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: $2,250 incl GST
Non-members: $2,795 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Brian Small MInstD

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    Brian is one of New Zealand’s most experienced communications advisors, specialising in reputation management.

    Organisational reputations are most often at stake in times of risk and crisis, where the effectiveness of decision-making is truly tested. Brian has worked with Boards and senior management to manage responses to events as diverse as the Canterbury earthquakes, the Pike River disaster, the ESSO gas plant explosion in Australia, the Jody Millennium oil spill at Gisborne, Whanganui Hospital cancer misdiagnoses and the Cave Creek platform collapse. He has also managed communication responses for rail, coastal shipping and aircraft accidents, biosecurity threats and product recalls. He was a founding member of the NGO, ‘Risk NZ.’

    He has won the PR Institute of New Zealand’s Supreme Award and as well as a Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators.

  • 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 chair. He is based in Wellington and is currently chair 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.

  • Simon Jensen MInstD, LLB, BCom

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    Simon is a partner at Buddle Findlay. He has over 25 years’ corporate governance experience and has been on the Boards of Visa New Zealand, The Warehouse Financial Services Ltd (where he Chaired the Board) and AGC New Zealand. He regularly advises boards and management of listed companies, banks, Crown entities, trusts and public issuers on governance. Prior to working at Buddle Findlay, Simon spent 15 years as general counsel for Westpac Banking Corporation in New Zealand, followed by four years acting as a consultant on pan-industry projects in the banking and finance sector.