Panel Discussion

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Getting governance right in a start-up

Join our panel of directors for an informal and interactive event, hosted in partnership with Enterprise Angels.

Nina Le Lievre, Matt Flowerday, Katherine Sandford
5:30pm — 7:30pm, 17 November 2021
Enterprise Angels
The Vault, 53 Spring Street, Tauranga
Price members
$0.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$30.00 incl GST


Founders, investors, board members, employees and all participants in start-up companies should understand the basic principles of best governance practice. Governance, briefly put, is the set of rules and procedures that governs the start-up and dictates how the entity and its affairs are controlled, managed and operated. A strong governance structure for start-up businesses is "essential" to help build expertise and funds.

This is your opportunity to ask those burning questions you have about how start-up organisations can ensure good governance standards to ensure a sustainable organisation when funds and/or expertise may be lacking.

Our panel who will share their stories and experiences at this event are Nina Le Lievre, CEO of Enterprise Angels, Matt Flowerday, Founder of Landkind/GPS-IT and Katherine Sandford, Executive Chair of Ubco.

This event is held in partnership with Enterprise Angels.

Thank you to our event sponsor Sharp Tudhope for their support.

Nina Le Lievre

Nina comes from a background in investment banking, having worked in the European Transactions Group at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in London for six years and in the Equity Capital Markets team at Craigs Investment Partners in Tauranga for three years.

In 2013 Nina joined Enterprise Angels as manager and has been immersed in angel investing since then, working with prospective and existing portfolio companies, guiding due diligence teams, negotiating deals, launching, raising and managing EA Funds 1, 2 & 3 and managing the angel network. In July 2019 she was promoted to the CEO role.

Nina sits on the Angel Association of NZ Leadership Council.

Matt Flowerday

Matt is the founder of GPS-it, a specialist mapping company that has now been in business for 20+ years. An early innovator in the Agtech space, Matt has spent several years travelling overseas looking at emerging technology and how it may be applied or, in some cases, how it could be done better! ) Currently unable to travel, Matt has focused his energy on launching “Landkind” – a mapping platform designed for Agriculture, a finalist in the most innovative Software solution category at the NZ Hi-Tech Awards this year.

Matt is a significant investor in the kiwifruit industry, owning several orchards and shareholdings in Zespri and Apata. He recently joined the board of Apata Group, a mid-sized post-harvest operator packing both Avocados and Kiwifruit with a focus on orchard development and packhouse automation via robotics.

Matt is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors, with strengths in strategy and technology.

Katherine Sandford

Katherine, an active angel investor, former Enterprise Angels (EA) board member and winner of both EA’s Investor Director of the Year Award, and the Angel Association’s coveted Puawaitanga Award in 2019.  Katherine is also active in the Angel Association’s Flight Programme which provides education, mentoring and networking for investor directors.

Prior to returning to NZ in 2014, Katherine held a number of executive leadership roles with Nasdaq-listed Trimble over more than 20 years, completing a number of international relocations in Europe and the United States.  Since then she has worked primarily with early stage NZ technology companies supporting their global growth aspirations.  Much of her work is centred on leadership team development and capital raising.  She chairs the board of investee company, UBCO, serves as a trustee on the Kairuri Community Trust in support of the geospatial sector and will join the KiwiNet board from mid-2022.

Katherine is passionate about the potential for NZ technology companies on the world stage and is leveraging her depth of international experience, and diverse global network in support of the growing ecosystem.

Additional information


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Bay of Plenty Branch Manager
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