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: $830 incl GST
Non-members: $1,055 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.

  • Zoe Attwood GAICD, MBA, MInstD

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    Zoe has over 15 years’ experience as a director and chair, holding positions in a wide range of state-owned enterprises, private and publicly-listed companies, and not-for-profit organisations. Zoe is a science academic and had an extensive global executive career in science and technology innovation and commercialisation. She has worked in industries including the dairy, food, veterinary, packaging, wine, and forestry. She is currently deputy chair of Dairy Food Safety Victoria in Australia, and a director of both PrimeSafe and Quantum. Zoe is also a member of two scientific committees, two risk, audit and finance committees, and a governance committee.

  • Juliet McKee QSO, CFInstD

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    Juliet is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and has held over 20 board directorships in a wide range of sectors, with state-owned enterprises, private and publicly-listed companies and not-for-profit organisations. In 1991, she established her New Zealand-based consultancy firm, Broad Horizons Limited, which delivers corporate governance training, policy advice and strategic planning workshops to a wide variety of clients in New Zealand, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Juliet was awarded the Queen’s Service Order and the Commonwealth Medal. She is an honorary fellow of the School of Government at Victoria University.

  • Kevin McCaffrey B Soc Sc, M Mngt, CMInstD, FCS

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    Kevin was formerly a Partner in PwC with leadership roles across the Asia Pacific region. His competencies are in Governance, Strategy and Change Management across a range of industry sectors and countries. In 2006 he completed a Master’s degree in Governance and launched his own firm Effective Governance Ltd. In 2015 EY purchased the Intellectual Property of EG where Kevin now leads the Governance practice in Oceania. He currently serves on commercial and NFP boards and guest lectures on the MBA programme at AUT University.

  • Carol Scholes MInstD

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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 specialties 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), 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. Carole is an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation, a member of the NZ Association for Training and Development and the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.