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I am pleased to announce that our highly successful co-op governance training has evolved into an even more comprehensive two-day programme for our Members. This is, in effect, post-grad training for our Members who have already attended one of Richard’s 1-day seminars in the past, details as follows:

  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington, 14th and 15th August

Note: we will also be continuing with our Co-op Governance Essentials Program (1-day) for new and emerging directors, as well as senior executive, with the next course to be held at the University of Auckland Business School in Auckland on 11th September.

Who should attend?

The target audience will be those who already have at least a basic understanding of best practice governance.  This will be a more comprehensive programme than the one-day Co-operative Governance Essentials Seminar that we have provided to our Members over recent years and will be well suited to the following people:

  • Existing directors of co-operatives wanting to enhance their skills and contribution to their board
  • New and/or aspiring chairs of co-operative company boards
  • Chairs of co-operative board committees
  • Credible aspiring directors who have some experience of governance either directly (perhaps on a school board of trustees), or by reporting to a board
  • Senior executives of co-operatives wanting a greater understanding of how to work with their board, and what they should expect from it.


Proposed Programme Content

Day One Day Two
  • Corporate governance overview and refresher – a summary and overview to ensure everyone is speaking the same ‘language.’
  • The co-operative difference, working with shareholders and key stakeholders, board composition and succession.
  • The board and its relationship with the CEO.



  • The board and its role in developing, agreeing and overseeing the execution of strategy.
  • The board and risk, using the ISO Risk Management Standard definition of risk as the impact of uncertainty on objectives, along with addressing the three main categories of risk: internal controllable risks; strategic risks; and external events.
  • Boardroom dynamics, dealing with differing perspectives, reaching good decisions, and culminating in a ‘goldfish bowl’ board simulation role play.
  • Course graduation and presentation of certificates.


Dinner which will provide an opportunity for network building, to further develop some of the themes from the day, exchange practical experiences and build on the relationships that participants will have started to develop during the first day.

Workshop Format

This programme will be delivered by Westlake Governance facilitators, Richard Westlake and Vaughan Renner.

Richard and Vaughan have delivered comparable programmes here in NZ for nearly ten years and have found that this dual presenter format leads to greater engagement from participants as well as even more effective learning.

Richard’s profile

Vaughan’s profile


Class Size Continuing Professional Development Special Price For Members
We have found that for maximum effectiveness, an ideal class size for a programme of this nature is about 18, with a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 20. This is big enough to allow for a range of views and experiences while remaining small enough for everyone to participate. While we are not able to allocate IoD CPD points formally, we anticipate that participants who are members of the NZ Institute of Directors should be able to claim 16 CPD points (of an annual requirement of 20 points). Cooperative Business NZ Members: $1,195 & GST

(Non-Members: $1,495 & GST)

Lunches, dinner and drinks are all free of charge while the cost of accommodation is to be met by the course participants.

Please confirm by email if you would like to attend this event, places will be confirmed on a first in basis.