, and we cannot predict the future, but we can ensure that we stay current, be open to innovation and embrace adaptivity.

The AHISA “Vision in Volatility” Conference with its focus on how schools can prepare for a dynamic and complex future, showcases keynote presentations that will provoke thought about how we can flourish and continue to grow despite the volatility and workshops that will provide practical and inspiring strategies and ideas. 

We look forward to your participation in Sydney at the AHISA Leading, Learning and Caring Conference.

Karen Yager
Conference Chair
AHISA LLC Conference Committee, 2024  

Keynote Speakers

Dr Yong Zhao, Ph.D

Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education and Human Sciences, University of Kansas
Professor in Educational Leadership, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne

Dr Phil Lambert PSM

Adjunct Professor University of Sydney / Adjunct Professor Nanjing Normal University, Phil Lambert Consulting

Associate Professor Lucinda McKnight

Australian Research Council Senior Research Fellow, Research for Educational Impact (REDI) Centre, Deakin University

Dan Haesler

Performance and Leadership Coach

Premium Sponsors


Ms Karen Yager (Conference Chair)
Principal, Hills Grammar, NSW
Ms Kate Brown
Head of Junior School, Pymble Ladies' College, NSW
Mr Leighton Corr
Deputy Principal, Penrith Anglican College 
Mr Ian Finn
Director of Professional Learning, Arndell Anglican College, NSW
Ms Felicity Grima
Principal, Penrith Anglican School
Rev. Chris Ivey
Principal, St Andrew's Anglican College, Qld
Mr Jake Plaskett
Director of Academic Excellence K-12/Deputy Principal - Academics
Ms Melanie Spenser
Deputy Principal, Burgman Anglican School, NSW



The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) is a professional association for Principals of independent schools across Australia. Our members’ schools include primary/secondary day and boarding, and are of religious and non-denominational affiliations. Read more.

All schools whose principals belong to AHISA are concerned with maintaining high standards of professional practice. They encourage the holistic development of young people, focusing on the development of the body, mind and spirit.
Many of these schools are innovative, particularly in the adoption of contemporary education learnings and the use of technology in education.

For program and membership enquiries, please contact the AHISA National Office


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