The Role of the Chair

The Role of the Chair course is designed to fine-tune leadership and governance skills of chairs while providing an in-depth analysis of the roles, accountabilities and relationships with other board members and the CEO. Through the use of practical and relevant case studies, this course offers a rare opportunity to discuss specific and current issues with fellow chairs, including board selection, boardroom processes and CEO succession planning.

Right course for you

Is this course right for you?

This short course is suitable for experienced or aspiring chairs in the public, private and listed sectors.

The Role of the Chair course is designed for chairs, deputy chairs, committee chairs and those who are preparing themselves for this role.

We recommend that participants complete the Company Directors Course before undertaking this program, plus have extensive boardroom experience.

Course learnings

What will you learn?

This course covers key elements of the role of the chair, including how best to manage stakeholder expectations and governance challenges.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise your role as a leader inside and outside the organisation

  • Define your role in board selection, boardroom dynamics and succession planning

  • Identify your responsibilities in and between board meetings

  • Outline the importance of developing a constructive working relationship with the CEO

  • Effectively manage a crisis calmly, confidently and appropriately
Course expectations

What can you expect?

The Role of the Chair is delivered over one day and is led by expert facilitators with real-world experience.  


Mode of study

Group discussions and interactive working sessions will be led by an experienced facilitator. 

The Role of the Chair course is also offered through our In-Boardroom service.


One full day (+ 2 hours of pre-reading).

Customised courses for your board or organisation

Our In-House service can work with you to build tailored development
solutions that meet the unique needs of your board or organisation.

Why learn with us?


The content

Our programs and courses are designed by expert educators with the input of experienced directors and subject matter experts. The contemporary content is updated annually and includes case studies and real-life examples to ensure relevancy for today's and tomorrow's directors.

The facilitators

With our rigorous selection criteria, we recruit facilitators boasting extensive real-world director experience and the ability to create an interactive and unique learning environment.

The participants

You'll spend time connecting with, learning from, and sharing experiences with, a broad range of high-calibre senior executives and directors who are passionate about improving performance.

The recognition

We offer highly-regarded and established governance and directorship programs. By participating, you are demonstrating your commitment to good governance practice, and have the opportunity to earn post nominals that associate you with Australia's leading organisation for directors and are recognised by the wider director community.

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