Risk Essentials

Gain a greater understanding of risk management processes and the role of the board in overseeing its management of risk.

8 CPD points

This course distinguishes between governing and managing risks, and you will get the opportunity to practise risk management using a case study.

Course/workshop category: Fundamental course

Duration: One day, 8.30am – 5.00pm

Content covered

  • The concept of risk, risk management and the board
  • Risk assessment and the appetite for risk
  • Monitoring and reporting risks and risk treatment for effective board oversight
  • Risk management framework

Who should attend?

Aspiring or new directors embarking on a governance career and senior executives who want to interact with their board more effectively.


Members: $850 incl GST
Non-members: $1,080 incl GST

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A 10% discount is available if you are booking this course under the Essentials of Directorship package.


“Risk Essentials provided sound risk management structures, processes, templates, and methodology to develop a risk management framework and risk register. Such detail is suitable for both board members and organisational management.” – testimonial from a Risk Essentials attendee

Our facilitators

Risk Essentials is presented by one of the facilitators below.

  • Denise Bovaird BCom, FCA, MInstD

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    Denise Bovaird has had a number of governance and risk management roles. She is currently the Chair of Surf Lifesaving Northern region .  She has been a director on the board of the Real Estate Agents Authority and a Commissioner on the Earthquake Commission and  has chaired the Audit and Risk Committees of both these Crown Entities.   She has served on the Board of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants  and was the chair and President  in 2017.  Denise has had a number of corporate and consultancy risk management roles over the last 20 years and is now a risk management consultant with Navigatus Consulting specialising in strategic and organisational risk with private and public sector clients throughout New Zealand. She has a passion for assisting clients to establish risk management frameworks that add value to their organisation and help achieve strategy.  Denise has developed the Institute of Directors Risk Essentials course and facilitates a number of risk and strategy sessions.

  • David Sutton MInstD

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    David is an Internal Audit Partner at KPMG Auckland. He was most recently chief audit executive (CAE) for Telecom NZ, a SEC registered company with approximately $NZ4b in revenues, leading the risk, internal audit, and compliance teams. David has been working as a CAE of listed entities for the past seven years. He has international Sarbanes-Oxley experience with Shell Corporation and Microsoft and 11 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand providing risk management, internal and external audit services to a wide range of clients. David is currently president of the Institute of Internal Auditors of New Zealand and was New Zealand Internal Auditor of the Year in 2011.

  • Mike Wood BE, FIPENZ, CMInstD

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    Mike Wood is a highly experienced consultant with Broadleaf Capital International, providing risk management advice, training, and cost and benefits risk assessments for a wide range of public and private sector organisations. He is a past chair of the New Zealand Society for Risk Management. His work has taken him to Australia, the Middle East and Canada, where projects have included risk assessments for substantial civil and electrical infrastructure, mining, and oil and gas projects. Mike also has extensive governance experience in the not-for-profit sector and is currently the deputy Chair of the Wellington City Mission, and a trustee of the Youth Cultures & Community Trust and the Ignite Sport Trust.