2022 West Coast Governance Programme

25 August, 2022
$3000 + GST

Register now to complete governance training in 2022.

Development West Coast is bringing governance training to the West Coast business community once again. The West Coast Governance Programme, facilitated by Richard Westlake and Vaughan Renner of Westlake Governance, will commence in August 2022, and consists of five workshops which will help participants understand the key roles and responsibilities of the board and individual directors. Almost 100 local businesspeople have graduated from this programme including Buller District Mayor, Jamie Cleine and DWC Chair, Renee Rooney.

This series of five one-day workshops is designed for new and aspiring board members, and for those who work directly with a board – whether in a medium sized business, national co-operative, small community organisation, school Board of Trustees, or a local government body.

Who is this programme for?

For those already on boards or Councils:

You will understand the difference between governance and management, and what your governance role really involves: what are your responsibilities, what information do you need, how do you make great decisions, and how do you help your chief executive succeed? For you, this programme may be a valuable refresher, helping you to fill in some gaps; or it may be the first formal training you’ve done for your role.

For those who are preparing to join a board in the future:

You will understand what it means to be a director or board member, what skills and time commitment you'll need, and what attributes you can bring to your new role to add real value in the boardroom.

For those reporting to and working with boards:

You will understand why governance matters, what information board members need, and why it’s ok when they ask difficult questions.

Programme Outline

Welcome A-Board

  • Date: Thursday, 25 August
  • Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Helping Management Succeed

  • Date: Thursday, 22 September
  • Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Building Business for Tomorrow from Today

  • Date: Friday, 14 October
  • Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

What Could Possibly go Wrong?

  • Date: Tuesday, 15 November
  • Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Participant Course Dinner

  • Date: Tuesday, 15 November
  • Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm

Inside the Boardroom: Getting to the Best Decisions

  • Date: Wednesday, 16 November
  • Time: 9.00am – 3.00pm


  • Date: Wednesday, 16 November
  • Time: 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Venues will be booked once registrations have been confirmed so we can cater to the group.

Course Content:

Welcome A-Board!

  • Introduction to the world of Governance
  • What Governance is – and isn’t
  • Why Governance matters
  • Why it’s visible mostly when it fails
  • Duties and responsibilities of a board and its members
  • Why would you want to do this?

Helping Management Succeed

  • Selecting and appointing your chief executive
  • How the board helps management to succeed
  • What to do when your CEO is no longer right for the role
  • Leading your board: Introduction to the role of the Chair

Building Business for Tomorrow from Today

  • The board’s role in developing strategy
  • What strategy is and why it’s important
  • Some tools to help build your strategy
  • The hard part: turning strategy into action

What Could Possibly go Wrong?

  • The board’s role in governing risk
  • How risk is related to strategy
  • The ART of Risk Governance™
  • Some special risk situations

Inside the Boardroom – Getting to the Best Decisions

  • What happens in the boardroom, and afterwards?
  • Why dissent is not disloyalty
  • Making the best decisions we can
  • Putting it all into practice: board meeting simulation
  • Now what? Preparing for and finding the right board role

Programme Cost

$3,000 (+ GST) per participant invoiced in three instalments:

  • 1st instalment due prior to programme commencing on Thursday, 25 August
  • 2nd instalment due by Friday, 14 October.
  • 3rd instalment due by Tuesday, 15 November.

Please contact DWC at events@dwc.org.nz to see if you may be eligible for the RBP Capability Fund or to discuss payment plan options. We will be happy to accommodate where possible.

Meet the Facilitators:

Richard Westlake and Vaughan Renner are experienced chairs and board members and have presented governance workshops together for about ten years. Over several years they co-facilitated the Governance component of the West Coast Leadership & Governance Programme, from which many participants have gone on to significant governance and leadership roles, in the West Coast community and elsewhere.

Richard Westlake:

Richard has more than 25 years’ experience as a director and board chair, in a wide variety of organisations. He is currently chair of New Zealand Home Loans Ltd, and recently completed nine years as the first independent director of the Dairy Goat Co-operative and six years as the only non-Asian director of one of the largest banks in the Philippines. Over the last 15 years, Richard has trained probably more directors than anyone else in New Zealand.

He also writes perhaps the only blog written especially for board chairs and experienced directors, at www.chairingtheboard.com.

Vaughan Renner:

Vaughan trained originally as an Engineer and has been a director and board chair for about 15 years. He is a former chief executive of New Zealand’s largest tyre importer and retailer, and he currently chairs The Open Polytechnic, the board of Business New Zealand and the Standards Approval Board (a unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment).


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Graduates of the 2020 West Coast Governance Programme

Front row - left to right - Renee Rooney (DWC Chair), Anna-Marie Thompson, Anita Halsall-Quinlan, Casey Scanlon, Jenny Keogan and Buller District Mayor Jamie Cleine.

Back row - left to right - Richard Westlake (Westlake Governance), Heath Milne, Matt Kunzmann, Mel Anderson, Nicole Kunzmann, Stuart Brown and Vaughan Renner (Westland Governance).

25 August, 2022
$3000 + GST

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