Chairing the Board

Gain the specialist skills needed to succeed as chair. Explore best practice, robust policy, composition, balance, and culture.

2 Days
Price for members
$2,250.00 incl GST
Price for non-members
$2,795.00 incl GST
Regional Business Partner Network Funding

Course description

In this two-day course you will explore governance best practice, robust policy and board structures, and board performance, composition, balance, and culture.

Group discussions place you in realistic scenarios. You will hear of others experiences and examine the common and complex issues that a board chair can face.

At the end of the course you will have the knowledge to succeed as chair.

Accommodation is not included in the course. Dinner and drinks are provided after the first day.


Day one
8.30am – 8.30pm (includes dinner and drinks)

Day two
8.30am – 5.00pm

Content covered

Lead from the chair
  • The chair role
  • The relationship of chair and chief executive
Build a better board
  • Board processes
  • Managing the board
Fulfil the chair’s legal responsibilities
  • Legal structures and legislative changes
  • Recent case law lessons
  • Standard of care
  • Knowledge of your business
  • Governance skills
  • Legal relationship of chair and chief executive
  • Health and safety
  • Conflicts of interest
Communicating ethically in difficult times
  • The chair's role in working with media
  • Media management in times of crisis

Who should attend

Directors with at least five years’ experience, who are new to the chair role or thinking about serving as chair.

Additional information

Accommodation is not included in the course fee.

Please call the Governance Development team on 0800 846 369 if you would like to discuss accommodation options.


We have been monitoring government updates regarding COVID-19 and are keeping up to date with Ministry of Health guidance with regard to events and public gatherings.

For the latest updates on face to face courses and our safety planning see our response to COVID-19 page

“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".
- P. August, Christchurch

All dates and locations

  • Fully booked


    24 – 25 Aug 2021
    Members — $2,250.00
    Non-members — $2,795.00
    Please ph 04 499 0076 to be placed on the waitlist
  • Fully booked


    13 – 14 Oct 2021
    Members — $2,250.00
    Non-members — $2,795.00
    Please ph 04 499 0076 to be placed on the waitlist
  • Wellington

    16 – 17 Nov 2021
    Members — $2,250.00
    Non-members — $2,795.00

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