Our Philosophy

We recognise that good governance requires a combination of:

  • Understanding the role of the Board
  • Effective, transparent processes; and
  • Constructive relationships

The right governance processes are important and, when combined with effective working relationships,
create a culture of compliance and performance.

Our commitment is to take organisations from boardroom mechanics to boardroom dynamics.

Testimonials View All

  • “I have no hesitation in recommending Governance Matters to any organisation that is seeking to implement a board development program, including a very clear and precise performance review that will, through its defined action steps, deliver a framework for best practice governance.”

    Neville Parsons

  • “The DVD precursor to undertaking the online survey was most useful in the broad sense of reflecting on current operation, responsibility, actions and governance – requirements of all organisations. It’s considered focus on composition, skills and personalities was also a worthwhile aspect”.

    Phillip W Styles
    Chairman, Westminster School

  • “In 2009/10 Kate Costello from Governance Matters conducted a review of the governance structures, functions and processes of St John Ambulance (Victoria).

    Kate’s expertise in governance led to her serving, with me, as a committee member appointed by the Federal Government to undertake an independent review of the governance and management of soccer in Australia which resulted in the existing structures in the Australian Soccer Federation (ASF).

    The review culminated in a written report with specific findings and recommendations which included recommendations for amendment to the Rules (Constitution). On the basis of those recommendations our solicitors redrafted the rules prior to a successful vote to approve a new board structure under the new Rules.

    This was the most profound shift in the governance structure of St John Ambulance Victoria throughout our 127 year history and Kate was instrumental in helping us to achieve that.

    I have no hesitation in recommending Governance Matters and Kate Costello to any organisation seeking to undertake a governance review. Kate has extensive experience in all aspects of governance and can draw from her legal background to assist the process. Kate has a very practical approach to governance and understands the complexities of member-based organisation. She is informative, consultative and appropriately persuasive.

    I am happy to speak to this reference at any time.”

    Stephen Horton
    Chief Executive Officer