Governance & Secretariat Ltd

Governance & Secretariat Ltd specialises in providing Governance advice and development for directors, chairs and boards.

Governance & Secretariat Ltd apply the research in cognitive bias with small group research to create better methods and tools for board decision-making. No matter what your experience level, whether in a large corporate, a community not-for-profit, or if you advise SMEs, Governance & Secretariat Ltd can help you build your governance knowledge and improve your governance practices. Our training is engaging, memorable and practical.


Karen Martyn

Dr Karen Martyn, Governance Advisor

Karen Martyn moved to NZ from Southern California in 1989, making it one of the best decisions of her life. She worked in human resources until her board interactions convinced her to study governance to find better ways for group decision-making. Since 1998, Karen has trained thousands of directors in NZ and other Commonwealth countries. After requests from directors and management, she researched and developed tools and methodologies for directors to improve their satisfaction with board processes and papers. Karen has developed useful tools (Resolutions Register, Chair’s Toolkit) and techniques (decision-making methods, cognitive bias awareness) to help support boards’ needs. Passionate about helping SME directors, Karen edited and contributed to Corporate Governance: A Practical Handbook (2016, CCH). Karen is a popular presenter with an engaging style.