There have been two nominations received for the position of CGI Council Member (sometimes referred to as the International Representative), a senior volunteer governance position. The election of the CGI Council Member will be confirmed at the Annual General Meeting being held Tuesday 24 November 2020 for a three-year term of appointment effective 1 January 2021.
As a Fellow Member of Governance NZ I have been pleased to serve the organisation in various leadership capacities over the years, most recently, as Chair of the Education Committee, as a Northern Electoral Area Representative, and as Vice President of Governance NZ. These roles have given me a strong understanding of CGI’s and Governance NZ’s activities and a good basis from which to further serve the Institute.
I hold a PhD in corporate governance, the first in NZ to qualify with a doctorate in this field. I retired at the beginning of last year as a tenured professor at AUT after a 30-year academic career teaching corporate governance and strategic management subjects, holding board director roles in NFPs, and following managerial positions in the corporate sector. I continue to serve, pro bono, as an active international collaborative researcher, author and lecturer in corporate governance. Hence, I remain up-to-date with, and contribute to, current and emergent thinking and practice in the governance field. My retirement from my professional career means that, as a long-held desire, I now have the time to focus on and engage fully in further serving the Institution in a governance leadership capacity.
corporate and academic experience has involved me in extensive regular
international travel to confer and work with colleagues and build networks
relating to my professional focus in corporate governance. Relationship
building, strategic thinking, leadership and policy formulation, communication,
negotiation and team skills, diversity and cultural understanding through working
with others from various ethnic backgrounds and countries, as well as my deep
experience in delivery of professional qualifications in corporate governance,
are vital abilities I have gained from these experiences. These abilities see
me well-placed to undertake and deliver value to CGI and GNZ in a role
requiring a strategic contribution to policy formulation and direction of the
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Gryphon Management Consultants
Governance and Strategic Specialists
Denis Mowbray is committed to innovation and is driven by ideas, and the possibilities new strategic directions offer. Denis has an open leadership style, approachable and operates with logic, a wonderful sense of humour, and always with integrity. Denis is a natural leader whose leadership style communicates a sense of purpose and motivates individuals to achieve their best. Denis believes that trust is developed through consistency in behaviour, openness, fairness, and personal integrity. Denis is a confident and original thinker, and a strong individualist who seeks new angles or novel ways of looking at life. Denis is an intelligent individual who strives to always do his best and continue to move in a positive direction. These are the skills and attributes that Denis would bring to the role of New Zealand Representative on the Council of the CGI.
Denis is Managing Director of Gryphon Management Consultants, a specialist advisory practice advising on governance and strategy. The firm speciality is Behavioural Governance: its impact and influence on the culture and performance of the organisation, board reviews and organisational development and performance analysis. Projects have included work for state-owned enterprises (SOE), council-controlled enterprises (CCE), publicly listed companies, sport, and other not-for-profit organisations. Denis lectures at AUT University on their MBA programme. Lecturing in: Business Strategy & Implementation, and Governance. Denis also contributes to a range of publications and has presented at various international conferences on the topics of governance and strategy.
Denis holds a PhD from AUT University, and Masters from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Lausanne Switzerland, and Claude Bernard University: Lyon France. Denis has served as a director and chairman on several business and national sport boards: VIP Security, Computer Culture and Yachting NZ
When discussing his rational for standing for this role, Denis said: I believe I am the right person and well qualified for the role of International Representative to The Corporate Governance Institute (CGI) principally because I am committed to developing the influence and presence of Governance NZ, locally and internationally. Through the International Representative, I believe Governance NZ and its members can contribute to and significantly enhance the CGI’s leadership in the international governance environment. To achieve success local and internationally, our efforts must be focused on four critical pillars: Branches, Members, Education and Thought Leadership. We require a focused strategic approach to these four key areas if we and the CGI are to be influential in the local and international governance sectors. I believe my practical governance experience as a Chair and Director in range of industries and sectors, my experiences as a business executive combined with my academic qualifications and my advisory practice make me ideally suited to the role of NZ Representative on the CGI Council. I hope that you will do me the honour of voting for me in the upcoming election.