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Directors fear jail for taking risks

12 June 2012

Published: Dominion Post
The Institute of Directors is warning proposed legislation may leave professional directors facing jail for making "legitimate business errors" because of uncertainty about what constitutes criminal behaviour.

Editorial: What women bring to the boardroom

08 June 2012

Published: The Dominion Post
Opinion: This week, Institute of Directors chief Ralph Chivers dived into an issue relevant to companies throughout the country  the dearth of women at the board table. Only 9.3 per cent of the top 100 NZX-listed companies have female directors, compared with 17.3 across the Tasman.

2012 Annual General Meeting

17 April 2012

Denham Shale, President and Ralph Chivers, CEO, reported on the year's progress and guest speaker, Professor Margaret Wilson, Professor of Law and Public Policy, Waikato University, spoke on challenges in current and future public policy for business and directors.

So you want to be a director?

12 March 2012

Published: Dominion Post
At the Institute of Directors' offices in Featherston Street, 20 high-fliers have gathered for a day-long course that is designed to help prepare them to take a seat as a director at a boardroom table.

Contrary to stereotypes, there is little grey hair, nine are female and none are in handcuffs. Their reasons for attending the course are similarly quite varied. One, employed by a state-owned enterprise, already sits on a board of a subsidiary company and is considering directorships as a way of keeping busy in retirement.

Company directors must identify risks as well as opportunities

05 March 2012

Published: Dominion Post
Rarely have governance issues been so prominent in the public consciousness. In little less than a month, there’s been a high profile criminal prosecution of company directors, questions raised over local governance in three different cities, the possible collapse of a venerated rugby union, and discussion of shareholder’s rights and director’s duties in a highly politicised debate over state asset sales.