Applications for the 2017 intake will open on 31 March.
Each year applications are sought from members who believe their diversity can contribute to board performance. They should also have a solid track record in executive management/board advisory roles plus board experience and have the capability to be offered a place on the board of a NZX company or organisation of similar size.
Established in 2011, the first three years of the programme linked experienced women directors (mentees) with chairmen and senior directors (mentors) from NZX and large company boards for a 12 month period. The focus was on women because there was such an obvious imbalance on boards. However the IoD has always believed that diversity of thought does not only stem from a better gender balance on boards so in 2015 the programme widened its focus. Research has shown that a board of directors who can offer different perspectives are more likely to consider a wider range of alternatives.
The programme aims to:
- assist mentees to gain knowledge and skills which will assist them in achieving director appointments particularly in large company environments
- increase mentees’ understanding of how listed and large company boards work
- enhance the connections between senior directors and chairmen, adding to the diversity of the director pool and making board-ready talent more visible.
Applicants should have:
- a solid track record in executive management/board advisory roles plus board experience
- the capability and capacity to be offered a place on the board of a NZX company or organisation of similar size.
Lists of the mentees who have taken part in the programme can be found below.