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 CFInstD

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    Giselle is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and is an experienced company director, chair, CEO, and was a lawyer for over 30 years. Her roles have been varied, from the agricultural sector through to being a partner in a law firm, and General Counsel for New Zealand’s largest insurance company.  She has held many board roles, notably serving as a director for four years on the Earthquake Commission, including its audit committee, and the H&J Smith group in the South Island.  Amongst other chair roles, Giselle chaired the Audit Committee for the Institute of Financial Advisers and a recently merged GP practice, Health Central Ltd.  She has recently been appointed to the Medical Council as a lay member.

  • Susan Huria CFInstD, ONZM

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    Susan Huria is an experienced director including Chair of Ngāi Tahu Property and previously Chair of Veterinary Enterprises Group and Deputy Chair of AgResearch. She is currently a  director of Connexis and the NZ Royal College of GPs. She is a Trustee of Construction Health and Safety NZ and Chair of the Steering Group for the longitudinal study ‘Growing up in NZ’. Susan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

  • 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.