Otago-Southland Institute of Directors chairman Geoff
Thomas (right) congratulates Escea chief executive Nigel
Bamford. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Graduates of the Institute of Directors governance
development programme took away with them an understanding of
the role of the board and board protocols, Otago-Southland
branch chairman Geoff Thomas said.
Speaking at the graduation of 22 people from the programme,
Mr Thomas said the course also provided an understanding of
the distinction between governance and management.
''I know you have particularly valued the fact the course is
delivered `by directors for directors' and have benefited
from experienced national and local directors sharing their
wisdom, skills and experiences.''
Escea chief executive Nigel Bamford, who was one of the
graduates, said he was also a board member and the course had
helped him learn about both roles. That included not just how
a board should function but also what a board's expectations
should be of the company chief executive and in what ways the
leader should work best with the company's directors, he
The programme was delivered in monthly two-hour sessions over
10 months and was designed to provide training, guidance and
support to new directors or those directors who had not
previously undertaken governance training, Mr Thomas said.