First Steps in Governance Award

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This award provides opportunities for young professionals to gain governance experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Applications are sought from individuals who:

  • Are motivated to further their business experience, gain an insight into good governance practice and learn about the dynamics of sitting on a board or trust
  • Are able to demonstrate leadership, integrity and enterprise in their careers
  • Have a range of experience and skills (commercial, community, public service)
  • Able to commit the time to prepare for and attend meetings and associated events
  • Have not held a significant governance role to date (this does not include a role in a local sports, school or community organisation or club)

Benefits include:

  • A governance Internship with Ronald McDonald House South Island
  • One year’s complimentary membership of the Institute of Directors
  • One year’s complimentary attendance at all Canterbury branch members’ events where members can learn and share their experiences
  • $850 towards an IoD governance development course of your choice to be taken in the 12 month period following the Award
  • Mentoring from an experienced director.


Applications close at 5pm on Monday 7 June 2021

Please submit your application by email to 

Download the application form as either a PDF or Word document.