Stellaris – Governance & Business Training

Get the skills – Gain the knowledge – Take control

Certificate in Governance

This consists of 5 modules that can be taken in any order. Also ask about tailored programmes in governance and strategy for your business or organisation. Each module is presented over 4 evenings.
Cost: $485 (incl gst) per module

Do you want to know more about your role as a Trustee or Director?
Learn essential skills and the fundamental responsibilities of a Director or Trustee.
For IOD members points may be available.
Select one or take a series of modules below to enhance your career.

Module 1: The Meaning of Governance

What is governance? We explore the origin of governance, roles and responsibility of Trustees and Directors.
Topics covered:

  • The origin of Governance and how it looks today
  • The Role of the Board
  • The Role of each Trustee or Director
  • Models of Governance: Four pillars and Directors Chair
  • Boardroom Culture
  • Ethical Behaviour

Module 2: Effective Board

Understand how effective boards run meetings, the role of the Chair and how policies should be created. Ideal for Directors and Trustees.
Topics covered:

  • Board Processes
  • Documentation: Minutes and Agendas
  • Board Papers
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Registration of Interest
  • Working together as a Group
  • Role of the Chair

Module 3: The Strategic Board
One of the Big Four jobs of an effective board is to be Strategic.
This Module explains in practical terms what this means.
Being Strategic is about being where you WANT to be before you HAVE to be there.
We discuss how strategic planning is not the same as strategic thinking.
Topics covered:

  • The meaning of Strategy
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Preparing a Strategic Plan
  • Vision Mission and Values and their Importance
  • Annual Plan
  • Strategic Models : PESTLE, Five Forces, SWOT

Module 4: Finances for Directors

Understand from a director’s point of view what you need to know about your accounts.
Topics covered:

  • Legislated financial requirements Directors and Boards
  • Financial Reporting formats including
    • Management Reports
    • Profit and Loss
    • Balance Sheet
  • Understand the ‘Jargon’
  • How to analyse the numbers
  • Auditing

Module 5: Compliance and the role of the Board
Understand the rules and regulations directors and trustees must be aware of: Health and safety, stakeholder reporting, constitutions and deeds and more.
Topics covered:

  • Key legislation and regulations impacting on different boards and their operations e.g. Companies Act, Trustee requirements
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Health and Safety requirements of Directors
  • Directors Certificates
  • Reporting to shareholders and other stakeholders
  • Understanding the constitution or deed of your organisation

Enquire for additional information.

Click on this link: – for latest newsletters.

All courses are held at the Stellaris Durham Street premises.

For more info:

Phone: 0800 23 23 78
Mobile: 0274 427 738
Location: Level 1, 143 Durham Street, Tauranga

Stellaris was established in 2005 in Tauranga.

Our team has presented business advice and training to some of the largest organisations in the country and we have also worked with many of the smallest. Stellaris team members have worked with more than 6000 entrepreneurs and trained middle and senior management in some of New Zealand’s largest companies including AMP, ACC, Fonterra, Fletcher Building, Holcim, Powerco and Trustpower.

Our people are highly qualified and have vast experience in the public and private sectors. The Stellaris team brings together a unique range of skills and expertise. We are passionate about working with people to help them realize their goals and be successful in the community and business world.

Course Presenter:

Ron Scott JP, B Soc Sc (Econ), BA, CMInstD

Ron Scott JP is an economist with additional tertiary qualifications in Adult Education and Business. He also holds a degree in History and Geography. Ron is a Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors and sits on the Boards of a number of organisations including the Bay of Plenty DHB (as Deputy Chair) and until recently the Tauranga Energy Consumers Trust (TECT). He is, or has been, a Board member of several not-for-profit entities including SILC Charitable Trust (where he is Chair), the University of Waikato and Age Concern. He is currently a member of the AA Bay of Plenty District Council.

Ron is the author of “The New Director” an internationally published book for aspiring and new directors. He has spoken at conferences in New Zealand and internationally. His special expertise in assisting directors and trustees who are new to their governance roles.

“As presenter for our Governance Development Programme Ron’s extensive business pursuits and local board positions have given him knowledge that is vast, relevant and timely.” 

Jo Perry, Institute of Directors


Upcoming Events