Regional Executive Forum

The Regional Executive Forum is an Australian-first networking program designed to bring together CEOs and Managers based in country areas. It delivers Chief Executives and General Managers the medium to generate, analyse and apply proven ideas, experience and strategies.

Initiated by Champions of the Bush, the forum is the first of its kind to operate beyond city boundaries and has been created to strengthen and upskill regional industries and enhance the capabilities and business networks of its participants.

Four chapters of the forum exist across regional Victoria: Ballarat, Gippsland, North East Victoria, and South West Victoria. Each chapter is chaired by a local business person with strong links to and affinity with the local business community.

The forum operates via a series of monthly round table discussions, in addition to one-on-one mentoring led by each chair. Keynote speaking events are also part of the forum's offering. 

The program was initiated in 2010 to try and minimise the isolation country-based CEOs and upper-level managers can experience, due to factors such as geographical distance from other professionals and like-minded companies, the smaller number of similar industries in regional areas and the limited day-to-day networking opportunities that exist within regional business and industry.

Click on the links below for more information about the forum in your area.

Ballarat Regional Executive Forum

This forum is chaired by Greg Walsh, Chairman of Champions of the Bush.

Gippsland Regional Executive Forum

Gippsland chair is John Mitchell, who brings extensive public administration experience, having filled Chief Executive roles for a regional water authority and in Local Government

South West Victoria Regional Executive Forum

This forum is chaired by Greg Walsh, Chairman of Champions of the Bush.

North East Victoria Regional Executive Forum

Barry Sullivan is the North East chair. Barry's past Senior Management roles have been served wit companies that include IBM and the Thaeles Group.