Our Board

Governance New Zealand Board 2022

In terms of Rule 9.2 of the Society. the Board shall comprise all the members of the Committee and the Immediate Past President of the Division comprising:

Position Name
President & Northern Electoral Representative Julie Hardaker FCG FGNZ
Vice-President & Central Electoral Representative Shane Bidois FCG FGNZ
Treasurer & Central Electoral RepresentativeChristopher Russell FCG FGNZ
Immediate Past President, International Council Member & Southern Electoral Representative Dr Denis Mowbray FCG FGNZ
Northern Electoral Representative Siddhartha Sharma FCG FGNZ
Northern Electoral Representative Dr Coral Ingley FCG FGNZ
Northern Electoral Representative Yee Yang Lee FCG FGNZ
Southern Electoral Representative Kate Reid FCG FGNZ

  • Julie Hardaker FCG FGNZ

    President & Northern Electoral Representative

    Julie has first class LLB (Hons) and MMS (Hons) from Waikato University. She is a lawyer, governance professional and the former Mayor of Hamilton from 2010 - 2016. She has practiced law for 25 years and operates her own law firm in Hamilton. Julie is Chair of Orchestras Central Trust, deputy chair of Bay Venues Ltd, board member of Common Good Foundation, Chair of Women on Boards, and former chair of the Environmental Protection Authority. Julie holds other government and private sector board roles and is also a member of Global Women.

    Julie has a strong interest in women and leadership and is an advocate for gender equality at all levels. She is passionate about supporting women achieve their governance goals and regularly presents at conferences on governance topics, women in leadership and local government.


  • Shane Bidois FCG FGNZ

    Vice President & Central Electoral Representative

    Shane Bidois, Ngāti Ranginui, Mā muri ā mua, ka totika – The precedence of the past, sets a foundation for the future.

    Shane is an aspiring director with over 10 years' executive-level experience. During this time, he has held positions such as Legal Counsel and Company Secretary and, more recently, Risk and Assurance Manager for a large not-for-profit. With expertise in governance, health and safety, risk management and internal audit, Shane brings a diverse range of experience. He holds an LLM (Merit) from Victoria, PGDipHealSc (Bioethics) from Otago, is a certified internal auditor and in risk management assurance by the Institute of Internal Auditors, and a member of the Institute of Directors. He has also completed short courses at Peking University (北京大学).

    Shane has a strong interest in Te Ao Māori, and the contributions that both tikanga and kawa can make to good governance.

  • Christopher Russell FCG FGNZ

    Treasurer & Central Electoral Representative

    Christopher Russell LLB, Dip. Corporate Management, MBA, FCG FGNZ has been a full-time consultant specialising in State-owned Enterprise (SOE) reform, public private partnerships (PPPs) and corporate governance reform since April 2007.

    Prior to commencing full-time consultancy, Chris was Chief Executive of a New Zealand Local Authority Trading Enterprise holding company, the Auckland Regional Services Trust (ARST) from 1994 to 1998; Executive Director of the New Zealand Crown Company Monitoring and Advisory Unit (CCMAU), responsible for SOE ownership monitoring; and Chief Executive of the Marketplace Company Limited from 2001 to 2006. The Marketplace Company operated the New Zealand electricity market.

    In his SOE reform, governance and PPP consultancy roles Chris has provided advice to SOEs and governments throughout the Pacific and Latin America, Pakistan, Viet Nam, and Ethiopia working with the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and Tony Blair Institute. Chris has provided governance training for SOE directors in New Zealand and in many Pacific Island countries and has develop an e-Governance training program. Chris has co-authored five studies on the comparative performance of SOEs in participating Pacific and non-Pacific Island countries. The reports were published by the ADB in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 and assessed the impact of key performance drivers, such as governance.
    (https://www.adb.org/publications/finding-balance-2016)

    Chris has served on several private sector and SOE boards in New Zealand and the Pacific and is a Fellow of Governance New Zealand and The Charted Governance Institute.

  • Dr Denis Mowbray FCG FGNZ

    Immediate Past President, International Council Member & Southern Electoral Representative

    Denis is a specialist advisor and part-time academic working in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. His area of specialist expertise is behavioural governance. His ground-breaking PhD research identified that while compliance and regulation are important, it is the combination of behavioural characteristics and attributes existing within and between the board and executive, operating as a ‘Third Team’, which allows the board to influence the executive, who in turn impact organisational performance. His work with boards is highly regarded, which sees him work frequently, both locally and internationally, with government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations.

    Denis is recognised as a creative and strategic thinker, who has broad general management experience. It is this desirable melding of practical experience and knowledge, combined with his consulting and academic experience, that give Denis strong insights into the behavioural governance issues facing government, businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

    Denis has also contributed chapters for two management books and presented papers on governance issues at international and national conventions and conferences.

  • Yee Yang Lee 李羽阳 FCG FGNZ

    Northern Electoral Representative

    Square is an experienced, (15+ years), Chartered Secretary specialising in non-profit governance, with a law degree from Cardiff University and an M.A. in Arts Management from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. He is an advisor to Oryza (formerly The Oryza Foundation for Asian Performing Arts), an Executive Committee member of the Music Producers Guild NZ and the (global) Alliance of Agents & Distributors, a Fellow of Governance NZ as well as a former member of the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel for Auckland Council. He runs his own artist management company, (SquareSums&Co), and has broad experience across a range of organisations working closely with creative teams, artists, boards of directors, trustees and senior management across New Zealand and Australia.

    Square is Malaysian-Chinese 马来西亚华族 by heritage, specifically Hakka 客家 Chinese and grew up in Kuala Lumpur. He now lives in Auckland with his wife and partner-in-everything, Sums Selvarajan, and two young children. He is fluent in Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka and says his values reflect his cultural heritage/upbringing with a comfortable exposure to Western philosophy and principles.

  • Siddhartha Sharma FCG FGNZ

    Northern Electoral Representative

    Siddhartha is an experienced legal, governance and management professional, gaining substantial expertise in these areas in various national and international roles.

    He is currently employed with TMF Group New Zealand and in his current role he is acting as the Compliance Officer and heads the Corporate Secretarial Service Line assisting international businesses to set up and operate in New Zealand.

    Siddhartha is also acting as professional director to various New Zealand companies and non-profit organisations and has assisted international businesses to establish their compliance and governance function.

    He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), a law graduate and holds a management qualification in International Business.

    Siddhartha was elected as a Fellow of Governance NZ in November 2017.

  • Dr Coral Ingley FCG FGNZ

    Northern Electoral Representative

    Coral has a PhD (Corporate Governance) from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia and has extensive experience on boards of not-for-profit organisatios.

    She held the position of Vice President of Governance New Zealand in 2018 and is a member of Governance NZ's Education and Professional Standards Committee which she chaired over a number years.

    Coral is passionate about developing the skill-sets of people concerned with governance in their professional roles as board members and administrators, exemplified by her deep knowledge and experience in governance education and capability which she brings to the GNZ board role. This is of particular value in decisions requiring oversight of GNZ’s standards in the CGI professional qualification, the membership drive for the organisation, and the interface with CGI’s Professional Standards Committee (PSC).

    Coral’s professional and career experience places her ideally to contribute to this work of the board following the new requirements of the CGI professional qualification. After several years in corporate management, she has had a long career as a university academic and lecturer, most recently as Associate Professor at AUT, teaching corporate governance in the MBA programme and the Australian Chartered Professional Accounting qualification, as well as various management subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Coral continues to teach corporate governance at postgraduate level at a university in Pisa, Italy, and has international research collaborations in governance. Her research and published scholarly work focuses on the strategic leadership role of the board, board behaviour, the role of governance in stakeholder engagement, board leadership in sustainability and corporate social responsibility, governance in small firms and urban governance.

  • Kate Reid FCG FGNZ

    Southern Electoral Representative

    Kate is a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury University, School of Health Sciences.

    She is committed to good governance in the education and health sector, especially relating to empowering models of care to meet the health needs of respective communities. She brings a strategic focus to the Not-for-Profit Boards she has served on and has a strong background in health ranging from clinical, leadership, management, education, research and governance roles. She is currently the Chairman of the Canterbury West Coast Division of the Cancer Society of NZ

    Kate was the recipient of the Women in Governance "Excellence in Governance Development Award" in May 2017 for her work in the health and education sector.

    In November 2017 she was elected as a Fellow of Governance NZ.