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) organisations, managers of Not-for-Profits who wish to explore a governance function, and professionals who work with boards. The style of the GDP is particularly useful if you wish to establish local networks.


2019 Dunedin dates
1 April
6 May
10 June
1 July
5 August
2 September
Location: The Dunedin Club

To register your interest, please email Otago Southland Branch Manager Vivienne Seaton otago.branch@iod.org.nz


2019 Presenters
As well as national presenters, we also have a range of local senior directors who will present and share their governance experiences. These local senior directors include:

John Gallaher
Martin Dippie
Graham Crombie
Susie Johnstone

... more presenters still to be announced. 


Members: $1,980 incl GST
Non-members: $2,655 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.

  • Phillip Meyer FAIM, Life FNZIM, FFIN, CFInstD

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    Phil is an experienced company director and investment banker. His governance experience extends across banking, infrastructure, health, insurance, telecommunications, broadcasting, education, peak industry bodies, investment management, arts, central and local government and Maori affairs. He has a strong reputation for improving business performance through effective collaborative strategic governance.  He also has a strong commitment to building an improved economy for New Zealand through public service. His extensive experience covers retail and wholesale banking, international capital markets, derivatives, project finance, particularly in the areas of the funding of public infrastructure by the private sector, minerals and energy, capital raising, funds management and technology relating to financial services.