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Sustainability professionals lead the charge as not-for-profits embrace governance training

Governance has always been a pillar for ISCA. As the incoming chair, with a reshaped Board, it was important to revisit and refresh our perspectives to ensure we all have a common foundation of understanding from which to take our organisation forward.”

– Alison Rowe, Chair, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)

Right now governance is being talked about more than ever before. This is prompting organisations of all types to consider formal training in a bid to build their knowledge base and ensure they’re fit and ready to lead.

According to GGI Customer Experience Manager Grae Crooks, demand from the not-for-profit sector has seen strong growth, with many prioritising governance training more highly following recent high profile cases drawing attention to the sector. [Read more: Corporate Governance and why NFPs need to pay attention]

“There’s never been a better time to upskill and we’re seeing increasing numbers of NFP organisations seek our help in putting their best foot forward,” he said.

One of those organisations is the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), which started working with GGI earlier this year.

Alison Rowe, Chair of ISCA, said, “Governance has always been a pillar for ISCA. As the incoming chair, with a reshaped Board, it was important to revisit and refresh our perspectives to ensure we all have a common foundation of understanding from which to take our organisation forward.”

Sarah Marshall, Deputy Chair added, “We wanted a session that supported our focus on purpose while strengthening the understanding of the interface and roles of the Board and Executive. We had to be very mindful of the time commitment and, as a not-for-profit and certified social enterprise, we are always mindful of our budget.”

“After comparing the different products on the market, we found that GGI’s Governex program was the most aligned with our needs – both in terms of flexible delivery and price.”

“We signed up for a two-hour facilitated governance session which was very valuable in creating a broad understanding of governance, it also provided a great lead-in to the online program.”

Debriefing with Ainsley Simpson, CEO of ISCA, she commented that “The modules were excellent – they’re of a very high quality, using metaphors and interactive tools to bring the case studies and learnings to life. I’d highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to undertake governance training or refresh their knowledge, and look forward to working more closely with GGI going forward.”

 

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