Women in Governance Awards 2019

The national Women in Governance Awards programme recognises and celebrates innovation, excellence, creativity and commitment to diversity by both organisations and individuals.

The winners were announced at a special Awards Gala Dinner held at the Hilton Auckland on 20 June 2019.

Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners!

Gender Diverse Organisation of the Year - sponsored by Diligent Saunders Robinson Brown Law
Gender Diverse Organisation of the Year - sponsored by Diligent Johnstone Construction Ltd - Highly Commended
Not-for-Profit Governance Leader Sue Kedgley
Māori or Pasifika Governance Leader Melanie Taite
Emerging Governance Leader - sponsored by Sport New Zealand Chelsea Grootveld
Inspiring Governance Leader Justine Smyth

...and to all of our Award Finalists

Gender Diverse Organisation of the Year Auckland War Memorial Museum
Johnstone Construction Ltd
Public Service Association
Recreation Aotearoa
Saunders Robinson Brown Law
Not-for-Profit Governance Leader Charlotte Isaac

Jeralyn Rittenhouse
Sally Morrison
Sue Kedgley
Tamara Croft
Māori or Pasifika Governance Leader Chelsea Grootveld
Kerry-Leigh Dougall
Melanie Taite
Orchid Atimalala
Vanessa Eparaima
Emerging Governance Leader Chelsea Grootveld
Lizzie Marvelly
Monina Hernandez
Sally McKechnie
Wendy Wei-ju Chen
Inspiring Governance Leader Annah Stretton
Colleen Upton
Justine Smyth
Sally Morrison
Vanessa Eparaima


View Award Winners Gallery
View Award Dinner Gallery


Media Release 20 June 2019
Media Release 24 May 2019
Scoop 27 May 2019
NZ Law Society 27 May 2019
NZ Herald (Rotorua Daily Post) 28 May 2019
Cricket Wellington website 4 June 2019
Johnstone Construction website 6 June 2019
Women in Trades website 7 June 2019

Award Categories

Click on the category below to view the relevant entry criteria... entries are now closed.

Four compelling reasons why you should enter the Awards!

View 2018 Women in Governance Award winners and photo gallery

A few words from previous Award Winners...

"Winning the Emerging Leader at the Women in Governance NZ awards was a career defining moment in my governance journey. The acknowledgement gave me a newfound confidence to pursue Boards I thought were out of my league and empowered me to stretch beyond my comfort zone. It’s an honour and privilege to stand beside other amazing women and be inspired by the many stories of strength, courage, hard work and determination."
Sara-Jane Elika

"Sport Wellington was the very proud winner of the Women in Governance ‘Innovation by a Not-for-Profit Award’ in 2017, and then ‘Organisation of the Year Award’ in 2018.

Sport Wellington has made a conscious effort to ensure that we have a balance between diversity of gender, age, ethnicity, backgrounds, skills and experience. We have attracted and retained talented women in both the organisation and on the board and understand why diversity is important. Our staff were excited to win the awards as they’re a fantastic reinforcement of our culture - which we’re very proud of."
Sport Wellington


Linda Noble, Chief Executive - Women on Boards
Ph 09 377 0130

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