Women on Boards Executive Committee

Executive Committee 2020
Julie Hardaker FCG ChairDirector, Julie Hardaker Lawyers
Jayne Atherton ACGConsultant (Governance Practice), Kerridge & Partners
AJ MillwardGM, Small Business and Strategic Programmes, MBIE
Prabha Ravi QSM, JPFounder & Director of Grow Consultancy Ltd and Natraj School of Dance
Tania Te Whenua ACGPrincipal, Te Whenua Law and Consulting
  • Julie Hardaker FCG

    executive committee chair

    Julie has an LLB (Hons) and MMS (Hons) from Waikato University and is a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute. Julie 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 the Environmental Protection Authority, deputy chair of Governance New Zealand and Chair of Women on Boards. She holds other government and private sector board roles.

    Julie has a strong interest in women and leadership and has recently completed research on gender stereotypes and women leaders. She is a media commentator and regularly presents at conferences on governance topics, women in leadership and local governance.

  • Jayne Atherton ACG

    executive committee member

    Jayne Atherton works in board recruitment, assessment and research following a 20-year career as a national news, business and finance journalist and Senior Editor in the UK and New Zealand, working across newspapers and digital. She was also a regular contributor to Sky News, BBC Radio and TV.

    Originally from Manchester in the UK, Jayne is passionate about the role of good governance in business success and is excited by the potential for New Zealand to be a world leader in driving high governance standards.

  • AJ Millward

    executive committee member

    AJ has spent most of her career working in the New Zealand public sector where she is currently a General Manager at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. AJ is a people leader who enjoys working at a system level to develop, set and implement strategy. AJ is an advocate for the application of good governance in any business setting and is especially passionate about women reaching their leadership and governance potential.

  • Prabha Ravi QSM, JP

    executive committee member

    Prabha is committed to helping public and not-for-profit sector organisations and private businesses grow to their full potential through best practice governance. In the past 10 years, she has provided a sustainable long term vision and strategic direction to the boards she has served, providing clarity to the management team to execute them effectively.

    With a strong background in business development and deep experience in the education, art and culture industry, Prabha has specific expertise within the export-oriented organisations.

    She also has a strong background and experience in community development with a special interest in raising the profile and supporting very talented ethnic women and youth from diverse backgrounds sitting around the board table.

  • Tania Te Whenua

    executive committee member

    Tania Te Whenua BA/LLB ACG (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) is an Associate Member of Governance New Zealand and a Chartered Governance Professional.

    Tania is principal of Te Whenua Law and Consulting, a local government development contributions commissioner, a member of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Rivers Advisory Body, and a board member of Recreation Aotearoa and Kai Rotorua.

    Tania is an advocate for sustainable and inclusive business practice and is co-counsel for the New Zealand Māori Council (Mataatua District) Treaty of Waitangi claim on climate change; and leads the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and New Zealand Public Service Association’s Treaty of Waitangi claims on inequities facing Māori women in employment with a strong focus on leadership and governance inequity.

    Tania is also the current lead Māori advisor to the Asia New Zealand Foundation, and the Federation of New Zealand Multicultural Councils, and an associate with Victoria University’s Centre for Continuing Education, leading the Centre’s Māori cultural competency professional development programme for public, private and community sector workers.