Looking for board appointments?

If you’re looking to extend your governance career and are interested in taking on a new board appointment, members can list on the IoD's DirectorSearch database which is regularly accessed to fill positions for our DirectorSearch clients. You can also keep up to date with available board vacancies.


Members should keep a regular check on DirectorVacancies for current governance vacancies.

Join the DirectorSearch database

The IoD’s DirectorSearch database is one of the most comprehensive of its type in New Zealand. It is designed to perform complex searches of candidates’ skills and experience for organisations seeking new non executive directors. The process also involves careful research into candidates’ backgrounds and experience through their resumes in order to ensure the client only receives candidate profiles that we believe could bring real value to the role.

You can register for the DirectorSearch database by going to Update your details. Once you are registered on our DirectorSearch database, your name and details will be accessed whenever we conduct a search for which you meet the clients’ criteria. It is important to keep your skills and sector details, and CV up to date as this will determine whether you have the experience clients are seeking. Please update your details on a regular basis.

From time-to-time you may be put forward to a client as part of a long list (usually 8-12 candidates) where the IoD considers that you have the right skills and experience and can bring real value to a role. If the client decides to take things further, which is usually with between two and four candidates, we will contact you to ascertain your interest and ensure all your details are current.

Creating a governance CV

If you are registering with the DirectorSearch database, or updating an old CV, please use these guidelines to create a CV which is appropriate for directorship opportunities.

Many CVs could be improved to better reflect a candidate’s governance experience and achievements. Some relatively simple changes can be made to great effect.

In particular, does your CV:

  • Clearly detail your experience of working with boards – either as a director, a chief executive reporting to a board or as a senior manager who understands the governance process?
  • Adequately describe the size and type of organisations you’ve been involved with?
  • Concisely list your governance, then your work history?

A governance CV is a different proposition from an executive CV. Governance skills, experience, training and relevant memberships should be prominent to demonstrate you are a governance professional.

Aim to keep your CV to 4-5 pages maximum. Use a plain clear font – do not reduce text size to make your CV appear shorter. Remember that sophisticated or highly aesthetic CV’s may impress, but should not detract from the data you would like to get across.

Have you considered a governance statement? This is a paragraph or two at the beginning of the CV that acts like an executive summary of your governance experience, and indicates your board room style and strengths.

It is useful to note your behavioural/emotional intelligence skills. Boards are looking for a person with the capabilities of a team player, who can also hold robust, independent views around a board table where respect is valued.

We recommend tailoring the CV by highlighting aspects of your experience that will stand out to a recruiting Chair and/or appointments committee. Remember that the ‘stated’ experience should be in proportion to the real experience, but make sure if you have the skills that fit the bill that you make these prominent.

Your CV is just one step in the appointment process, but it is important to get it right.

Public sector board appointments

A number of departments manage the process of board appointments to SOEs, Crown entities, statutory bodies and advisory bodies on behalf of the responsible Ministers. These are important governance roles where board members can make a real difference.

If you have the relevant skills and experience and are interested in serving on a board, you can register with any of the following:

DirectorSearch database

If you are an IoD member, you can register on the DirectorSearch database.