Governance Development Programme

A modular alternative to Governance Essentials, offering the opportunity to experience learning over an extended time span.

12 CPD points

This dynamic learning experience means you can reflect and apply learnings in your board roles between sessions and come back to the next session with questions, discussion topics, and further real-life applications. The different perspectives and personal experiences shared by both the facilitators and other attendees take you well beyond the textbook into true experiential learning.

Course/workshop category: Fundamental course

Duration: Six sessions, 4.00pm - 7.00pm

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?

In addition to being appropriate for aspiring and new directors and senior executives, the GDP is also suited to small and medium enterprise (SME) owners who wish to explore a governance function and professionals who advise clients on governance. The style of the GDP is particularly useful if you wish to establish local networks.


Location and session dates
Dunedin: 3 April, 1 May, 12 June, 3 July, 7 August, 4 September
Invercargill: 4 October, 1 November, 6 December, 7 February, 7 March, 4 April


Members: $1,925 incl GST
Non-members: $2,560 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 Governance Development Programme was excellent – with real life lessons and anecdotes shared by experienced, knowledgeable directors and a chance to create, and develop, our own networks at a regional level.” – testimonial from a GDP attendee

Our facilitators

Governance Development Programme facilitators include:

  • Denise Bovaird BCom, FCA, MInstD

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    Denise Bovaird has had a number of governance and risk management roles. She is currently a director on the board of the Real Estate Agents Authority and from 2010 to 2013 a Commissioner on the Earthquake Commission. She has chaired the Audit and Risk Committees of both these Crown Entities. Denise is also 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 set up risk management frameworks that add value to their organisation. She has had a number of corporate and consultancy risk management roles over the last 20 years. In 2007 Denise was the President of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants during which time she chaired the Institute’s Board after serving for six years on the Board.

  • Giselle McLachlan CMInstD

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    Giselle is a director and a lawyer, with governance experience from a variety of perspectives. She has served on a number of boards, including the Earthquake Commission, and has sat on several audit and risk committees. Giselle has had executive responsibility for risk and HR, alongside law, compliance and project governance. Giselle is currently an independent board member with the H&J Smith Group and a Councillor for the NZ Biological Producers and Consumers Society.

  • Phillip Meyer FNZIM, FAIM, FFIN, CFInstD

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    Phillip is an investment banker and experienced company director. He chairs the Trans-Tasman Business Circle Wellington, the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal Committee and Australian Financial Services Group. He is a director and trustee of Zealandia and CRS Software.

    He is a former chairman of the Institute of Financial Advisers as well as the New Zealand Institute of Management and its Central Regional Board, a former director and trustee of Southern Cross Healthcare Group and its subsidiaries, a former director of Kordia Group Ltd and a former Crown Monitor for the Whanganui District Health Board.

  • 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.

  • Catherine McMillan BCom (Hons), CA, DipTchng, MInstD

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    Catherine has experience in the public sector, corporate business and education, in both senior management and governance roles. She currently has her own consultancy business which focuses on professional and executive education, strategy development and business re-structuring. She has held governance roles in a variety of not-for-profit organisations and is currently a trustee with the MainPower Trust, Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust and Community Wellbeing North Canterbury Community Trust.