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1 Day Governance Workshop

An essential workshop for volunteers, committee and staff of not-for-profits seeking to build skills and knowledge in best practice governance, improve operation and lead their community group with high impact, confidence and compliance.

Course Content

Roles and Responsibilities of a Not-For-Profit Board

  • Introduction to governance for committee members of not-for-profit organisations
  • Duties and responsibilities of committees and boards
  • The role of the not-for-profit board
  • Key characteristics of a high performing board
  • Accountability and performance measurement
  • Characteristics of a high performance board

Characteristics of a High Performance Board

  • Recognise Directors add value individually & collectively
  • Awareness of the characteristics of a high impact Board
  • Clarity about the leadership roles of Board and Directors
  • Place importance on culture, teamwork and engagement
  • Recognise the important role of the Chair
  • Understand Stakeholders and need for engagement
  • Reviewing and measuring Board performance

Strategy and Risk for the Not-For-Profit Director

  • Introduction to setting and achieving strategic goals
  • Strategic planning for your not-for-profit group
  • Risk management for not-for-profit organisations
  • Working with stakeholders

Decision making process for the Not-For-Profit Director

  • Overview of process to making strategic decisions


Approximately six hours content in the course.

Session 1 | 9am – 10.30am (1hr 30 min)

Break 10.30am -10.45am (15 min)

Session 2 | 10.45 – 12.15 pm (1hr 30 min)

Lunch 12.15pm – 1pm (45 min)

Session 3 | 1.00pm – 2.30pm (1hr 30 min)

Break 2.30- 2.45pm (15min)

Session 4 | 2.45-4.00pm (1hr 15min)

Benefits of the workshop

The benefits of doing governance training are immediate but can last a lifetime:

  • Understand your legal exposure as a volunteer on a committee
  • Learn minimum best practice plans, processes and policies your group should have
  • Identify actionable items your group needs to address to be more functional
  • Learn how to support your group to have a greater impact in your community
  • Guide your committee on how to be more cohesive and make community service fun

Format & Features of the Workshop

Delivery – we are delivering this workshop in person.

Handouts – a useful collection of handouts have been curated (click here).

Interactive Q&A format – The sessions will be interactive with the instructor fielding questions as they arise. You will benefit from these interactions as regional not-for-profit groups experience similar challenges.

25 Places

There is space for 25 delegates and will be filled on a first come first served basis. *We require a minimum of 15 delegates at each workshop to proceed.

In addition to agriculture grower group delegates, the workshops are usually attended by a diverse group of volunteers such as sporting clubs, community event groups etc. This provides a rich opportunity to share experiences, challenges and insights with other volunteers involved with not for profit groups around WA and perhaps pick up innovative ways to tackle common issues.

15 seats are specifically set aside for agricultural industry participants and up to 10 seats will be available for general community group participants such as regional schools or sporting club volunteers wishing to extend their governance skills. Spread the word!

*If interest is very strong we may need to restrict participants to a maximum of 4 per group/organisation.

Workshop Instructor

Peter Fitzpatrick is an esteemed instructor in governance.

Peter has been delivering governance workshops and training around the State for GGA since 2016. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an Advanced Diploma in Company Directorship (Mastery of the Boardroom). Over time Peter has been a director on more than thirty boards in both the profit and not for profit areas, chairing the majority of them

He is currently a director on five Boards chairing three including a major transport company, national veteran support organisations and a consortium of 10 organisations in the youth art risk area and until recently was a Director and Chair of the audit and risk committee of REMCO the gas regulator for Western Australia. He also completed a four year term as the Chair of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention.

Peter Fitzpatrick is widely respected and recognised for contributions made during his professional life at the helm of two peak bodies as the Chief Executive Officer for the legal profession and the motor industry.

Prior to this Peter had a distinguished 20 year military career, including service with the elite Special Air Service (SASR) Regiment as an Australian Army Officer, taking early retirement with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1997 he was a strategic adviser to the then Prime Minister, John Howard.

Peter was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the General Division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2018 and a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Military Division in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 1984. Peter was also a state finalist for Australian of the Year in 2009.


Direct any enquiries about participation to the workshops co-ordinator – Kallista Bolton, GGA Stakeholder & Communications Manager

T: 0421 623 406

E: kbolton@gga.org.au

Workshop Sponsor Evaluation

As part of the CBH Groups governance processes for monitoring and evaluation of activities delivered with the support of their Community Investment Fund, participants will be asked to complete an evaluation on conclusion of the workshop and will be emailed at future interval as a way of measuring impact.

It is a condition of registration that participants engage in this feedback evaluation process.

Handout Pack

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Posted on

06 Apr 2023