Mentoring for Diversity

The Mentoring for Diversity programme is for experienced directors who have the goal of achieving a non-executive board appointment to a NZX-listed or large company board.

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Get mentored by a senior New Zealand director while working towards a role on a large company board.

  • Do you want to improve your governance capability with mentoring from one of New Zealand’s top directors?
  • Do you have what it takes to be on an NZX-listed or large commercial board?
  • Can you bring fresh perspectives to the board table – but need help defining your value?

Since the programme launched in 2012, 74% of our past mentees have secured a role on a large board.


Successful applicants are matched with a senior director or board chair for a year-long programme of one-to-one mentoring (usually 6-8 sessions).

The coaching and advice will help you:

  • build a deeper understanding of governance practices and expectations on a large or NZX-listed board
  • help identify where you may have skill gaps
  • can help improve your chances of future board selection.

Cohort workshops and networking

During the year-long programme we hold four networking and knowledge-sharing events. This is a opportunity to connect with other mentees and hear from governance experts.

Application information

Applications for the 2021/22 Mentoring for Diversity programme have closed.

The Mentoring for Diversity programme made me appreciate the benefits of a diverse board in terms of robust decision making
- Mentee, 2015-2016 cohort

Hear from past participants

Mel Templeton - past mentee

Amanda Santos - past mentee

Our mentees

Congratulations to our 2021 mentees:

Amit Prasad MInstD
Daniel Wong MInstD
Katie Bhreatnach MInstD
Michael Quirk MInstD
Peter Fa'afiu MInstD
Ziena Jalil MInstD
Michael Wallmannsberger CMInstD
Annabel Davies MInstD
Caroline Christie CMInstD
Stephen Broad-Paul MInstD
Aimee Kaio
Meleane Burgess CMInstD
Karen Coutts MInstD
Virginia Nicholls MInstD

See a list of all past mentees on the Mentoring for Diversity programme