Getting Your Board Onboard Workshop - A Practical Guide To Governance

30 January 2023

Would you like to get all your trustees and management on the same page?

Do you want to develop effective Governance practices for your organisation?

Would you like a clear, shared understanding of what good Governance looks like?

If you want your organisation to work at its full potential, you need a strong board/committee that truly understands their roles and responsibilities. But getting everyone on the same page can sometimes be a difficult task, especially if you have a mix of new and long-standing trustees.

This workshop is designed to share models and ideas of what best practice non-profit Governance looks like. It’s also vitally important to ensure there is great communication and clear understanding of the split of roles and responsibilities.

During the session we work with the board/committee and managers to explore and identify:

Common Models of Governance for Non-Profit Organisations
What model does the Board currently use? Is this the right model for your organisation right now? If not, how can you shift from where you are to where you want to be?

Board Roles and Responsibilities
What do the models look like in a practical sense? Who does what? What is governance and what is management responsibility? What happens when the lines get blurred?

Best Practice Governance
What makes a good Board great? What are the practices that ensure Boards are working at their highest level? How does your Board measure up?

Expectations for Trustees
What can be reasonably expected from individual trustees? What behaviours should trustees demonstrate on a consistent basis? How will you ensure new trustees understand what is expected? How will you ensure trustee performance is reviewed on a regular basis?

Succession Planning
How do you actively plan for succession within your Board? What is stopping people from moving on? What is stopping people from stepping up? What do you need to have in place before anyone leaves?

Overview of Strategic Planning
What is the difference between a Strategic Plan and an Operational Plan? What are the elements of a Strategic Plan? How do you create a Strategic Plan that provides genuine direction for your organisation (and doesn’t just gather dust in the filing cabinet)?

Meeting Processes
How do you run your board meetings to ensure focus on governance? What are the best meeting processes to use achieve the purpose of an agenda item?


  • Clarity around the model for governance for your organisation moving forward
  • Clarification and communication of roles and responsibilities between the board and management
  • Action plan for developing best practice governance elements identified
  • Establishing what we expect from individual Trustees
  • Review of Induction process and resources
  • Creation of a succession plan for your board
  • Overview of the elements of a strategic plan
  • Practical ways of ensuring you get the most out of your board meetings


  • Date: Saturday 18 March 2023
  • Time: 9.30am – 4pm
  • Venue: St Andrews Church Lounge; 300 Market Street South, Hastings

To Register: Email: to check if your organisation qualifies

Please note: The workshop is delivered to up to 8 groups collectively, with each organisation working through the activities and tasks as a team. At no stage will you be expected to share sensitive information with participants from other organisations. To qualify, 80% of your Board needs to attend the workshop along with your GM/CEO/ the person who is responsible for the day-to-day running of your organisation.

$600 (including GST) per organisation