Sharleen Nathan, Chiefs rugby

05 Dec 2018

The appointment of Sharleen Nathan as a Future Director on the board of the Chiefs is a win-win situation for the former Black Fern and the Chiefs.

The IoD's Future Director programme enables candidates to gain valuable experience at the board table of a New Zealand company for 12 months. Nathan took a seat at the Chief's table in August 2018 and says it has given her insight into "the high paced, high stakes and crucial strategic and directional role of a Professional Rugby Board".

"The Chief's mana is embedded within the core business - earning respect through actions and behaviours. This is a motto that aligns with my own values and I endeavour to learn as much as I can whilst on my journey. I have been inducted thoroughly and welcomed into the Chief's whanau with open arms, meeting all staff and an understanding of their role in keeping our waka moving forward," Nathan says.

"Each director brings their own strengths, expertise and knowledge and I am extremely fortunate to have mentors I can access; I meet with a mentor prior to board meetings to go over any agenda items and then we debrief after the meeting."

The board is chaired by Tonia Cawood, the first female in the world to lead a professional rugby club. Cawood says the appointment of Nathan was a chance for the Chief's board to add value to the Waikato business community while gaining a fresh point of view on contemporary issues.

"As a board we recognised there was an opportunity for us to inspire and add value to our business community by creating a role for a Future Director to grow their governance insights, hand in hand with knowing that the Chiefs would gain value in our discussions from further diversity of thought, expertise, gender and ethnicity, from an emerging governance leader," Cawood says.

"The IOD Future Directors programme was perfectly placed for us to connect with, and the process was seamless to enable our successful candidate Sharleen Nathan to join us, with a clear set of expectations for both parties."