Governance

Good Governance is Good Leadership

We understand that governance is a leadership process and that boards need the tools, systems and processes to ensure they deliver the best possible outcomes for their organisation.

Community Business Australia’s consultation begins by reviewing an organisation’s current methods against best practice governance principles and practices. We then facilitate a reflection process that helps board members identify how their organisation’s governance plan could be better for them.

Our expertise in this area is underpinned by the most comprehensive and practical online governance system in the country. We use this system to help develop a governance framework for organisations. We then teach key stakeholders how to use these tools to stay on top of their responsibilities and how to create the most effective governance processes possible.

Our Governance system:

  • provides practical, easy-to-use tools and resources
  • enables clear understanding of the board’s governance roles and responsibilities
  • assists the board to practically apply effective leadership through governance principles, policies and procedures

CBA Principal Consultant, Patrick Herd
talks about the process to good governance.

Meet our Governance Consultants

Patrick Herd

Principal Consultant

With 30 years experience working in and consulting for the education, training, and community-care industries, Patrick specialises in workshop facilitation; board, manager, and executive recruitment and coaching; and organisational review.

Ten years in senior management positions at community organisations and a wealth of experience consulting in disability, aged care, training, hospitality and education has left Patrick with a thorough understanding of how to balance customer expectations, contract compliance, and stakeholder demands. This, combined with his practical experience helping businesses through periods of cultural and industrial change, means Patrick’s skill set is indispensable to clients across a range of industries.

Debora Jackson

Senior Governance Consultant

Debora is a corporate governance practitioner with Board and C-suite executive experience across both the private and not-for-profit sectors. She brings extensive experience as a non-executive director, with community based organisations.

As a strong outcomes and governance driven professional, with proven ability to work across a range of industry sectors, Debora brings strong skills in leadership and Corporate Governance.

Debora is currently Vice Chair of McLean Care Ltd and chairs its Governance Committee. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne; a Certificate of Organisational Leadership from London Business School; and recently completed the Governance Institute’s ‘Effective Director Course’. 

Debora is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, and Member of the AICD website development, print collateral and more, Debora has the skill, know-how and network to deliver outstanding results.

Like to know more about how to improve Governance at your organisation?

Contact Patrick and the team at CBA now to discuss how you can take your organisation forward.






Our partnership with Community Business Australia over a number of years has assisted Crowley’s Board and Management in developing our governance processes and systems. In Crowley’s numerous partnerships and connections with external organisations, our governance culture has been acknowledged as being closely aligned to best practice, giving us great confidence that we have the tools to reach our organisational goals.

Michael Penhey – CEO, Crowley Care Services