Today’s board of directors does, and probably should, look, feel and act differently from those of even a few years ago. What has brought about this evolution, and why? And what will, and should, the board of tomorrow and beyond be doing to meet the expectations of the company’s stakeholders, the New Zealand public and even the global community? Presented by a panel with breadth and depth of expertise and experience in matters of corporate governance, this On Demand seminar provides attendees with practical insights and guidance for advising directors of both small and large companies.
- Receive an update on the legal, moral and ethical responsibilities of a board of directors in regard to ‘best interests’, including the increasing influence and impact of various codes of conduct.
- Improve your knowledge and understanding of key themes and drivers for reasonable, responsible and responsive boards, including sustainability (in its broadest sense) and health and wellbeing.
- Acquire a deeper understanding of the impact of a board’s actions on the company’s reputation and long-term standing.
Who should view?
All lawyers who act for/advise directors of companies of whatever size. Directors, all interested in the topic of governance may also benefit from attending.
Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.
John has an MBA majoring in finance (University of British Columbia) and a MCom with first class honours (University of Auckland). He is a Fellow and Life Member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, a retired Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of AMINZ. He is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Auckland.
John has held a number of directorships and is currently a director of Uniservices Ltd. He has also previously been Chairman of New Zealand Debt Management Office Advisory Board and of the University of Auckland Business School Advisory Board, and a director of Datacom Group, Hughes & Cossar, Trustees Executors Ltd, Feltex Carpets Ltd, Gough Gough & Hammer, Americas Cup Village, Ramset (NZ) Limited, the Auckland City Mission, Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Deloitte Consulting Global.
These appointments have given John genuine exposure to issues of governance, organisational culture and the need for strong values and ethical standards.
Highly regarded Dame Alison has been contributing to the governance and leadership of well-known and respected organisations for over 30 years.
Dame Alison was the first woman to be appointed to a producer board – The Apple and Pear Marketing Board in 1976. Later that decade, she became the first woman to be appointed to the board of a listed company. Dame Alison has been chair or director of organisations including the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, FarmIQ, Gareth Morgan Investments, Abano Healthcare, Landcorp, Wrightson, Vector and the Waitemata District Health Board. In 2010, she was named QBE’s Chairperson of the Year, the first woman to receive the award. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Directors
Dame Alison continues to work full time, striving in what she does to add value and to give back. Her most recent appointments as Chair of the pan-industry Forestry Industry Safety Council and Chair of the Te Aupouri Iwi commercial arm attest to this.
Professor Susan Watson
Professor of Law
University of Auckland
Professor Susan Watson researches and teaches corporate law and corporate governance. She has a particular interest in the corporate form and in her research seeks to understand how the form developed, why it is so successful, and the economic and societal impact of corporations. Her research has been published widely in New Zealand and internationally; she has edited treatises and textbooks, 5 collections and numerous articles. Her work has been cited and discussed by other scholars in the field and by courts at all levels including the UK Supreme Court. Until recently Susan was joint editor of the New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, and is currently the New Zealand editor for the Journal of Business Law.
Before joining the University, Susan worked as a staff solicitor and associate in two city law firms, and taught part of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies law professionals course. Before joining the Law School she was Professor of Commercial Law in the Business School where she was Head of Department from 2008 to 2011 and Associate Dean Academic Faculty in 2011. She is currently Deputy Dean of the Law School.
Michael is a leading commercial barrister with a wide-ranging practice in corporate, banking, financial market, governmental, insolvency, and regulatory law.
Michael commenced practice at the Bar as an independent barrister in 1995. Before that for many years he was a partner in a major New Zealand law firm. He also has extensive governance experience.
Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences in New Zealand and internationally on financial markets, corporate governance, banking, insolvency, and regulation.
The Honourable Rodney Hansen CNZM QC
Rodney is a mediator, arbitrator and former High Court judge. Since retiring as a judge in 2014 he has established a practice in the specialist areas of mediation and arbitration. His background experience - and the insights and wisdom gained - also make him particularly suited to provide expert determinations, evaluations and, for individual parties, opinions and strategic litigation advice. He undertakes these roles to resolve a wide range of disputes including commercial and contractual, relationship property, trusts, and commercial and residential property.
For most of his 14 years as judge he served as a divisional member of the Court of Appeal and as a Commercial List Judge.
To assist in dispute resolution, Rodney draws on his wide range of experience including an accounting qualification and an honours degree in law, and experience as a practising accountant and in business.