Women on Boards Wellington: Women in Sports Governance – is there a crisis?


Sports governance, both here in New Zealand and on the world stage, is facing numerous challenges that include some very high-profile governance failings.

Each of the networking events kicks off with a short presentation from a sports governance leader and is followed by a panel discussion that takes a critical look at what is causing these failings and the impact that the lack of gender equity is having on sports governance.

Topics will include a wide range of sports governance issues such as:

  • voluntary versus mandated quotas on sports boards
  • what role does unconscious bias play in sporting boards
  • how do we create an environment where women can contribute to their full potential

Audience participation is a given! Come with your questions as panellists will not only share their insights, they will offer practical takeaways that you can immediately relate to.

Key note speaker

Karen Skinner

Head of Respect and Inclusion at NZ Rugby for Wellington. This is a new role created in 2018 to lead a culture and diversity change program across rugby. Karen is a senior change leader with experience across a range of sectors.

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Panel Chair

Prabha Ravi

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.

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Karen Skinner, Head of Respect and Inclusion at NZ Rugby for Wellington

Dr Johanna Wood

Johanna is a director of a family farming company. She has thirty-three years’ experience in the education sector and completed a Doctor of Education, conferred May 2019. Roles in education have included: principal leadership (9 years); advising, leading and developing adult/teacher professional learning (9 years); mentoring first time principals (5 years).

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Eric Hennephof

Eric Hennephof is Auckland Netball Board Chair. Eric is no stranger to Auckland Netball and has currently been a Board Member for just over 6 years.

Eric was the initial Project Manager for Auckland Council when Auckland Netball moved to St Johns in 2005, has a diverse range of historical knowledge and expertise, is renowned for his strategic thinking and leadership and has followed netball passionately at all levels of the game.

Sally Morrison

Sally has a strategic, curious mind and a real passion for our communities, sports and recreation. In 2019 Sally started her own consultancy ‘Change the Narrative’ and has been working with New Zealand Rugby to deliver their ‘Good Governance’ Project which will ultimately result in a push to diversify the country’s Rugby Boards.

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11 Bolton St

Note : Doors open at 7.30am


Members $40
Non members $45

Business Partners

Refund Policy: No refunds can be issued in respect of cancellations received within 48 hours of the first day of the series occurring.

  • 07:30 am - 09:00 am

  • 14 Nov 2019

  • Sofitel Wellington

  • 45.00