Proven Governance Services: Developing better board governance.

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.

We offer three Governance Services: Governance Accelerator Program: Board Governance Reviews and NED & Executive Remunerations Reviews. We also offer a number of Board Recruitment options.

1. Governance Accelerator Program: Developing better board governance.

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 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.

The Governance Accelerator Program is a practical annual governance training program developed and delivered by experienced non-executive directors. It is specifically designed to suit board members who are interested in developing better governance outcomes and corporate accountability whilst meeting and exceeding performance expectations through:

  • 4 x Quarterly governance training delivered on site at your board meetings to keep your board up-to-date with evolving good practices.
  • 1 x Annual board governance review to measure your board’s performance regardless of any changes in membership.

Fee: $9,999+ GST

2. Board Governance Reviews: Our Approach

‘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 and 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.

Fee: $5,999 + GST

For more information or for a confidential discussion please email [email protected] or complete the form below.

3. Board & Executive Remuneration Reviews: Our Approach

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.

4. Advisory Board Setup 

For more information or for a confidential discussion please email [email protected] or complete the form below.

About Us

Julie Garland McLellan is an Associate of Board Direction and a practising company director. She provides rigorous governance frameworks as well as strategic input. Julie is experienced in governance of members associations and has served on the Australian Institute of Company Directors Council in NSW. She is a current national board member of Professional Speakers Australia and a former director of both The Victorian Chamber of Mines and the Victorian Minerals and Energy Council.

Julie is the author of Australia’s best-selling practical manual on governance for directors in the public sector ‘All Above Board: Great Governance for the Government Sector’. She is also the author of the popular ‘Dilemmas, Dilemmas’ books of case studies for directors. Importantly, Julie has accredited governance qualifications and presents education for professional associations including the institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia, CPA Australia, IIAA, etc. Her expertise is recognised worldwide and she has presented for the National Association of Corporate Directors in USA, Instituto Brazileiro de Gobierno Corporativo in Brazil and the IE Business School in Australia, Spain, Japan and Singapore.

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Julie Garland McLellan at [email protected] or phone 0411 262 470

David Schwarz is an international head-hunter & board career counsellor. He has been putting people on the boards of some of the most significant public, private and not for profit organisations in the world, for over a decade. He is the Founder and MD of Board Direction (www.boarddirection.com.au) and Board Diversity (www.boarddiversity.com.au). He is the author of ‘Board Appointments: The definitive guide to finding and gaining a board appointment’, a regular speaker at Governance Institute of Australia, runs Board Appointment Master classes and has been quoted as a CV expert by MyCareer. He has also been featured by News.com.au, Channel 10′s ‘The Project’ and in the AFR’s BOSS Magazine. There is arguably no one more experienced in explaining how to develop a board career than David.

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