Nillumbik L.E.A.D Program 2019

A skills program for emerging leaders

Learn new leadership skills

Engage with community

Apply new skills, connections and knowledge

Develop a small place shaping project 

The 2019 inaugural L.E.A.D Program is jointly funded by the Victorian Government’s ‘2009 Commemoration and Community development Grants program’ and Nillumbik Shire Council. 16 emerging leaders with connections to Rural Nillumbik (live, work, volunteer or play) will be selected to participate in the program which will run from March to May 2019. The program will start with a ‘meet and greet’ session followed by a series of Leadership sessions and will end with a Graduation where participants will have the opportunity to share their learnings and program successes. 

Each participant will start a small scale (under $2,000) place shaping project as part of the program and be supported by a program Coach from Council who support and encourage participants to achieve their project goals. Place shaping projects are initiatives or events which make public places better.

Program Outcomes

The program aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. To build your personal leadership skills and knowledge
  2. To build your ability to lead and inspire others
  3. To increase the size and quality of your community connections

As a result, it is expected that you, as an emerging leader, will have

  • Greater confidence to take on leadership responsibilities
  • A higher level of self-awareness
  • The ability to initiate and enable change in your community

Program Methodology

The program will centre on action learning, allowing participants to ‘connect’ to the theory and then actively tailor it to their own context and projects. Guest speakers and their expertise, where possible, will deepen participants’ knowledge and increase networks and connections. 

Program Overview

Meet and greet session
Wed 27 March 7pm - 8pm
Venue: Hurstbridge Community Hub
50 Graysharps Road Hurstbridge

Session 1 
Wed 3 April 6pm - 8.30pm
Personal insights your strengths and others
Venue: Living and Learning Panton Hill
18 Bishops Road Panton Hill

Session 2 
Wed 10 April 6pm - 8.30pm
Understanding your communities strengths
Venue: Living and Learning Panton Hill
18 Bishops Road Panton Hill

Session 3 
Wed 17 April 6pm - 8.30pm
Developing your pitches
Venue: Living and Learning Panton Hill
18 Bishops Road Panton Hill 

Session 4 
Wed 1 May 6pm - 8.30pm
Knowing how to mobilise your network
Venue: Living and Learning Panton Hill
18 Bishops Road Panton Hill 

Session 5 
Wed 15 May 6pm - 8.30pm
The power of change and diversity
Venue: Living and Learning Panton Hill
18 Bishops Road Panton Hill 

Session 6 
Wed 22 May 6pm - 8.30pm
Bringing it all together
Venue: Living and Learning Panton Hill
18 Bishops Road Panton Hill 

Wed 8 May 6pm - 8.30pm
Venue: To be confirmed


Applicants must 

  • Be aged over 18
  • Have established local connections to rural Nillumbik (live, work, volunteer or play). Rural Nillumbik includes the townships of Arthurs Creek, Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, Hurstbridge, Kangaroo Ground, Kinglake West, Nutfield, Panton Hill, Plenty, Smiths Gully, St Andrews, Strathewen, Watsons Creek, Warrandyte North, Wattle Glen, Yarrambat 
  • Demonstrate you meet the selection criteria 

Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to participate in all Leadership program sessions
  • Your connections to rural Nillumbik (live, work, volunteer or play)
  • Desire to develop new leadership skills
  • Willingness to share your skills and talents and learn from others
  • Eagerness to utilise the new skills you develop through the program to design and deliver a small scale community project


Free – we just want your enthusiasm 

To apply

Nominate a participant

Open Monday 11 February
Complete the online nomination form by 5pm Sunday 24 February 

We will contact your nominee (and copy you into any correspondence) to encourage them to apply for the program. The nominee must then complete the application by 5pm Sunday 3 March

Nominate a participant 

Self nominations

Open Monday 11 February 
Close 5pm Sunday 3 March

Apply online

Applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by Wednesday 13 March and successful applicants will have until Wednesday 20 March to accept the letter of offer. 

The LEAD Program Team

Program Facilitator

Kathryn Jenkins has been appointed as the program facilitator. Kathryn is highly experienced and Masters qualified learning and development professional, with a 30 year career in the secondary education, corporate and community services sectors. Kathryn has a rich and diverse background and combines her educational skills with her passion for the community and building resilient leaders by program managing the Rivers and Ranges Community Leadership Program.  Kathryn also designs and facilitates community training sessions, and leads community panels and forums for various city and regional councils.  As an experienced Manager, Coach and Facilitator, Kathryn’s philosophy is participatory leadership and encourages input and collaboration from teams and community groups to achieve shared outcomes.