Strategy Essentials

Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of strategy development from the board’s perspective.

8 CPD points

As a director, one of your roles is to participate in a meaningful way in the formulation of organisational strategy. This course will help you to actively participate in this process, encourage ‘big picture’ thinking, and steer your organisation to a better future.

Course/workshop category: Fundamental course

Duration: One day, 8.30 am - 5.00 pm

Content covered

  • What strategy is (and isn’t)
  • The role of the board in developing strategy
  • The impacts of strategy and the benefits of strategic planning
  • Formulation and development processes and how strategy is communicated
  • Evaluating strategy

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

Not a member? Join online now to receive the member rate.

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


“The value of this course lies in the tools provided to step a board through the strategic planning review process.” – testimonial from a Strategy Essentials attendee

Our facilitators

Strategy Essentials is presented by one of the facilitators below.

  • Peter Crow BTech (Hons), PGCert (Bus), CMInstD

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    Peter advises boards internationally on corporate governance, board practice, strategy and value creation. He is also an experienced director and chairman; principally of medium-sized, privately-held businesses and social enterprises. Appointments have included the boards of Tracmap, EnergySmart, Hutt International Boys’ School and the Baptist Union of New Zealand, amongst others. His doctoral thesis, on boards and business performance, is currently being examined.

  • Brendon O’Connor MInstD

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    Brendon is a director of O’Connor Sinclair, a management consulting and advisory firm providing advice in strategy, performance and governance for clients in local and central government. He has a background as a CEO and in senior commercial and marketing positions across a range of sectors including professional services, professional and community sport and transport/ tourism. He is on the board of Sport Auckland. Brendon has a particular interest in the processes of strategy formulation and execution.

  • Henri Eliot, BA, LLB (Hons), MBA, CFInstD

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    Henri Eliot’s career began in Financial Services where he held a number of senior executive positions at JP Morgan Chase in New York City and the Bank of Montreal in Toronto.  Henri spent over ten years in London & New York working in management consulting at Deloitte and PwC. More recently, Henri worked in Telecommunications & ICT Services In New Zealand before forming Board Dynamics in 2009. Henri is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Fellow of the Australasia Financial Services Institute (Finsia) and Fellow of the Institute of Management New Zealand. Along with his work as an executive, Henri is a regular contributor to the NZ Herald, National Business Review and Idealog. He is currently Chairman Balle Bros Group, Chairman Taxpayer’s Simplification Panel (Inland Revenue), Trustee Plunket Foundation, President of the Canada Business Council and member of Propellerhead Limited Advisory Board. He received his LLB (Hons) from the University of London, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from McGill University in Canada and his MBA in the United Kingdom.

  • 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.