About us

Our mission is to give every not-for-profit board access to the latest governance best practices

About Us

Like you, we believe in the impact that great not-for-profit and community organisations can make in the world.

For that to happen, you need the right leadership – a board that confidently steers the organisation in the right direction.


However, many boards aren’t guided by a shared understanding of governance practices, but by the loudest person in the room.


We provide governance resources to all your board members and the CEO or manager. So everyone can work together to deliver on your organisation’s purpose.

The story behind Overview Effect

Hi, I’m Carol Scholes, founder of Overview Effect.


For more than 20 years, I’ve led hundreds of training sessions on governance in not-for-profit organisations.


Often, I’ve visited the same organisation more than once to redo the training as board members kept changing.


Knowing how tight the budget of a not-for-profit organisation can be, I was saddened to see that they had to constantly reinvest in governance training.

And some couldn’t afford it at all. 


To solve this dilemma, I created Overview Effect – an online learning platform for flexible, always on hand board governance training. We offer subscriptions that are accessible for every not-for-profit.

“If someone were to say to me, (which they often do) “I think I need help with my board what should I do?”  Or they say “I am not sure of how to get this strategic plan off the ground” I say call Carol! Without her coaching, consulting, training, her deep understanding of the sector and governance, I would not be where I am today or achieved as much in my work and board work as I have today.”

Rochana Sheward
CEO Belong Aotearoa

"As a registered charity run by volunteers, we found it difficult to work out best practices for governance. Carol explained key concepts and best practices to us and gave us great value advice as we navigated our way through board recruitment, employment and trust deed changes. Thanks Carol."

Hugh Batten
Chair Gribblehirst Community Hub

Meet our consultants

We are experienced not-for-profit board members

Located in Auckland, Wellington, and Hawkes Bay, we can provide face-to-face and online support across the country. We serve Australia, too.

Carol Scholes

As the founder and CEO of Overview Effect, Carol has over 30 years of leadership experience in commercial and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand and Australia.


Since 2006, Carol has provided board and executive coaching, mediation, facilitation, and strategic planning services to corporate, government, and not-for-profit organisations. Her specialities are governance, leading change, and team dynamics.


Her qualifications and accomplishments include ...


  • Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management

  • Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation),

  • Certificate IV in Executive Coaching

  • International Master Coach

  • Master NLP practitioner

  • Master Clinical Hypnotherapist

  • Accredited coach with the International Coach Federation

  • Member of the NZ Association for Training and Development

  • Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand


Carol is currently the chair of CanTeen New Zealand, the Auckland University Students Association Advisory Board, and Health Connections Ltd.

Fiona Brennan

Fiona has over 20 years of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector in the UK and NZ at board and executive level. 


She helps build strong and sustainable organisations through effective governance and leadership, thorough strategic planning, implementation, evaluation, and review.


Fiona regularly delivers governance training and facilitates strategic planning for a range of community organisations and foundations.


Her qualifications and accomplishments include ...


  • BA Hons Theology and Religious Studies

  • Graduate Diploma in Non-profit management

  • Certificate in Fundraising from the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand

  • Cambridge Certificate in English language Teaching to Adults

Gordon Attwood

Gordon has 35+ years of management experience in both small and large organisations. Covering provincial and urban New Zealand, his experience includes public sector, not-for-profit, charitable, and limited liability companies across the social sector.


He enjoys serving multiple cultures and works ably with diversity. Gordon has broad conflict resolution skills using his human resources expertise.


His qualifications and accomplishments include ...


  • Bachelor of Social Science (Waikato)

  • Diploma in Business (Personnel Management and Employee Relations) (Auckland)

  • Graduate of Ernst and Young’s executive leadership programme through Darden University


Gordon has completed a range of services in various board capacities. He has held Board portfolios that include deputy chair, treasurer, chair for a property sub-committee, and human resources advisor.

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What you can do next

Join a subscription and get instant access to the latest governance best practices, strategies and tools.

Save your seat for one of our upcoming webinars or watch a replay to stay updated with the latest governance tips.

Read our blog posts to discover actionable advice, important questions for your board, and food for thought.

Meet our support team

With us, you are always in good hands


Alex is your first point of contact and makes every process run smoothly. She looks after the finances and administration of Overview Effect.


Greg is our technical director, skilled in editing and producing the videos for our training. He also manages our learning platform.