About Board Dynamics

Expert advice for better boards

At Board Dynamics, we don’t believe in ticking boxes or following rules for their own sake – we just want to make sure your board works for your business. Every business has unique needs, so a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.

We work with you to find the right mix of personalities, views, and expertise for your board; and we help to establish a culture of respect, communication, and constructive dissent.

People are the key to a great board – just as our people are the heart of our business. At Board Dynamics, our team has the experience and expertise to give board chairs and directors independent, informed advice. Established in 2009, we work to create effective, impactful boards and committees though expert advice and practical guidance.  We stay current on global hot topics through annual training at Stanford, Harvard and Cambridge University.

Our leadership team has extensive global experience in a diverse range of industries with expertise in Board and Governance roles.

Henri Eliot – Founder and Chief Executive

Henri Eliot has retired from more boards and institutes than most people have joined, so founding Board Dynamics in 2009 was a logical step. He now uses his experience to help boards function at their peak.

Henri has an international education and broad experience.  He stays current on global hot topics through annual training at Stanford, Harvard and Cambridge University. He received his LLB (Hons) from the University of London, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from McGill University in Canada, his MBA from Richmond University in the United Kingdom and a master’s level post graduate diploma in entrepreneurship from the University of Cambridge.

Henri completed the prestigious MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and was awarded a certificate in New Ventures Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His senior executive career has followed a similar path, working with JP Morgan Chase and PwC in the UK, Deloitte in New York, the Bank of Montreal in Toronto, and Telecom NZ in New Zealand.

Henri is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and Associate Member of Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand.  He trained as a mediator at Harvard Law School.

Along with his work as an executive, Henri is a business columnist at stuff.co.nz and a regular contributor to the NZ Herald, National Business Review and Idealog.

Henri Eliot’s best-selling book “Board Shorts” can be purchased in New Zealand here and through Amazon here

Henri is currently the Chair Balle Bros Group Limited, Trustee of Plunket Foundation, Trustee Great Potentials Foundation and President Canada New Zealand Business Council.

Jane Plowman – Principal Consultant

Jane Plowman is responsible for analysing boardroom information for key insights.  She is also an accredited AMINZ trained mediator.  Jane has extensive experience in the disciplines of business analysis and research, having held Senior Business Analyst positions within the Information and Communication Technology sector, both in NZ and Canada. Prior to joining the team in 2011, Jane has previously worked at SCL (acquired by Simpl), Peace Software, Navman Wireless, Imarda, Sovereign Insurance, Kern Mobile and EROAD.

Jane holds a BA from Canterbury University and a Graduate Diploma in Business Information Systems from the University of Auckland.

Advisory Board and Associates

Our Advisory Board and Associates challenge and encourage the Leadership Team to innovate and outperform whilst continually improving its standard of client partnering.  Out associates work on a number of client engagements ranging from strategic facilitation. mentoring and human capital advisory.

Craig Eaton – Chairman

Senior business consultant focused on People, Performance and Culture Change Management. Passionate about working with management teams in delivering pragmatic, effective and robust outcomes that are sustainable and always focused on the people dynamics of a business. Multi-sector experience includes the Education, Manufacturing, Information Technology and Communications (ITC), Financial Services Industry (FSI), Mining, Utilities and Public Services.

Martin Fairweather – Strategy

Martin is a highly experienced executive having held a number of senior leadership positions in New Zealand and overseas.  Beginning his career in Management Consulting (based in London),  Martin worked with companies across a number of Industry sectors from Financial Services, Transport, Manufacturing, Retail, logistics and in the Public sector in Europe, Asia and Africa.   These engagements often focused on helping businesses successfully navigate difficult and high stakes challenges and opportunities, establishing a clear course and direction for the organisation and its people.   His work for Strategy and Transformation has been recognised Internationally through a series of Industry awards. Moving to New Zealand 12 years ago, Martin has held senior leadership positions in corporate strategy, people and business model transformations and also held COO positions in complex businesses.  Martin also participates on expert panels regarding strategy, business model redesign, strategy execution and business transformation.

Richard Parker – Human Capital

Richard graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Master of Philosophy (Honours). He is a highly experienced HR professional with over 20 years experience in the HR, ER and corporate law fields working for 4 of New Zealand’s largest and most successful organisations: Chapman Tripp, Fletcher Challenge, Telecom NZ and TVNZ. Richard has a proven track record of working as an HR business partner of large business units, providing strategic HR advice and leading large teams of HR professionals.

Jason Lewthwaite – Corporate Finance

Jason’s professional career has been in Corporate and Institutional Banking in New Zealand and Australia. He has worked for major trading banks including HSBC, BNZ and CBA. His experience covers a range of industry sectors including Auto/Parts Manufacture, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, Resources, Education, Local Government, various Manufacturing and Export businesses, Property/Real Estate and Agribusiness. He also has a deep working knowledge of offshore markets including Australia, USA, Europe and Asia.

David Walker – Governance

David has extensive experience over many years as a Taranaki dairy farmer, and his family business interests include dairy farming, transport and aquaculture. He has held directorships in the dairy, retail, and electricity sectors and in rugby.