Public Company Directorship

Understand the aspects of directorship which are distinct to public companies and essential to being a successful public company director. 

12 CPD points

Directing on the board of a publicly listed company provides a unique set of challenges. This course will help you understand the aspects of directorship which are distinct to public companies and essential to being a successful public company director. 

Course/workshop category: Focused short course

Duration: 1.5 hour webinar followed by a one day workshop 9.00am - 4.30pm

Content covered

You'll be introduced to listed company rules (both main board and NXT listings), discuss the differences between operating as a private company and as a listed company and learn invaluable lessons on your disclosure obligations, both during an Initial Public Offering (IPO) process and on a continuous basis, to help you avoid a disclosure breach.

1.5 hour introductory webinar (can be attended online or listened to before the workshop in your own time)

  • What is an IPO and what's involved? 
  • What impact does going public have on a company?
  • IPO readiness – from a business, market and  governance point of view. Cameron Partners, corporate finance advisors, lend their expertise to this important issue
  • Choosing the right advisers and understanding their roles
  • Overview of new duties

Full day workshop:

  • How to choose the right advisors and understanding what makes their roles unique
  • Information for investors
  • Managing the relationship with the regulators
  • Board readiness - governance and diversity

Who should attend

Current, new or aspiring directors who have ambitions to sit on a listed company board, and directors of organisations considering or preparing to list. As a pre-requisite you should have governance experience or have attended Governance Essentials.

Members: $1,165 incl GST
Non-members: $1,455 incl GST

Not a member? Join online now to receive the member rate.

“Anyone interested in becoming a director of a public company should be aware of the content discussed in this workshop. They can't afford not to know these things.” – Testimonial from a past Public Company Directorship attendee.

Guest speakers

Auckland 12 September workshop:

Joanna Perry CMInstD
Joanna Perry (MNZM) is an experienced listed company director, as well as holding a portfolio of other directorships and governance roles. She is currently Deputy Chair of Genesis Energy, and an independent director of both Kiwi Property Group and TradeMe. She chaired the Due Diligence Committee for the Genesis Energy IPO in April 2014, and was a board member during the TradeMe IPO in 2011. She is also an independent director of Partners Life. Partners Life has indicated to the market that it is looking to list within the next 18 months. Joanna is also currently the chairman of the IFRS Advisory Council and was previously a KPMG partner (for 17 years), a member of the Securities Commission (for 11 years) and chairman of the Financial Reporting Standards Board (for 8 years).

Mark Verbiest CFInstD
Mark is an experienced company director, Chairman of Spark New Zealand Limited, Chairman of Transpower New Zealand Ltd, a director of ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd and Freightways Ltd, Chairman of Willis Bond Capital Partners Ltd and Willis Bond General Partner Ltd, a member of the Commercial Operations Advisory Board of the New Zealand Treasury and he is a former board member of the Financial Markets Authority. Mark is also a trustee of the Southern Lakes Arts Festival Trust and a consultant to national law firm Simpson Grierson. Mark has a law degree from Victoria University of Wellington.

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Public Company Directorship is facilitated by:

  • Sue Brown MInstD

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    Sue is an experienced governance, regulatory and legal adviser.  She has more 25 years' experience as an adviser to corporates and financial market participants in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Previously a member of the Financial Markets Authority's leadership team, she played a lead role in shaping and delivering its approach to recent regulatory reforms, including the Financial Advisers Act and the Financial Markets Conduct Act. Sue is a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals of New Zealand, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.