2nd - 3rd November 2023

Men's Sheds of WA State Conference 2023 Celebrating Sheds

Book Tickets

Conference Details

Start Date:

8:30am – 5:00pm 2 November 2023

End Date:

9:00am – 4:15pm 3 November 2023


University Club UWA,
Entrance 1, Hackett Dr., Crawley WA 6009


Day 102/11/23
8:30 - 9:00am

Registration and networking

9:00 - 9:40am

Welcome to Country and Official Opening

  • Welcome to Country by Dr Richard Walley OAM
  • Opening address by His Excellency the Honourable Christopher John Dawson AC APM
  • Address by Ms Kate Chaney MP
9:40 - 10:40

Leadership and Resilience in Volunteer-led organisations

Rob Redenbach

10:40 - 11:20

Morning Tea

11:20 - 11:35

Major Supporter - Lotterywest

11:35 - 12:45

Presentation: What Makes a Successful Men's Shed

Prof Kirsten Holmes and Pete McEvoy to report the results of our Curtin University survey

12:45 - 13:45

Lunch break

13:45 - 14:45

Break out sessions on Wellbeing/Promotion/Leadership

Wellbeing stream: Dangers of Dust by Cancer Council

Promotion stream: Empower your shed: Digital Marketing and Building Community Connections by Heidi Sands from Blue Salt Consulting

Leadership stream: Leadership and cultural safety by John Alexander



14:45 - 15:15

Afternoon tea

15:15 - 16:15

Presentation: Woodworking and social enterprise

Ross Wortham

16:15 - 16:30

Presidents Address and day 1 close

16:30 - 17:00

Annual General Meeting

17:00 - 19:00

Drinks / canapés

Opened by Don Punch MLA: Minister for Regional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering

Day 203/11/23
9:00 - 9:20am


Opened by Mr Shane Love MLA; Leader of the Nationals WA and leader of the State Opposition

9:20 - 9:30

Sponsor Showcase

9:30 - 10:40

Shed Leadership

Professor Alex Haslam

10:40 - 11:10

Morning tea

11:10 - 11:20

Shed Showcase: Celebrating 30 Years

11:20 - 12:45

Facillitated panel: Working with LGA's

Panellists: WALGA CEO Nick Sloan/ Mayor of Subiaco David McMullen/ Mayor of Cockburn Logan Howlett

12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:45

Break out sessions on Wellbeing/Promotion/Leadership

Wellbeing stream: Men’s Health Inititatives in WA by Men Healthier Together Foundation

Promotion stream: Community Impact Hub – Designing and communicating your impact by Wendy Simpson & Jenna Robyn of Lotterywest

Leadership stream: Differences between paid employees and volunteers by Volunteering WA


14:45 - 14:50

Comfort Break

14:50 - 15:30

Shed awards

15:30 -15:40

President's address and close



Prof. Alex Haslam

University of Queensland


Prof. Alex Haslam

A Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology and Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the study of group and identity processes in organisational, social, and clinical contexts.

Together with colleagues, Alex has written and edited 15 books and published over 300 peer-reviewed articles on these topics.

Alex is a former Chief Editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology and currently Associate Editor of The Leadership Quarterly. In 2019 and 2020 Alex was recognised by Publons as a highly-cited cross field researcher. In 2022 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia “for significant service to higher education, particuarly psychology, through research and mentoring”.


Prof. Kirsten Holmes

Author and Researcher


Prof. Kirsten Holmes

An internationally-recognised expert in the study of volunteering, particularly in events, leisure, sport and tourism contexts. Her most recent book is the Routledge Handbook of Volunteering in Events, Sport and Tourism (2021). She also has expertise in developing sustainable events and festivals and is the lead author of the Routledge textbook Events and sustainability (2015).

Kirsten has taught at universities in Australia and the UK and conducted research projects across 15 countries. She has published over 80 peer reviewed papers in leading journals including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, Leisure Sciences and Voluntas.


Rob Redenbach

Leadership expert


Rob Redenbach

Helps existing and emerging leaders to thrive in challenging situations.

Rob has shared his leadership and resilience strategies with high-performing teams in 23 countries. Blending humour and hard facts, Rob’s presentations entertain and educate at the same time.

From working with Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard team in South Africa to performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, Rob has a proven track record – on and off the speaker’s platform.

A graduate of Bond University’s Centre for Dispute Resolution, Rob has a Master of Arts (with Distinction) from Charles Sturt University and has completed Executive Education at Harvard. He is also an accredited facilitator of The Resilience Shield. Written in conjunction with the University of Western Australia, The Resilience Shield delivers cutting edge techniques to master mindset and overcome adversity.

Boost Juice, Commonwealth Bank, Fuji Xerox, LG Electronics and Toyota are some of the groups that have benefited from Rob’s keynote presentations and interactive workshops


Prof. Peter McEvoy

Curtin University


Prof. Peter McEvoy

A professor of clinical psychology in the School of Population Health and enAble Institute, Curtin University. His research is broadly in the area of psychological and social interventions to improve well-being at both individual, group, and organisational levels. He has co-led the Men’s Shed Wellbeing Survey, which has investigated a range of organisational, leadership, and individual factors associated with positive mental health outcomes and reduced loneliness in Men’s Sheds of WA.



Are there other transport options?

While you can reserve parking space at the UWA Club with your ticket, you may also chose to arrive by public transport, Taxi, carpooling or attempt to find other parking arrangements at UWA.

Is dinner on November 2 included in the ticket price?

Yes, Canapes and refreshments will be available after the Annual General Meeting for no additional cost.


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