In the third of a monthly series on corporate governance, Joan Withers talks to Dame Alison Paterson about the standards of governance over the past 20 years.

Q: As one of New Zealand's most experienced directors, have you seen an improvement or deterioration in standards of governance over the past 20 years?

My lens is longer - from 1976 following appointment to the NZ Apple and Pear Marketing Board and a few years later to listed company McKenzies Ltd. In director selection, there is increased clarity about skills and attributes required, utilisation of an independent selection process, regular independent board

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