Directors at Work: A practical guide for boards

by Geoffrey Kiel, Gavin Nicholson, Jennifer Tunny and James Beck

Directors at Work

A comprehensive discussion of leading practices in corporate governance, and ways in which boards and directors can improve their organisational processes and procedures.

Directors at Work: A practical guide for boards is designed to be a practical tool for directors and boards. The book discusses contemporary issues in corporate governance, ways in which boards, directors and their advisers can be effective, and ways to improve their governance processes and procedures. It also includes discussion of board behavioural dynamics, which deals with the types of behaviours that either support or destroy good governance.

Authored by leading practitioners and academics in the corporate governance area, Directors at Work: A practical guide for boards, provides practical advice on how to:

  • Ensure your governance activities meet Australian law;
  • Select new directors and form a board;
  • Define the key roles within governance;
  • Identify and operationalise the key functions a board must undertake;
  • Implement effective governance processes such as setting board agendas and taking minutes;
  • Assist individual directors and boards to continually develop while providing reasonable protection for directors as they go about their duties; and
  • Recognise the behavioural dynamics that impede effective governance processes and decision making.

The authors' corporate governance practice framework is the centrepiece of the book and has been extensively updated to reflect changes in the law, governance practices and guidelines on board good practice.

The recommendations contained in the book are practical and specific, and based on extensive research, discussions with hundreds of Australian directors, the authors’ experiences as directors and lessons learned in the field as some of Australia’s most experienced governance consultants.

The book is suitable for all types of organisations with a governing body (for example a board, council, committee, senate, etc.), including:

  • Listed companies;
  • Private companies;
  • Not-for-profit organisations;
  • Government business enterprises and authorities;
  • Universities; and
  • Other entities not governed by the Corporations Act 2001.

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Geoffrey Kiel

Geoffrey Kiel is Chairman of Strategic Governance Pty Ltd, a corporate governance and strategy consultancy as well as Specialist Advisor to the national corporate governance consultancy, Effective Governance Pty Ltd. He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Queensland and an Honorary Professor of the Australian Catholic University. For over 30 years he has also been a writer and facilitator of corporate governance education programs throughout Australia for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Geoffrey has had an extensive career as a management advisor, senior manager, management educator and academic researcher. His management consulting experience is widespread, extending over the past forty years. During his long career, he has consulted to well in excess of 500 organisations, both in Australia and internationally. He has undertaken numerous board reviews. He is also an experienced director, serving as a board member and chair of several for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.

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Gavin Nicholson

In addition to researching, lecturing and developing materials in the areas of governance policy and practice, Gavin Nicholson is an experienced director, governance researcher and board consultant. He has published extensively in the leading journals of his field and currently oversees several large research projects aimed at understanding how boards operate. He has provided advice on corporate governance and strategy to listed and large public companies, government owned corporations, statutory authorities, not-for-profit organisations and local government.

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Jennifer Tunny

Jennifer Tunny is Senior Research Advisor at Effective Governance, a privately-owned advisory firm that provides expertise and assistance to all types of organisations on corporate governance, strategy and corporate sustainability to clients in Australia and New Zealand.

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James Beck

James Beck is Managing Director of Effective Governance. He has substantial experience in delivering governance, strategic and risk solutions to address requirements of listed, private, not-for-profit, government and family business clients. Since 2006, he has assisted over 500 organisations practically address their governance needs, in particular undertaking board, director and CEO reviews. He previously held the role of Education Leader for 5 years, as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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  • Authors: Geoffrey Kiel, Gavin Nicholson, Jennifer Tunny and James Beck
  • Print ISBN: 9780864607805
  • Publisher: Thomson Reuters

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