The Effective Director Series 21-23 March

The Effective Director Series is a sharply focused three-day programme delivering critical content in a condensed period of time. It is designed for busy directors who want to gain skills and knowledge that can be put into immediate practice.

Each session will include a mix of presentations, discussions, case studies and simulated situations. On successful completion you will receive the Governance New Zealand Effective Director Certificate.

Armed with this, you will be well placed to address any challenges and opportunities arising from your directorships with new-found confidence and skill.

Who should attend

This course is designed for:

  • newly appointed directors starting their governance journey
  • more experience directors wanting to refine their skills and knowledge
  • executives seeking a director-transition pathway
  • anyone wanting to understand the role and responsibilities of a director

Course structure

Day One
Day TwoDay Three
Governance FoundationsFollow on from Day OneFollow on from Day Two
Risk & Strategy

Finance Concepts

Adding Value
Asking the Right Questions
Reading Beyond Numbers
Board Simulation
Board Simulation
Lead to Day Two
Lead to Day Three
Course Wrap up


Ziena Jalil, Governance - Day 1

Ziena is an award-winning business and public sector leader, focused on deepening New Zealand’s engagement with the Asia Pacific, and improving outcomes for those with diverse cultures, abilities and experiences.

She holds several governance roles across public, private and charity sectors, including: Toka Tū Ake Earthquake Commission, Education New Zealand, Asia New Zealand Foundation, DNA, and the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Ziena trains boards and directors in effective governance and inclusion, and also consults on strategy and stakeholder engagement. She is a keynote speaker and commentator on Asia business, leadership, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Recognised by Campaign Asia Pacific as part of its 2020 Women to Watch, a group of 40 outstanding women in the Asia Pacific, Ziena has received several international awards for her work promoting New Zealand trade and education in Asia, where she was based for 10 years. She is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, Global Women and Asia 21. Ziena holds a Master of Arts (First Class Hons) in International Relations and Politics, a Bachelor of Communication Studies, and Diploma of International Trade.

Henri Eliot, Risk & Strategy - Day 2

Henri Eliot has retired from more boards and institutes than most people have joined, so founding Board Dynamics in 2009 was a logical step. He now uses his experience to help boards function at their peak.

Henri has an international education and broad experience. He holds a LLB (Hons) from the University of London, BA (Distinction) from McGill University, MBA from Richmond University, Master’s in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of Auckland, a Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership, both from the University of Cambridge. View full bio...

Bill Ross, Finance - Day 3

Bill is currently a self-employed business consultant and company Director. He currently runs his own consulting business which includes business advisory, accounting and board governance. He has previously been a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants in London, been in various financial and general management roles and has spent the last fifteen years in a business advisory capacity. He has had experience in CA practices, importing and distribution, FMCG, logistics and freight forwarding, produce exporting and also in public floats and the sale and acquisition of private businesses. View full bio...


Members $2,450 incl GST
Non-members $2,950 incl GST


Russell McVeagh

Vero Centre (Level 30)

48 Shortland Street

Auckland 1010


Governance New Zealand confirms this event qualifies for 7.5 CPD structured credits per day based on 1 credit per hour of attendance

Covid Policy:

Refund Policy: No refunds can be issued in respect of cancellations received within 48 hours of the first day of the series occurring.

  • 09:00 am - 04:30 pm

  • 21 Mar 2023

  • Russell McVeagh

  • Ticket to The Effective Director Series 2023
    $ 2,950.00