Introduction to Co-operative Governance Programme

This Introduction to Co-operative Governance programme is the ideal one-day workshop for developing your foundation knowledge of the purpose and value of governance.

Introduction to Co-operative Governance Programme

This Introduction to Co-operative Governance programme aims

  • To provide an overview of governance including the role and main responsibilities of boards and directors as well as how an effective board works and makes good decisions.
  • To highlight the unique features of co-operative governance and how to manage the challenges that arise.
  • To give participants sufficient knowledge and confidence to bring value as a director to any board they currently sit on; to prepare them for taking on a role as a director and/or to decide whether or not a role as a director is something they want to pursue at this stage in their life and career.

This workshop is an interactive and lively programme that features numerous real life anecdotes. There are exercises and regular breaks throughout the session to ensure participants are fully engaged and gain the maximum value from the programme, even if they’re not used to sitting in a room for a full day.

The Introduction to Co-operative Governance workshop is facilitated by Richard Westlake, one of New Zealand’s most experienced governance trainers. Richard has more than 25 years’ experience as a board chair, he has been chair of two co-operative boards and has been a director on many co-operative boards.

Participants will walk away knowing they have a good base understanding of co-operative governance to propel them into the next stage of their governance career. Once you have completed this programme, you can also explore out other in-depth governance training programmes to enhance you learning and practical training further.

Who should attend

  • New directors
  • Individuals with previous experience on a school Board of Trustees or similar
  • Individuals interested in understanding what the role involves.


Member: $950
Non-Member: $1350
The Introduction to Co-operative Governance programme cost includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


Regional Business Partner Network – Funding

Westlake Governance is a service provider 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 Introduction to Co-operative Governance Programme.

Register here to check if you may be eligible for funding. Head here if you’re already registered.

Additional information

  • CPD Credits: Members of the Institute of Directors or related professional bodies should qualify for 6 CPD points
  • Travel and any required accommodation is not included in the course fee
  • This course has a minimum number requirement so please RSVP early
  • The date is subject to change. This will be finalised early 2023


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