Establishing Boards for Business Owners





Sarah-Jane Christensen FAICD

Ombudsman, Financial Ombudsman Service

Sarah-Jane Christensen is a professional director and lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the financial services and resources sectors. Currently, she is a sessional ombudsman with the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Sarah-Jane is an accomplished non-executive board director having held directorships on the Boards of Coulson Tiles Pty Ltd, Cougar Energy Limited (now Moreton Resources Limited), Australian Business Volunteers Limited and Carey Baptist Grammar School (Vice Chair 2004 – 2010). She has also been a senior fellow at Monash University, lecturing on directors’ duties and corporate governance for postgraduate law students.

As an excellent communicator and skilled commercial negotiator, Sarah-Jane brings significant commercial experience to her roles at the Australian Institute of Company Directors: as accredited facilitator since 2011 and as recently appointed faculty adviser. She currently facilitates the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Company Directors Course and in-house, registered organisation, public sector and not-for-profit governance programs.

As your business grows, so too does the need to consider whether it’s time to implement a governance structure to help support and maintain your business success.

This course has been specially designed to help business owners and managing directors determine if their business is ready to establish a board, as well as decide on the right type of board.

With the opportunity to learn first-hand from experienced facilitators and fellow business owners, this course will give you the clarity and direction you need during this critical phase.

What will I learn?

  • Duties and responsibilities of the sole managing director and business owner 
  • The meaning and importance of governance for SMEs
  • Key objectives, priorities and critical trade-offs faced by owners and managing directors 
  • Governance boards vs. advisory committees
  • Board succession planning 
  • How to set up an advisory committee or governance board

How will I benefit?

Upon completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • Identify the most appropriate governance structure for your business 
  • Effectively implement an advisory committee or governance board 
  • Better understand the duties and responsibilities of a director and how this relates to your role as owner or managing director 
  • Implement a robust succession plan for your board
  • Secure the long-term success of your organisation

Who should attend?

Business owners and managing directors who are considering implementing a board, or those seeking to review their existing governance structures. 

Mode of study

Our short courses are delivered face-to-face to a maximum of 24 participants by an experienced facilitator. Interactive in nature, participants are encouraged to learn from each other through sharing personal experiences and the use of real-life case studies. 


We understand you're busy running a business and don't have the time to spend days away from the office at a course. This course is delivered in a 3.5 hour morning or afternoon session. 

More information

For more information please contact your State Office.

Please ensure you have read and understood the Cancellation Policy.