Board Governance Reviews & Training

We offer bespoke Board Governance Services designed for both Commercial & Not for Profit organisations. Our services are provided by David Schwarz & Julie Garland McLellan, who have over 40 years of combined Governance & Board experience. David & Julie are both highly regarded experts in their fields.

Successful boards are required to achieve in an ever-expanding range of areas. Boards need to provide clarity about their strategic direction and their shared vision in order to make decisions that will develop and enhance their organisation. They also need to ensure risks are identified and managed. So, creative decision-making must exist alongside the need to stay focused on the essential responsibilities that are legally required from every board – no easy task. 

Board Governance Reviews: ‘Proven Governance’ allows a Board to drive itself towards excellence in governance and ongoing leadership of an organisation.

‘Proven Governance’ underpin our Governance Reviews because we believe it is a powerful test of a Board’s resolve to embed its values and principles. In addition, it can drive both individuals and Councils/Boards to develop more precise values and principles on which to base their behaviour. This is the principle that our Governance Reviews are built upon.

Successful boards are required to achieve in an ever-expanding range of areas. Boards need to provide clarity about their strategic direction and their shared vision in order to make decisions that will develop and enhance their organisation. So, creative decision-making must exist alongside the need to stay focused on the essential responsibilities that are legally required from every board.

We know that creating a high-performing, sustainable and effective board can be difficult. To build performance and enhance your Organisation, the modern board should manage its risk profile and seeks to improve its performance by seeking the benefits of an independent and regular governance review with an organisation you can trust and has the experience to really help.

Board Direction’s Governance Reviews have been created in the belief that diverse board have the ability to create and make better decisions. We offer a range of services that review the performance of your board, reflect on the collective contribution of board members with an eye to develop and enhance performance and can develop a programme of practical support that ensures board responsibilities and ambitions are being met.

What You Get

Every governance review results in you receiving a comprehensive governance report. The report is divided into the same 14 sections as the survey.  Specifically:

  1. Board Diversity
  2. Board Functioning
  3. Board Member Performance
  4. Board Vision & Alignment
  5. Board Strategy
  6. Board Policies
  7. Board Sub-Committees
  8. Organisational Performance & Board Oversight
  9. Member Contribution
  10. Board Relationships & Communication
  11. Board Stakeholders
  12. Board Reputation
  13. Board Training
  14. Succession Planning

Board Remuneration Reviews: Benchmarking NED Remuneration Properly: Delivering the most accurate remuneration study possible.

It is our belief that most Board Remuneration reviews are done poorly. This is the case because most who purport to conduct these reviews use small or incomplete sample sizes or are unable to accurately reflect the numerous ways that board members are remunerated. For this reason, we conduct our Board Remuneration Reviews differently.

  • Instead of relying upon a single data set we insist on using the resources of four ‘renowned’ Australian remuneration studies. We utilise their respective (and differing findings) to determine the most accurate remuneration study possible.

  • The end result is that you will be provided with a report that as accurately as possible benchmarks your organisation against that of your peers. This, in turn, means that the findings you rely upon to remunerate your own directors will be robust and stand up to external and internal scrutiny.

Executive Remuneration Reviews: Like our Board Remuneration Reviews we utilise the findings of a number of Australian CEO review studies to find the most up to date and accurate CEO salaries. Again, by taking this approach we offer you a robust study that will withstand external scrutiny.

Governance Accelerator Program (GAP) – highly experienced and we come to you and work to your timetable.

Designed to ensure board members are kept up to date with their regulatory and compliance responsibilities but also to elevate individual performance and in so doing increase the value of the board as a whole. Together we help boards reach and sustain governance effectiveness so that the companies they govern can reach and sustain excellent strategic performance – all from within their own boardroom. Yes, we come to you and work to your timetable.

Our program accelerates governance because the sessions are based on practical ‘real life’ issues and focus on the actions that boards and directors must take to address the issues that arise. Each session will address relevant recent news and court cases to ensure that the material is current. The key differentiator is the use of tailored case studies to allow your board to develop their own protocols in accordance with the needs and preferences of the directors and organisation.

The quarterly sessions, in your boardroom with your board, are highly interactive and allow the board to engage with and direct their own learning to ensure that topics are covered in the right level of depth and detail. Further specific KPIs for board performance will also be developed to ensure that board members can review their own governance trajectory based on a proven process and individual measures.

What You Get

The Governance Accelerator Program is specifically designed to suit boards who are interested in developing better governance outcomes and corporate accountability whilst meeting and exceeding performance expectations. 

This annual governance training program is 

Specifically, you receive:

  • 4 x quarterly governance training sessions. Covering the essential elements of the risks, roles and actions of Non Executive Directors. Every session is delivered by an ex AICD Governance Training Facilitator in your office in coordination with your existing scheduled Board Meetings, delivered on-site at your board meetings.

and

  • 1 x Annual Board Governance Review. Each review measures your board’s performance regardless of any changes in composition. You receive a comprehensive report that addresses each of the 13 elements required for good governance.

Our Guarantee

All our services are delivered on site so there are no additional time or travel costs. Further, with over 40 years of combined Governance experience, all our work is fully guaranteed and we offer a full 100% refund if you are not entirely satisfied.

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