Leadership Network Advisory Board: Call for expressions of interest


The Leadership Network is looking for two new members to join the Advisory Board for a two-year term starting in August 2021. The new Advisory Board will be comprised of seven members including two Te Kāhui Māori representative members.

What does it mean to be an Advisory Board member?  

The Leadership Network Advisory Board brings together a diverse group of rangatira (leaders) to kōrero on solutions and initiatives that help further empower the network and its members.

Advisory Board members are selected to help represent, highlight and uplift the diverse voices of our leadership network - ethnically, culturally, regionally and spiritually.

We also have a responsibility to those who are not represented on the advisory board, to make sure we have open ears to hear the concerns of those particular members - creating a safe and inclusive space for all our network whānau. 

If you have a passion to serve Leadership Network whānau and the Foundation by contributing to the development of the Leadership Network - APPLY!

As current board member Xavier Breed likes to state, “O le ala i le pule, o le tautua”, which is a Samoan proverb meaning the pathway to leadership is through service.

What's involved?

Being an Advisory Board member involves: 

  • two-year term as a Leadership Network Advisory Board member 
  • attending three meetings a year (some in-person, some online). The first meeting will be held on the evening of Friday 27 August and during the day on Saturday 28 August 2021. 
  • attending the yearly Leadership Network Induction to formally welcome new members to the network. 
  • being prepared for all meetings and taking ownership when required to support the Leadership Network. 

You will: 

  • help set the new Leadership Network strategy 
  • decide on travel fund and special project grants. 
  • represent and act as the voice of the network to the Foundation. 
  • Provide advice and feedback on Leadership Network Activities  
  • gain valuable governance experience.  

For more information on the role and mahi of the Advisory Board, please find a link to the Advisory Board Terms of Reference and Principles and the Leadership Network Strategy.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, or would like more information, the current Advisory Board are keen to connect with you. They will be holding open hui over Zoom on the following dates and times and welcome any interested network members to join: 

The passcodes for these Zoom meetings will be posted on the network's Linkedin group. 

You can also reach out to any of the current members: Wei-Wei Ng (Chair), Michelle McCarthy, Xavier Breed, Ajay Ravindran, Hannah Duder, Jay Waters and Ben Matthews (Te Kāhui Māori representative). 

To apply, please submit a letter (no more than one page) outlining why you would like to be involved and what you would bring (e.g. skills, experience, diversity) to the Advisory Board.

Applications should be submitted to Summer Qu by 31 May 2021.

Selection criteria

The network's Advisory Board will recommend new board members to the Foundation’s leadership and entrepreneurship director, who will have final say in the selection process.

Geographic location, professional sector, demographics and skills and expertise will be taken into account when selecting candidates to ensure the board has diverse perspectives and represents the network membership.