Governance Bio
Geoff Warne
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Geoff Warne

30 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

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Incorporated Entity
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
Committee Member
“I bring a depth of experience and insight in health and disability, from 35 years of executive management (including CEO and CFO) and governance. I enable and support boards to maximise their contribution while bringing out the best of the CEO. I am thorough and well-engaged, and seek to build consensus while practising and encouraging independent thinking.”


Governance Roles


International Needs New Zealand

July 2018 - Present (1 years)

NZ partner of international federation of NGOs working in community development in the Pacific, Asia and Africa


Manawanui In Charge Ltd

July 2017 - March 2019 (1 years)

NZ based not for profit company that provides individualised funding support to disabled people throughout New Zealand. Revenues $5 million, 30 staff.


Cord Global

June 2012 - July 2016 (4 years)

UK headquartered international NGO working in peacebuilding and community development in Asia and Africa. Revenues $5 million, 40 staff. Chair from 2014 to 2016, Finance Committee 2012-2016

Board member

International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations

September 2006 - March 2014 (7 years)

Switzerland headquartered federation of 15 international NGOs working to combat leprosy worldwide. Board members were the CEOs of the member organisations. Revenues NZD 0.5 million, 3 staff.


The Leprosy Mission International

November 1994 - November 2005 (11 years)

UK headquartered international NGO working in leprosy-centred health, disability and development programs in 20 countries in Asia and Africa. Revenues $50 million, 2000 staff worldwide. Also Treasurer (1992-1994) and Chair (1994-2006) of The Leprosy Mission New Zealand, charity raising funds and awareness for leprosy programs in partner countries; and Board member of The Leprosy Mission Trust India (2006-2016)


Echo International Health Services Ltd

January 1985 - November 1990 (5 years)

Coulsdon (UK) based provider of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, equipment, teaching aids and books to the non-profit health sector in developing countries.

Executive Roles



August 2018 - Present (1 years)

Geneva based head office of an international federation of health agencies specialising in leprosy

Managing Director

Geoff Warne Associates Ltd

May 2017 - Present (2 years)

The company, based in Auckland, provides leadership, governance and advisory services in the health, disability and not for profit sector.

General Director (CEO)

The Leprosy Mission International

September 2006 - August 2016 (9 years)

UK headquartered international NGO, with 30 country offices, working in leprosy-centred health, disability and development programs in Asia and Africa. Revenues $50 million, 2000 staff worldwide. Responsibility: global leadership. Achievments: transformed organisation to federal structure; reduced cost base 30%; represented and advocated internationally; developed leaders; built operational and financial structures and SOPs. Governance related roles included Secretary of the International Board; Board member of The Leprosy Mission Trust India.

Chief Financial Officer

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

May 2003 - August 2006 (3 years)

Auckland-headquartered disability charity providing services to blind people in New Zealand. Revenues $25 million, net assets $70 million, 400 staff. Responsibilities: financial, business, legal and project advice to Board and management; service benchmarking; treasury; reserve and investment policies; legal compliance; managed business planning and budgeting; co-negotiated revenue contracts; risk management strategies; acting CEO as required; oversight over corporate services.

Manager Corporate Services

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

July 1995 - May 2003 (7 years)

Management responsibilities: HR, communications/PR, policy analysis and research, IT, administration, accounting, financial reporting, contract negotiation, fleet and property management and equipment services.

Manager Accounting Services

Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

February 1991 - June 1995 (4 years)

Responsible for all corporate accounting functions

Finance Director

The Leprosy Mission International

January 1984 - November 1990 (6 years)

Main responsibilities: financial and general advice to CEO and Board; managed budgeting and financial reporting; designed and implemented financial policies and controls; internal audits; administered investments and pension fund; financial training. Frequent overseas travel to assess programs and management systems.

Finance Officer

The Leprosy Mission South Asia

May 1981 - December 1983 (2 years)

Developed systems and manuals; implemented internal audit; reviewed financial reports from all units (6 countries); training; budgeting and advice to Director; developed internal audit team.

Divisional Accountant

Ceramco Ltd

February 1976 - April 1981 (5 years)

Auckland-headquartered industrial and commercial conglomerate. Responsibilities: financial, cost and management accounting, financial reporting, development of sound financial systems and controls for six group companies


Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ)

Chartered Accountant, Current member

1987 - 2017

University of Auckland

MBA, Executive leadership and management

1993 - 1994

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting, economics, commercial law

1973 - 1977

University of Auckland

Bachelor of Arts, Classics

1972 - 1974