Governance Bio
Sina Wendt
Appoint Professional

Sina Wendt

19 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Incorporated Entity
Government Sector Org
Council Controlled Organisation


Board Member


Governance Roles

Advisory Board member, JOLT Ambassador

Mind Warriors JOLT Challenge

April 2012 - Present (8 years)

Mind Warriors International is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world by unleashing the power of their mind - to provide simple and effective systems that create positive changes in people's lives. JOLT Challenge is an award-winning programme that gives people the Self Intelligence needed to create positive, practical and permanent change in all areas of their life. It consists of 9 weeks of Self Intelligence training that explores the awareness of thoughts, emotions, behaviours and capabilities and results in dramatic changes in one’s life; health, wealth and relationships.


YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand

March 2012 - Present (9 years)

YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand – is part of a global network of 25 million women leading social and economic change in over 125 countries worldwide. The purpose of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand is to work for individual and community change by empowering women, especially young women, to develop and exercise their individual and collective leadership through enhancing their spiritual, physical, mental and cultural well-being. The work of Member Associations is collectively focused around four Strategic Themes: Young Women’s Leadership, Young Women’s Safe Spaces, Young Women’s Sexuality and Health, and Young Women’s Economic Independence.

Advisory Board member

appoint better boards

March 2012 - Present (9 years)

appoint is an online initiative that connects its director & trustee members with organizations looking to build and recruit better boards. appoint has a specific focus on providing a diverse pool of directors and bringing transparency to board appointment processes. Roles range from publicly listed directorships through to Not For Profit trustee positions.

Founding Trustee

Pacific Music Awards Trust

January 2005 - Present (16 years)

Celebrating Pacific Music: The Trust created and now manages an annual music event that acknowledges the success of Pacific artists celebrates and promotes excellence in Pacific music and encourages young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement. All work done on voluntary basis. From the inaugural Pacific Music Awards in 2005, the annual Awards have grown to be the iconic Pacific event in the music industry calendar. Event is supported by the Recording Industry Association (RIANZ), with regards to the presentation of the NZ Music Award (Tui), for Best Pacific Music Album


PACIFICA Inc - Auckland Branch

January 2010 - March 2013 (3 years)

PACIFICA Incorporated is a national non government organisation for Pacific women living in Aotearoa New Zealand. PACIFICA Inc has branches throughout the country from Whangarei to Invercargill. Most branches meet monthly and have elected officers. Each branch is relatively autonomous and independent because within the wider aims and objectives, branches run specific projects in response to members own involvements and community priorities. Branches exist to create opportunities for Pacific women to support one another and encourage each other to contribute effectively to the cultural, social, economic and political development of Aotearoa New Zealand and its people.


YWCA Auckland

January 2010 - April 2012 (2 years)

The YWCA Auckland is a 125 year old (1885-2010) organisation dedicated to empowering women. There are three main strands of activity: Hostel - our enabler - owning & managing a very successful Hostel in Vincent St in the CBD which funds our overheads. Community Programmes - with the funding we receive we deliver robust, evidence based demand driven programmes which empower women; - Encore - a free post breast cancer recovery programme, - Future Leaders - a four year mentoring programme for young women aged between 14-18 years. - A new programme for tertiary or early career young women will be piloted in 2011. Voice - we lobby and advocate around issues related to women; in conjunction with our fellow organisations. We work on project, policy and sector development.


Leadership New Zealand

January 2009 - January 2012 (3 years)

Leadership New Zealand is a not-for-profit trust set up to focus on developing and enhancing the quality of our future leaders. Leadership New Zealand will identify, nurture and develop our leaders, whatever corner of society they emerge from. Leadership New Zealand provides a year-long programme for leaders in ‘mid-career’ from a wide variety of private, public and not for profit organisations from across New Zealand.

Committee Member

Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition BCAC

January 2009 - January 2010 (1 years)

Committee Member: Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is a united consumer voice working to make world class detection, treatment and care accessible to all those affected by breast cancer in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We provide information, support and representation, empowering those with breast cancer to make informed choices about their treatment and care.


C Me Mentoring Foundation Trust

January 2009 - January 2013 (4 years)

The C-Me Mentoring Foundation Trust, through a strong network of public and private sector partnerships, delivers innovative mentoring and training programmes that enhance youth educational achievement, training, skill levels, employment and career opportunities. The innovative Trades At School programme is focussed on improving educational outcomes for young people whilst developing skilled and motivated workforce for industry. The unique proposition offered by the Trades At School programme is the nurturing and development of a student’s potential by exposing them to industry and tertiary training whilst they are still attending secondary school.

Founding Trustee (Secretary)

National Pacific Radio Trust Inc

January 2002 - January 2003 (1 years)

Trust responsible for strategic planning and implementation of pilot project for National Pacific Radio Network - NiuFM. During this time I undertook an expanded role to include project management services to the Trust. My work included • Finalising the setting up of transmission and studio facilities for Wellington and Christchurch studios, and planning transmission facilities in other centres. Establishment of permanent studio for the Auckland hub. • Liaising and developing with Ministry of Economic Development solutions to band expander issues in Christchurch and Whangarei. • Liaising with Ministry of Culture and Heritage on Purchase agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, evaluation criteria for Pilot project, Completion of the Trust’s Business Plan. Assisted NPRT Treasurer & accountant prepare monthly financial accounts. • Prepared reports to the Ministers for Culture and Heritage and Pacific Island Affairs. Assisting with legal issues and litigation. Contingency planning and switchover to interim network operations.

Council Member

Montessori Association of New Zealand Council (MANZ)

January 2001 - January 2002 (1 years)

Member of the MANZ Council newly established in 2001, that developed the Vision and Strategic Plan for the organisation, and implemented the Strategic Objectives for MANZ membership (2003 -117 schools). All work done on voluntary basis.


Eastern Suburbs Montessori Primary School Charitable Trust

January 1997 - January 2003 (6 years)

The Trust managed the Montessori Primary Unit at Glendowie School. All work done on voluntary basis. Chair role was Executive role: • Represented the Montessori Trust on the Glendowie School Board of Trustees & liaised with school management team • Developed & implemented Strategic Plan, managed annual budget. • Recruited & managed the Montessori teachers & assistants. • Handled public relations with Montessori organisations, schools and government agencies. Marketed the unit to Montessori preschools & parents in community, developed promotional materials, ran seminars etc. • Handled curriculum issues, property & resourcing for the unit

Chair / Founding Trustee

Montessori Primary Education Foundation

January 1994 - January 1996 (2 years)

Established MPEF Charitable Trust to facilitate the set-up of Montessori primary classes within state schools in the West Auckland area. All work done on voluntary basis. • Liaised & worked with Government agencies including the Ministry of Education, Montessori Association, and overseas Montessori organisations, researching/planning set-up requirements. • Conducted market research, ran seminars, produced newsletters promoting the project. • Wrote & presented proposals to Boards of schools. • Liaised with Principals and Boards to establish units. Recruited teachers, did marketing for enrolments, & set up systems for management of units. • Chair of Auckland Montessori Primary Committee: representatives from 4 Montessori trusts collaborating in Auckland region to set up primary units. • In February 1997, two Montessori Primary Units opened in West Auckland.

Executive Roles

Chief Executive

Leadership New Zealand

July 2012 - Present (8 years)

OUR VISION AND VALUES… For New Zealand to succeed as a nation, it is important to create a culture of leadership in New Zealand. The development of talented leaders from all walks of life is critical to the development of our organisations and society. There is a growing awareness for a leadership model necessary to promote collective vision and strategic process, to work in an environment of partnership which is created and nourished by the community, is transformational and innovative in nature, and is based on trust. Our vision is to evolve that leadership model by enhancing the quality of our future leaders and building a culture of leadership in New Zealand. Our values are to be courageous, visionary, generous of spirit, inclusive, apolitical, to have integrity, to be innovative, and to celebrate diversity.

Leadership, Mentoring, Business Development

OLA Consulting

January 2009 - Present (12 years)

Consultancy services in building leadership and people capability of organisations, mentoring, business development, innovation and change projects, strategic management, and governance.

Co-Convenor & Mentor

Leadership Pacific

January 2009 - Present (12 years)

Convenor of Leadership Pacific Symposium Auckland (2010) Speaker at Leadership Pacific Symposium (2009) Participant at Niu Tupu workshop on national mobilization strategy (2010) Developing Leadership Pacific Auckland Cluster group (2010) ** Leadership Pacific is a Movement - a network of Pacific peoples (individuals and communities) who practice, study and teach leadership to enhance the capacity for leadership in Pacific communities. ** Leadership Pacific has a strategic 5 year vision to grow (nurture and mentor) 1,000 New Generation Pacific leaders by 2015; and it strives to • Foster ethical leadership in individuals, organizations and communities in the Pacific. • Promote understanding of leadership knowledge and practices, starting with context first. • Serves as a network for sharing of ideas, research and practices about Pacific leadership. • Strengthen the links and relationships between those who study and those who practice Pacific leadership.


Westpac Regional Business Excellence Awards

January 2009 - January 2011 (2 years) The Westpac Regional Business Excellence Awards is an annual event that recognise the top business achievements in the Auckland Region

Mentor Programme Development

First Foundation

January 2009 - January 2011 (2 years)

The First Foundation's vision is to assist academically talented and financially disadvantaged New Zealand students to achieve their potential through tertiary education and to prepare them to positively influence and benefit their communities. It does this by partnering with businesses, organisations, individuals (mentors) and schools to provide students with 4 year tertiary education scholarships.

Chief Executive

National Pacific Radio Trust & Pacific Media Network

January 2003 - January 2008 (5 years)

Chief Executive for the National Pacific Radio Trust, and for operations of the Pacific Media Network broadcasting services: NiuFM Radio Network (national Pan-Pacific FM radio network broadcasting on 13 frequencies), Radio 531pi (Pan-Pacific Auckland AM service), and Pacific Radio News Service. Network hub based in Auckland, with responsiblity for 100 staff, including regional office/studio based in Wellington. Built the NiuFM network operations from ground up over period of 5 years taking it from government pilot project phase through to baseline funded public broadcasting service. The network underwent dynamic growth and change over this period. Achievements included * developing and expanding HR capability in the organisation (total strategic HR implementation across the operations) from initial team of 25 * building a brand from scratch and generating strong awareness, increasing audience cume nationally, built strong loyalty and community engagement with NiuFM network (with little budget but very creative promotional and marketing team) * expanding services to include programming in English and 9 Pacific languages, * launched online streaming, and innovative programme elements (including inaugural celebration of Pacific Language Weeks on-air) * increased commercial revenues three-fold over initial 3 year period * launched inhouse specialist Pacific Radio News Services including podcasting * merging Radio 531pi into operations and broadcast services * breaking out NiuFM Auckland 103.8FM (2007) to allow for better program targetting of younger urban Pacific family demographic * successful rationalisation and restructuring of the network operations in 2008 to meet challenges of economic downturn and resulting commercial advertising revenues shortfalls.

PR & Recruitment Manager

EDU-COL Tertiary College of Arts & Media

January 2002 - January 2002 (0 months)

Managed media, promotions, public relations & customer services (managed recruitment & admissions of students). Developed Marketing Plan, management of budget and Student Services Team.

Client Manager

New Zealand Institute of Management - NZIM Northern

January 1997 - January 1998 (1 years)

The implementation and project management of customised training and development programmes for a portfolio of client organisations.

Executive Roles: Sales, Management, Training, OD Projects

Telecom Directories Ltd

January 1987 - January 1994 (7 years)

1990 -1994 National Training Executive, Auckland 1993 Sales Manager, Western Samoa Directory Project, Samoa 1991 - 1992 National Facilitator: Self-Directed WorkTeams Project, Wellington 1990 Training Manager Sales/TaDiS project (Telecom Automated Directory Information System), Wellington 1989 -1990 Sales Manager, Central Region 1987 - 1989 Sales Representative, Central Region Background: Following the formation of Telecom Corporation from the old Post Office, Telecom Directories was established as subsidiary to handle the directory publishing business. I joined at the beginning of this process, so during my 7 years as the business developed I had many opportunties to be involved in significant change projects and growth initiatives.


Global Women NZ - Women In Leadership Programme

Associate, Leadership

2010 - 2011

University of Auckland

Executive MBA (Current),

2009 - 2011


2009 - 2009

Leadership NZ 2008

Fellow, Leadership Programme

2008 - 2008