Date Change: Bad behaviour and bullying on boards - what do we need to do about it?

The Wellington Branch of Governance New Zealand invite you to join us for this virtual event where the Wellington Branch Chair, Lola Toppin-Casserly will moderate a discussion on bad behaviour in the boardroom, specifically board bullying - what do we need to do about it?

Recent Institute of Directors' research identified that around 30% of directors had either experienced or witnessed bullying in the boardroom. Further research at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington, has identified that the problem could be more extensive than this, with wide-ranging negative impacts of board bullying trickling down through organisations.

Yet what can be done about it, is not so clear.

As an employee, the Employment Relations Authority addresses workplace bullying. But board members are rarely considered employees, given the majority of them in New Zealand are volunteers. Whether board members actually speak up about it is also not clear. What should and can be done about board bullying, and who needs to do it? These questions will be discussed by the online panel.


Lola Toppin-Casserly, Wellington Branch Chair


Julie Hardaker FCG FGNZ, Governance NZ President and Chair of Women on Boards.

Julie has first class LLB (Hons) and MMS (Hons) from Waikato University. She is a lawyer, governance professional and the former Mayor of Hamilton from 2010 - 2016. Julie has practiced employment law for 25 years and operates her own law firm in Hamilton. Julie is Chair of Orchestras Central Trust, deputy chair of Bay Venues Ltd, board member of Common Good Foundation, Chair of Women on Boards, and former chair of the Environmental Protection Authority. View full bio..

Guy Beatson, Institute of Director’s General Manager of Governance Leadership Centre

Guy is an experienced senior leader who has worked with public, private and not-for-profit entities in New Zealand, Fiji, Mongolia, Australia and the United States. His previous senior roles include Deputy Chief Executive, Strategy and Organisation Performance at Te Puni Kōkiri; Deputy Secretary Natural Resources Policy at Ministry for the Environment. View full bio..

Nuwanthie Samarakone, Founder & director of ICE

Nuwanthie is an international business executive and director. She has held board roles across multiple sectors since 2011. She is independent director for Downer & Hawkins – Kōkiri Construction Ltd and Kalandra Education Group. She is trustee director for Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust and is on the board of Royal NZ Ballet and The Well Foundation.
Nuwanthie is founder/director of ICE, a professional services consultancy whose purpose is to deliver sustainable, supportive and aspirational pathways for rangatahi through developing internships and graduate schemes for organisations looking to build pipelines. View full bio..


This event will be held virtually. You will be sent a zoom link three days prior to the event.


This is a free event please register here to receive the zoom link


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

  • 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm

  • 18 Oct 2022

  • Virtual Event