Mayfield Co-op Governance Development Programme

Join us for an intensive, six-month governance development programme delivered by some of New Zealand's leading directors and gain the skills, insights and expertise you need for a successful co-operative governance career.

Mayfield Co-op Governance Development Programme

Delivered in partnership with Mayfield Group, participants gain access to highly experienced contributors and coaches with significant experience within co-operative and governance environments. The programme is facilitated by Janine Smith, Principal and chair of The Boardroom Practice, and Associate Professor David Tweed.

The programme involves

  • Two residential workshops (at the start and end of the programme) held in Auckland.
  • Coaching and 1-on-1 mentoring
  • Remote learning

The programme aims to

  • 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.


Intakes dates

There are only two cohort intakes for this executive programme a year with limited spaces. We recommend registering your interest early in ensure you can participate. The next intake will commence 13, 14 and 15 May 2024 with a residential workshop hosted in Auckland. The closing residential workshop will take place in November 2024. Exact dates will be confirmed in the coming months.

Programme funding

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.

Find out more

All members of Cooperative Business NZ and their shareholders are eligible to apply. Register your interest or get more information here or contact Jo Guy at Mayfield Group at 


Register your interest          Download the programme guide