Programme overview

Programme stages

Stage One focuses on developing your understanding of the fundamentals of governance, including:

  • Developing awareness and understanding of the key requirements for effective governance
  • Understanding personality styles and effecting organisational change
  • Understanding unconscious bias
  • Governance in co-operatives
  • Governance versus management versus representation
  • Decision making
  • Legal and fiduciary duties, and risk
  • Financial literacy for the boardroom
  • Board papers workshop.

Stages Two and Three focus on personal development and putting governance in context, including:

  • The role of the Board in strategy
  • Capital allocation
  • Financial literacy
  • Board simulations
  • The role of Board Chair
  • Trust and influence in the boardroom
  • Developing capability for critical and reflective thinking within governance contexts
  • The perils of groupthink
  • Enhancement of leadership skills and competencies
  • The role of the board in people and culture, financial performance, and government relations
  • Personal governance development plans


Fonterra shareholders (direct or indirect shareholding interest) and herd-owning sharemilkers may apply to participate in the Programme.

A limited number of places may also be made available for members of LIC, Foodstuffs and Silver Fern Farms.

More information

Email for more information or an application form.

Applications are open from September 2022.