Governance Review

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A governance review is a holistic view of an organisation’s systems, which creates alignment between the governance practise and the strategic objective of the organisation. Effective Governance uses a modified version of our Corporate Governance Practice Framework to assess how authority is exercised and controlled below the board in an organisation by delving further into the roles of the board, committees and that of senior management.  We assess whether everyone in the organisation:

  • Is empowered to do what they need to do.
  • Understands their objectives and how they contribute to progressing the organisation’s objectives.
  • Understands what they can and cannot do, and how decisions are made.
  • Complies, and holds others to account.

To achieve this harmonisation between strategic decision making and governance, we the following methods in this review:

  • Surveying key stakeholders (both internal and external) to find what is working well and where there are areas for improvement with an emphasis on how the current structures support the strategic decision making process.
  • Interviews with board, committees members and senior management to delve deeper into focus areas identified in the survey.
  • Reviewing both organisational and senior management KPIs to check if they align with the strategic direction.
  • Reviewing relevant organisational documentation to assess the alignment of decision making with strategy.
  • Reviewing the committee structure to align their purpose with the strategic direction.
  • Reviewing the organisational structure to guarantee that it is capable of supporting the strategic direction and associated decision making.
  • Reviewing the position descriptions of the CEO and senior management to ensure that the authorities are aligned with the decision making processes to implement the strategic direction.

The outcome of the review is a report which provides both a review of an organisation’s governance practices through both a macro and the micro lens. Our report will detail what changes need to be made from a whole-of-organisation perspective to what certain individuals can do to better support the strategic decision making of the organisation.

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...
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...
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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