New women on boards

Women on Boards NZ and Governance NZ has appointed Christchurch-based Claire Bourne and Claire Evans, and Auckland-based Sophia Sattar, to its executive committee.

Julie Hardaker, Chair of Women on Boards and President at Governance New Zealand says the committee is thrilled to welcome three new members. “Their collective experience and knowledge will further strengthen our purpose of increasing gender diversity on all boards across the country,” she says.

“Claire Bourne and Claire Evans bring with them a wealth of expertise, and connections, and will be instrumental in setting and executing our aim of supporting women become successful in their governance journeys in the South Island.
“Sophia Sattar, part of the Superdiversity Top 100 Board-ready members through the Ministry of Ethnic Communities; brings with her a passion of helping women from diverse ethnic backgrounds reach their leadership and governance goals,”
she adds.

Claire Bourne

Bourne was a finalist in the Women in Governance Awards 2022, and is the Organisational Development Manager responsible for executing IAG Group’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Early Career’s strategy. She is a board member of Graeme Dingle Foundation Canterbury, Chair of The Period Place, and Deputy Chair of St Mark’s School.

Evans is an internationally experienced and recognised corporate lawyer, and partner in PwC, heading its South Island legal division. She is a director for Christchurch City Holdings, trustee for Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and a former director of Canterbury Linen Services.



Claire Evans                                      

The only women’s organisation in New Zealand dedicated to women on boards. It is an executive committee of Governance New Zealand supporting gender diversity in governance and assists women to achieve their board aspirations and goals from the beginning of their board careers by providing connections, education, events and support to all women.




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