Governance Bio
Peter Withers
Appoint Professional

Peter Withers

Bay of Plenty
15 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Incorporated Entity
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Council Controlled Organisation
Iwi Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
“I am looking for a government body / non-profit / community / small business board role where my experience and expertise can bring value to the organisation. As a board member I bring a global profile of leadership, strategic achievement and governance exposure encompassing diplomacy, trade promotion, business consulting, coaching and executive education.”


Governance Roles

Governance Coach

Massey University Fonterra Governance Development Programme

April 2015 - Present (3 years)

Provide coaching for the participants in the Fonterra Governance Development Programme

Board member

Albany Community Board

March 2015 - Present (3 years)

Comunity Board in Albany / North Harbour district

Chair & Board Member

Executive MBA Council (EMBAC)

October 2011 - October 2014 (3 years)

EMBAC is a 30 year old global organisation of the world's top business schools. It has 240 member schools from across North America, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia Pacific. Board directors are elected by the member schools

Board Member

Graduate School of Management Board, Univ of Auckland

February 2007 - August 2014 (7 years)

Executive Board charged with governance and oversight of the Graduate School of Management

Executive Roles

Director Academic Programmes

Graduate School of Management University of Auckland

February 2007 - August 2014 (7 years)

Executive operations and management responsibility for the school's graduate degree programmes including MBAs and postgraduate diplomas in business and Maori Development. Also taught International Business and Strategy courses.

Assistant Dean

Graziadio Graduate School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University Los Angeles

February 2003 - February 2006 (3 years)

Executive operations and management responsibility for the school's five graduate degree programs (2,400 graduate business students enrolled across 8 campuses, annual revenue in excess of US$40 million)

Director Management Programs

Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont California

February 1998 - February 2000 (2 years)

Executive responsibility for all management programs taught within the school

Regional Director The Americas

New Zealand Trade Development Board (now New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

November 1991 - November 1996 (5 years)

Executive responsibility for all New Zealand trade promotion activities in North & South America including oversight of all trade posts in the region, trade promotion strategy, trade promotion campaigns and trade promotion related government liaison

Head of Mission

New Zealand Embassy Ankara Turkey

April 1990 - November 1991 (1 years)

Established and headed the first resident New Zealand Embassy in Turkey


New Zealand Institute of Directors

Governance Essentials, Governance / Board responsibilities

2014 - 2014

Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Advanced Executive Program, Executive Development

1993 - 1993

University of Canterbury

MA Hons, Political Science

1970 - 1974