2 Dec 2021
Why don’t you give it a go? We welcome nominations for any candidate who is ready to serve in a governance role. The only prerequisite to serving on the Board is being a paid member of Engineering New Zealand.
Being on the Board means...
- you get to give back to the profession
- you'll guiding our strategy and provide strong governance
- and you'll have the chance to contribute your views while working with a committed and experienced team
A good board needs a mix of strengths and perspectives, with each member contributing something unique and valuable to the culture and vision of the board.
There are two vacancies this election, with each having a three-year term.
Nominations are also open for the positions of President, Vice President and Deputy President. You need to be a Fellow to stand for these positions, and the President must have served two years on the Board within the last five years.
Nominations close on Friday 28 January.
Information for candidates
All candidates must be nominated by another Engineering New Zealand member. Candidates are asked to provide information about:
- engineering experience and areas of expertise
- particular skills and knowledge relating to governance
- their unique contribution or perspective
- any Engineering New Zealand-related positions held
- commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi
- why you want to be on the Board and what you hope to get out of this opportunity.
If you’re a member who is being nominated, you will need to be ready to deliver a ‘Town Hall’ style presentation. This means you need to be prepared to speak to an audience and answer their questions, be it in a face-to-face or online format.
Senior Office Holders
The Senior Office Holder positions of President, Deputy President and Vice President can only be held by Fellows. In addition to questions for all candidates, Senior Office Holders will be asked about their experience with leadership, governance, strategy, and cultural capability.
Voting will be held between Tuesday 8 February and Monday 7 March.
For the first time, we will use Single Transferable Vote. With this voting system, candidates are ranked in order of the voter’s preference, rather than voters simply picking their most preferred candidate for each vacancy. It tends to result in more proportional representation.
The results of the elections will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Friday 1 April 2022.
About the Board
The Board is responsible for Engineering New Zealand’s strategy and for monitoring its performance. Being on the Board is your chance to influence the direction of our professional body. The only prerequisite to becoming a Board member is being a paid member of Engineering New Zealand.
Board meetings are held six times a year, for one day. As well as attending meetings, Board members are expected to engage directly with branches and groups, attend events and be champions for Engineering New Zealand.
The role of Board member is voluntary, with Engineering New Zealand covering expenses.
Board members need to be able to:
- take a strategic view, while understanding key operational matters
- be well prepared and informed – and ready to constructively engage
- have respect for others, and see others’ points of view
- solve problems creatively
- appreciate commercial issues and risk
- focus on accountability and transparency in monitoring compliance and performance
- act in good faith and in the best interests of the organisation.
What makes a good board?
A good board debates issues from a range of perspectives. It needs a mix of strengths, with each member contributing something unique and valuable to the culture and vision of the board. Board members also bring their individual experience and networks. Having a diverse board means we capture a range of viewpoints and make better decisions – we’re looking for diversity of thought, disciplines, ages and career stages – as well as gender and ethnicity.
Our current Board
If you are considering standing for the Board next year, take a look at the profiles of our current Board members. Think about what you might add to that mix in taking a governance role in the future direction and success of Engineering New Zealand.