Chairing the Board

This two-day course provides chairs and aspiring chairs with the knowledge, information and ideas to succeed in this pivotal position.

16 CPD points

This course covers board performance, composition, balance and culture. Governance best practice, correct policy and board structures are also carefully considered. Interactive group discussions are a key component of this course, placing you in realistic scenarios, offering the chance to share experiences and examine the common and complex issues that chairs face.
(Pictured: Dr Helen Anderson QSO, CFInstD and David Glover CMInstD)

Course/workshop category: Focused short course

Duration: Two days. Day 1: 8.30am – 9.00pm, (including dinner), day 2: 8.30am – 5.00pm

Content covered

  • Leading from the chair
    • Role of the chair
    • The chair/CEO relationship
  • Building a better board
    • Board processes
    • Managing the board
  • Legal responsibilities for the chair
    • Legal structures and legislative changes
    • Lessons from recent case law
    • Standard of care
    • Knowledge of your business
    • Governance skills
    • Chair/CEO legal relationship
    • Health and safety
    • Conflicts of interest
  • Ethical media - communicating in difficult times
    • Working with media and the chair's role
    • Media management in times of crisis

Who should attend?

A specialist course for directors with at least five years’ experience, which focuses on those in the chair role or stepping up into the chair role.


Members: $2,195 incl GST
Non-members: $2,725 incl GST

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

Accommodation is not included in the course fee. Please feel free to contact the Director Development team on 04 499 0076  if you would like to discuss suitable accommodation options.


“The workshop is clearly valuable for anyone leading a board irrespective of the size of the organisation. The lessons learned will, I am sure, make me a better board chair.” – testimonial from a Chairing the Board attendee

Our facilitators

Chairing the Board will be presented by three of the facilitators below.

  • Christine Grice CNZM, LLB, CFInstD

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    Christine is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and an experienced company director and chair in the business, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has chaired Radio NZ, Te Po (Mental Health Programmes Ltd) and the Perry Group Ltd. She is a former president of the NZLS. Christine is currently executive director of the New Zealand Law Society, and a consultant at the law firm Harkness Henry. She is also a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal in the Cook Islands.

  • Anna Kominik MInstD

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    Anna is a specialist in strategic internal and external communications and reputation management. A former award-winning journalist, she has held high profile communications roles in both the public and private sectors, including the New Zealand Rugby Union and Telecom New Zealand. Anna was press secretary to two New Zealand Prime Ministers. She has also worked as a government relations consultant and has provided media relations support to the Commonwealth Secretary General. Anna is one of the founding partners and a director of Ideas Shop Ltd, providing advice and support to boards and CEOs for organisations in Australia and New Zealand. She has a Masters degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and is a member of the IoD. She holds current directorships on three boards in the business, private and not-for-profit sectors.

  • 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.

  • Richard Westlake MA, CFInstD

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    Richard began his international governance advisory business in 2001, with the purpose of building boards into leading teams. He has facilitated programmes for the IoD for more than 10 years and has more than 20 years’ experience as a director and board chairman. He is based in Wellington and is currently chairman of Careerforce Industry Training Organisation, as well as the first independent director of the Dairy Goat Co-operative (NZ) Limited and a director of RCBC Bank, one of the largest banks in the Philippines.

    Richard was a founding independent director of Kiwibank Ltd for ten years and has chaired several other organisations, including Intergen Ltd, Standards New Zealand, two SOEs, the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum and Canterbury Opera. In 2013, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation published a book it had commissioned Richard to write, ‘Guidance for the Directors of Banks’, aimed principally at directors of banks in developing countries worldwide.

  • John Horner, MInstD

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    John is a Partner in the M&A/Corporate team at Quigg Partners.  John’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions (public and private), securities law, competition law, joint ventures and general corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis on large and/or complex transactions.  His clients include numerous listed entities in New Zealand and overseas, as well as privately owned corporates.   John has been Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society’s Business and Commercial Law Reform Committee and continues to be interested in commercial law reform.  He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars, including Quigg Partners seminars on corporate and commercial law topics in New Zealand and Australia.  He has advised directors and boards on legal duties, both in situations of financial difficulty and in the context of large transactions.

  • Sam Maling LLB, CFInstD

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    Sam is a Christchurch barrister with over 40 years’ experience in court, mediation and arbitration work. He is an accredited Arbitrator and Mediator (AMINZ and NZDRC).  

    Sam has extensive business experience including chair and director roles with New Zealand listed companies Pyne Gould Corporation, PGGWrightson, and NZ Farming Systems Ltd. Other governance roles include Financial Services (MARAC), Agribusiness and Trustee Services. He was executive chairman of Lane Neave Lawyers for some years, and held governance roles with the New Zealand Law Society both in Canterbury and nationally. He is a former chair of the Broadcasting Standards Authority.

    He currently serves on the council of Legal Education, and The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. He chairs a Queenstown Body Corporate with over 400 New Zealand and overseas owners. He is also a director for a number of private companies.

  • Michael Quigg MInstD

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    Michael is a partner at Quigg Partners and heads its employment law team. Michael has been involved in a number of leading employment cases and is regarded as one of New Zealand’s senior employment law practitioners. He advises a range of leading corporates and public sector entities on their key employment requirements and has been involved in providing advice to boards on a variety of CEO employment issues. 

  • Rodney Wong BSc, DipSci, FNZIFST, CFInstD

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    Rodney has had over 25 years as CEO/MD and chair for a number of mid-sized New Zealand private and public organisations, over a range of diverse industry sectors. Past roles have included chief executive/managing director at Pacific Brands Food Group/National Foods Ltd and chair Palmerston North Airport Ltd. While holding a government appointment as chair of NZ Crop & Food Research Institute, he led the merger to form NZ Plant & Food Research; and was its deputy chair. His current business interests are a balance of commercial start-ups and public good companies, usually in the capacity of independent director or chair; member of the Massey University Business School advisory board, executive chair Speirs Nutritional LLP, director of ScanPower Ltd, chair Manchester House Social Services Inc., and Trustee of Central Energy Trust.