Diverse perspectives signal a new era in governance

Diverse perspectives on present and future approaches to governance, and the role the University can play in shaping future governance success, was discussed at a recent Wellington School of Business and Government Dean’s Series event.

The Dean’s Series talk, Taking a seat at the board table ̶ perspectives on governance in Aotearoa New Zealand, hosted invited panellists ̶ Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM, Foresight practitioner and Professional Director, Professor Sally Davenport, Wellington School of Business and Government, Suzanne Snively ONZM DNZM, Deputy Chair of the Turnbull Endowment Trust, a Director of New Zealand Opera, and a Trustee of the New Zealand Opera Foundation, and Rachel Taulelei, Founder of Oho and former Chief Executive of Kono.

The webinar event was moderated by Kirsten Patterson (KP), Chief Executive of Institute of Directors, who generously contributed some of her own insights and experience in the discussion.

Diversity around the board table, purpose, arohanui, and strategy driven decision-making were some of the key elements identified to create effective, resilient boards that position organisations for future success.

Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Wellington School of Business and Government Professor Jane Bryson chaired the discussion. In her closing comments, Jane noted the inspiring discussion highlighted the value of cross-discipline education in governance.

Lola Toppin-Casserly, a PhD student with a focus on ethical leadership, echoed these remarks.

“The fascinating speakers confirmed the importance of cross-disciplinary governance education, even at undergraduate level. Governance underpins much of how society runs, in schools, communities, organisations, governments and businesses.”

Taking a seat at the board table ̶ perspectives of governance in Aotearoa New Zealand had considerable interest, so a recording of this event is available to view below.