Board Review

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Board Reviews are the means by which boards can demonstrate they have the knowledge, skills and ability to fulfil their roles and responsibilities.

Over the past 25 years, Effective Governance has assisted over 600 boards in reviewing and improving their performance. During this time, we have evaluated developed and refined our process to offer Board’s a quick, easy, in-depth and insightful look into their performance. We are the highly regarded authors of several of Australia’s Leading Governance Publications such as Boards that Work: A New Guide for Directors, Directors at Work: A Practical Guide for Boards and Reviewing Your Board: A Guide to Board and Director Evaluation.

Based on our process and experience we have identified the following areas as the basis for our Board Review:

  • Board Behavioural Dynamics
  • Governance Roles
  • Strategy
  • CEO and Management Team Oversight
  • Monitoring
  • Risk Management
  • Compliance
  • Policy Framework
  • Networking
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Decision Making
  • Board Structure
  • Meeting Process
  • Committee Performance

Our comprehensive Board Review process employs several methods of data gathering to ensure a full picture of how your organisation is currently operating and your level of good governance practices.

Our customisable process includes:

  • Online Questionnaire Diagnostic – A tailored questionnaire designed to assess your organisation’s needs and environment in which you operate within.
  • Individual Director and/or Executive Interviews – Personal and in-depth interviews delving into any issues uncovered by the questionnaire.
  • Boardroom Observation – A direct approach to reviewing board processes and dynamics.

The deliverable items from these activities are:

  • Board and Chair Findings report – A findings report against all key areas, with highlights as to where the board is performing well and areas for improvement.
  • Board Observations and Recommendations Report – A report which provides clear actions the board may take to improve its performance.
  • Board Findings Workshop – An in-boardroom workshop to clarify and gain agreement on the issues facing the board.
  • Governance Road Map – A roadmap to allow for tracking against these recommendations.

If you would like to know more about the process or would like to request a proposal, please contact us

Key contacts
Zac Zahner
Managing Director
Zac works closely with boards and management teams to deliver improved governance structure and set strategic objectives. Zac has previously worked with professional chartered accounting practices, as CFO of retail and rental companies and more recently...
James Beck
Chair
He has substantial experience in delivering governance, strategic and risk solutions to listed, private, NFP, government and family business clients.
Stephen Howell
Principal Advisor
Stephen is the Principal Advisor for Effective Governance Pty Ltd, a corporate governance consultant, forensic accountant, company director and former company secretary, external auditor, corporate regulator and CFO with a focus on contributing to the...
Melissa Grundy
Senior Advisor
Melissa is a Senior Advisor with Effective Governance, a governance consultant, accountant, former company secretary and market supervisor. Melissa’s focus is on corporate and regulatory governance stemming from her strong background in the...
Mark Watson CSC
Senior Advisor
As well as having led public sector and not-for-profit organisations at a senior level, Mark possesses an extensive background in governance including having held senior positions as the principal private secretary to the head of a large Commonwealth...
Simon Clayer
Senior Advisor
Simon is a Senior Advisor with Effective Governance. He brings extensive legal experience coupled with over 30 years’ experience in business to advise clients on corporate governance, strategy and risk. His areas of expertise include corporate...
Cate Jolley
Senior Advisor
Cate aligns twenty years of commercial and legal experience with communications expertise to assist clients with a range of strategy planning, stakeholder engagement strategies, board and executive management issues. A skilled facilitator and communicator...
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