2020 National Governance Virtual Conference

Triumphant over Adversity – we’re going virtual!

Yes! We have had to change our plans super quickly, but our amazing ability to adapt is part of being who we are as an agile organisation determined to deliver despite the hurdles thrown before us, right?

Get ready, because our edgy programme will now be beamed out live, so you can watch from the comfort of your own home, or from anywhere in the world!

Our entire programme will also be recorded so if you miss a session, you can view it later.

We’ve dropped our pricing to reflect the virtual format, the presenters are all keen and ready to go, so what are you waiting for…register now and make sure you are part of this boutique online event.

PS: Spread the word…opportunities like this don’t come around very often!

This year’s National Governance Conference offers you the chance to:

  • hear from expert leaders in governance and risk management
  • be updated on the latest insights and governance trends
  • enjoy a packed programme — beamed to you live and on-demand
  • participate in an interactive platform to network and engage
  • gain up to 7 CPD points from the comfort of your home or office


Time Activity
8.45am-8.55am Welcome
Ngaio Merrick, MC
8.55am-9.00am Conference opening address
Dr Denis Mowbray, President Governance NZ
9.00am-9.30am The Eliminator - a true story of leadership and resilience
Dr Ashley Bloomfield
9.30am-10.15am "Kia kotahi te hoe o te waka" Paddling in unison to navigate the greatest disruption to access to justice since World War 2.
Tiana Epati, President NZ Law Society
10.15am-10.30am Refreshment break
10.30am-11.15am Panel Discussion: When just being kind is not enough
Chair -
Rob Campbell Panel: Kirk Hope, Tania Te Whenua and Lola Toppin-Casserly
11.15am -12.00noon Year of the new Privacy Act
Presenters - Hesketh Henry
12.00-12.45pm Charting the future in the NFP/Charity sector
Presenter - Craig Fisher, RSM New Zealand
12.45pm-1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm-2.15pm Compliance versus Creativity
Silvana Schenone, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
2.15pm-3.00pm Championing and embedding diversity within your boardroom
Presenter - Earle Wilkes, Equity Matters Ltd
3.00pm-3.15pm Refreshment break
3.15pm-4.00pm Point of convergence: a perspective for leaders on the strategy, risk and compliance nexus
Presenter - Dr Christopher Theunissen
4.00pm-4.18pm Future Directors - the challenges and opportunities of under 30s in the boardroom
Presenter - Shannon Scown
4.18pm-4.20pm Closing remarks
Linda Noble, Chief Executive

Download printable copy of the programme


Governance New Zealand & Women on Boards Member: $225 (incl GST)
Non-Member: $299 (incl GST)

*If you have registered for the conference and have not been sent a confirmation email please contact
Nicola Scott


Online Virtual event


Governance New Zealand confirms this event qualifies for 7 CPD structured credits per day based on 1 credit per hour of attendance

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

Major Business Partners

  • 08:30 am - 04:20 pm

  • 16 Sep 2020

  • Virtual event