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Non-Executive Director Programme, Melbourne


28-29 November 2021

Duration and format

Two-day residential seminar 


The Mansion Hotel, Werribee Park, Melbourne, Australia




About the programme

Designed in collaboration with Earth on Board, specifically for the needs of non-executive directors, this intensive residential seminar draws on the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s 26 years of experience in building leadership capability.

The seminar explores the purpose of boards today, and the specific strategic issues that global challenges pose, providing a safe space for individual learning, expert guidance and exchange among peers.

It equips non-executive directors to challenge and guide management, form strategic responses for your company, and establish priority actions for the board, in relation to sustainability trends.

Download the programme brochure to find out more.


Reasons to attend

Increase awareness and insight

Examine the scale and urgency of the sustainability challenge and the links to the Board’s responsibilities, focusing on trends of greatest relevance to the company’s strategic contexts.

Understand implications for the business model and for the fiduciary
responsibility of Board Directors

Understand critical risks, reporting and disclosure requirements, and potential business opportunities, and identify priority implications for your agendas.

Align governance and focus

Informed by examples of leadership from companies worldwide, review your Board’s current approach and capacity for action, including the time you spend on this agenda. We help you to identify and assess progress on priority actions for the Board.

Structure engagement with the management

Become better equipped to challenge and guide your executive team, helping it to integrate sustainability into business strategy.

"A powerful and vigorous call to action! Practical, inspiring and challenging. A wonderful opportunity to develop new thinking and approaches to evaluate leadership and contribution to issues. Of the utmost importance to all of us."

Board Director, international institutional investment manager

"Outstanding and impactful! I am now equipped to drive real change."

Board Director, utility company

"The programme raised awareness of the unknown, confirmed what we are getting right and gave an opportunity to consider alternatives."

Board Director, energy generation company


Engage with the latest research and thought leadership from the University of Cambridge and international experts.

Our Non-executive Director Programme offers a unique opportunity for directors to explore social and environmental challenges with local and global authorities.

Designed to encourage participation, the seminar is highly interactive and combines high-impact presentations, group discussion and exchange with peers. These techniques offer maximum opportunity for sharing, innovation and collaboration and give attendees concrete ideas to take back to the workplace.


Recent faculty and contributors

Philippe-Joubert4.jpgPhilippe Joubert 

Philippe is Founder and CEO of Earth on Board, an ecosystem of sustainability actors dedicated to informing and helping Boards to put sustainability at the centre of the company’s strategy, achieving an Earth Competent Board.


Sarah Barker

Sarah Barker

Sarah is Special Counsel at Minter Ellison Lawyers and Non-Executive Director at Emergency Services & State Super. Sarah’s work on fiduciary duties and climate change has won numerous awards.

Alice SpencerAlice Spencer

Alice is a programme manager in the Executive Education Team at CISL. She joined CISL in February 2017 following several years working in Australia and New Zealand in regional government, not-for-profit and corporate roles.


Professor Will Steffen

Will is a Senior Associate of CISL. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra, and a Senior Fellow at the Resilience Centre, Sweden. His is one of the leading Earth system scientists and is known for his work on the Anthropocene and Planetary Boundaries.

Paul GildingPaul Gilding

Paul is an independent writer, corporate advisor and advocate for action on climate change and sustainability. He has been an activist and social entrepreneur for 35 years and is recognised as an authority on sustainability and business. He has worked with the CEOs and executives of leading companies including globally with Dupont, Diageo, BHP Billiton and Ford.


Application and fees

The programme fee is $2,800, inclusive of materials, accommodation and all meals during the seminar. Fees do not include travel costs.

Submit your application here. Please note that you will need to complete the online application form in one sitting, so please ensure that you have all required information with you.’


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Taking leadership, taking action and not just talking about it

“By having our board attend the Non-Executive Director Programme we were able to ensure we were all aligned to become a long-term, sustainable business using a common platform that everyone could understand and subscribe to.”

Simon Mackenzie, Group CEO of Vector, New Zealand's largest distributor of electricity and gas, describes how CISL has helped to build leadership and embed sustainability across his organisation.


"Outstanding and impactful! I am now equipped to drive real change."

Board Director, utility company


Jane Farago, EY Australia

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