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:

  • Susan Huria CFInstD, ONZM

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    Susan Huria is an experienced director including chairman 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.

  • Craig Rust NDB, NDA, CA, MInstD

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    Craig formed a business development consultancy practice Business Innovators in 2002, providing a range of advice to small to medium-sized businesses across New Zealand. Craig is a Chartered Accountant, director and chairman of the board for several companies. Craig has experience in a number of sectors including manufacturing, exporting, retail and the service sector. Craig has received accolades from several businesses who have won business awards, including one being named the fastest-growing company in the Deloitte Top 50.