Reviewing Your Board

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

Reviewing Your Board

Essential reading for all chairs, directors, company secretaries, CEOs and consultants in corporate governance, this book delivers practical advice and an easy-to-implement framework for a board to evaluate itself and answer the question: are we carrying out good governance?

No individual or team can expect to improve without obtaining regular feedback on their performance. Boards of directors are no exception and an effective board performance evaluation is an invaluable tool in improving your board’s performance.

An effective evaluation process can be designed to address the performance of the board as a whole, the chair, individual directors, board committees and other governance support staff. Such reviews are widely recommended in various governance standards, by contemporary writers on corporate governance and by leading practitioner organisations, such as the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

This revised text provides a practical guide to a wide range of considerations in undertaking these evaluations. For example, what aspects of the board activities should be reviewed; how frequently should such evaluations take place; should they be conducted internally or by an external party; who should be evaluated; by whom; how does a board bring about change resulting from an evaluation and how does the organisation communicate the results?

Containing numerous examples and tools, this book will be essential reading for all chairs, directors, company secretaries, chief executive officers and consultants in corporate governance.

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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: 9781876604530
  • epub ISBN: 9781876604561
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Company Directors

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