Building a Career in Board Governance


This workshop provides practical guidance, useful tools and valuable insights to assist with applying for, and successfully securing, board positions. From creating a compelling CV through to board interviewing techniques and beyond, helping you to take control of your governance career. This online training session is invaluable for both those seeking their first board role and for those looking to increase their governance portfolio.

Topics covered include:

  • overview of governance and leadership
  • pre-application considerations and due diligence
  • creating a personal brand and social media presence
  • where to find your first board role
  • writing a great CV and covering letter
  • interviewing techniques
  • what to expect at your first board meeting
  • next steps in building a governance portfolio


Jessie Chan

Jessie is part of a farming business leasing 420ha at Dorie, milking 850 cows. She has an Honours Degree in Animal Science and has worked in a range of rural professional positions over a fifteen-year period. Jessie has completed the Fonterra Governance Development Programme, the Food and Agribusiness Marketing Experience and the Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme. She is currently Chair of RuralCo Ltd, on the Board of Ngai Tahu Farming Ltd, Alpine Energy Ltd and Bio-Protection Aotearoa and is a Trustee of Meat the Need. Jessie has previously served on the Board of Connetics Ltd, DairyNZ Ltd (as an Associate Director), Business Mid Canterbury and Federated Farmers Mid Canterbury. Jessie is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and New Zealand Asian Leaders. Jessie has an eight-year-old son, Adam and a three-year-old son, Noah.


Members $100 (GST incl.)
Non-members $349 (GST incl.)


This workshop is delivered online via Zoom. A link to join will be sent two days prior to the workshop date.


Governance New Zealand confirms this event qualifies for 2 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.

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • 22 Feb 2022

  • Virtual