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Build your governance capability

Discover what’s needed to build your governance capability.

Ross Buckley, John Sandford, Hilary Poole, Mark Conelly
4:00pm — 7:30pm, 24 August 2022
KPMG Auckland
18 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland 1010
Price members
$70.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$125.00 incl GST


This session is designed to assist the development of emerging directors by an introduction to governance. On completion, participants will have a sound fundamental understanding of governance best practice which should boost confidence to undertake more formal director training such as the Essentials one-day courses for aspiring and new directors.


The objective of the session is to build governance awareness in an interactive environment. Experienced directors will guide discussions around the Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice. 


A workbook will be emailed two weeks prior and it is expected of each participant to familiarise themselves with the reading and exercises around each of the Pillars (please bring your workbook – either electronic or hardcopy – to the session). Additional online reading will be recommended and it will be assumed you have read and considered this also.

Book prize

The Fish Rots from the Head by Bob Garratt will be given to the person who best answers the questions around Pillar Four.

Who should register?

The workshop is ideally suited for mid to senior-level executives and new directors on commercial, not-for-profit (NFP) and Crown-owned boards. It will provide a unique opportunity to learn from a number of New Zealand’s senior director practitioners, share experience and network with other like-minded business people. You should ideally have some governance experience, but not have completed any of the IoD governance development courses.


The session is limited to 28 participants and 4 senior directors.

Ross Buckley


Ross Buckley CMInstD commenced his professional governance career in October 2020 after retiring from KPMG where he was executive Chair of the New Zealand firm from 2011 to 2020. Ross joined KPMG in Wellington in 1983 and held a variety of roles in New Zealand and overseas including board member of KPMG Asia Pacific and a member of KPMG’s Global Council.

Ross is an independent director of ASB Bank and is a member of ASB’s Appointment and Remuneration and Audit and Risk Committees. Ross is also the independent chair of Service Foods and chairs the advisory board of Massey University’s College of Business.

Ross has a BBS (Massey University) and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Fellow Certified Practising Accountant (FCPA). Ross is a Chartered Member of the IOD and became IoD’s Auckland branch chair in 2021 after joining the Auckland Branch Committee in 2020.

John Sandford


John is an experienced CEO, Director, Trustee, Advisor and Chair. He has had extensive experience with corporate, family-owned and founder-operated businesses within the services, tourism, hospitality, forestry and health sectors.

With a particular focus on adding value and helping to develop the capability of individuals and organisations, John supports and guides business owners and managers to grow sustainably and successfully to maximise their potential. With current roles as chair or member of advisory and formal boards, he is also a strategic advisor with Advisory.Works.

Hilary Poole


Hilary is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, having been a member since 2002. She recently completed the IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity programme and highly values the IoD’s professional development and focus on all aspects of diversity.

She has held governance roles in the finance, food, sport, education, and the not-for-profit sector. This includes her current roles as a director of Hockey New Zealand and as a trustee of the Play It Strange Charitable Trust. Previous appointments include independent director of Sport New Zealand, deputy chair of High Performance Sport New Zealand, independent director of Prolife Foods and Martin Jenkins and chair of Just Life Group, Diocesan School for Girls, and the First Foundation.

Her executive roles include CEO of Hockey New Zealand, CEO of Netball New Zealand, and as a senior executive in strategy, marketing and operations at the Bank of New Zealand.

Mark Conelly


Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in senior Finance roles including the last 20 years in Chief Financial Officer roles for medium to large NZ businesses (both privately owned and large trading units of listed entities).  This includes over 14 years in Retail/Distribution businesses, including The Warehouse (“the red sheds”) and The Noel Leeming Group along with experience in Manufacturing, Consulting, and Insurance businesses.  He has just completed an assignment as the Interim CFO for Trademe Limited.  

In addition to his Commercial experience, he has held numerous Governance roles in both Commercial entities and NGOs for close to 30 years.  Mark is currently on 6 Boards, including currently Chairing the Saint Kentigern Trust Board, the RMHC NZ Trust, Auckland Eye Limited and Health Improvement Group Limited.

Mark is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors. 


Additional information

Covid-19 precautions

By registering for this event you are confirming that you agree to adhere to our Covid-19 health and safety measures. If you are unwell or have any Covid-19 symptoms please do not attend this event.

Branch event cancellation policy

Regrettably, registration fees cannot be refunded when cancellations are received within two working days prior to any branch event.

See our standard terms and conditions for more information.


Becky Hare
Auckland Branch Manager

+64 27 642 1099
+64 9 905 4804

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