Case studies

Need some inspiration? Read the journeys of New Zealand women with board experience, and find out why we need more women on boards.

Meet women from around New Zealand who bring their different experiences, skills and backgrounds to the boardroom.

Toni Kerr: “A board role is a big commitment and you don't step into it lightly. All the decisions need to be made in the best interests of the organisation and the people whose money you are responsible for.”

Wendy Neilson: “What advice would I give someone starting out? Get involved! Find out as much as you can about your organisation – read all the minutes, policy, and board papers you can get your hands on. If you do a lot of listening, especially in your first meeting, you'll come out really being able to contribute."

Jane Mitchell: “As I became involved with different groups, I felt more and more that governance was the space where I would like to work permanently. I began to compare myself with other people – not just women – I knew in governance positions and worked out what building blocks I would need to be a good board candidate.”