September 4, 2018

Programme for the Diverse Thinking Governance Summit 2018

Monday 19 November 2018

9am – 5pm, followed by networking drinks

Spark City, Victoria Street West, Auckland

Register to attend the Diversity Thinking Governance Summit 2018


Introduction and Welcome

Kirsten Patterson (Chair of the Summit,  CEO of Institute of Directors)

How Chairs and Directors can grow diverse thinking on boards

  • Justine Smyth, Chair, Chair of Spark and Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand, Director of Auckland International Airport Limited
  • Sue Suckling, Chair of New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Jade Software, Jacobsen Holdings, Director of SKYCITY
  • Rob Campbell, Chair of SKYCITY Entertainment, Summerset Group Holdings Limited (NZ), Tourism Holdings LTD and WEL Energy/Ultrafast Fibre, and Director of Precinct Properties

Measuring diverse thinking

Mai Chen, Founder and Inaugural Chair of the Superdiversity Institute, Managing Partner of Chen Palmer, Director of BNZ, Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland School of Law

How diverse thinking directors can be more effective

  • Julia Raue, Director of Z Energy, The Warehouse Group, TVNZ, Southern Cross Health Care Society, Jade Software Corporation
  • Tania Simpson, Director of Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Tainui Group Holdings
  • Murray Jordan, Director of SKYCITY Entertainment, Chorus Limited, Metcash Limited, Stevenson Group limited and a trustee of the Starship Foundation

Growing diverse thinking on not for profit boards – what’s different?

  • Caren Rangi, Chair – Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand, Member of the Boards of Pacific Homecare Services and Pacific Inc
  • Mavis Mullins, Chair of Atihau Whanganui Incorporation, Poutama Trust, Rangitane Tu Mai Ra and Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre
  • Lyn Lim, Chair of Foundation North, member of Auckland University of Technology Council, Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board, Asia New Zealand Foundation

Why diverse thinking boards really matters to shareholders

John Hawkins, Chair, New Zealand Shareholders Association

Why diverse thinking matters to State Sector boards

Helen Potiki, Acting Chief Executive, Ministry for Women

Growing Diverse thinking in CEOs and Senior Management

  • Bruce Hassell, Chair of Fletcher Building Limited, The Farmers Trading Company, Prolife Foods, and member of the Advisory Board to the University of Auckland Business School
  • Traci Houpapa, Chair of the Federation of Māori Authorities, Hineuru Holdings Limited, the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women,  Deputy Crown Co-Chair of the Waikato River Authority, and Director of Primary ITO, Tuhono Whenua Horticulture Limited, OTPP New Zealand Forest Investments Limited, and a Victoria University of Wellington Council Member
  • David Pilkington, Chairman of Port of Tauranga, Rangatira Ltd, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Heller Tasty Ltd

IOD’s Future Directors programme and how to jumpstart your governance career

  • Kirsten Patterson, Chair of the Summit,  CEO of Institute of Directors
  • Venasio-Lorenzo Crawley, Member of Board of Directors (Future) for The Warehouse Group, Director of AUT Advisory Board,  Electricity Retailers of New Zealand, and Chief Customer Officer of Contact Energy


We thank Spark for their generous sponsorship of the venue and as host of the Diverse Thinking Governance Summit 2018.