Not for Profit Boards

Good Governance Principles – A Practical Overview 

A board’s effectiveness and performance is greatly dependant upon its cohesiveness, vision and its adherence to a range of standards and processes, however when things go wrong, personalities clash or crises emerge, the entire operation of the organisation can be put at risk.  Getting governance right when things are good will enable Not for Profits (NFPs) to survive and thrive in difficult times.

Wallmans Lawyers have been proudly advising NFP’s for over 35 years, and have the ‘on the ground’ experience in resolving the multitude of  issues and challenges faced by the sector.  

Join us for an informative and practical seminar outlining the key principles which underpin good governance and crisis management and their practical application and outcomes in the NFP sector.  The session will cover:  

  • What is ‘good governance’
  • Roles & responsibilities
    • Directors Duties- where do they start and end?
  • Board vision & strategy
  • Risk management- common scenarios for concern
  • Accountability & engagement
  • Culture, ethics & ‘personality’
    • Dealing with difficult board members
    • When the CEO is the problem
  • Common troubleshooting

About the speakers:

Part 1 is presented by Paul Gordon, a senior commercial lawyer who sits on numerous NFP boards, and has key expertise in advising NFP’s and their boards across sectors such as health, education, research, technology and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. 

Part 2:
Lessons learnt from recent court cases regarding Not for Profit Boards, Directors and CEO’s.  Applying sound governance principles to manage your NFP Board. Presented by Sarah Annicchiarico, a senior dispute lawyer who has experience working in the management and resolution of board disputes and breaches of director’s duties.  Sarah has a number of NFP clients, assisting them across the range of commercial disputes which occur in such organisations. 

Who should attend:

  • CEO’s
  • Governance Managers
  • Managers with Board
  • Board Chair/ Secretariat


Wallmans are located at Level 5, 400 King William Street, Adelaide (Corner of Gilles Street).  Please note that 2 hour paid street parking is available on Gilles, Gilbert and King William Streets (dependent on availability).  Additionally there is a paid undercover car park adjacent to the building, with entry from Gilles Street (subject to availability).

Not For Profit Series: 

Look out for the announcement of other seminars in the series 

  • 15 August :      The Lifecycle of Employment Law in NFP
  • 7 November:    Fundraising Strategy and Process 

If you are not currently on our NFP database and would like to be, please email

Event Details

Date: May 23 2019

Location: Wallmans Lawyers Boardroom, Level 5, 400 King William Street, Adelaide

Time: 9.30 - 11.30am

Paul Gordon
Sarah Annicchiarico

Cost: 0.00

Past event: registration no longer available.