Governance Masterclass: Stepping up from Leadership to Governance

Want to learn the fundamentals of being a director and increase your board knowledge and skills?

This Women on Boards Governance Masterclass provides the essentials for women looking to advance their governance careers and improve their governance knowledge and skills. You will gain valuable information about being on a board and much more.

This one-day Governance Masterclass is for those working in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors is a combination of education, practical training and networking and is a must attend course for women in governance.

The Governance Masterclass is limited to 30 participants.

Who should attend

Those new to a governance career looking to improve their governance knowledge and skill, aspiring directors and career executives seeking director transition pathways.

What will you learn

There are four content topics – governance essentials, financial literacy, CV preparation, board recruitment and networks, and personal leadership development. Topics include:

  • Governance essentials, director’s roles and responsibilities, how to be a productive board member, trends in governance
  • Demystifying financial accounts and introduction to accounting principles
  • Financial strategies, what to look for and what to ask about finances
  • Personal leadership including how to navigate board room behaviours and strategies to separate the behaviour from the person
  • Gaining a better understanding who you are and how to have the confidence to be yourself in the board room
  • Preparing for a board role, CVs, how to capitalise on your personal brand and profile
  • Recruitment processes, interview technics and the pathway to board appointments
  • Networks and mentors


The Governance Masterclass has been developed by experienced directors and facilitators.

Our facilitators are experienced in working with board directors and supporting women in their governance careers and have engaging interactive presentation styles.

Mele Wendt

Mele Wendt, MNZM has 25 years of governance experience and 17 years of

leadership/management experience. Her roles have included being a high school teacher, the founding pacific islands liaison officer and manager of domestic student recruitment at Victoria University, and then the executive director of Fulbright NZ for ten years.

Mele currently chairs Wellington Community Fund and is a board member of Te Kura (the Correspondence School), Real Estate Authority, Tāwhiri: Festivals and Experiences, and the Tokelau International Trust Fund. She is an experienced facilitator and also provides consultancies in governance training, Pacific peoples’ development, community engagement, scholarships management, and mentoring.

In 2019, Mele was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to governance, the Pacific community and women. In 2022, she won the Not-For-Profit Governance Leader Award at the Women in Governance Awards. Mele is a White Ribbon Ambassador and a member of various professional and community groups.

Deborah Workman

Deborah Workman is a global NLP Trainer, a Life & Leadership Coach, a wife and a mother. A highly sought-after speaker, she vulnerably shares with audiences that she never really knew where she was supposed to fit in.

Born multi-racial, multi-cultural as a New Zealand Maori, she always felt like she had something to prove. She spent the majority of her life chasing results, pleasing people & figuring "it" out. She thought to be happy, she needed to be a high achiever, follow the linear path, make money to eventually buy a family home and live happily ever after. Deb speaks about how she was able to tap into her own personal empowerment and redesign her own life conquering negativity, perfectionism, self-sabotage, imposter syndrome and letting go of the need to please others.

Deb now helps high achievers reconnect to themselves, their purpose and their relationships so that they can refine their ability to achieve extraordinary results & redesign their life to have more peace, passion and presence! Deborah is the founder of Illuminating Lives and lives in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Jayne Atherton

Jayne Atherton works in board recruitment, assessment and research following a 20-year career as a national news, business and finance journalist and Senior Editor in the UK and New Zealand, working across newspapers and digital. She was also a regular contributor to Sky News, BBC Radio and TV.

Originally from Manchester in the UK, Jayne is passionate about the role of good governance in business success and is excited by the potential for New Zealand to be a world leader in driving high governance standards.

Craig Fisher FCA

Craig is a Chartered Accountant and Consultant in governance and strategy. He has spent the bulk of his career being the bad cop and professional sceptic as an audit partner, latterly with RSM and was formerly a licensed auditor, as well as an Approved Auditor of the Auditor General. Craig has been actively involved in governance and management for much of his career and chaired the accounting group he spent the last 18 years of his public practice working life in. He has specialist expertise in, and has acted for a considerable number of charities and for-purpose organisations, both in an audit and consulting capacity.

He is now an associate with Boardworks Aotearoa, a consultant, and professional director. Current roles include chairing the External Reporting Board’s External Advisory Panel, an independent councillor of ADLS, chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand, a trustee of the Wise Group, independent risk, assurance and audit committee chair of Ngati Whatua Orakei, and he serves on the committee of the CA ANZ Auckland NFP Special Interest Group, amongst other roles. Craig has a strong interest in governance good practice and transparency of reporting, and especially service performance and integrated reporting. He is also a late onset surfer, can be found residing in either Raglan or Auckland, and grows macadamia nuts.


23 February 2023, 8.30am-5.30pm


Russell McVeagh, Auckland


Members: $995 (GST incl.)
Non-members: $1,245 (GST incl.)


7 CPD points

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

  • 08:30 am - 05:30 pm

  • 23 Feb 2023

  • Russell McVeagh, Auckland

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