Cluster Director Training

About the Event

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There is no doubt that good governance leads to good business. Good governance by directors can increase an organisation’s long term viability, enhance the business’ value and pave the way for growth.

The Cluster Director Essentials course works through good board governance with a particular focus on what it means to be a non-executive (as opposed to an executive role) and what is different for a cluster organisation where collaboration and entrepreneurship are key elements.

The course

Held over three sessions, the Cluster Director Essentials course is designed to provide cluster directors with a suite of tools and techniques to implement good governance practices and to be more effective as a leader in order to improve the outcomes for the organisation and associated businesses.

The course will cover:

  • Good Governance
  • High Functioning Boards
  • Cluster Basics
  • Collaboration
  • Cluster Management
  • Cluster Strategy
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Leading in Crisis
  • Learning from others

Course Information

Format: Video Conference

Session 1: Wednesday 21st October 2020 | 5pm – 7pm AEDT

Session 2: Wednesday 28th October 2020 | 5pm – 7pm AEDT

Session 3: Wednesday 4th November | 5pm – 7pm AEDT

Limited spaces are available. Open to cluster directors from all industries. Applications close on Tuesday 29th September at 11:59pm AEST.


$199.00 incl. GST (Limited spots available)


MADELINE SMITH | Director, SmithKelvin and Head of Strategy at the Innovation School, Glasgow School of Art

Madeline Smith specialises strategy and evaluation for clusters, innovation, and triple helix collaborations. At GSA she leads the research and enterprise strategy for the Innovation School, as well as the development and delivery of a portfolio of programmes using design to build the innovative capacity of businesses, public sector organisations and communities.

Initially training as an engineer, she had led large scale improvement programmes in private sector manufacturing environments, as well as strategic policy on innovation for regional development, and she continues to work internationally on the supporting cluster policy and evaluation. She is an active member of TCI, the global cluster and innovation practitioners’ network, and leads their international working group on cluster evaluation.

Alongside her GSA role she also runs a small consultancy (SmithKelvin) specialising in strategy and evaluation for clusters, innovation and collaborative projects. Recent projects include a review of cluster success for the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, expert input into the evaluation of cluster programmes for the Flemish Government, and the development of a cluster measurement and evaluation framework for FIAL (Food Innovation Australia Ltd).

She also on the board of a number of triple helix collaborations in Scotland, including the Digital Health and Care Institute and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. She also holds Non-Executive positions on several public bodies, including the Scottish Ambulance Service.


  • Do clusters yield positive effects on firm performance? A review of cluster programme effect analyses in Sweden and internationally, Wise, E. Wilson, J Smith, M, Report for the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket), 2017
  • In search of indicators to support the ‘perfect cluster’: Where evaluation theory collides with policy practice, Smith, M. Wise, E and Wilson, J, OECD Blue Sky Forum on Innovation Indicators, Ghent October 2016
  • Creating Prosperity: the role of higher education in driving the UK’s creative economy; UUK 2010, available at
  • Rebalancing the Innovation Policy Debate; Mark Dames, David Robson, Madeline Smith, Tom Tumulty; Journal of Innovation Science; Volume 1, No. 2 2009
  • Exploratory Techniques for Examining Cluster Dynamics: A Systems Thinking Approach; Madeline Smith and Ross Brown; Local Economy, Vol. 24, No. 4, June 2009, pp283–298
  • Beyond Open Innovation: Leveraging Social Capital; Mark Dames, David Robson, Madeline Smith, Tom Tumulty; Proceedings of FITCE Congress, London, 21-24 Sept 2008.
  • Scottish case study in “red book” Clusters: Balancing Evolutionary and Constructive Forces, Örjan Sölvell, 2008
  • Innovation 2.0: Redefining Boundaries Between Producers and Consumers; Mark Dames, David Robson, Madeline Smith, Tom Tumulty; The Journal of The Institute of Telecommunications Professionals. Volume 1, Part 2, Dec 2007

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