Governance Essentials

Understand the role and fundamental responsibilities of a board.

8 CPD points

Drawing from the IoD's The Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice, this course will enable you to understand the fundamental roles and responsibilities of a board and individual directors across a range of governance settings. It covers board relationships, robust processes, good decision-making, and key elements of the operations of a board.

Course/workshop category: Fundamental course

Duration: One day, 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

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?

Aspiring or new directors embarking on a governance career and senior executives who want to interact with their board more effectively

Members: $830 incl GST
Non-members: $1,055 incl GST

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A 10% discount is available if you are booking this course under the Essentials of Directorship package

“The governance world is changing so rapidly that you cannot afford to get behind. Because this course attracts different people from very different paths in the board structure, it provides a valuable update and insight into what is relevant and necessary today.” – testimonial from a Governance Essentials attendee

Our facilitators

Governance Essentials is presented by one of the facilitators below.

  • Zoe Attwood GAICD, MBA, MInstD

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    Zoe has over 15 years’ experience as a director and chair, holding positions in a wide range of state-owned enterprises, private and publicly-listed companies, and not-for-profit organisations. Zoe is a science academic and had an extensive global executive career in science and technology innovation and commercialisation. She has worked in industries including the dairy, food, veterinary, packaging, wine, and forestry. She is currently deputy chair of Dairy Food Safety Victoria in Australia, and a director of both PrimeSafe and Quantum. Zoe is also a member of two scientific committees, two risk, audit and finance committees, and a governance committee.

  • 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.

  • Jane Huria CNZM, LLB, CFInstD

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    Jane Huria is a very experienced governor in a wide range of organisations, including Crown, Iwi Māori, not-for-profit and commercial roles and in 2012 she was awarded the CNZM for services to corporate governance. Living in Christchurch, Jane is Ngāi Tahu and affiliates to Ngāi Tuahuriri.  Over the years, Jane has served on the Ngāi Tahu property, seafood and holdings corporation boards, chaired He Oranga Pounamu, and consulted to numerous Māori and Pacific organisations.  She completed 30 TPK ‘Strengthening Governance and Management’ development projects with Māori health and social service agencies and radio stations, and in 2009 she was one of a three person panel who undertook a Cabinet-mandated review of the Māori Television Act. She has reviewed the Iwi Structures and Relationship of 9 DHBs for the MoH and served on the Sport NZ Māori Advisory board. Currently Jane’s roles include directorships of Fortuna Group Limited (a Southland based corporate dairy farming group), Heritage Farms New Zealand Limited (invests in protein production such as dairy and eggs) Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd (PHO and GP / Practice nurse member support organisation) and Naylor Love Construction Limited. Jane is deputy Chair of Union Medical Benefits Society Limited (medical health insurers) and she is deputy Chair of the New Zealand Electoral Commission. She is also a member of the Christchurch District Replacement Plan Independent Hearings Panel and a trustee of the Court Theatre.

  • Mary-Jane Daly CMInstD

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    Mary-Jane is an experienced independent director with a strong track record of leading significant business units within large and complex organisations. She is an independent director of Kiwi Property Group Limited, deputy chair of Airways Corporation of New Zealand, and Chair of the New Zealand Green Building Council, as well as being a Commissioner of the Earthquake Commission. She has a strong background in banking and finance, including roles at BNZ, National Australia Bank and Toronto-Dominion Bank in London. Her last executive role was Executive General Manager at State Insurance. Prior to this appointment, she was CFO of IAG in New Zealand and Group Treasurer and Risk Manager at Fonterra.

  • Murray Strong MInstD

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    Murray is an independent chairman and professional director. He currently holds governance and advisory roles in both the public and private sector including CERA, the Ministry of Education and the TSB Trust and is actively involved in the Christchurch rebuild as the independent chairman of three of the anchor projects. He has held a variety of Crown appointed roles, including Crown Commissioner and as a director on Crown entities. He has worked in governance and senior management roles across the education, aviation, professional services, tourism and sport sectors over the last 20 years. He's also actively involved in TEDx in both Queenstown and Christchurch as MC and speaker coach and speaks regularly on leadership in a range of executive programmes.

  • Fiona Oliver CMInstD

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    Fiona is a full time governance professional with board (including chair) positions in both the private and public sectors and in sectors as diverse as superannuation, professional services, commercial property, cyber security and financial crime software and renewable energy. Fiona is also a member of the Inland Revenue Risk & Assurance Committee. Fiona is a regular panel member of panel discussions on the subject of governance and has presented on corporate governance for various audiences. Fiona’s initial career was in law as a commercial and corporate lawyer, specialising in corporate finance. She practised in both private practice in London and Auckland and as in house counsel in Sydney and London. As a lawyer, she advised boards on corporate and corporate finance matters and governance practise and has acted in the role as company secretary. Prior to taking up a full time career as a governance professional (and after her career in law), Fiona held executive level roles in substantial asset and funds management businesses and private equity, including managing the risk function for AMP Limited’s private equity business in Sydney and London, leading Westpac’s investment arm, BT Funds Management, and more recently, was GM of Wealth Management at AMP.

  • Carol Scholes MInstD

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    With over 30 years of management experience in commercial and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand and Australia and eight years in CEO roles, Carol specialises in helping organisations understand their vision, improve their systems and build teams to achieve success. As a consultant, Carol has provided board and executive coaching, mediation, facilitation and strategic planning with corporate, government and not for profit organisations. Her specialties are leading change, governance, financial management and conflict management. Carol has a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management, a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation), Certificate IV in Executive Coaching, is a qualified trainer using accelerated learning techniques, is a Master NLP practitioner, International Master coach, Master clinical hypnotherapist and a certified mBit coach. Carole is an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation, a member of the NZ Association for Training and Development and the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.