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

Monday, 19 October - Monday, 30 November, 2020


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.



 3.30pm NZDT start – duration varies.


Online Workshop via Zoom

Registration fees

FBNZ Member
$1,995.00 (incl GST) early bird
$2195 (incl GST) standard rate

Non Member

$3295 (incl GST)

early bird rate ends 5th October 2020

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 Facilitator
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.

Legal Facilitator
Fotini Kypraios | Prisma Legal


Fotini is the Founder and Principal Lawyer of Prisma Legal, a boutique commercial law firm. She is also an accredited FBA Family Business Adviser and a member of the VIC FBA Adviser Committee.

Fotini has over 18 years’ experience advising clients in range of legal areas, including litigation, management, international investment tax consulting, succession, sales and transition of businesses and general commercial issues. Fotini’s broad local and international experience has enabled her to develop expertise in commercial and corporate issues in a diverse range of contexts. Having grown up in a family business, Fotini is passionate about working with business owners and families in business.

Finance Facilitator
Kirsten Taylor-Martin | Grant Thornton

Kirsten is a Client Director in the Business Advisory and Consultancy division and has over 20 years accounting experience. Kirsten specialises in developing Governance Structures and Succession Plans to ensure family businesses grow for generations to come.

Kirsten is an Accredited Specialist Advisor member with FBA. A Fellow with the International organisation Family Firm Institute. Kirsten is a regular International speaker on all aspects of Family Business. She is also a published author in many publications and runs a Keeping it in the Family Podcast series.