Claire Denison

Claire Denison


Claire Denison leads the Kerridge & Partners Governance Practice, managing board appointments and board advisory assignments for a range of clients. She has worked with an extensive selection of NZ businesses, evaluating the boards of listed companies, private businesses, investment companies, not-for-profits, co-operatives and various industry organisations. She has appointed Chairs, NEDs and Trustees, and has worked with many individual executives and directors advising them on their governance portfolios, or how to get into governance. She has also spoken at universities, advising MBA students on governance related matters.

Her interest in company strategy and board dynamics, and her observations from assessing boards and interviewing directors and senior managers gives her a depth of understanding which is insightful and practical in nature.  Her structured approach, and personable style has enabled her to add value to a wide range of organisations and individuals.

Prior to coming to New Zealand, Claire worked in strategy, consulting and project management roles, primarily in the pharmaceutical industry.  She had considerable exposure to senior executives and directors in this capacity, which formulated her interest in governance, the various routes to becoming a director, and the impact of board dynamics on the effectiveness of a board.

Claire is qualified with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Birmingham (UK) and an MBA from the University of Oxford (UK).