The purpose of the program is to assist NFP directors with their personal and professional development. Below are some insights from our scholarship recipients.
Rikki Andrews – Recipient of Director Dynamics for High Performing Boards Scholarship
Rikki (left, with Investment Advisory Partner/Executive Director and NFP Committee Chair Sue Dahn) has had a long interest in the NFP sector and began her voluntary leadership activities in 2006. As a member of three NFP boards, including the Trust for Nature Board, Rikki was looking to develop her leadership skills and understanding beyond just Board governance.
The facilitated workshop model of the course gave Rikki the opportunity to learn and share with many different board directors from different backgrounds and with a wide range of issues. Through comparing experiences with other course members, some of which were quite confronting, Rikki was pleased to find that the Trust for Nature Board was well managed, and with good solid processes in place. In particular, the Board had recently handled some quite difficult operational issues very well. Rikki was able to feed this back to her fellow Board Members.
Rikki says she will be able to take her learnings from the Director Dynamics course and apply across her other current and future board roles.
“As an active member of the NFP sector, I believe it is important to demonstrate constant learning and evolution and to be seen as a relevant and contemporary leader. Funding for professional development in our sector is not always easy to access, so scholarships like the Leadership Victoria/Pitcher Partners program are greatly appreciated.”
Marni Gibson – Recipient of the Orientation to NFP Board Leadership program
Marni (right, with Sue Dahn) has a strong commitment to arts and the community and was recently appointed to the Board of Soul Theatre Incorporated. Soul Theatre has been in operation for almost 21 years but had a relatively new board made up of passionate and creative but relatively inexperienced individuals. Not long after Marni joined the board, significant financial and governance issues almost saw Soul dissolve. While they were able to mitigate the issues, it made Marni realise that there is a lot more to being on a board than just “helping out”. This led Marni to look for ways to improve her knowledge and understanding of her responsibilities as a director so that she could better support Soul and to improve her personal effectiveness as a Board member now and in the future.
The scholarship provided Marni with basic and vital information on mitigating risk, due diligence and the financial and commercial responsibilities of Board members. She has been able to use templates provided in the course to instil more rigour and process to the Board.
“Now that we are over the crisis and back in the black, I am continuing to work to influence and improve governance in our Board. I am also looking for opportunities to continue professional development so I can take up leadership positions on Boards in the future.”