Governance refers to the structures, systems and processes concerned with ensuring an organisation’s overall direction, effectiveness, supervision (control) and accountability.

Having systems in place for both business and family governance are some of the best ways to ensure the sustainable management and long term success of your family business. This is because formal governance structures assist open communication between family members, reduce internal conflicts, nurture the next generation of leaders, and develop a shared family vision for the future.

In addition, as a member of a family business with a material impact on the direction and strategy of the business, it is important you know your role and meet your legal responsibilities, as you may be as liable as any director on the board.

The Family Business Governance and Directorship Course Online establishes the value that a board brings to the business. It will also go over your duties, responsibilities and how to structure a board that is appropriate for the needs of your family business.

Online Session Dates

Friday 11th June 2021 - Friday 23rd July 2021


This online course is delivered across five weekly sessions, followed by a group coaching session. All sessions will be held via zoom.

Between sessions you will be provided with activities to help you work through the content and apply it back in your family business to help you gain the most from the course. You can then bring your questions / challenges to the next session to help resolve them.


Your commitment

6 online sessions 


Online Workshop

Registration fees

FBNZ Member
Price: 1 person $2,195 (incl GST)
2-3 people $1,995 (incl GST)
4 + people $1,795 (incl GST)


Key learning:

  • Understand the role a board can play in growing your business

  • Understand the unique challenges family business directors face

  • Define the core areas of legal responsibilities for directors

  • Consider the options for structuring a board of directors to suit your family business

Who should attend:

  • All members involved in strategically guiding the family business

  • Executive and non-executive directors of family businesses

  • CEOs and senior managers of family businesses

  • Family business shareholders


Principal Faciliator
Peter Ivett, Vivente Australia


Peter Ivett is a an FBA Forum Group facilitator and holds advisory and board positions in several family companies and is himself a family business owner. He brings 35 years’ experience in sales, marketing and advertising, and organisational development to the table. Peter specialises in facilitation of family forums and succession planning, business and leadership coaching and defining and shaping company culture.

Finance Facilitator
Paige Cuthbert | Grant Thornton


Paige has over 30 years’ experience working closely with South Island based privately held businesses. She provides accounting compliance and business advisory services. Paige is particularly passionate about helping clients achieve their growth ambitions by bringing together the right advice and support. Building long lasting relationships with clients, successive generations and the teams she works with is an important part of her approach to serving clients.

Paige’s extensive industry expertise includes but is not limited to agri-business, manufacturing and processing, fisheries, professional services, construction and retail.

Paige also has recently been appointed as Chair of Grant Thornton New Zealand's Board (December 2020).

Legal Facilitator
Henry Brandts-Giesen | Dentons Kensington Swan


Henry heads New Zealand’s private wealth team. He is an expert in helping individuals and families structure their assets. He routinely advises high net worth individuals and families, athletes, entrepreneurs and captains of industry as well as ordinary New Zealanders and their businesses. He also helps clients with succession planning to ensure a smooth transfer between the generations. 
Henry is an expert advisor to migrants to, and investors in, New Zealand, and helps them to buy assets, such as land and businesses. He is an expert in trust law, and can set up and run trusts and make other arrangements such as wills and relationship property agreements. He is a strong advocate for proper governance and administration of trusts and companies.
Henry is frequently involved in resolving family disputes, the interplay between trusts and relationship dissolution, and applications to court for orders relevant to trusts. He has acted for prominent clients in several reported judgments and settled cases.