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Programme overview

On this programme you will develop your awareness and understanding of the key requirements for effective governance and put governance theory into context.


Programme goals

This programme requires commitment. It includes residential courses, distance learning, assessments and one-on-one coaching and you are required to attend and complete all components of the programme.

By the end of the programme you will have:

  • increased your knowledge about core governance subjects
  • enhanced your leadership skills and competencies
  • practiced working through governance scenarios
  • gained greater insights into personality styles and how these can be used to effect change
  • developed your capability for critical and reflective thinking within governance contexts
  • participated in interactive sessions where competence can be developed and demonstrated
  • established a new network of peers, and
  • developed a personal and customised plan for governance growth.


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 4 to 26 November 2019.

The 2020 programme runs from February to November 2020.

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Alumni biographies

Fonterra supports their graduating alumni through annual programmes designed to foster a strong governance network, maintain governance capability and support a culture of continuing professional development.