State Sector Governance

Gain insight into the role, responsibilities and challenges of directing on a state sector board.

8 CPD points

There are significant differences between the governance role in a private company and a state sector organisation. This can be challenging and requires a good understanding of the processes and drivers inside government.

This interactive course will provide directors with a better understanding of these differences, why they exist, and practical guidance as to how to navigate through them.

Course/workshop category: Focused

Duration: One day, 8.30am – 5.00pm

Content covered

  • What is the state sector?
  • How does the state sector work?
  • Similarities and differences between private and state sector governance
  • How to operate effectively as a state sector board

In the afternoon there is a panel discussion with Charles Finny CFInstD, he serves on the Boards of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and Woolyarns Ltd. Charles is former chair of Education New Zealand. He was also a former member of VUW Council and Film Commission Board. Charles will discuss some real life challenges and share war stories of his own experiences.


Who should attend?
Directors with private sector governance experience who are currently in, or are considering accepting, a governance role in the state sector.


​Members: $850 incl GST
Non-members: $1,080 incl GST

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Our facilitators

State Sector Governance is facilitated by:

  • Pania Gray, CMInstD

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    Pania Gray is a former senior public servant with 20 years of experience working in Māori affairs and education. Pania owner-operates a successful management consulting practice based in Wellington, specialising in meeting and workshop facilitation. A significant concentration of Pania’s client base comes from the social services sector (mainly education). Pania has a mix of not-for-profit, public entity and for-profit governance experience. Pania currently holds governance positions with two privately-held companies: CORE Education Limited and Education Services Limited. She is also the Chair of a local sports club in Wellington.

    Pania served two terms as an elected trustee for Hutt International Boys’ School from 2013 - 2019. Her four-year term on the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) expired in September 2018 and a six-year term on the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities - including three years as the Deputy Chair - concluded in December 2018.