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 a Partner at KPMG in Auckland and leads Governance and Risk services nationally.  He works with a wide range of Boards and organisations in an advisor capacity across a number of sectors.  David has been a key facilitator for the Institute of Directors and supports the Company Directors Course, Audit & Risk Committees Course, and Risk Essentials.  From a governance perspective he has held a number of Director roles.  Before KPMG, David led the Risk, Internal Audit, and Compliance teams at Telecom for five years reporting directly to the Board.  Prior to that, David was in a similar role with Fisher & Paykel Appliances where he was also the secretary to the Audit & Risk Committee.   He has also worked extensively overseas with Shell Corporation and Microsoft Corp.  David is a fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors of New Zealand and was New Zealand Internal Auditor of the Year in 2011.

  • Mike Wood BE, FEngNZ, 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 chairman 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 and strategy experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sector and is currently the deputy Chairman of the Wellington City Mission, and a trustee of the Youth Cultures & Community Trust and the Ignite Sport Trust