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Associate Director Programme - Governance Programme – Accelerate your boardroom experience

18-month term - Christchurch

Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL) is the commercial and investment arm of the Christchurch City Council, responsible for managing the Council’s investment in eight trading companies - Orion New Zealand Ltd, Christchurch International Airport Ltd, Lyttelton Port Company Ltd, Enable Services Ltd, Citycare Ltd, RBL Property Ltd, EcoCentral Ltd and Development Christchurch Ltd. 

The CCHL Associate Director Programme seeks to enhance the governance capability of senior leaders who are embarking on a governance career. The programme offers emerging directors the opportunity to accelerate their boardroom experience with participants appointed as an Associate Director, for an 18-month duration, on a Board in the CCHL Group of Companies and its related entities (Venues Ōtautahi, ChristchurchNZ, and Transwaste Canterbury). 

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current experience as a Chief Executive or General Manager who reports to, or interacts with, a commercial board of directors; or, a high performing functional or technical specialist.
  • Actively considering a governance career and are ready to begin the path towards this.
  • Is a ‘first time’ director or a director with experience on smaller, closely held company boards or boards of not-for-profit organisations. 

For candidates who meet the above criteria, other competencies will be considered to ensure the best fit with the overall objectives and outcomes desired from the programme. CCHL is making a purposeful commitment to providing opportunities for all capable people to succeed, including for example, as part of the Associate Director Programme and more broadly, its governance selection and appointment process which supports diversity of thought around the boardroom table. 

The position is unpaid but will provide an outstanding opportunity to put your director journey on the right path. In addition, CCHL will fund the Institute of Directors membership fee for the term of the appointment and provide $1,000 plus GST towards further director development training. 

How to apply

For more information, download the Associate Directors Brief below.  

Please complete the application form (contained in the Associate Directors Brief) and submit along with a current CV.   

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Applications for the 2022 programme close on Friday 8 July 2022 (COB).

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