Governance Bio
Michael Sheehan
Appoint Professional

Michael Sheehan

6 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
“Business & technology are changing at an accelerating pace. Boards & business are challenged by a gap in their appreciation of technology & how it’s governed. My contribution is bridging that gap, providing the technology knowledge & governance to ensure it technology delivers for the organisation.”

Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Independent Director


February 2013 - July 2015 (2 years)

Privately held company developing medical devices for cardio vascular health. I was appointed to the board by the majority shareholder as the company gained FDA approval for their first product. The company had a focus on R&D and now required a commercial focus to improve the business and deliver their product into local and international markets. I succeeded in stabilising the company and led the negotiations to sell the company to an offshore publicly listed organisation.

MBA Advisory Panel

AUT University Business School

January 2009 - December 2013 (4 years)

The AUT University MBA program was the fastest growing Master’s program at AUT. I was appointed by the Director of the MBA Program and the Dean of the Business School. Our objective was to advise the Business School on the content of the MBA program and ensure it maintained relevance to business and industry.

Founding President, AUT MBA Alumni

AUT University

February 2008 - June 2012 (4 years)

On graduation from the MBA program I approached AUT and, with their backing, established and ran the first MBA Alumni Chapter, with a supporting committee. The MBA Alumni Chapter continues to grow, supporting over 1000 graduates in their careers.

Executive Roles

Business Mentor


August 2014 - Present (3 years)

Appointed as a mentor to Thought-Wired through the Akina Foundation’s Launch Pad program. Thought-Wired is a start-up developing brain-wave sensing technologies to support people living with profound disabilities to move about and interact independently with their environment using their thoughts. My time is provided free of charge to the company as Thought-Wired is a Social Enterprise looking to improve the position of people living with profound disabilities.

Independent Director


February 2013 - Present (4 years)

Pulsecor is a medical device technology company researching, developing and offering the next generation in non-invasive and non-intrusive cardiovascular assessment solutions. Pulsecor's technology provides simple to use yet highly accurate & repeatable measurement of Central Blood Pressure and Augmentation Index/Arterial stiffness, amongst other parameters.

Managing Consultant

Watership Group

January 2010 - Present (7 years)

Watership Group provides management consulting services providing clarity for organizations in aligning their people, finances, assets and technologies to the outcomes they require. A significant area of expertise is business governance of technologies to better manage change and de-risk implementations and align to business-driven outcomes. As Managing Consultant for Watership Group Ltd, I have led a range of engagements across healthcare, telecommunications, operations management, supply chain, service provisioning and information technology in the private and public sectors. The role also includes business and relationship development along with proposal and contract negotiations.

Executive Officer

Aphasia New Zealand Charitable Trust

January 2009 - July 2009 (6 months)

The Aphasia New Zealand Charitable Trust is a health sector not-for-profit organisation with a mission to assist people with aphasia, their families, extended whanau and the wider community to communicate effectively and reduce the barriers faced by people with aphasia. Aphasia is the partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from damage to the brain caused by injury or disease. My role was to provide general management and strategy skills, translate strategy to scalable operational plans while managing contractors and fund raising for the charitable trust.

New Product Business Development Manager

Agfa New Zealand

January 2006 - December 2008 (2 years)

Agfa is a multi-national company delivering a range of products including new technology solutions to the healthcare, graphics and print industries. Agfa had extensive experience and success with their analogue products and looked to add technology skills to their team in anticipation of a new range of digitally driven products being launched. My role was to bring and help market and sell their new range of digital graphic products to the New Zealand market.

Group Technology Officer

Times Media Group

September 1998 - November 2005 (7 years)

A family owned business, Times Media Group was New Zealand’s largest privately owned media, publishing and printing company with offices countrywide and a staff of over 400. My role on the senior management team included providing technology services, support and technical direction to the company’s divisions, and its customers, through full time staff and contracted suppliers.


AUT University

MBA (Hons), International Business

2006 - 2008