March 6, 2019 @ 8:30 am – March 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Hillstone St Lucia, Carawa Street, St Lucia, QLD
See pricing below
Jodie Watson
0439 782 549

Governance refers to the structures, systems and processes concerned with ensuring an organisation’s overall direction, effectiveness, supervision (control) and accountability.

Having systems in place for both business and family governance are some of the best ways to ensure the sustainable management and long term success of your family business. This is because formal governance structures assist open communication between family members, reduce internal conflicts, nurture the next generation of leaders, and develop a shared family vision for the future.

In addition, as a member of a family business with a material impact on the direction and strategy of the business, it is important you know your role and meet your legal responsibilities, as you may be as liable as any director on the board.

The Family Business Directors Course is a two day session that establishes the value that a board brings to the business. It will also go over your duties, responsibilities and how to structure a board that is appropriate for the needs of your family business. This course is supported by the use of a case study to drive home the topics covered.

Course outline

  • Business governance, the role of the board and how to balance the interests of owners and managers
  • An overview of the legal framework in which businesses operate and the legal duties and responsibilities of directors and officers
  • The financial and accounting aspects of business governance, and how to measure profitability, liquidity and financial stability
  • The role of the board as a whole, and the individual roles of the chairperson, directors and CEO
  • An overview of good practice for a board
  • Family governance; the structures, roles and processes that help family businesses thrive over generations
  • How to integrate family and business governance to best effect

Key learning

  • Understand the role a board can play in growing your business
  • Understand the unique challenges family business directors face
  • Define the core areas of legal responsibilities for directors
  • Consider the options for structuring a board of directors to suit your family business

Who should attend

  • All members involved in strategically guiding the family business
  • Executive and non-executive directors of family businesses
  • CEOs and senior managers of family businesses
  • Family business shareholders


James Beck 
Effective Governance
Bill Noye 
KPMG Enterprise
Finance Presenter
Luke Mountford 
HopgoodGanim Lawyers
Legal Presenter

James Beck | Effective Governance

James has focused upon a career in governance, strategy and risk management, working at the board and executive level, through his ownership of Effective Governance, itself a family business. More recently HopgoodGanim Lawyers have taken an equity stake in the business, which James still operates independently. Established in 1996, Effective Governance is Australasia’s largest and most experienced independent corporate governance consulting firm. James has extensive experience with family businesses covering areas from providing corporate governance advice to assists in establishing boards and advisory councils. James has held numerous board and executive positions from being an Army Officer to Partner at PwC. He is also a co-author of Directors at Work – A practical guide for Boards.

Bill Noye | KPMG

Bill is the partner in charge of KPMG Private Enterprise division in Brisbane. He has over 25 years experience in working with large private and family owned business clients providing tax, accounting and business advisory services across a range of industries including agriculture, property and construction, mining services, transport and motor dealerships. 
Bill has assisted in creating many and sits on a number of Advisory Boards of prominent private and family owned businesses.

Bill is actively involved with Family Business Australia (FBA) and has been the National chairman of KPMG’s Family Business Practice since its establishment in 2005 which has included presenting at numerous FBA conferences as well as developing and writing thought leadership for the Firm in this area. Bill also leads Family Business Services for KPMG in the Asia Pacific (ASPAC) and represents ASPAC on the Global Family Business Services steering committee.

The family business advisory services Bill specialises in include:

  • Family and Business Governance
  • Succession planning – equity and management
  • Parallel planning of family and business
  • Estate planning
  • Asset protection

Luke Mountford | HopgoodGanim Lawyers

Luke has significant experience in business succession, structuring, mergers and acquisitions. He represents a diverse client base comprised predominately of private and family owned businesses and high wealth individuals, throughout a range of industries and sectors.

With a particular interest in family business succession, Luke has assisted a number of family-owned business clients achieve successful intergenerational transfers of ownership and control. He is also a non-executive director of OneHarvest, an Australian, family-owned grower, processor and marketer of fresh produce.

Luke is ranked as a Leading lawyer by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession in Leading Commercial Lawyers – Queensland, 2018.

Registration fees GST incl.

  FBA Member Early Bird FBA Member Non Member
1 person $1,995.00 $2,195.00 $3,295.00
2-3 people $1,795.00 $1,995.00  
4+ people $1,595.00 $1,795.00  

Early bird rates closing on Monday 29 October, 2018