Governance Bio
Des Brennan
Appoint Professional

Des Brennan

23 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Incorporated Entity
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs
Iwi Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
“My business career includes extensive senior management and governance experience. Chief Executive roles nourished a sense for clarity of purpose, teamwork and strategy, in dynamic environments. I understand the distinct natures of management and governance, with leadership roles in several sectors. I am a Chartered Fellow of the IoD (CFInstD).”


Governance Roles


Basketball New Zealand

May 2017 - Present (2 years)

Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) is the national body (NSO) for the sport of basketball in New Zealand. BBNZ’s role is to develop, grow and promote basketball and participants of the game. Chair of Revenue Committee.

Council Member

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)

May 2015 - Present (4 years)

Wintec is a Tertiary Education Institution based in the Waikato. Its primary purpose is to provide full-time and part-time tertiary education in New Zealand. Member of FRC.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust

January 2013 - Present (6 years)

GRG provides support services to grandparents raising grandchildren so as to protect and promote the well-being and development of children in their care.For most grandparents, raising grandchildren is a result of an unexpected and traumatic event that requires a significant readjustment to their lives and those of their grandchildren. Member of FRC.


The Graduate Choir NZ Trust

March 2017 - July 2018 (1 years)

This charitable trust primarily supports one of NZ’s premier mixed voice choirs - based in South Auckland.


Snow Sports New Zealand

June 2013 - October 2016 (3 years)

SSNZ is the high performance national sports organisation mandated to lead and support the growth and success of competitive snow sports in New Zealand. SSNZ's athletes compete to the Paralympic and Olympic level.


New Zealand Recreation Association

January 2013 - February 2016 (3 years)

NZRA is the professional development organisation for those involved in the NZ recreation sector. NZRA aims to lead and build capability in the sector. Deputy Chair, FRC Chair, BAP Chair.


The New Zealand Way Ltd

March 2011 - September 2012 (1 years)

The company is a joint venture owned by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the New Zealand Tourism Board. Its activities involve the marketing and promotion of Brand New Zealand (both within New Zealand and offshore) and the licensing and control of use of the intellectual property. The company very successfully developed and maintains The New Zealand Story campaign – open spaces, open hearts, open minds - to assist exporters achieve a consistent story and imagery in their international marketing and promotion.


Netball New Zealand

August 2001 - August 2004 (3 years)

Netball New Zealand, netball's national sporting organisation, has the responsibility for leading the development of the sport throughout New Zealand. Netball has a proud tradition of widespread participation and sporting excellence from grassroots netball through to the Silver Ferns. Member Finance & Audit Committee.


South Pacific Pictures

July 1993 - February 1996 (2 years)

South Pacific Pictures, a television production company based Auckland, was originally a subsidiary of TVNZ. The company produces drama series, mini-series and films for the domestic and international markets. In 1992 it commenced production of Shortland Street for TV2. This remains New Zealand’s prime-time soap opera. It is the country's longest-running drama – having been broadcast continuously for over 6,000 episodes and 24 years.

Executive Roles

Chief Executive Officer

Facilities Management Association New Zealand

June 2013 - July 2016 (3 years)

FMANZ is a community of Facility Management professionals. It aspires to define, develop and promote facilities management practice in New Zealand. FMANZ takes a leadership role in professional development, networking and advocacy for facilities management professionals.

Director Marketing

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

October 2010 - October 2012 (2 years)

Chief Executive

Yachting New Zealand

February 2005 - September 2010 (5 years)

International Manager

Montana Wines

November 2003 - July 2004 (8 months)

Marketing Director

Fletcher Wood Panels

January 1999 - January 2003 (4 years)

Director of Sales and Marketing


January 1990 - January 1996 (6 years)

General Manager

Anchor Foods (New Zealand Dairy Company)

January 1985 - January 1989 (4 years)

Regional Director International

Max Factor UK Group

January 1979 - January 1985 (6 years)


Institute of Directors

Chartered Member (CMInstD), Governance

2015 - 2015

Institute of Directors

Certificate in Company Direction, Governance

2012 - 2012

Wines & Spirit Education Trust UK

Advanced Certificate in Wines & Spirits, Wine - worldwide

2005 - 2005


Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Teaching

2000 - 2000

Massey University

Master of Business Administration (with Distinction), Business leadership

1989 - 1990

Victoria University of Wellington

Dip Bus Admin, Business management

1978 - 1979

Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Science , Chemistry

1965 - 1969