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Governance Conference 2021

We're back with New Zealand's foremost business leaders for our premier annual gathering to explore the latest insights on the future of governance.

2 Nov 2021

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Cybercraft is once again supporting Governance New Zealand with their back with their premier annual gathering for New Zealand's foremost business leaders. The Governance Conference is a chance for its attendees to explore the latest insights on the future of governance. Join us for a thought-provoking day full of inspiration, fresh perspectives, and new thinking!

Governance 2030: What got you here won’t get you there – rising expectations and contradictions

Post-Covid we are seeing a sea change in what the public understands as effective ‘corporate governance’. The failures of our institutions laid bare during the pandemic in the private, public and not-for-profit fields internationally have created angry public momentum to investigate the competence of our directors. Their past failures of imagination to see ahead, to give direction, coupled with the failure to ensure prudent control of existing operations, shows our lack of understanding of the two integrated meaning of the phrase ‘corporate governance’. The public are beginning to realise that whereas we ensure rigorous training and regular assessment of, for example, our doctors and airline pilots, directors need only to pay a time amount to become ‘directors’. There is currently no expectation of assessed competence of them. This is unwise and the results are there for all to see. So whether you are a passionate believer in shareholder supremacy at one end of the spectrum or ESG wokeism at the other the public is beginning to demand answers of all directors. It is now time for directors to do their proper job.

International Conference Speaker

Bob Garratt

Bob Garratt is a “pracademic” - company director, consultant, and academic advising on corporate governance; board and director review and development, organisational learning, change, and strategic thinking issues. He is based in London and consults on five of the six continents. His consulting experience of board development, review and strategic business issues ranges from large corporates to family businesses, state-owned enterprises, professional practices, not-for-profits, regulators and central and local governments. View full bio...

Conference Speakers

Rob Campbell

Rob is currently the Chair of SkyCity Entertainment Limited, Summerset Group Holdings Limited, Tourism Holdings Limited , WEL Networks Limited and Ara Ake Ltd and a director of Precinct Properties New Zealand Limited. Rob has over 35 years’ experience in capital markets and is a director of or advisor to a range of investment fund and private equity groups in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and the United States of America. In 2019, Rob was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Victoria University of Wellington in 2019.
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Liz Dawson MNZM

Liz Dawson’s career in business, sports management and governance has spanned more than 25 years, including roles as the first female Chief Executive of an Australian Rugby League club and the first female director of a Super Rugby franchise. Currently, Liz serves as Chair of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 LOC, being hosted across 6 cities in NZ in 2022. She is the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Deputy Chair of the (ONOC) Oceania Olympic Gender Equity Commission and a member of the Gender Equity Commission of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). View full bio

Tania Goatley

Tania is an experienced litigator and an expert in data protection, privacy and intellectual property. With 20 years' experience working with national and international clients, her practice includes all aspects of intellectual property law, including copyright, passing off and trade mark infringement. Tania also has a strong media law background, advising on defamation claims, appearing in Court on name suppression issues, and assisting clients with all aspects of consumer and competitor advertising issues. Tania is recommended for her work in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) field in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021, and ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific 2021 for TMT.

Master of Ceremonies

Katheren Leitner

With over 30 years’ corporate and business ownership experience, Katheren has developed a strong array of governance, leadership, strategy and business growth expertise. She is currently the Chief Executive of Asthma NZ, Director of the Performance Improvement Company TrainingPlus and an active investor with Flying Kiwi Angels. Katheren has worked with a number of boards facilitating strategic, board and executive alignment.
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