Thu 14 Jun 2018

Governance award

Cassandra Crowley has been congratulated for winning the supreme category in this year’s Women on Boards New Zealand awards.

The WITT council member won the Inspirational Excellence Award, and judges noted of her: “there are clear examples of the direct impact the nominee has made in each of her roles with testimonials to reinforce these examples. The depth and skill that this woman brings to the board table can only be described as exceptional.” 

She was also a finalist in the Emerging Leader category, which attracted a record number of entries.

Women on Boards New Zealand was established to advocate for greater gender diversity. It was incorporated as a business unit of Governance New Zealand in mid-2015 and its annual awards cover three organisation and four individual categories. Governance New Zealand is the country ’s leading independent professional body and provides leadership in governance, compliance and risk management.

Kaponga-born Cassandra, a chartered accountant and barrister, has been a council member since 2013 and has a keen interest in growing the Maori economy.

She is an independent director on Student Job Search Aotearoa and industry training body the Skills Organisation.  She is also the commercial manager at Bay of Plenty-based Te Arawa Management Limited and has previously worked as kaitumuaki (general manager) for Te Korowai o Ngāruahine Trust in Hawera, chief executive of Local Government On-line and as head of compliance at the New Zealand Stock Exchange. In 2017 she served a term has the youngest president of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Her award was acknowledged by chairman Robin Brockie at this week’s WITT council meeting.


Cassandra, with her koru-inspired trophy. Picture: Katie Bestall.