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Build your governance capability

Discover what’s needed to build your governance capability.

Andrew Evans, Hilary Poole, John Sandford, June McCabe
4:00pm — 7:30pm, 2 February 2022
Level 22, PwC Tower, 15 Customs Street West, Commercial Bay, Auckland Central 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 four senior directors.


Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans has over 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate and asset management, previously holding executive positions with listed and unlisted real estate investment businesses.

Andrew has been a professional director for the past 15 years and is chair of Accessible Properties NZ Ltd and Infinity Investment Group Holdings Ltd, an independent director on Vital Healthcare Property Trust, Holmes Group Limited, Holmes Fire Limited and Trust Investments. He is also a former director on Argosy Property Limited. In addition, Andrew serves on various board committees including audit and risk, director appointments and remuneration.

He is a past national president of the Property Council of New Zealand, a foundation member of the New Zealand Property Institute and a government appointee to the Land Valuation Tribunal (Waikato No.1). He is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2014.

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.

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.

June McCabe

June McCabe, Executive Director of Sustainable Prosperity has been a company Director for over 20 years and held directorships across a wide range of sectors including housing, property, finance, health, education, technology and investment.

In parallel, she has been involved in banking and finance industry as a senior executive in Westpac Banking Corporation, and in a consultancy partnership role with JBWere. Her notable previous directorships include, Television New Zealand, Accident Compensation Corporation and the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund.

She is currently on the boards of Avanti Finance, Procare Group of companies and is Chairman (and various directorships) of an iwi asset holding company.

Additional information


All attendees at IoD events must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and show a My Vaccine Pass on arrival at the event. If you have a medical exemption and a My Vaccine Pass you may still be able to attend. For more information on our vaccine policy and safety plan see our Covid-19 updates' page.

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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