Aspiring to become a board member?

Written by NZBWN Mentor Programme Team.

Learn first-hand about getting board positions from Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE

Applications are now open for a brand new expert-led mentoring group focussed on getting your first a non-executive director board position, starting in May 2016.


We are delighted to announce that we have created a rare and unique opportunity for you to join our 'Getting a Board Role' mentoring group led by a highly experienced board member, Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE. 

Getting into the boardroom can be highly challenging and this is one of our most popular areas of demand for mentoring. Everybody in the network who is aspiring to get their first board role in the near future is encouraged to apply for our new expert-led mentoring group starting in May 2016.  

Having a mentor is widely recognised critical success factor for securing your first board role.  With the rich insights and know-how from Dame Judith and the support of your fellow mentees, this mentoring group will help accelerate your journey into the boardroom.  The sessions will help you to grasp what is involved with being on a board, understand how best to position your expertise and experience, and ultimately what you will need to do to successfully secure your first board position. 

This group is aimed anybody who is aspiring to be a board member in the near future and who wants to benefit from Dame Judith's practical guidance on how to go about it.  This group will suit anybody who is:

    • Gathering information about what is involved with being on a board (i.e., expectations, responsibilities, liabilities, etc) and what is most valued in terms of experience, skills, expertise and personal qualities
    • Evaluating relevant expertise, skills and experiences and/or identifying and addressing key gaps or challenges to being 'board ready'
    • Ready to secure your first board role

Reconnecting with New Zealand

Written by Bronwen Horton.

Bron at VillaLast month I went back to New Zealand to visit family and friends along with trying to soak up some of NZ’s late summer sun as many of us do at this time of the year. What was different about this trip was I’d been asked to speak at my old high school and two opportunities to catch-up with NZBWN members who had returned to NZ and now living in either Wellington or Auckland.

It ended up that I spoke twice at my old high school, Villa Maria College, Christchurch. The first engagement included speaking along with the Chief Economist from ASB to 80 past pupils. I shared with this group some of my experiences attending Villa and my journey to the UK. I also shared a little about what has kept me in the UK and how I set-up the New Zealand Business Women’s Network and the importance of building relationships.

Our Stories: Karen Musson

Written by Eleanor McIntosh.

Karen MussonKaren Musson shakes her head and laughs as she recalls her university studies, "We used to have to compile code and then book in a machine to run this separately, whereas we can process this within seconds now...can you believe it!". Karen was one of the first to study Computing at Massey University in the 80's, at a time when Apple Macs were just starting to be used in labs and many concepts such as data structures/fields were still abstract and difficult to understand. However, she admits her spreadsheet skills and knowledge of formulas have stood her in good stead to this current day.

Our Stories: Teresa Mitrovic

Written by Sophie Bevin.

teresa ourstoriesTeresa’s passion for balancing high performance with quality of life was the inspiration behind launching her business, TM&Co Ltd. Through TM&Co, Teresa has coached individuals and teams within SMEs and high profile organisations.

In 2015, Teresa partnered with us to share some of that passion with NZBWN’s ‘Clarity Around Your Career Change’ mentoring group. She enjoyed working with fellow Kiwis; women she could connect with in a special way through a shared background. The opportunity to give back and to work with women who were committed to making the very best of the experience, is why she encourages other Mentors to take the plunge. “The diversity of background and the breadth of talent in our mentee group was incredible! It was a joy to be part of and is an experience I will always treasure”.

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