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In the public sector, there are over 430 boards, trusts and committees. These range from small advisory and funding bodies to Crown entities responsible for governing organisations that control multi-million dollar budgets and assets.
The role of the Nominations Service in the Ministry for Women is to assist women into governance roles. Women who are interested in a governance role are encouraged to join our Nominations Service database. This allows us to match women’s skills to upcoming vacancies and put their profiles forward for consideration for the boards, trusts and committees that different ministers make appointments to.
We also support women to develop their governance careers by providing them with information to support them in maximising their opportunities.
These efforts have contributed to women holding more than 45 percent of the governance roles appointed by ministers.
A governance CV is different from an employment CV. The skills and experience you will bring to a board should be highlighted rather than your work experience.
Use the headings below to develop your governance CV:
For more information on writing a governance CV check out the Ministry for Women’s All about boards section of the website.
If you have no previous governance experience, get involved in your local community. Community involvement can provide a pathway into governance. You can get involved through your (or your children’s) sports or hobbies. You may have an interest in the environment and conservation, or maybe you want to help fundraise for a local community asset such as a community hall. There are many not-for-profit and community boards which cover all sectors of society including different sports, conservation, environment, heritage, health, youth, humanitarian and more.
Local community boards and committees work in a similar way to larger boards – but are generally not-for-profit with a lot less financial responsibility and tend to cross over into operational/hands-on work. As a member of such a board, you may also perform voluntary duties that in bigger organisations would be undertaken by paid staff.
Once you have started gaining governance experience, you can seek more formal training.
Read about what approach to take here.
Let your colleagues and existing contacts know of your interest in seeking governance experience. If you have senior business or subject specific skills, consider what sectors you could bring your expertise to. Seek out governance training and information. You will find many organisations that provide governance training and information. Here are some suggested websites below:
Many councils throughout the country also have lists of community boards available in your area. Speak to members of the various organisations to find out ways that you can contribute.
Register your details with the Nominations Service. This will allow you to sign up to our service and update your information at any stage.
The Nominations Service receives requests from over 20 government appointing agencies (government departments) when vacancies are arising on any of the 430 boards in the public sector. These agencies will provide the Nominations Service with information relating to the vacancies and the skill sets sought. The Nominations Service searches its database and matches a number of women with the skills and demographics sought. These are then shortlisted and the ones that most closely meet the skills and demographics sought are sent to the appointing agency for consideration.
There are a number of things you can do to increase your opportunities of getting on a public sector board. You can continue to undertake further professional governance training through various organisations or applying for a Future Directors position through the Institute of Directors. This programme gives future directors the opportunity to observe and participate on a company or public sector board for at least a year attending and participating in board meetings. Further information can be found at Future Directors.
There are many governance opportunities outside the public sector. These include not-for-profit, community, sporting, health, and private enterprises. These are regularly advertised on a number of forums including newspapers, jobs.govt.nz and Appoint Better Boards.
It is important that your details are kept updated (including your CV) to ensure we can put you forward for any opportunities that arise.
If your name is on the database, you will have agreed to have your name put forward for any suitable vacancies that match your skill sets and experience. On some occasions, appointing agencies will request a specific application form and this will be forwarded to you with a request to complete and return direct to the agency if you are interested in the role.
Shortlisted nominees are sent to the administrating agency to be considered alongside any other nominations that have been received. Ministers routinely seek nominations from a number of different sources including publicly advertising the role, as well as seeking nominations from government nominating agencies, ministerial colleagues, and sector groups.
As an applicant, you need to understand that appointments may take a few months to progress. Once nominations have been received from a number of sources, the appointing agency will provide their Minister with advice on nominations received and their suitability for appointment. At this stage, if the Minister has requested nominees are interviewed, the shortlisted candidates will be notified and asked to attend an interview. Candidates will also be asked to declare potential conflicts of interest and may be asked to authorise credit, qualification, and criminal record checks.
Once a minister has selected their preferred candidate(s), consultation occurs and then a paper must be prepared for the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee (APH) to note the recommended candidate(s).
The role of APH is to consider appointments to statutory boards and committees. It consists of 13 Ministers and is chaired by the Prime Minister.
Once this has been completed, the appointment is then taken to the Cabinet to confirm the appointment.
Some appointments are made by Ministers and some are made by the Governor-General depending on the legislation. If it is a ministerial appointment, the successful candidate will receive a letter of appointment from the appointing Minister. If it is an appointment made by the Governor-General, the successful candidate will receive a Notice of Appointment signed by the Governor-General along with a letter of appointment from the appointing Minister. For Crown entities, the appointment is not confirmed until the appointee acknowledges receipt of the letter. The entity/appointing agency will then ensure an induction is provided.