Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials

In the Not-for-Profit (NFP) alternative to Governance Essentials you’ll learn the basics of governance and appreciate how the principles apply in NFP organisations.

8 CPD points

Drawing from the IoD’s The Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice, this course will enable you to understand the fundamental roles and responsibilities of a board and individual directors from an NFP perspective. It covers board relationships, robust processes, good decision-making, and key elements of the operations of a board.

Course/workshop category: Fundamental course

Duration: One day, 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Content covered

  • Governance, legal and regulatory framework essentials
  • Board charters, the role of the board, culture and ethics, board composition
  • Board protocols, meetings and papers
  • Board and management relationships and succession planning

Who should attend?

Those who work with NFP boards and wish to further develop their understanding of governance and the boards role within a NFP environment. This includes experienced directors for whom the NFP sector is new, aspiring or new directors embarking on their director career and senior executives who want to interact with their NFP board more effectively.


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

Not a member? Join online now to receive the member rate.

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


“The course provided a good base of information around governance and the specific challenges which NFP boards face.” – testimonial from a Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials attendee

Our facilitators

Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials is presented by one of the facilitators below.

  • Jo Cribb

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    Jo has had a long career working on some of the toughest issues facing New Zealand – child poverty, violence against women and entrenched unemployment. She was a senior public servant, leading the Office of the Children’s Commission and most recently as chief executive of the Ministry for Women. She is an experienced NGO governor with roles including Royal New Zealand Navy, IHC, VSA, Literacy Aotearoa and was chair of Scots College. Jo recently published research into the governance capability of social sector NGOs.  Her current portfolio includes leading an NGO focused on improving literacy rates and running her consulting business where she works with leaders in New Zealand and internationally to achieve their diversity goals.

  • Fiona Oliver CMInstD

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    Fiona is an experienced board member and audit committee chair with a governance portfolio across a variety of sectors, including renewable energy, commercial property, utilities and airport software, intelligence and investigations software and financial and professional services. Her local and overseas Executive commercial operational experience was gained in leading funds management businesses for Westpac and AMP in NZ and managing the risk management function for AMP private equity in Sydney and London. Prior to her Executive career, she practised as a senior corporate and commercial lawyer (private practise and in-house) in NZ and overseas, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. A dominant focus of her board and Executive experience has been to profitably grow businesses during periods of significant industry disruption and execute substantial business transformation.

  • Carol Scholes CMInstD

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    With over 30 years of management experience in commercial and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand and Australia and eight years in CEO roles, Carol specialises in helping organisations understand their vision, improve their systems and build teams to achieve success. As a consultant, Carol has provided board and executive coaching, mediation, facilitation and strategic planning with corporate, government and not for profit organisations. Her specialities are leading change, governance, financial management and conflict management. Carol has a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management, a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation), and Certificate IV in Executive Coaching, is a qualified trainer using accelerated learning techniques, is a Master NLP practitioner, International Master Coach, Master Clinical Hypnotherapist and a certified mBit coach. Carol is an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation, a member of the NZ Association for Training and Development and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.