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Gender balance on boards

Join us to discuss some practical, research-based ways to create a more gender-balanced board.

Anna Johnstone
5:45pm — 7:45pm, 8 March 2021
The George
50 Park Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch
Price members
$40.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$60.00 incl GST


Women make up 52% of the population of Aotearoa New Zealand. Yet most boards in New Zealand have a majority of men. Only 29% of NZX50 board directors are currently women, with relatively little change in recent years, and nearly a fifth of companies listed on the NZX have no women on their boards. The situation is similar across the private sector in New Zealand.

The value of having a diverse and balanced board is well-known: your customers, clients and end-users are represented, a range of perspectives generates more innovative ideas, and your organisation gains a more comprehensive understanding of potential risks.

So, how can you attract, recruit more women to your board and ensure that their perspectives are valued? Join Anna Johnstone, founder and CEO of The Female Career and board director for Canterbury Cricket, for this session on International Women’s Day 2021 as she shares some practical, research-based ways to create a more gender-balanced board. This session is open to all genders and we’d particularly encourage men to join for an open, constructive discussion.

Anna Johnstone

Anna  is founder and CEO of The Female Career, which coaches women to thrive in their careers and supports organisations to improve their gender balance. She also hosts top-ranking podcast The Female Career, sharing the inspiring career stories of women of Aotearoa.

With an MSc in Applied Psychology, the early years of her career were in European and Global HR roles for Shell. After completing her MBA at IMD in Switzerland she joined Mars Chocolate in the UK and took on a variety of sales and marketing director roles.

Six years ago, Anna decided to focus her work on coaching and developing women leaders and helping organisations become more gender-balanced. She's recently returned home to Christchurch after 17 years overseas and alongside running her business is a director on the board of Canterbury Cricket.

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