Governance NZ

Summit Presenters


Minister for Women

Minster Tinetti is a Labour list Member of Parliament based in Tauranga and is the Minster for Women, Minster for Education and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction.

Minister Tinetti attended Villa Maria College before graduating from Christchurch College of Education with a Diploma in Teaching (Primary) and the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Education. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Master’s in Education with First Class Honours.

Minister pursued a career in primary school teaching which saw her working in schools in Invercargill and Greymouth before embarking on a career as a school principal. Over her 20 years as a primary school principal, she led across four schools across Southland and Tauranga, with her last position as principal before entering politics was Merivale School, in one of Tauranga’s most financially disadvantaged communities.


National Party

Nicola Grigg is the MP for Selwyn and is the National Party’s Spokesperson for Women. She is also spokesperson for Rural Communities, Animal Welfare, Biosecurity, Food Safety, and associate Agriculture.

Nicola was born and raised on the family sheep and beef farm in Mt Somers, in the heart of mid Canterbury and studied at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, graduating with a Degree in Broadcast Communications and Diplomas in Television and Radio News. Nicola has worked as a reporter and newsreader around the country including at Newstalk ZB and RNZ and was a press secretary for Sir Bill English during his tenure as Minister of Finance, and Prime Minister.

Before becoming an MP, Nicola was a portfolio manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


Green Party

Jan Logie was elected to Parliament in 2011. She is the Green Party spokesperson for Women and also for ACC, Child Poverty Reduction, Children, Community and Voluntary Sector, Disability, State Services, Te Tiriti O Waitangi and Workplace Relations and Safety.

Jan was born in Invercargill and graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in politics.

Prior to entering parliament Jan worked for Women’s Refuge, the New Zealand University Students’ Association, the YWCA, and numerous other social causes. She also has a proud history as a volunteer - for Youthline, HELP Sexual Abuse Crisis Line, Wellington Rape Crisis Board, and others.


PhD Candidate

Lola Toppin-Casserly holds over 20 years’ experience in government settings in the UK and NZ, across a wide policy portfolio. Evaluating government spend and organisational performance has become central to Lola’s career. Starting in the UK Parliament and National Audit Office, then in NZ to Office of the Auditor General, Ministry of Economic Development, Department of Labour, WorkSafe, MBIE and Ministry of Social Development. Across these roles she managed and led groups of people, and realised that leadership is the crux to successful, thriving and ethical organisations, hence her PhD topic. Lola has been simultaneously growing her governance experience across the arts, music and currently forestry sectors.

Speaking Session: Ethical Leadership in Governance: Gender Issues


Sheffield New Zealand

Katy Anquetil is a recruitment executive thought leader with over 20 years' experience in the industry. Her role as Sheffield NZ Director-Wellington, is focused on partnering with clients in public and private sectors to appoint key talent. She also works with firms that require broader HR needs including training, leadership coaching, succession planning, capability development and organisational reviews. Katy’s work in the education sector includes governance appointments, executive leadership as well as broader consultancy delivery. Prior to working for Sheffield, Katy was the Director of Operations for Manpower Group, designing and delivering workforce solutions for a variety of clients globally. Katy also possesses significant international experience, having worked in leadership roles for some iconic firms such as Amazon, Expedia, and Microsoft.

Info Session #1: Top Tips for Governance CVs and Quickfire Round: Demystifying the Board Recruitment Process



Sharon is the Chief Economist at ANZ and Global Women member. Before joining ANZ, Sharon worked as a macroeconomist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Central Bank of Norway. Sharon is a forecaster, modeler, and economic commentator who specialises in communicating economic topics in an accessible way.

Speaking Session: Economic Update for Board Directors


Sport NZ

Julie Hood is the Lead Governance and Planning Consultant for Ihi Aotearoa Sport NZ. Through the development and delivery of best practice governance programmes, resources, and support she is responsible for lifting the knowledge and application of good governance across Sport NZ’s investment partner boards. This includes leading the National Policy for Gender Equity in Governance. Prior to this Julie held executive roles in roles in public, private, publicly listed, and not-for-profit organisations with a focus on health and health professionals. Julie is an independent director on Wellington North Badminton Association, a trustee on the Maidstone Park Trust and runs her own consulting practice with a focus on governance and management performance effectiveness.

Breakout Session #1: Gender Equity in Sports Governance


Te Whenua Law,

Women on Boards NZ

Tania Te Whenua (Tūhoe, Whakatōhea) is a Chartered Governance Professional and Member of the Executive Committee, Governance New Zealand Women on Boards. She is Principal of Te Whenua Law and Consulting where she specialises in Māori commercial and Waitangi Tribunal matters. Tania supports boards to embed a commitment to Te Tiriti and strengthen outcomes for Māori. Tania presently sits on the boards of the Civil Advisory Board to the Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Te Taumata Māori Trade Advisory Board to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Te Ora Māori Medical Practitioners Association, and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council Rivers Advisory Board. Tania is also a Local Government Development Contributions Commissioner.

Breakout Session #2: Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Strategic Thinking and Governance


New Zealand Cricket (NZC) & Heart of the City

Martin Snedden is the current board chair of New Zealand Cricket and Auckland’s central city business association, Heart of the City, and a director of the International Cricket Council. He is also project leader of a coalition of board chairs from more than 40 National Sports Organisations and Regional Sports Trusts focusing on building sector governance competency through the fostering of inter-group relationships and sharing of experiences and learnings. He is a former CEO of NZC, Rugby World Cup 2011, Tourism Industry Association NZ, and Duco Events. Martin played cricket for the BLACKCAPS from 1980 to 1990.

Panel Session: Men’s role in Gender Equity in Governance


Independent Director and Serial Founder

John Holt is a serial Founder and company director who is committed to founding, growing and supporting high impact ventures that will better New Zealand and New Zealanders. John’s latest venture and primary focus is a global platform for consumer consideration - All Things Considered - where considerate consumers can research and discover the ethics and sustainability of the brands they buy from and have their say. John is a director of Airways Corporation of New Zealand, Airways International, PuttiApps, Technology and Innovations New Zealand (TAINZ) and Orbica. His non-profit work includes roles as chairperson and trustee of the Free-for-all Charitable Trust and chair/founder of Kiwi Landing Pad Limited (trading as Territory 3).

Panel Session: Men’s role in Gender Equity in Governance


National Council of Women New Zealand (NCWNZ)

Sue Kedgley is an independent director and media trainer, author, women’s advocate and former Member of Parliament. She is Chair of the Consumer Foundation, a board member of the Osteopathic Council of Aotearoa New Zealand, and Co-Convenor of the National Council of Women’s Influence and Decision-Making Action Hub. Sue is a former Board member of Consumer NZ; Capital and Coast District Health Board; UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand and the National Committee for the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles. Sue was awarded the Women on Board’s Women in Governance Award in 2019, and a Women of Influence award in 2016. She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2019.

Info Session #2: Parental leave for directors – an issue of equity


PWC, Sustainability & Climate Change Leader

Annabell Chartres leads PwC New Zealand’s Sustainability & Climate Change practice. She has extensive experience in New Zealand and international markets helping clients bring a business lens to the issues and opportunities of sustainability and climate change. Her areas of expertise include sustainability reporting, sustainable supply chain considerations, climate risk disclosure (TCFD, CRD), sustainability and zero carbon, climate mitigation and adaptation strategy development, ESG due diligence, natural capital and biodiversity considerations including TCFD. Annabell has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate and business strategy development, operating model design and organisation transformation across a range of sectors. She has worked with clients across a wide range of sectors including financial services, tourism, aviation, local and central government agencies, agriculture, energy and utilities. Annabell is also a member of the External Reporting Board’s advisory panel for the Climate-related Disclosures Project, which is setting the standards for climate-related financial disclosures for New Zealand.

Breakout Session #3: Environmental, Social and Governance


Community Governance New Zealand

Rose Hiha (Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Rongowhaakata, Ngāti Kahungunu), is Chief Executive | Tumu Whakarae of Community Governance NZ and has extensive experience in management and governance across iwi, community, and governance organisations. During her career in local and central government Rose has led large-scale transformational programmes involving the environment, Te Ao Māori, and sustainability and infrastructure. This has included the management of multi-million-dollar investments with iwi and communities across New Zealand. Rose was Chair of Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Co-Chaired the Endangered Species Foundation. She currently supports national boards in digital equity and local art community boards.

Breakout Session #4: Not for Profit Governance


Independent Director

An experienced director working primarily in the infrastructure sector, Margaret currently chairs Watercare and Hospice Waikato. She is a director of the Waikato Regional Airport Group, Dairy NZ, IT Partners and Waimea Water. A passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, Margaret was instrumental in the development of the Emerging Director programme in the Waikato to encourage wider diversity in the boardroom and was the inaugural chair of Women in Infrastructure. Previous board roles include WEL Networks, Lyttleton Port, Aurora Energy and Infrastructure NZ.

Breakout Session #5: Crisis Management for Directors


Ministry for Ethnic Communities

Before becoming the new ministry’s first Chief Executive, Mervin was the Executive Director at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions. From 2012 to 2018 he held several executive leadership roles at the Department of Internal Affairs, including Deputy Chief Executive - Stewardship and Organisational Sustainability and Deputy Chief Executive - Strategy and Governance. Between 2000 and 2004 he was Chief Mediator at the Human Rights Commission and between 1997 and 2000 was the Complaints Manager at the Office of Race Relations Conciliator.

Panel Session: Diversity and Inclusion on Boards – what does it really mean?


Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

Judy Small joined the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Board in November 2013 and is currently serving her fourth term on the board, and she was chairperson from 2020 to 2022. Judy has been a client of Blind Low Vision NZ since she was four years old. Judy graduated in 1999 with a Masters of Social Science (Hons) and her thesis was a sociological study of blind people and how they identify themselves. Judy worked as a Policy Analyst for 11½ years in social policy in the Office for Disability Issues, served on the Blind Citizens New Zealand National Executive, and most recently worked as a Disability Advisor to the Hamilton City Council for a total of 9 years.

Panel Session: Diversity and Inclusion on Boards – what does it really mean?


Entrepreneur, Commentator, Independent Director

Nuwanthie is an experienced international business executive and emerging company director who stands for values-based impact that creates better lives. Her founding business over a decade ago, ICE, is a consultancy firm specialising in designing, delivering, and developing schemes for organisations looking to build early talent pipelines. In 2020, she exited as Managing Partner at ICE to focus on her governance career.

Around the board table Nuwanthie brings youth, energy, passion and, in 2022, Nuwanthie was awarded the Women on Board’s Women in Governance Award.

Panel Session: Diversity and Inclusion on Boards – what does it really mean?



Farah Herbert is a dynamic and influential leader in the technology sector, currently serving as the CEO of Cybercraft, an innovative cybersecurity company in Aotearoa New Zealand. With a strong background in business and technology with her passion for effective governance. Farah has positioned herself as a driving force in digital transformation and cyber risk mitigation. With an acute understanding of the importance of governance in the technology landscape, Farah brings valuable insights to the forefront, ensuring that organisations prioritise cyber risk and compliance while driving innovation.

Info Session #3: Cybersecurity

Speakers to be announced soon...

Ministry for Women


Chartered Governance Professional

Dr Rosanne Hawarden is a founder of Women on Boards NZ, Fellow and has been a Chartered Fellow and Governance Professional for nearly 30 years. She is a Past President of Governance New Zealand. Her IT company represented an international software house specialising in manufacturing and accounting systems for two decades. Rosanne has degrees in nursing, human resources, and IT. She holds a Doctorate in Business and Administration and is an internationally recognised scholar in board diversity. Rosanne’s board experience includes several statutory boards in the health sector, where she continues to serve on Professional Conduct Committees. She recently served a term on the Assurance and Risk Committee of the New Zealand Customs Service.

Sprint Session #2: Global Trends for Women on Boards


The Period Place

Danika Revell is a fearless advocate for women’s rights and menstrual equity. As the Cofounder and CEO of The Period Place - Aotearoa's largest period charity working to eliminate period inequity (period poverty) in New Zealand - she has advocated at all levels of Government in Aotearoa and Internationally for menstrual equity, was part of the team that successfully petitioned the NZ Government to put period products and more menstrual education in schools, has spoken at the UN CSW, and this year is heading to Rwanda in July for the Women Deliver global conference to represent the wāhine and everyone who has a menstrual cycle in Aotearoa. The Period Place vision is 'intergenerational period equity for Aotearoa', which they work towards through their three pillars: reducing menstrual stigma and taboo through conversations, facilitating and providing menstrual health education, and increasing access to period products to communities and individuals that have barriers. With donations and grant funding they have donated over 1.5 million disposable and 30,000 reusable products in three years.

Sprint Session #3: Extending the Ladder Down


Kindness Collective Foundation

Sarah Page is a woman on a mission to make New Zealand the kindest place on the planet. Sarah is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Kindness Collective, an award-winning New Zealand charity. The Kindness Collective started as a behind-the-scenes community group and now in 2023 has provided over $7,500,000 worth of kindness to Kiwis in need. Sarah describes the charity as a unique ‘matchmaker’ that matches those in need, with those who have more to share. Every year the Kindness Collective supports over 100,000 people and they're just getting started.

Sprint Session #3: Extending the Ladder Down


Governance & Leadership Consultant

Carol Scholes has over 30 years of governance and management experience working with commercial and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific. Her expertise encompasses governance, strategy, leadership coaching and facilitation. Carol is a Lead facilitator for the Company Directors and Advanced Directors courses for the Institute of Directors and is a Chartered member of the IOD. She is an accredited International Master coach, Master NLP practitioner, and Master clinical hypnotherapist. Carol has held board positions and Chair roles for the last 20 years. She is frequently asked to support boards in choosing new board members. Carol is currently the Chair of CanTeen Aotearoa and two other company boards.

Quickfire Round: Demystifying the Board Recruitment Process



Amy Tea is the founder and director of ATCL Search, an executive search firm that specialises in government, kaupapa Māori and NGO appointments. Amy has over 15 years’ experience in governance appointments across a wide range of entities such as the Climate Change Commission, Workforce Development Councils, Te Ohu Kaimoana, Ngāti Whatua Orakei, Emerge Aotearoa, Aktive Sport and Recreation, Eastland Group Ltd and many others.

Quickfire Round: Demystifying the Board Recruitment Process