Governance Bio
Sonjia Wilson
Appoint Professional

Sonjia Wilson

2 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Listed company
Incorporated Entity
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation


Board Member
“I currently advise school boards on strategy and robust governance policy and process. My previous executive experience is in Human Resources, Health and Safety Management and Risk Compliance, with a focus on culture enhancement, leadership and capability building. I am a board member of a school board keen to extend my areas of expertise to other boards.”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Governance and Employment Advisor

New Zealand School Trustees Association

October 2016 - Present (2 years)

interpret information and problem solve. Provide advice and guidance on governance strategy to Board Chairs and Principals.

Board of Trustee member

Sumner School

June 2016 - Present (2 years)

School trustee member

Executive Roles

Governance and Employment Advisor

New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA)

October 2016 - Present (2 years)

Key responsibilities: • Employment advise for boards/Principals and Statutory Managers • Performance Management strategies • Health and safety compliance for boards and safety culture enhancement • Complaints Management • Board Chair/Principal mentoring • Governance Training Delivery – employer role, CEO Performance Review, CEO recruitment

Human Resources Manager

Christchurch Ready Mix Concrete Ltd

February 2011 - September 2016 (5 years)

Christchurch Ready Mix Concrete (CRMC) manufactures and delivers concrete, extracts aggregates and sand from both river and local land based quarries and provides civil construction services. CRMC is a private business employing 180 staff. The HR Manager was a new position to the business, designed to introduce a full raft of HR and Health and Safety processes throughout a period of growth. The role had both an operational and strategic focus, reporting to the Managing Director with direct reports.


Instant HR Ltd

April 2005 - December 2011 (6 years)

Self employed Human Resources Contractor and Consultant: Tegel Foods Ltd, Vector Consulting – Health Care. Construction SME’s Key Contracts; Leadership Coaching and Team Development, Performance Management Process Development, Standard Operating Procedure Project Management – Nationwide, Training Needs Analysis, Training Delivery; including NZQA unit standards

Human Resource Manager – Auckland Region

Tegel Foods Ltd

April 2001 - September 2003 (2 years)

A key role within this fast paced, multicultural, manufacturing environment, with responsibilities for 400 employees spread across multiple sites. Reporting to the Regional Operations Manager with 3 direct reports. A role with both and operational and strategic focus with a strong emphasis on ensuring HR strategies are integrated with key business initiatives. A member of the National HR team. Contributing to the development of Tegel Foods National HR strategies, ensuring their application in the Auckland region.


New Zealand School Trustees Association

Governance Essentials, Governance

2016 - 2016

University of Auckland

Master of Philosophy (Hons) - Management Studies and Labour Relations, Management Studies and Labour Relations

1990 - 1993

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Economics

1987 - 1990