Working with the Board

Explore how to harness the power of a fully engaged board.

New 4 CPD points

There are lots of challenges in balancing keeping your board involved, up-to-date and engaged in your entity so that they are effective in their governance role but not having them too involved in the day to day operations. This is just one of the challenges this workshop will explore.

Course/workshop category: Short courses

Duration: Half day

Content covered

  • effective governance; grow your understanding of the governance function, what effective governance is and the respective roles of management and governance in an entity.
  • the importance of context; identify the context your organisation is operating in and how that impacts the governance and management roles, interaction and requirements.
  • supporting effective governance: explore the role management plays in supporting effective governance.
  • practical insights and actions: learn from others experiences to translate into learning and actions to support effective governance in your entity.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for senior executives.


Members: $510 incl GST
Non-members: $585 incl GST

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Our facilitators

Working with the Board is presented by one of the facilitators below:

  • George Adams, FCA, CMInstD

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    George is an independent company director and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a former CEO of Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand, finance director of British Telecom Northern Ireland and Group Finance Director of Molino Beverages Group. He is also Chairman of both the Occupational Health Advisory Group, an expert panel that advises WorkSafe on Occupational Health strategy and the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum.

    George is passionate about improving New Zealand’s health and safety record and in 2014 he chaired the Independent Forestry Safety Review which delivered a report on practical recommendations to improve the industry’s safety record. At the 2013 Safeguard Workplace Health and Safety Awards George was awarded the “New Zealand Leader of the Year Award”, and his work at Coca-Cola Amatil was a noted case study in the IoD’s 2013 publication Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks.

  • Hamish Stevens MCom, MBA, CA, CMInstD

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    Hamish is an Auckland based independent director and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He is an experienced board chair and holds several board committee chair positions.  Hamish is currently chairman of DTS Food Assurance Ltd, East Health Services Ltd, The Kennedy’s Ltd, and a director of Restaurant Brands Ltd, AsureQuality Ltd, Pharmaco Ltd, Counties Power Ltd, and Smart Environmental Ltd.  He is also the Independent Chairman of the Waikato Regional Council Audit and Risk committee. Prior to his governance career, Hamish held senior executive positions within some of New Zealand’s largest companies, including Tip Top Ice Cream, Heinz Wattie’s, and DB Breweries. Hamish has an M.Com (Hons.) and MBA from the University of Auckland and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.

  • Jo Cribb

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    Jo has had a long career working on some of the toughest issues facing New Zealand – child poverty, violence against women and entrenched unemployment. She was a senior public servant, leading the Office of the Children’s Commission and most recently as chief executive of the Ministry for Women. She is an experienced NGO governor with roles including IHC, VSA, Literacy Aotearoa and was chair of Scots College. Jo recently published research into the governance capability of social sector NGOs.  Her current portfolio includes leading an NGO focused on improving literacy rates and running her consulting business where she works with leaders to achieve their diversity goals and coaching women leaders.