Expressions of Interest - 2022 West Coast Governance Programme

25 August, 2022
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Register your interest now in completing governance training in 2022.

Development West Coast hosts governance training on the West Coat on alternative years to the West Coast Leadership Programme and we are currently investigating options for a 2022 programme.

The programme brings governance training to the West Coast business community, helping participants understand the key roles and responsibilities of the board and individual directors.

The series of workshops is designed for new and aspiring board members, and for those who work directly with a board - whether in a medium-sized business, national co-operative, small community organisation, school Board of Trustees, or local government. The Governance Programme is delivered by Westlake Governance.

Buller Mayor, Jaime Cleine, graduated from the programme in 2018.

“I encourage anyone considering governance roles at any level from sports clubs, school boards or even local government to complete the course You never stop learning and the course helped me identify a professional development pathway and to contribute much more effectively at a governance level,” says Mayor Cleine.

Who is this training for?

  • For those already on boards or Councils, you will understand the difference between governance and management, and what your governance role really involves: what are your responsibilities, what information do you need, how do you make great decisions, and how do you help your chief executive succeed? For you, this programme may be a valuable refresher, helping you to fill in some gaps; or it may be the first formal training you’ve done for your role.
  • For those who are preparing to join a board in the future, you will understand what it means to be a director or board member, what skills and time commitment you'll need, and what attributes you can bring to your new role to add real value in the boardroom.
  • For those reporting to and working with boards, you will understand why governance matters, what information board members need, and why it’s ok when they ask difficult questions.

Meet the facilitators:

Richard Westlake and Vaughan Renner are experienced chairs and board members and have presented governance workshops together for about ten years. Over several years they co-facilitated the Governance component of the West Coast Leadership & Governance Programme, from which many participants have gone on to significant governance and leadership roles, in the West Coast community and elsewhere.

Richard Westlake:

Richard has more than 25 years’ experience as a director and board chair, in a wide variety of organisations. He is currently chair of New Zealand Home Loans Ltd, and recently completed nine years as the first independent director of the Dairy Goat Co-operative and six years as the only non-Asian director of one of the largest banks in the Philippines. Over the last 15 years, Richard has trained probably more directors than anyone else in New Zealand. He also writes perhaps the only blog written especially for board chairs and experienced directors, at

Vaughan Renner:

Vaughan trained originally as an Engineer and has been a director and board chair for about 15 years. He is a former chief executive of New Zealand’s largest tyre importer and retailer, and he currently chairs The Open Polytechnic, the board of Business New Zealand and the Standards Approval Board (a unit of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment).

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Graduates of the 2020 programme with facilitators, Richard Westlake and Vaughan Renner, and two of the programmes prior graduates, DWC Chair, Renee Rooney and Buller District Mayor, Jamie Cleine.


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