Governing your Not-for-Profit

Thu 15 Mar 2018
6.00pm to 7.30pm

(Arrival time: 5.45pm)
5 This event will earn you 5 DPD units

Location

ACT Office
Ground Floor, 15 National Circuit
Barton ACT
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Cost

Single Members: A$25.00 Non-members: A$35.00

Geoff Carter

Geoff Carter

Managing Director, Strategic Governance Group Pty Ltd

Geoff Carter is the managing director of Strategic Governance Group Pty Ltd, a privately-owned consulting business established in 2001 that specialises in corporate board and director enhancement services. Geoff has worked with hundreds of private sector, not-for-profit and government-owned entities.

Geoff has specialist expertise in corporate entity constitution, governance framework and policy development, board and director training and performance, and strategic direction formulation. He has extensive experience in the governance of peak professional and industry bodies and government and indigenous-owned corporate entities. He is and has been director, company secretary, public officer and chair with a range of corporate entities.

He is currently a director and public officer of the Australian Institute of Enterprise and Business Facilitators and a member of the external nominations committee of a public company. He was recently chair of the Queanbeyan Development Board.

Geoff has previously managed a business enterprise centre, group training company and a business incubator, and has experience in the horticulture and radio broadcast industries.

Geoff has worked with the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2001, as a facilitator conducting governance education programs, tailored in-board-room governance training and briefings.

Interested in improving the governance of your organisation? Join us for the this informative session which will guide directors, committee members, councillors, etc. to achieve better understanding of the principles of good organisation governance.

What will you learn?

The aim of this session is to introduce directors and committee members from not-for-profit organisations to the expectations, duties and responsibilities required by law as well as their rights and liabilities (civil and criminal penalties do apply for breach of duties).

The session will also address how to improve the effectiveness and performance of your board/management committee to better achieve strategic outcomes.

Who should attend?

Many people find themselves on the boards or committees of smaller not-for-profit community organisations for a variety of reasons – a passion for the cause, a desire to help the organisation achieve its goals, an opportunity to offer expertise and energy to the group, a desire to simply help out, an excuse to be part of a ‘happening’ thing, to be involved in a social activity or they might even have been reluctantly seconded to the position by a persuasive friend.

This briefing is designed for existing, newly appointed or aspiring board directors or committee members of not-for-profit or community organisations. The session would also be of benefit to managers, key staff and volunteers in the organisation, public officers and any persons interested in seeking guidance to improve governance practices in their organisation.

Why should I attend?

If you have ever asked any of these questions or heard these comment and they resonant with you, then this briefing will be relevant to you.

“Corporate governance only concerns business and government.”

No it doesn’t – it affects any incorporated body. Find out more about this thing called corporate governance.

“We’re a NFP organisation, not a business.”

You may not make ‘profits’, but you still conduct business activities. Learn how to ensure organisational capacity so you can pursue your mission.

“But we’re all volunteers – so this doesn’t apply to us.”

Yes it does! Governing a not-for-profit organisation is no different from to any other business by attending this event you will find out why.

“I’m just on the board to make up the numbers.”

Well get off then! Attending this session will clarify why the law does not tolerate passive directors.

“We’re a limited a limited liability association/company, so I’m safe.”

Are you? Find out more about the concept of limited liability and who is liable for what.

“It’s okay – we have Directors and Officers Insurance to protect us.”

Don’t bank on it! Learn how to protect yourself from personal liability.

This briefing is designed for existing, newly appointed or aspiring board directors or committee members of not-for-profit or community organisations. The session would also be of benefit to managers, key staff and volunteers in the organisation, public officers and any persons interested in seeking guidance to improve governance practices in their organisation.