Rural Governance Essentials

Understand your liabilities and responsibilities as a director on a farm board.

8 CPD points

In this course you’ll gain insights into the benefits that a board can bring to agribusinesses, and the fundamental responsibilities of a board and individual directors in a distinctly rural context. With a focus on farming safety, it also 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, 9.00 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
Those who are involved in the ownership and management of farming or agribusinesses, and professionals who advise rural clients.

Members: $850 incl GST
Non-members: $1,080 incl GST

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

"The Rural Governance Essentials course was extremely good and useful. Great presenters and really practical. I have recommended the course to other directors of farming businesses." - Joan Smith, Director, Cape Horn Land Company Limited.


Rural Governance Essentials is presented by one of the facilitators below:

  • Giselle McLachlan CMInstD

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    Giselle is an experienced company director and chair, with time recently as a CEO, and is a governance specialist. Her industry roles have been varied, from the agricultural sector right through to being a partner in a law firm, and General Counsel for New Zealand’s largest insurance company. Giselle served as a director for four years on the Earthquake Commission including its audit committee and has held several other board roles. Giselle also chaired the Audit Committee for the Institute of Financial Advisers and is the Chair of Health Central Ltd which is a newly merged GP practice in Central Otago. Giselle now has her own consultancy business – which focuses on growing people and their businesses in a healthy way

  • Susan Huria CFInstD, ONZM

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    Susan Huria is an experienced director including chair of the large nationwide rural vet practice Veterinary Enterprises Group, Marsden Maritime Holdings Ngai Tahu Property and Connexis. She is also independent chair of the Remuneration Committee of Māori Television. Susan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Auckland Branch Committee where she runs the Next Generation Director workshops in Auckland.

  • Jane Huria CNZM, LLB

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    Jane has broad-based commercial experience including law, insurance, market research and the financial markets. Directorships over the past 25 years in the electricity, technology, dairying, business development, health, insurance, property development, Crown and sport / recreation sectors have resulted in many years of governance, strategy and organisation development experience. Jane is Ngai Tahu, affiliates to Ngai Tuahuriri and participates in her Marae activities at Tuahiwi, North Canterbury.

    Jane is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. She has worked in the field of governance throughout the Commonwealth for the Commonwealth Secretariat and was a faculty member of the World Bank’s Global Corporate Governance Forum. In 2012 Jane was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to governance.

    Her current roles include Chair, Unimed; Trustee, Court Theatre; Director, Fortuna Group Limited; Director, Naylor Love; Director, Pegasus Health; Trustee, Canterbury Cricket Trust; and Member, Greater Christchurch Partnership.