Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Women Directors Given Boost by IoD Mentoring Programme

29 November 2012

Women Directors Given Boost by IoD Mentoring Programme

Media Release

Successful applicants for the second year of the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Mentoring for Diversity programme were announced at a function in Auckland last night.

The programme which aims to boost the number of women on NZX-listed and large company boards in New Zealand pairs a highly experienced senior director or chairman with a “board ready” woman who wants to further her governance career. The programme provides excellent learning and networking experiences which are invaluable for the professional development of the mentees chosen.

loD Chief Executive, Ralph Chivers said "The IoD is committed to promoting diversity in New Zealand boardrooms. It is clear from international research that diversity improves the performance of the board and we believe there are plenty of capable women in New Zealand ready to serve on boards of all levels. A number of mentees from the first year of the Mentoring for Diversity programme have already achieved board appointments, this is a fantastic result and testament to the commitment and efforts of both the mentees and mentors involved."

Speaking at the launch IoD President, Denham Shale said "The Mentoring for Diversity programme is about developing connections, sharing skills and experiences, the combination of which can help improve the candidacy and visibility of the mentees for board positions. Several mentees have also mentioned the sense of validation a mentor can give. Having someone who is highly experienced in governance confirm that you have the skills and experience required for a large board appointment is a great boost in confidence.”

Mr Shale also said "Mentors have really valued this opportunity and the experience. It is significant that twelve of the mentors from last year's programme are again taking part this year. Many more have offered to be a part of the programme in future years."

"Figures just released in the past couple of days by the Human Rights Commission show that 14.75% of directors of the top 100 companies in New Zealand are women. This is a great improvement from the last report arising from the same survey in 20I0 when women represented only 9.32% of directors of these companies. While there is still a long way to go it is very pleasing to see that Mentoring for Diversity and all the other initiatives in this space are starting to make a real difference." said Mr Shale.

27 women mentees have been selected to take part in the 2013 programme from more than 100 applicants. The selection panel was comprised of IoD President Denham Shale and two professional, highly experienced directors - Rick Christie and Joanna Perry.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Wine: 20% Of Marlborough Storage Tanks Damaged By Quake

An estimated 20 percent of wine storage tanks in the Marlborough region, the country’s largest wine producing area, have been damaged by the impact of the recent Kaikoura earthquake. More>>

ALSO:

ACC: Levy Recommendations For 2017 – 2019 Period

• For car owners, a 13% reduction in the average Motor Vehicle levy • For businesses, a 10% reduction in the average Work levy, and changes to workplace safety incentive products • For employees, due to an increase in claims volumes and costs, a 3% increase in the Earners’ levy. More>>

Women's Affairs: Government Accepts Recommendations On Pay Equity

The Government will update the Equal Pay Act and amend the Employment Relations Act to implement recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Pay Equity. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Increase In Seasonal Workers For RSE

The current cap will be increased by 1,000 from 9,500 to 10,500 RSE workers for the 2016-17 season. Mr Woodhouse says the horticulture and viticulture industry is New Zealand’s fourth largest export industry, producing almost $5 billion in exports. More>>

ALSO:

Hurunui: Crown Irrigation Invests Up To $3.4m In North Canterbury

Crown Irrigation Investments will invest up to $3.4m in the Hurunui Water Project, an irrigation scheme that will be capable of irrigating up to 21,000 hectares on the south side of the Hurunui River in North Canterbury. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Great:Butterfly Eradication Success

The invasive pest great white butterfly has been eradicated from New Zealand in a world-first achievement, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry say. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Government’s Tax Cuts Fixation

Long before the earthquake hit, the dodginess of the government tax cuts programnme was evident in the language of its packaging. It is being touted as a “tax cuts and family care” package... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news