Increasing equity representation in governance and leadership

Below are opportunities regarding governance and leadership roles on Boards and Committees in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Board and other professional leadership opportunities can be rewarding, enhance networking, strategic leadership skills and career pathways.  Diversity on boards helps those boards to make decisions that support their communities. 


The Royal Society

Has a number of discipline based, governing or advisory fora which regularly call for membership nominations. These include:

Representation on a professional association is another leadership opportunity. 

Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women
The Manatū Wāhine Ministry for Women website has information available for
women interested in moving into a governance role or wanting to take up a board
  • Public Sector boards and committees
There are more than 400 public sector boards and committees in Aotearoa New Zealand with around 800 appointments made each year.   Information about Aotearoa New Zealand boards.
  • Register with the Nominations database

The Nominations database will match your skills, background, and experience with vacancies on public sector boards and committees.

  • Leadership Learning Hub

There are self-paced courses, workshops, and webinars available to help you grow your leadership and governance skills.  Find out more about the Hub.