Cooperative Business New Zealand has expanded its governance training offering for 2021, with courses for aspiring directors through to experienced governors and chairs.

Cooperative Business New Zealand CEO Roz Henry says providing training that is specifically tailored to co-operative governance is a core priority.

"Many of New Zealand's largest, most successful commercial businesses are co-operatives. While there are similarities to other business structures, there are nuances and complexities of co-operatives that present challenges and opportunities for boards. 

"The courses we offer, in partnership with leading governance trainers, address these issues and help directors to be able to more effectively contribute to their board.

"With shareholder directors, succession planning is also critical and so in 2021 we're providing more training for new directors and those considering taking on a governance role in future,” Roz says.

An outline of the courses offered is below.

For new and aspiring directors

1. Introduction to Co-operative Governance

This popular one-day programme, being held in Wellington on Tuesday 29 June, provides an introduction to the purpose and value of governance.

Topics covered include the role and main responsibilities of boards and directors as well as how an effective board works and makes good decisions. It also highlights the unique features of co-operative governance and addresses how to manage the challenges that arise.

Facilitated by Westlake Governance, the course is aimed at new and aspiring directors.

More information and booking details.

2. Cooperative Governance Development Programme

This programme, to be completed over a six-month period between April and September, supports new and aspiring future governors to prepare for a director role.

The programme involves two residential workshops as well as coaching, mentoring and remote learning. Topics covered include governance best practice and processes, finance for directors, strategy, risk, legal duties and culture and ethics.

Facilitated by Mayfield Group, applications for this programme close on Monday 15 March.

Small and medium sized businesses may qualify for funding of up to 50% towards this programme.

More information.

For existing directors and senior executives

3. Co-operative Governance Accelerator Programme

This highly recommended two-day programme, being held in Auckland on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 September, is designed to assist directors to deepen their understanding of best practice governance and enhance their contribution to their board.

Topics covered include the co-operative difference, working with shareholders, ensuring continued success beyond the current board and working with the Chief Executive.

Facilitated by Westlake Governance, the course is designed for current directors and chairs as well as senior executives.

More information and booking details.

For senior directors and board chairs

4. Chairing a Co-operative Board

This intensive half-day programme, being held in Auckland on Monday 3 May, will prepare directors of co-operatives for the role and additional responsibilities of chairing their board or a board committee.

Topics covered include the five main tasks of the board chair, with particular emphasis on how these fit together in the co-operative environment.

Facilitated by Westlake Governance, this course is for chairs, deputy chairs and aspiring chairs.

More information and booking details.

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