Achieve Your Strategic Goals While Managing The Biggest Risks

Developing High Functioning Boards

Australia's Most Capable Governance Review, Director Capability Development and Board Succession Service


For highly regulated,
government funded, not-for-profit organisations


Independent Governance Review

GovernWith provides a range of independent governance review services.

GovernWith Plus reviews are industry specific, objective, enhanced by ten years of data and over 30 years of human expertise.

Types of Review Services

1. Insights PLUS: Insights and Recommendations are instantly available once assessments are completed.  Ideal for internally led teams or in conjunction with an external consultant.

2. Advanced Reports: Everything in Insights PLUS, with extended data insights from the data analytics team and half-day facilitation with governance expert.

3. Facilitated: Everything in Advanced Reports with a full-day of facilitation with governance expert.

4. Peer Review: Is an 'add-on' service that can be 'added' to any of the above services or a stand alone application to any of the three governance teams.

InsightsPlus Independent Governance Review




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Governance Capability Development

GovernWith products create targeted development plans based on your Boards and Directors unique circumstances and exposure to Disproportionate (negative or positive) Impact

Deep, actionable, Insights and Recommendations are instantly available once Board Governance and Director Skills Matrix assessments are completed.

Actionable Governance

Automatically identify, target and action Board and Director Governance Capability gaps that will disproportionately impact (negative or positive) an organisation.

Fast and Effective

There is no faster or more effective way to transform an organisations governance capabilities to become a High Functioning Board.

Capability Development Flywheel


We help more than just Boardrooms.
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Board Succession

Visually identify your Boards governance capability gaps and plan Board Succession in a click of a button.

TRANSITION PLUS enables Chairpersons to plan, recruit, induct and develop new members to the Board easily.

It is designed to help Boards remain High Functioning over multi-year periods.

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Most Governance Data

With over 10 years in operation, 600+ boards evaluated and over 6,000 Directors assessed, GovernWith's growing data sets means more refined and deeper Insights.

With the new AI assisted, 'triangulated' Director Skills assessments means less subjective input data and higher quality results.

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Sector Specialists

GovernWith is the only governance review, director capability development and board succession management service that includes assessments and reports that are specific to industry sectors.






What our customers say

"GovernWith has come such a long way - it is brilliant and exactly what we need”

“GovernWith Plus data supports well informed decisions about Induction, Whole Board and Director Development, Board Leadership Roles, Succession, Recruitment ”

“GovernWith Plus aligns really well with what we do in Human Services organisations”


How We Are Different


Tailored to unique circumstances and disproportionate impact, not generic governance


The only governance software provider to supply outcomes specifically for Health, Human Services, Aged Care, Education, Not-For-Profit communities.


The Success process is designed to achieve your unique governance goals and includes your own dedicated Customer Success manager


Most endorsed Governance Review and Capability development technology in the Not for Profit sector, including NESA and CPD points.


GW+ is the only provider to have Board Succession and Director transition capabilities built in as standard. It is the a key feature of BOARDROOM+.

Our Partners

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Volunteer Directors

GovernWith ensures your limited time is devoted to the highest impact governance activities.  Recommendations are specific to you and based on capabilities that can disproportionately impact your organisation.

GovernWith is the most effective, high impact and efficient use of Directors time.


Time Poor Directors


Who Want to Give Back


Be Successful in Their Role


Common Questions

Australia's Leading Governance Development Service

GovernWith is Australia's most complete and capable Board Governance and Director Review, Capability Development and Board Succession service.

The underlying technology was rebuilt from the ground up during COVID.

It is for Boards, Directors, Executives, Sub-Committees and Aspiring Directors who want to achieve their goals by becoming high functioning.

GovernWith supports the governance teams inside organisations in Health Care, Aged Care, Human Services and Education sectors.

What Makes GovernWith Different?

Actionable Governance: GW focusses Boards on what needs doing now. This ability to target governance capability needs quickly and build tailored plans of action for Boards, Directors and Executives means clients are working on what matters most in the most effective manner.

Sector Specific: Not only is GW built on the most comprehensive foundations of Governance models frameworks and standards, it is the only provider to incorporate Sector Specific questioning into assessment process which in term provides Sector capability insights.

GovernWith Effective Practice: is a unique combination of Capability Measurement, Governance Standards (Industry Standards, Government Regulations, Governance Principles (inc ASIC 2019, AICD, & ACNC)) and Data Insights from over 600 Boards and 6,000+ Director contributions.

Disproportionate Impact: GW insights and recommendations highlight areas of governance that will have a disproportionate impact (positive or negative) an an organisation. It provides the Board the insight to act quickly on the biggest risks facing an organisation.

Triangulated Director Skills Assessment: GW has created an A.I. driven Director skills assessment that is much less subjective that current market alternatives based on directors, skills, experience and qualifications and continuously improves. See Fi Mercer explain:

Contemporary Governance: Whilst market alternatives provide varying degrees of professional governance, GW is the only provider to fully incorporate contemporary governance standards into a capability development solution.

Video Support: Rather than tell clients how to succeed with GW, we show them. By video recording in person client sessions, 'how to' tips, tricks and answering support queries, our clients have a reference that makes getting the most out of the platform easy.

Dedicated Success System:  Our customer success process is designed to ensure your goals are embedded into our deliverables. A Joint Action Plan, co developed by you, the client, and our Customer Success team keeps the 12 month subscription period focussed and on track.

Decreased Subjectivity (in Director Skills Assessment)

GovernWith Plus technology platform uses A.I. and Triangulated Questionnaire to remove over 70% of subjectivity in the Director Self Assessment process compared to traditional approaches in the marketplace.  This means higher quality Reporting, Insights & Recommendations, and better targeted Board Action Plans and Director Capability Development Plans

What is Actionable Governance?

Actionable Governance is built into all GovernWith services. Governance without the correct plans-of-action, nor the accountability tools to implement and educate is inefficient and a waste of resources.

Actionable Governance enables clients to make the highest impact, most efficient and effective use of their very limited available time for governance capability development.

Committed boards who implement their targeted and tailored governance plans and continuously update them, based on new capabilities, become High Functioning and succeed as an organisation where others fail

As an individual, how much time can I expect to invest in this process?

As a Director, your time commitment throughout the assessment and planning phase should be no more than 3-4 hours over a 4-month period. This time commitment consists of:

  • Induction - 15 minutes
  • Initial Review Stage
    • Board Governance Assessment- 45 minutes
    • Director Skills Matrix Capability Assessment - 45 minutes
  • Confidential Director Interviews (if applicable) - 30 minutes
  • Planning Session/Action Plans - 60 - 120 minutes

Time invested in the capability building phase will depend on the actions agreed to and assigned to each individual member. As the leader of the process, Chairs can expect to spend some additional time reviewing the evaluation results and prepare for the planning session.

What is included in my BOARDROOM PLUS subscription?

Subscription to our flagship product -  BOARDROOM PLUS - gives Boards, Directors and in some cases Executives continued access to their assessment results at both the individual and group level.

Subscription includes access to the following capabilities:

  1. Independent Review
    • Board Governance (Group)
    • Director Skills (Individual)
  2. Governance Capability Development
    • Board Action Plans (Group)
    • Director Development Plans (Individual)
  3. Board Succession (Director Transition Management)
  4. Sector Specific Governance
  5. Customer Success System

The initial review process is led by a 45 minute Board Governance Assessment and a 50 minute Director Skills Matrix Assessment.

Both assessments provide the data to enable deep, actionable insights and targeted development recommendations, delivered your own live dashboard.

Reports are instantly available, which can be used for:

  • Accreditation
  • Capability Development: building, monitoring and reporting progress on individual and/or group action plans
  • Board succession planning

Your subscription provides access to an every growing wealth of governance resources including manuals, templates, webinars and governance video. All within the one, easy to use platform.

How easy is the online platform to use if I am not very confident with computers?

GovernWith products (BOARDROOM PLUS, SUBCOMMITTEE PLUS and EXECUTIVE TEAM PLUS) are easily accessible online, easy to use and designed for people of all computer skill level.

Along with the platform being easy to use, we have an extensive collection of how-to videos and a dedicated Customer Success Team to help you by at any stage of your Governance journey.

Who is Fi Mercer?


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Fi Mercer is CEO and Founder of GovernWith.

MBA (Major Governance and Ethics), GAICD, Grad Dip Impact Leadership, Grad Dip Community Health, Registered Nurse, Registered Coach and Mentor. She has completed entrepreneurship, innovation and venture capital studies at Haas Business School, Berkeley, California.

Fi is a governance, director, review and development specialist, governance data expert and successful entrepreneur. With 30 years leadership experience, both executive and governance, in the Health and Primary Care, Human Services, Education, Not for Profit and Business sectors.

She is a highly sought after Chair, Director, Governance Speaker & Facilitator.

Fi has significant skills, expertise, and experience in supporting Boards and Executives to review and develop their corporate, sector, ESG, professional, contemporary and behavioural governance to be effective. She also has significant experience in supporting Directors and Individuals who wish to be on boards for their skills metrics, succession, recruitment, induction and development requirements.

She can be found on LinkedIn. Please feel free to connect:

Is my Data Secure?

All GovernWith data is securely encrypted and domiciled on Amazon servers in Sydney, Australia. 

Close to 100% of alternative governance solution providers use Survey Monkey, a simple survey tool based in the USA.

Governance Success

Becoming High Functioning

Governance Success requires a Board to be High Functioning, on a continuous basis, regardless of circumstances.

A High Functioning Board makes high impact decisions and demonstrate effective leadership on a continuous basis.

It's the strategic, continuous development of Chairs, Directors, Executives and their respective teams (Board, Executive and Sub Committees) and Director transition management (Board Succession) over multiple periods that ensures governance success.

The ability to be High Functioning is now measurable at GovernWith

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Governance Resources