Richard Westlake, Director, Westlake Governance

Richard established Wellington-based Westlake Governance in 1999, with the purpose of Building Boards into Leading Teams. The firm specialises in governance in non-governmental organisations (NGOs), not-for-profit businesses and other non-traditional corporate structures.

Richard has 20 years' experience as a board chairman and director. He is currently chairman of the Telecommunications Carriers' Forum Inc, Careerforce Industry Training Organisation and software company Intergen Limited.

He was an independent director of Kiwibank Ltd for 10 years, from the bank’s establishment in 2001, and his not-for-profit governance experience includes the Dexcel Trust, Standards New Zealand, the Centre for Advanced Engineering and Canterbury Opera.

He is one of New Zealand’s leading facilitators of corporate governance training programmes, and has been a keynote presenter for the Institute of Directors for several years. Overseas, he has led director-training programmes in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Before coming to New Zealand, he gained an MA and a Rowing Blue from Oxford University and trained as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force. 

Richard is an Accredited Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and an International Fellow of Mudara – Institute of Directors, Dubai

He wil speak on Effective governance leadership for the forward thinking school.