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Canterbury Branch AGM | Sports governance: the realities of the modern world

Join us for Canterbury Branch’s 40th Annual General Meeting followed by a panel discussion on sport governance

Stewart Mitchell, Dr Johanna Wood, Reon Edwards
5:30pm — 7:45pm, 20 March 2023
The George
50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central City
Price members
$0.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$60.00 incl GST


Branch AGM
The 40th Annual General Meeting of the Canterbury Branch of the Institute of Directors will be held at the beginning of the evening and include the election of branch committee members for 2023. 

For further information on the AGM and committee nomination process

Panel discussion: sports governance
Following our Branch AGM, join us for a panel discussion where we will explore the governance of national sporting organisations and the realities of the modern world.

The sporting arena is no longer just the realm of the sports people and officials involved in the game.  As sports have evolved over the decades they have become commercial entities in themselves where the development of the game, and those involved in it, are effectively competing against other sporting codes, not only for players, coaches, officials and spectators, but also the commercial dollar. 

The sporting arena is now supported by commercial entities operating domestically and internationally with thousands of people involved in all elements of the game.  And to do this successfully and sustainably, effective governance needs to be seen within the sporting environment - just as it does within the commercial environment. 

This panel discussion will focus on the commercial realities of the sporting environment and how the three largest sporting codes in New Zealand are being governed in today's modern world.  You’ll hear from the Presidents and Chairs (both current and past) of NZ Football, NZ Rugby and NZ Ruby League as to how they are ensuring that effective governance is occurring within an environment that is financially sound, in order to meet the needs and desires of their stakeholders (who are predominantly volunteers), while putting in place pathways that support and grow diversity within and across the game.


Stewart Mitchell

Stewart is an experienced strategic and business consultant with over 30 years’ governance experience in both the public and private sector across a broad range of industries.

Stewart joined the NZ Rugby board in 2014 after sitting on the Crusaders Super Rugby club board since 2008 and serving as Chair of the Canterbury Rugby Football Union. He chaired the NZR board through 2021 and 2022 until stepping down last month. He was instrumental in getting the $300m Silverlake deal across the line amidst a turbulent two year period which also involved navigating the significant sporting and event challenges of the COVID pandemic. He played representative rugby in England and New Zealand

He was a director and now chairs the All Blacks Experience, an interactive, hi-tech tourist experience based in Sky City in Auckland, and a Joint Venture between NZ Rugby and Ngai Tahu Tourism.

Stewart is Chair of the Canterbury A & P Association which attracted a crowd of 130,000 to the NZ Agricultural Show in Christchurch during Cup and Show week last November, after a two year hiatus. He is also involved in family companies in forestry and the importing of electric bikes. 

Dr Johanna Wood

Johanna is President of New Zealand Football and is the Oceania elected FIFA Council member. She was previously Chair of Central Football, one of seven federations in New Zealand.

Johanna has a background in education spanning thirty-three years. She completed a Doctor of Education, conferred in May 2019, thesis title - ‘The professional learning landscape for teen parent educators in New Zealand’.  Roles in education have included: principal leadership (9 years); advising, leading and developing adult/teacher professional learning (9 years); mentoring first time principals (5 years).

Johanna is a director of a family farming company and has governance experience in education, sport and the not-for-profit sectors as well as service on local community committees and trusts.

Johanna has been recognised for her leadership in the dairy industry by the New Zealand Dairy Event. She has was awarded the Sport New Zealand Leadership Award at the Halbergs in 2021 and is recognised as a leader within her community as a Te Aho Tāmaka. She has also won two educational awards; the Ernest Duncan Award for Teaching Mathematics and the Jim Campbell Award for Teaching Excellence. She was an integral member of the team which won the right to co-host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 with Football Australia and chairs the FIFA Legacy Working Group. 

Reon Edwards

Reon was Chair of New Zealand Rugby League between 2017 – 2021 and is currently a director on the International Rugby League Board. He has been involved in the game as a player and administrator for over 40 years and was recently awarded a Life Membership of NZ Rugby League for his services to the game. Reon has also held other directorships on Ngai Tahu’s commercial entities and not for profits over the past 12 years.

Reon has a strong commercial background across the airline and international freight & logistics sectors. Over the past 15 years he has held several senior executive roles and is currently the Country Manager for DB Schenker New Zealand, a global leader in international freight & logistics.  

He has continued his professional development over the years, having successfully completed an MBA at Massey University and professional courses at Melbourne University and the Institute of Directors in NZ. 

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.

Additional requirements

Should you have any particular dietary, mobility, cultural or other requirements, you can let us know on the registration form.

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.


Sharynn Johnson
Canterbury Branch Manager

+64 3 968 6468

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