Make Better Decisions

Good decisions are foundational to the enjoyment of great business performance. That’s why we are here. We are passionate about helping boards flourish through good decision-making and governance practices.


Our Purpose

Company Overview

Good decisions underpin great business performance—it’s a fact. But here’s the catch: good decisions are easy in theory but difficult in practice. That’s why Business Torque Systems guides boards in the art and science of making better decisions. We deliver tailored learning programmes that speak to the unique needs of a board. We turn theory into practice.
Directors sometimes need help to function effectively in the boardroom. We equip individual directors for their roles because we are passionate about helping boards and people flourish.

Our Team

We are a group of experienced professionals. We know our stuff. From small-business boards to government bodies, from family-owned businesses to multinational corporates, our team has a wealth of experience.

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Peter AllenRead More

Industry leader in applied governance practices and director of Business Torque Systems Ltd.

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James LockhartRead More

Senior Lecturer at the Massey Business School, Massey University, Palmerston North.

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Peter CrowRead More

Advisor in corporate purpose, strategy, and governance. Director of Quarry Group.

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Lawrence FieldRead More

Accountant, advisor and trainer specialising in the rural governance and management.


How We Do ItFramework

We believe in the power of tailored learning. We avoid generic advice, seeking to give insight that speaks directly to the explicit needs of the board and each director. We also believe the best way to learn is by doing. This philosophy defines our approach. We enjoy nothing more than supporting boards as they learn, apply newfound knowledge and blossom.

Seven Governance Practices

1. Acting with a purpose in mind
2. Planning for effective governance meetings
3. Working with other people
4. Making right decisions
5. Maintaining a learning orientation
6. Knowing what’s going on and what to do about it
7. Managing risks effectively

Seven Personal Aptitudes

1. Leading to Inspire
2. Planning to Focus
3. Understanding Yourself and Others
4. Managing for Performance Outcomes
5. Teaching that Excites
6. Understanding Business Financials
7. Directing in Service of Others

Our research shows that seven governance practices are key to a healthy boardroom environment. Running in parallel are seven attributes that characterise good directors. Properly equipped directors operating in a healthy boardroom environment are more likely to make good decisions.

Personalised Analysis

That’s why we provide personalised analysis. When we work with boards, we start by assessing them across the seven practices and seven aptitudes. This multidimensional approach provides an unequalled depth of insight, from which tailored learning can emerge. The personalised Business Torque ® Report provides a platform for ongoing learning.

Supported Learning

We love supporting boards as they learn the art and science of making better decisions. It’s an exciting process.

We tailor our approach for each situation. Because no two boards are the same, we assemble learning programmes that will work best with each board and its directors. We also provide directors with resources that will strengthen their skills or aptitudes.

Using this learning-while-doing approach, boards start seeing improvements immediately. This often brings confidence and motivation to the boardroom.




What we Do

Learning for Individuals: We provide professional development to individual directors. After a thorough assessment, we provide a report and begin one-on-one meetings.

Learning for Boards: We take on short and long-term learning projects. Boards sometimes need advice about a specific issue or one-off board assessments. Other boards like long-term engagement with regular meetings. We provide these services to commercial and non-profit organisations, Maori trusts, international corporates and government bodies.

Training for Groups of Boards: We provide tailored training programmes to groups of boards, delivered over a set period of time. This is the preferred option of groups within industry bodies, groups of Maori trusts, and cooperatives.



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Rural Governance
Development Programme 2017

DairyNZ has partnered with Business Torque Systems Ltd to deliver the Rural Governance Development Programme (formerly the DairyNZ Farm Business Governance Development Programme). The programme is open to all types of rural businesses— not just dairy farms —so if you are part of any type of rural business, we would love to include you in a programme.

The Rural Governance Development Programme has produced excellent results—previous participants show a 29% average increase in overall governance capability.
The programme involves 5 days of workshops spread over 10 months, in groups restricted to 24 participants.

Do you have a group of more than 6? Contact about offering a new location for you.

Programme 1

South Island 2017

Applications Close
17th March

  • Pre-Course Dinner: Mon 3 April, 6pm
  • Days 1 & 2: Tue-Wed 4-5 April
  • Day 3: Thurs 15 June
  • Day 4: Thurs 19 October
  • Day 5: Thurs 15 February 2018

Waikato / Bay of Plenty 2017

Applications Close
24th March

  • Pre-Course Dinner: Tue 11 April, 6pm
  • Days 1 & 2: Wed-Thurs 12-13 April
  • Day 3: Wed 7 June
  • Day 4: Wed 11 October
  • Day 5: Wed 21 February 2018

Manawatu / Taranaki 2017

Applications Close
7th April

  • Pre-Course Dinner: Tue 25 April, 6pm
  • Days 1 & 2: Wed-Thurs 26-27 April
  • Day 3: Wed 14 June
  • Day 4: Wed 18 October
  • Day 5: Wed 14 February 2018

Programme 2

South Island 2017

Applications Close
2nd June

  • Days 1 & 2: Mon-Tue 19-20 June
  • Day 3: Fri 20 October
  • Day 4: Fri 16 February 2018
  • Day 5: April 2018 TBA

Waikato / Bay of Plenty 2017

Applications Close
19th May

  • Days 1 & 2: Thurs-Fri 8-9 June
  • Day 3: Thurs 12 October
  • Day 4: Thurs 22 February 2018
  • Day 5: April 2018 TBA


Applications Close
26th May

  • Days 1 & 2: Mon-Tue 12-13 June
  • Day 3: Tues 17 October
  • Day 4: Mon 12 February 2018
  • Day 5: April 2018 TBA

Client Testimonials

Tim and Lynnea Mudford

Rural Business Development Programme 2016

John Fisher

Rural Business Development Programme 2016

Zac Brown

Rural Business Development Programme 2016


Team Profiles

Peter Allen
BCom, ACA, MInstD

Peter is an industry leader in the application of governance practices. His passion is to work with people who want to learn how to become more effective board members through great governance. Peter actively researches, develops and advocates a style of governance that is suitable and effective for Australasian businesses. Peter is the Principal of Business Torque Systems Limited.

Based on his insights of the practical steps required for directors to grow in their governance capability and backed by data he has collected from more than 6,000 interviews with business owners, Peter has developed The Business Torque® Report, the Governance Capability Development Model, and the Seven Governance Practices.

In addition to working with a range of sectors including farming, growing, and exporting, Peter is one of the creators of the Rural Governance Development Programme, and designed and delivers AgriOne’s Farm Governance Advisor Training Programme in association with Massey University. Peter also works with the Tokelau Government, a number of Maori trusts and SMEs, and sits on the boards of several businesses. Peter and his wife live in Palmerston North and have four adult children.

James Lockhart
pmsc (Fort Frontenac), MAgSc (Hons), PhD (Auckland), CMInstD

James is a Senior Lecturer at the Massey Business School, Massey University, Palmerston North. He has extensive business consulting and executive development experience in Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific. He has chaired international conferences on governance and is a regular contributor to New Zealand’s Management magazine, the Journal of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management, and the annual European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance.

James has published on doctoral education, strategy, governance, corporate failures, productivity improvement (kaizen/lean), and strategic performance. A stream of empirical and conceptual research exploring the ‘black box’ of governance has been produced for both academic and practitioner audiences.

James is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, and holds board appointments with two substantive companies. He farms with his family north of Feilding.

Peter Crow
PhD candidate, PGCert, BTech (Hons), CMInstD

Peter Crow advises boards and directors internationally corporate purpose, strategy and corporate governance. His deep knowledge, insight and boardroom experience has proven to be invaluable to the fortunes of emergent and established companies alike, and social enterprises. Peter’s expertise extends across many sectors including professional services, high technology, agribusiness, logistics and distribution, social enterprise and health. He also undertakes governance research; speaks at conferences and other events; presents professional development courses; and, is a published author and an accredited company director.

Peter holds Bachelor of Technology (1st-class Honours) and Postgraduate Certificate qualifications from Massey University, New Zealand. His doctoral research (exploring the relationship between governance, strategy and firm performance) is being finalised. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (CMInstD), and a member of several international institutes and academies. He lives in Whitby, New Zealand with his wife. They have three adult children.

Lawrence Field
Director, BE (Agric), BCA, CA, MNZIPIM

Lawrence can talk about governance frameworks, business improvement and understanding financial jargon, without sending you to sleep. Guaranteed.

His enthusiastic message has been fine-tuned by speaking at conferences, seminars, discussion groups, and field days. These go back as far as the 1990’s when he was an overstocked young sharemilker on the West Coast, spent time as a farm consultant, then saw the light and became an accountant. He holds engineering and commerce degrees, is a Chartered Accountant, and travels widely throughout NZ speaking to farmer groups. A former Sharemilker of the Year, Lawrence lives on a small block running beef cattle in the Wairarapa with his wife.

Lawrence now runs a specialist farm accountancy business in Masterton, RURAL CA Limited. He works with farming couples and equity partnerships and sits on several advisory boards for clients and non-clients. He is passionate about improving the understanding of the drivers of successful farming business, and believes most rural directors need support to make good decisions. Lawrence is really looking forward to meeting all participants and following up on the good work that Dairy NZ begun in their governance training.

Mobile: 027 523 3179 Office : 06 359 4212

P.O.Box 20014 Summerhill Palmerston North 4448 New Zealand

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