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Effective Director Course


Tuesday, 4 May 2021 to Tuesday, 15 June 2021
10:30am to 2:00pm

Virtual course via Zoom

CPD Hours


Cost (Inc GST)

$3,500.00 Member
$3,700.00 Subscriber
$3,900.00 Non-member

Effective Director Course: women-exclusive

The need to amplify the role and presence of women on boards across sectors in Australia, is one that has an urgent and compelling business case. As part of our 2021 focus on the new generation of women in leadership we are offering an exclusive session of our Effective Director Course (EDC) for women.

While the course offers every aspect of the EDC curriculum, in this iteration we also address some key attributes that are unique to women’s experience in, and of, leadership. We look at some of the systemic and cultural challenges, and the strategies to address them. How do we tackle unconscious bias and enhance visibility, influence and voice? What are the attributes and skills that will enable a compelling and purposeful leadership pathway for Female Leaders?

Exploring the role of the company director and the board’s vital contribution towards organisational culture and sustainable governance, this course draws on theory, practice, and the collective knowledge of the participants to simulate the boardroom experience.

  • What issues and challenges are faced by a director on a board?

  • How can you best prepare for and understand directorship in the current landscape, with the lens firmly on director capability?  

This course will run virtually over 7 weeks in short weekly sessions.

This course is for:

  • aspiring or newly appointed directors

  • executives seeking director transition pathways

  • directors wanting to refine their skills

  • those needing to better understand the role and responsibilities of a director.

Dates of course modules:

  1. Module 1: High Performing Boards — Part I - Tue 4th May, 10.30am – 2.00pm AEST

  2. Module 1: High Performing Boards — Part II - Tue 11th May, 10.30am – 2.00pm AEST

  3. Module 2: Director dynamics — Part I - Tue 18th May, 10.30am – 2.00pm AEST 

  4. Module 2: Director dynamics — Part II - Tue 25th May, 10.30am – 3.00pm AEST

  5. Module 3: Board meeting simulation — Wed 2nd June, 10.30am – 2.00pm AEST

  6. Managing unconscious bias in the workplace - Wed 9th June, 12.00pm – 2.00pm AEST

  7. Module 4: Acquiring a non-executive director role — Tue 15th June, 12.00pm – 2.00pm AEST


Julie Garland McLellan

As an experienced board director with current directorships, an international expert on corporate governance, and a corporate governance advisor to mid and small-cap boards, Julie champions the cause of directors required to shoulder enormous responsibility with limited resources. Julie uses her real-life experience and deep knowledge of corporate governance to show boards with limited resources how to be more effective through practical governance innovation and know-how. She is the author of the Directors’ Dilemma Newsletter and five practical books that show how directors can respond to real-life situations with effective leadership. Julie has over 20 years’ experience presenting director education and has worked with leading institutions such as The Governance Institute of Australia, The Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia, The College of Laws, The National Association of Corporate Directors (USA), etc. She has studied directorship and governance gaining qualifications from The Australian Institute of Company Directors, FINSIA, Wharton School of Business, The University of California Irving, etc. She has an Executive MBA from I E Business School, Madrid and an honours degree in engineering from City University, London.

Claire Braund – Women on Boards Australia

Claire is a social entrepreneur and businesswoman based on the NSW Central Coast. She co-founded Women on Boards in Australia in 2006 and in the UK in 2012 following a career in journalism and public relations. She is an experienced Non-Executive Director on small business and large Not-For-Profit organisations and has significant expertise on board governance in many other sectors. Claire is a highly respected facilitator and speaker on a range of topics in the area of board governance, equity and diversity. She is an informed and entertaining MC and presenter and well known for her courage, conviction,  compassion and confidence; and as someone who looks for new ideas and opportunities. In 2011 Claire became a Churchill Fellow for her research into gender balance on boards in Norway, France and the UK. She is also a graduate of the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Social Leadership Program which has led to a lifelong interest in affordable housing and related social issues, particularly those impacting women and children.

Dr Cate Borness – Diversity Australia

Cate is a registered Organisational Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with people and teams in organisations to lift their performance and engagement. She has worked with individuals at all levels of organisations to help them overcome personal challenges to reach their full potential at work. She brings a wealth of experience having consulted to many different organisations across the public, private and not for profit sectors, understanding the challenges and opportunities presented to those who work within those sectors. Cate has extensive experience in the areas of leadership, capability development, diversity, inclusion, and psychological wellbeing.

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