Governance Bio
Katheren Leitner
Appoint Professional

Katheren Leitner

6 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs
Iwi Organisation


Advisor / Advisory Board
Board Member
“Sport, not for profit and advisory board roles catch my attention. Commercially I am astute, my corporate career extends across many industries. I have 12 years governance experience, 4 years as Chair. I bring a strong strategic capability, I am particularly interested in opportunities that require growth, innovation and disruption. ”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles

Board Member

Papakura Netball

January 2018 - Present (2 years)

Papakura Netball Centre plays an important role in the South Auckland Community that it serves. Sport is a powerful tool for bringing community together and providing a place of belonging. I am not a netball player, I was drawn to the role because of the importance the center has in it's community.

Chair & Board Member


October 2016 - Present (3 years)

The New Zealand Institute of Management has a long, proud history of growing the quality of management and leadership through education.

Chair & Board Member

YMCA of Auckland Inc

October 2008 - Present (11 years)

The YMCA of Auckland has served Auckland communities for more than 157 years. Katheren became the first female Chair in 2010. She served two consecutive terms as a mark of the leadership shown. The organisation has more than 900 employees and operates fitness clubs, stadiums, camps, early childhood centers, swim schools, hostels and a hotel.

Committee Member

Women on Boards

January 2015 - September 2017 (2 years)

Women on Boards is a division of Governance NZ. Women on Boards is committed to the Education, development, connection and support of women in their governance and leadership journey

Advisory Board Member

Success for Students

September 2014 - May 2015 (8 months)

Success for Students is a not for profit organisation committed to educating young people about the power of money and the importance of understanding how it works. The organisation is in start-up mode, looking to raise funds to produce the IP developed.

Executive Roles

Chief Executive

Asthma New Zealand Incorporated

August 2018 - Present (1 years)

Asthma NZ is largest provider of asthma and COPD education in New Zealand. Asthma is a condition that is costing NZ in excess of one billion dollars each year, we have the 2nd highest rate of mortality for young people and each year 80 families are forced to deal with the grief of loosing a loved one. Asthma NZ have made a committment to reduce asthma and COPD hospitalisation by 50% by 2029.

Lead Facilitator - Entrepreneurship for Global Impact Workshop Series

Unitec Institute of Technology

December 2014 - Present (5 years)

Unitec in collaboration with the Martin Trust Centre MIT Boston have developed a 6 month program for those who want to enhance their entrepreneurial skills and networks. This dynamic new workshop series combines world-class theory, practice and group interaction with local and global entrepreneurs, investors, innovation networks and market opportunities. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and experience a prototype environment where they develop and dissect new venture ideas. It is a very practical environment so learning is comes primarily from first person interaction.

Program Development & Lecturer

Unitec Institute of Technology

January 2014 - Present (6 years)

Contracted to assist Unitec realise its vision - "A Great Job for Every Graduate", Katheren has developed the Personal and Professional Development program that incorporates the skills essential for seamless integration into the commercial environment.

Director, Senior Facilitator


November 2005 - Present (14 years)

TrainingPlus works alongside organisations to enhance their people and performance, establishing positive life patterns which allows sustainability. TrainingPlus develop bespoke programs tailoured to achieve the outcomes clients require. We are experienced in delivering large scale change, leadership development and performance improvement initiatives.

Change Strategist and Performance Improvement Coach


February 2003 - Present (17 years)

Shareholder, Cafe Manager

The Lodge Cafe

June 2011 - July 2013 (2 years)

A wonderful environment to do a practical MBA. It wraps all the elements of business into a fast paced, real time environment. Like sport you know if your strategy is working within 80 minutes.

Chair for TEC (The Executive Connection)

The Executive Connection

April 2011 - December 2014 (3 years)

An incubator group for business owners wanting to accelerate the progress of their business. Business Owners get to meet with each other once a month to discuss the opportunitites and challenges they are facing in their business - it is the equivalent of having 15 consultants focused on your business. Between each meeting you meet with your Chair for a one-on-one which tracks progress and identifies the actions you need to take in order to achieve the results you desire.

Nominee TECR Chair

TEC (The Executive Connection)

January 2010 - January 2011 (1 years)

Support Operations Manager

Leading Edge Communications

November 2009 - June 2010 (7 months)

Identify performance issues, lead strategic change initiative to improve productivity & performance. Grow capability within business unit, strengthen business unit and stakeholder relationships.

Program Designer, Senior Facilitator and Coach

Te Ara

January 2009 - December 2009 (11 months)

Te Ara means pathway in Maori. In 2009 Te Ara designed the Life-Skills training material and resources for the Rugby League and Education Academy pilot program run in Taranaki in 2009.


Daybreak Toastmasters

Bronze CTM,

1997 - 2011


2008 - 2008

Trinity College of London

ProfessionaEffective Communicaton, Communication

2001 - 2002