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 Belinda Vernon CMInstD, an experienced director with Maritime New Zealand, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited and a trustee of the Auckland Philharmonia Foundation. She will discuss some real life challenges and share war stories of her 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.

Pre-requisite requirements
Participants must complete the Governance Essentials course, or have the equivalent in experience.


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

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Our facilitators

State Sector Governance is facilitated by:

  • Pania Gray, MInstD

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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. She is currently on the boards of two not-for-profit community-based organisations. Pania also holds governance positions with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Education Services Limited and holds the Deputy Chair’s role for Hutt International Boys’ School and the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities. Pania has expertise in workshop facilitation, public sector management frameworks, change management, risk management and working with a wide cross-section of community, executive and governance groups.