Governance Bio
Sarah Beaman
Appoint Professional

Sarah Beaman

6 Years
Paid Roles Only

Interested In:


Incorporated Entity
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs
Council Controlled Organisation
Iwi Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
“As a Director with growing experience I value the opportunity to use my skills as a strategic thinker, in concert with my broad knowledge and experience in business and sport, to govern organisations into a sustainable future.”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Director (previously Chairman)

New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA)

February 2013 - Present (6 years)

o Chairman (2 years) o Independent appointee to a newly configured board. NZRA is a not-for-profit organisation with the purpose to lead and build capability in New Zealand’s recreation sector. A membership based organisation centred around professional development and advocacy services for recreation and sport professionals. 7 staff, $1.7m turnover. o Finance Audit and Risk Subcommittee 2015-present; Remuneration Subcommittee 2013-present; Board Appointments Subcommittee 2014-15. o February 2013 to February 2016. Reappointed February 2016 for second 3-year term.

Board Observer (PD 'apprenticeship' role)

Regional Facilities Auckland

February 2014 - February 2015 (1 years)

o Board Observer (professional development ‘intern’ role) o RFA is a council controlled organisation of Auckland Council which provides a regional approach to running and developing Auckland’s vibrant arts, culture and heritage, leisure, sport and entertainment sectors through landmark venues, business units and strategic partnerships. RFA manages more than $968 million of major regional facilities and iconic venues across the city. o Board Appointments Subcommittee; Arts & Culture Strategy Subcommittee o February 2014 to February 2015 The Board Observer role was a one year apprenticeship supported by Auckland Council to develop directorship skills within a CCO Board.


New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation

May 2012 - June 2015 (3 years)

o NZBEF is a not-for-profit organisation with the purpose to support NZ organisations to improve their performance and capabilities. A membership based organisation centred around providing a best practice management framework supported by training, advice, business assessment services and networking. 3 staff, $700k turnover. o Strategic Planning Subcommittee; Credentialing Subcommittee o May 2012 to June 2015


Mind Lab NZ

August 2007 - December 2011 (4 years)

An internationally proven method to develop tomorrow’s global thinkers. An innovative thinking skills curriculum using strategy-based board games.

Junior Board

New Zealand Cricket

September 1996 - August 1997 (11 months)

The NZC Junior Board was tasked with governing youth cricket in New Zealand. I was the Womens Board representative on the Junior Board.

Womens Board Member

New Zealand Cricket

September 1995 - April 1998 (2 years)

Womens Board Member, representing North Harbour Cricket. This board was formed when mens and womens cricket amalgamated under the NZC umbrella. The Womens Board specifically governed the womens game.

Executive Roles

Director and Consultant

Strategic Reality Ltd

August 1997 - Present (21 years)

Business Improvement Consultant - evaluation of an organisation's strengths and opportunities for improvement. Work with senior management teams and Boards to identify improvements. Strategic Advisor - work with management to develop integrated strategic approaches at a business or economy level. Business Capability Consultant - establish criteria for assessing organisational capability and guidance/best practice for organisational development. Accredited Economic Development practitioner. Experience on a range of projects and initiatives to develop local economies. (AEcD NZ) General business experience in a range of industries including local and central government, sport and recreation, health, hospitality, travel and tourism, insurance and a range of diverse business sectors. Evaluator or Judge for a number of New Zealand awards processes e.g. New Zealand Business Excellence Awards, Vero Excellence in Business Support Awards, New Zealand International Business Awards. Clients include: ProCare Health, NZ Cricket, Real Estate Agents Authority, Commerce Commission, Auckland Council, Electricity Authority, Sport NZ, Opotiki District Council, Rowing NZ, Whakatane District Council, Housing NZ, St John, Spectrum Care, NZ Fire Service, Heritage Hotel Management Group, Fuji Xerox, and many others.

Authorised Baldrige Consultant

New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation

January 2007 - February 2013 (6 years)

Determined by NZBEF to have the expertise and competence to provide consulting services to organisations using the Criteria for Performance Excellence and/or Baldrige Criteria. NZBEF disestablished this authorisation model for all consultants while a new accreditation model is under development.

Sales and Marketing Analyst

Baxter Healthcare

June 1998 - September 2002 (4 years)

Senior Leader for Baxter Operational Excellence Awards

ICT Help Desk Contractor

Heinz Wattie NZ Ltd

August 1997 - May 1998 (9 months)

Business Manager

UniSports Centre for Sport Performance

May 1996 - August 1997 (1 years)

Information Manager/Sport Development Manager

Harbour Sport

June 1993 - April 1996 (2 years)


Economic Development Agencies of NZ (EDANZ)

AEcD(NZ), Accredited Economic Development practitioner qualification

2008 - 2009

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Arts B.A., Management & Organisational Studies (Major), English Lit (Minor), German, Italian, Spanish

1990 - 1999

Westlake Girls High School

1987 - 1989

Wellington Girls' College

1985 - 1986