AuSAE are proud to present an exceptional Masterclass. With the assistance of Butler Pelvin & Associates this Masterclass program has been designed specifically for senior staff and board members of Associations.

This is your unique opportunity for staff and board members to work together, build the governance team and get on the same page regarding board and governance issues.

The aim of 'Creating High Performance Boards' is to prompt CEO’s and board members to rethink their board development process, including a self-assessment which will identify parts of the Board Building Cycle that are noticeably strong or weak and it will support every board member, CEO and key staff member in developing plans for implementing improvements.

About the Course - Creating High Performance Boards

This two day training program provides the very first opportunity to tackle the leadership issues and provide insight into performance challenges facing association boards and management. The result is a shared understanding and commitment to the key components of successful governance, strategy and association leadership.  This program is ideal for those new to governance roles as well as those with experience (a chance to reflect and update on recent practices)

  • CEO’s and senior association executives
  • Board members
  • Chairs

There will be added value if participants from both governance and management attend as there will be opportunities throughout the program that will encourage practical dialogue between participants to foster strong working relationships.

Created and presented by association professionals who live study and breathe association governance and management.  This program is based on best practice for membership based organisations using a variety of workshops and case studies to facilitate an absorbing learning experience.

The key topic areas:
 -  Governance as Leadership
             Governing styles and strategic thinking
 -  Creating High Performance Boards
            10 responsibilities of the board,
             Identify different governance styles, 
             Understand the importance of board culture, 
             Rate your association against the 7 measures of association success
 -  The Board Building Cycle
             Discover the 9 steps to finding, recruiting and engaging board members,
                Roles and responsibilities
 -   Boardroom Effectiveness
             Develop a board meeting agenda template that will ensure your meetings are meaningful 
 -   Governance in Action
             Learn how to implement practices to build workable relationships that will achieve better outcomes

 This is a rare opportunity to be part of an experience that is focused on someone very important … YOU! 


CEOs/ executive offices, key staff and Board members of small and large associations and not-for-profits organisations.

Associations will benefit by involving board members to join them.  Not only will this program cover the “Board Building Cycle”, it is a unique opportunity to build the governance group into a high performing team.

This will be the best investment you can make to secure the future of your Association


Jennifer Pelvin, Director of Butler Pelvin & Associates

Jennifer has a successful business in Wellington providing services to associations and charitable organisations.  She has been involved in the not for profit sector for her whole working life and has worked in every facet of associations, from operational and management services to volunteer guidance and governance.  Jennifer has held executive positions in leading organisations, twice in chief executive roles.   She has been consulting and mentoring since 2007.

  • is a certified BoardSource governance trainer
  • has a Master of Business Administration (not for profit management)
  • is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • is the chair of the Allied Health Association Aotearoa NZ
  • is a member of Board of Dietitians Registration Board
  • is a member of the Australasian Society of Association Executives
  • has worked with membership based associations for over 30 years
  • is a current 2017 finalist – GovernanceNZ –Women in Governance Awards, Inspirational Excellence Award. “The Inspirational Excellence Award is the supreme Women in Governance Award.  It is presented to a woman who is truly an inspiration and role model and who has achieved excellence in governance and leadership.”

Brett Jeffery – General Manager of AuSAE New Zealand

When it comes to associations, there is not much that Brett hasn’t seen.  He works on a daily basis with multiple NZ associations and knows the issues that impact board performance. 

Brett is a long term AuSAE member having served on the AuSAE board and now General Manager New Zealand. Brett is passionate about ensuring not-for-profit leaders receive opportunities to network and further their careers.

He has had over twenty years’ experience working alongside association and other non-profits in his numerous New Zealand tourism and hospitality roles. 

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