Governance Bio
Dorenda Britten
Appoint Professional

Dorenda Britten

10 Years
Paid Roles Only

Interested In:


Private company
Incorporated Entity
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation


Board Member
“I am a strategically focused entrepreneur, experienced Board member, senior advisor, strategist, company director, mentor and public speaker.As an independent thinker, I am called upon by organisations seeking a grounded approach to 'green fields' or creative thinking. I provide strategic value by bringing a questioning yet compassionate mind-set.”

Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Founder and Trustee

The Britten Institute

January 2014 - Present (5 years)

I am the developer of Intellectual Property relating to designing for the future. I oversee operations, development of learning management tools and well as teaching, and speaking roles.


Research and Development Working Group

January 2009 - January 2010 (1 years)

Reporting the New Zealand Minister of Science and Technology, I represented the South Island perspective. I provided insight on the state of Research and Development in New Zealand

Board Member

Textiles NZ

January 2007 - December 2010 (3 years)

I introduced Design Thinking frameworks, connections and case studies of other industries facing decline, for the Board's consideration.

Board Member

Advisory Board of Massey College of Business

January 2006 - January 2010 (4 years)

I assisted with the reinstatement of global Business School rankings. I worked on guiding outreach programmes.

Trust Member

Young Designer Awards Trust

January 2003 - January 2005 (2 years)

The Young Designer Awards Trust aims to increase awareness of design excellence in schools nationwide. Created the relationship between the Board to the then Minister of Trade and Industry who subsequently helped promote and fund the organisation to become truly national. Member of the Judging panel , exhibition coordinator, keynote speaker

Convenor and National Council Member

Designers Institute, Southern Branch

January 2003 - January 2005 (2 years)

The Southern Branch reported to the DINZ national Committee, of which I was an elected member. As the southern representative on the national committee, I set up a sub-committee to organise events, speakers and relationships with designers from other South Island centres. I led an initiative to work closely with the Architects Association and assisted with the set-up of the annual travelling exhibition and acted as a member of the national judging panel during this period

Executive Roles

Trustee and Founder

The Britten Institute

January 2014 - Present (5 years)

I set up the legal structure, formed the Trust Board and achieved private sector funding for The Britten Institute.

Founder and Managing Director

designindustry Ltd

January 2000 - Present (19 years)

I provided consultancy in design strategy, training, support and advice to a wide variety of Private and Government sector enterprises in New Zealand. My clients cover areas of science, technology, manufacturing, education, and health.


Private property development company Trinity Holdings Limited

January 1992 - January 1996 (4 years)

I successfully redeveloped and tenanted heritage buildings.


Darden Business School

Design Thinking for Business , Innovation

2016 - 2016

Darden Business School

Capabilities Required for Leadership , Leadership

2015 - 2015

Darden Business School

Two Week Executive Programme, Innovation

2014 - 2014

Institute of Management – NZIM

Accounting for Non-Accountants, Accounting

2008 - 2008

Institute of Directors New Zealand Incorporated

Five Day Company Directors Course, In-Depth Director issues

2006 - 2006

Institute of Directors New Zealand Incorporated

Directing in SMEs, Directorship

2005 - 2005

Institute of Directors New Zealand Incorporated

Directorship in New Zealand, Directorship

2003 - 2003

Waitangi Associates Limited

Two day Treaty of Waitangi Workshop, Maori issues in New Zealand

2003 - 2003