The Leading Co-operative Essentials – governance for the evolving co-operative two-day course held at the University of Auckland’s Business School in early September received warm plaudits from the co-operative directors and executives who attended.
The impressive line-up of presenters included Murray Jagger (LIC), Rachel Cunningham (Southern Cross), Professor Nicola Shadbolt (Fonterra, Massey University) and Dr Donald George (Edinburgh University) plus Dr Lisa Callagher and Dr Frank Siedlok from the University of Auckland.
Jeremy Valentine from the Co-operative Bank said it was a rewarding and thought-provoking couple of days engaging with governance professionals exploring the essence of co-operatives.
“A couple of key themes that emerged from discussions were that getting the most out of your co-operative involves ensuring effective governance practices and member engagement strategies tailored to your organisation,” said the bank’s General Manager – Risk, Legal and Governance.
“It was a really good programme with quality speakers,” said Andrew Baird, Head of Sales for Capricorn in NZ who “thoroughly recommends this course to others wanting to learn more about co-operative governance”.
“The case study on day 2 provided a great insight into the vagaries of good governance and led to really healthy discussion and input from those experienced Directors who were on the course,” he said.
Flooring Xtra CEO John Weijermars said the course “underscored the commonality of issues facing co-operatives , be they large or small”.
“I found that the themes resonated with our own experiences and many invaluable notes were taken.”
LIC Share Registrar Melanie Tonkin found the knowledge in the room “somewhat overwhelming at first”.
“However, I found it was very beneficial to be immersed at that level to further my learning on how different co-operatives function and the common similarities,” she said.