Event Details

  • Auckland, New Zealand

Registrations now open for the November 2022 intake. Limited spaces, so secure your spot now.

The Co-operative Governance Development Programme is an intensive six-month executive programme that supports new, aspiring and current directors operating within co-operative and governance environments.

The programme involves:

  • Two residential workshops (at the start and end of the programme) held in Auckland. The first (commencing the programme) will take place in November 2022. The second in the first half of 2023.
  • Coaching and 1-on-1 mentoring
  • Remote learning

The programme aims:

  • Increase your understanding of the role of a director and chair with a particular focus on the co-operative structure
  • Gain insights as to your style and how this may impact your effectiveness in the boardroom
  • Develop critical thinking and all-round governance skills to be a more effective director
  • Plan your governance pathway and development through one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions

While the programme has co-operative themes throughout, participants can expect to gain key transferrable knowledge around finance, effective board practice, communication, reputation, legal duties of directors and diversity. During the workshops you’ll also engage with experienced directors who will share their experiences.


The programme is facilitated by Janine Smith, Principal and chair of The Boardroom Practice, and Associate Professor David Tweed.

All members of Cooperative Business NZ and their shareholders are eligible to apply.

Mayfield Group has been confirmed as a service provider under the Management Capability Development Voucher Fund with the Regional Business Partner Network. This means that eligible member businesses with 50 or fewer staff may be eligible to receive funding of up to 50% towards the cost of the Cooperative Governance Development Programme. Check if you may be eligible for funding.

This programme is delivered by Mayfield Group on behalf of Cooperative Business New Zealand.

For more information or to apply for the programme, contact Jo Guy at Mayfield Group on jo@mayfieldgroup.co.nz with any queries.