Board and Regional Chair elections

Are you passionate about governance and the professional services consulting sector and want to have a say on how we can grow and support our people and businesses?

We’re holding our annual ACE New Zealand Board and Regional Chair elections this June and we want to hear from you if you think you can enhance our current board.

There are two board positions up for nomination and four regional chair positions. 

Anyone from an ACE New Zealand member firm can apply, and applications and voting will take place online. 

ACE New Zealand Board 

The ACE New Zealand Board is responsible for the governance of ACE New Zealand. It oversees the strategic direction and management of ACE New Zealand and reports to members on their stewardship of the organisation.

It’s made up of six elected representatives and up to three appointed members. Representative Board members are voted in by members for a three-year term. Terms are staged so that two of the six representative Board members complete their three-year term at each AGM. It allows new members to stand for the Board each year while maintaining continuity in governance.

The Board elects a President and Vice President from the representative Board members at the first meeting following the AGM and can choose to appoint up to three additional members to ensure the Board represents the diversity of our membership and the skills we need to take our organisation forward.

What we're looking for in a Board

A strong governing board is a diverse one. Our members are from a range of personal and professional backgrounds. We need our Board to reflect our membership and the communities we serve – from business leaders, engineers and planners, to marketers, lawyers and Māoritanga advisors, from Northland to Southland, large to small firms, and a mix of gender, age and ethnicity.  

We also need our Board to have the governance skills to take our organisation forward – so members experienced in governance or willing to learn. We need to ensure we have the right strategy to prepare our members for significant disruption across digital innovation and climate change, and that procurement practices and risk allocation remain reasonable. We’re also navigating more systemic issues such as the need to increase representation among women, Māori and Pasifika, wellbeing leadership and growing consultant capability. If we are to succeed, our Board must be bold and brave, have a view on the long-term horizon and an understanding of good governance. 

Our Board skills matrix sets out the core skills, experience and capabilities we need for a strong governing Board. It also sets out a range of personal characteristics to bring diversity of thought. Current gaps in our Board that we are looking to fill include within legal, marketing, and training and development, and also an understanding of Te Aō Māori and the application of the principles of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

What's involved

The Board meets around five times a year, either in person or online, and participates in a one-day strategic planning hui each year. Other meetings may be conducted out-of-cycle as needed.   

The estimated time commitment is one day per month.   

Board positions are not remunerated. Being a member of the ACE New Zealand Board is a fulfilling leadership role, putting you in a strategic position of influence for the future of our sector.   

Position description and charter

Current Board


To nominate yourself or someone you know to the ACE board complete the nomination form

Regional Chairs  

An ACE New Zealand Regional Chair is anyone from an ACE member firm who wants to provide consulting leadership in their region aligned to the ACE New Zealand strategy. They also want to expand their professional network, positively shape the future of the industry and give back to the sector. They have time to invest, have mid-level experience, and are involved in the business side of consulting and engineering.

What’s involved

An ACE New Zealand Regional Chair is the key regional contact between ACE New Zealand and our members. We want you to show consulting leadership in your region aligned to the ACE New Zealand strategy by:

  • Building strong member, client, and stakeholder relationships in your region
  • Being the regional champion of the ACE New Zealand strategy
  • Representing ACE New Zealand at regional meetings and events 
  • Acting as the connector for the ACE New Zealand community in your region

In addition, you'll be asked to meet with the ACE New Zealand Board one or two times a year, either in person or online, and provide feedback and write reports for the Board meetings five times a year.

A Regional Chair is required to interview potential ACE New Zealand members in your region.

The estimated time commitment is one to four hours per month.

Regional Chair positions are not remunerated.

Current Regional Chairs

See our current ACE New Zealand Regional Chairs.

There are 12 regions in Aotearoa New Zealand represented by an ACE New Zealand Regional Chair. This year, we’re asking for nominations from the following four regions:

  1. Northland 
  2. Bay of Plenty 
  3. Gisborne / Hawke's Bay 
  4. Taranaki 


To nominate yourself or someone you know as a regional chair complete the nomination form

Key dates and voting   

Applications open on 9 May and close at midnight on 25 May.

Voting will open on 8 June and close at midnight on 22 June. One person from each ACE New Zealand member firm will receive a link to vote via our electronic voting system.

The new Board and Regional Chairs will be notified on 3 July and announced at our AGM on 18 July when their term begins.