Governance NZ


Membership of Governance New Zealand is open to people from all backgrounds and experiences because governance itself is wide in scope.

Which membership category is right for you?

Become a GNZ Member

Professionals involved in company secretarial work or other governance, risk and compliance roles who want access to industry-related information, education and networking opportunities without pursuing one of our formal governance qualifications or acquiring “chartered” status. GNZ members are members of Governance New Zealand but are not members of the Chartered Governance Institute.

GNZ Membership Application Form

Become a Women on Boards Member

Female professionals who are seeking access to tools and empowerment through education, mentoring and networking opportunities in order to assist them in their directorship and governance careers.

Women on Boards members automatically become members of Governance New Zealand.

Why join Women on Boards?

WOB Membership Application

Become an Affiliate Member

Affiliated membership provides professional recognition of the achievement, value and capability of those who have qualified via our non-chartered route.  It is open to those who hold a recognised professional or pre-professional qualification and have at least 2-years of relevant work experience requiring minimal or no further study. 

This pathway will provide you with membership (non-chartered) of both Governance NZ and the global body - The Chartered Governance Institute.  Affiliated membership is denoted by the use of the post-nominals CG (Affiliated).

Affiliated members can opt to pursue full chartered membership at any stage by enrolling on the Professional Education Programme.

View the qualification criteria  

Affiliate Member Application Form

Chartered Membership

Unique international qualifications recognised in over 70 countries

Chartered membership demonstrates a capability in governance and compliance that draws together  many disciplines, such as strategy, finance, law, regulation and risk, and a practical understanding of the dynamics of board and organisation. 

It shows that you have qualified to work in governance and that you have the relevant work experience to put your understanding into practice.

There are two levels of chartered membership: Associate, denoted by the post-nominals ACG (formerly ACIS) and Fellow, which uses the post-nominals FCG (formerly FCIS).

Become an Associate member

Associate members are Graduates of the Professional Education Programme who have gained the Chartered Secretary and/or Chartered Governance Professional qualifications. 

Associate members are members of both Governance New Zealand and the The Chartered Governance Institute.

As an Associate member, you have an opportunity to become a GNZ board member. Discover more benefits of an Associate membership. 

Associate Member Application Form

Become a Fellow

Senior chartered members who have acquired a greater level of experience and responsibility within the profession can apply for elevation to Fellowship status. Fellows are members of both Governance New Zealand and the The Chartered Governance Institute.

Find out how you can advance to become a Fellow.

Fellowship Application Form

As an Associate or Affiliated member of Governance New Zealand Inc. you automatically acquire membership of the global body, The Chartered Governance Institute, on its New Zealand register.

Governance New Zealand Inc. Associate and Fellow members are entitled to use the designations of Chartered Secretary and/or Chartered Governance Professional.

Membership fees

Types of membership


GNZ member$300
WOB member$300
Affiliate member (Non-chartered membership)$385
Associate member (Chartered membership)$480
Fellow (Chartered membership)$590