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 2020 mentees:

Jacqui Apiata-Coyne
Brent Carey
Tania Dickie
Analisa Elstob
Venus Guy
Jerry He
Laura Humphreys
Tina Jennen
Paula Kearns
Ben Kepes
Sarah Meikle
Jennifer Moxon
Rachel Ritchie
Kennie Tsui
Kate Vennell
Kate Yang

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