Better Boards program
  • Last updated:
  • 08 Oct 2019

Council is pleased to present a board development and mentor program for arts organisations.  The program aims to build the capacity of local non-profit boards, strengthen community leadership, inspire innovation and build resilience and connectivity. 

The program will be presented by Maz McGann from Play Your Part. Two to four board members from Sunshine Coast arts organisations will be invited to participate in a series of workshops and mentoring sessions.

The program includes:

  • four (4) group workshops focusing on the key challenges facing Boards including governance, strategic planning, project management, funding, risk and compliance. YOU will be encouraged to develop blue sky thinking and innovation
  • five (5) 1:1 mentor sessions which will be designed to specifically address areas of interest and need for the organisations. These will be delivered both face to face and online.

Program Schedule

  Workshop 1 – Saturday 26 October, 1pm – 5pm.

Workshop 2 – Saturday 23 November, 1pm – 5pm.

Workshop 3 – Saturday 8 February, 1pm - 5 pm.

Workshop 4 – Saturday 7 March, 1pm – 5pm.

Apply for this opportunity to participate through the Smarty Grants site.

If you have any queries please email

About Maz McGann

Working across community and government Maz McGann has a broad range of experience in leading the strategic and business planning, governance, evaluation, funding and volunteer management for Councils and organisations.  Her knowledge is drawn on practical experience as a Board Member in a variety of contexts and working across aa range of industries including arts, heritage, community development and tourism.

Maz has over twenty years’ experience working in arts and community sectors and developed her Consultancy Play Your Part in 2014.  Maz is a skilled facilitator working with groups to conceive, plan, and evaluate strategic and operational activities, manage projects, develop funding strategies and build organizational capacity.  Combining practical experience, leadership skills, strategic and governance knowledge with creative thinking, Maz ensures approaches are creative and out of the box but also relevant and realistic. 

She was recently a guest lecturer at Flinders University on Cultural Policy, is an independent assessor for Festivals Australia and past and present clients include the Victorian Association of Performing Arts, Queensland Music Festival, Deakin University, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, the Institute for Creative Health, the Department of Communications and the Arts, City of Port Adelaide Enfield and Country Arts South Australia.  Maz has a Bachelor Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. 

Connect with Maz via her her LinkedIn profile.