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Prioritising innovation and adaptability on your board’s next agenda

Are you interested in workshopping and prototyping next-gen governance tools? Join this interactive session bringing design-thinking mindsets and tools into governance.

Judith Thompson , Pamela Bell
4:00pm — 7:00pm, 15 February 2023
EPIC Innovation Centre
106 Manchester Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011
Price members
$40.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$70.00 incl GST


We hear a lot about the importance of innovation and adaptability in future-proofing organisations. But what does this mean for boards and how do you apply this type of thinking in your governance roles? 

Over the past year, facilitators Pamela Bell and Judith Thompson have been on a journey to bring human-centred mindsets and approaches into governance. You may have read their Design Thinking Governance articles on the IoD website. 

Now you can be part of learning and testing some of the tools and techniques they have been developing. 

The workshop will give you an opportunity to work in small groups, trying out new approaches so you are better prepared for innovative board decision-making.

This is an opportunity to refresh your governance approach in a fun and interactive workshop setting, learning new co-creative approaches and innovative ways to bring your customer’s voice into decision-making around the board table.


Judith and Pamela met at the IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity in 2018. Together, they have produced articles for the Institute of Directors and think-pieces on LinkedIn. See article links below.

Judith Thompson is an experienced director and consultant with expertise in design, innovation and governance. She was the director of Design for NZTE and Head of Better by Design. Judith is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors and has held governance roles including ministerial appointments to AUT University Council and NZ Registered Architects board.

Pamela Bell is an innovation consultant, an Olympian and a board director to a range of start-ups, Council controlled entities and commercial organisations in the built environment sector. She founded PrefabNZ ‘the hub for innovative construction’ and has been the lucky recipient of several awards including the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) Alumni Award. She is also an Adjunct Professor at VUW investigating the relationship between design thinking and business.

Links to articles:
In my Humble Opinion  
Design Thinking Governance 
Preparing for Design Thinking Governance 
Using Design Thinking Governance in the Boardroom  

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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