Event Details

  • 25 Nov 2020-26 Nov 2020
  • 10:00AM-17:00PM
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  • Farmlands Boardroom, 535 Wairakei Road, Burnside, Christchurch, New Zealand


  • $1,595.00 Members
  • $1,895.00 Non Members

Presented by Westlake Governance, this advanced two-day programme is specifically tailored to the co-operative model.

The programme has received excellent feedback from our members’ senior leaders who have attended in the past.

Who should attend

The target audience will be those who already have at least a basic understanding of best practice Governance, including:

  • 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.

Programme content

Day One

  • 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.

Day Two

  • 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.

Workshop Format

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

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

Continuing Professional Development

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).

Please note: This course has a minimum number requirement, so please book early to ensure the course is not cancelled. If you are booking travel or accommodation, please check by emailing info@nz.coop first that the course is taking place.