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At just 15 years old, Carl Bates made a business deal that enabled him to buy into his first residential property. He went onto get his first independent directorship at 18 and chief executive role at 22. Carl leveraged these experiences, founding Sirdar at the age of 23 and building a business focused on guiding, appointing and educating high-performance boards. From his base in the lower North Island, New Zealand, Carl continues to lead his companies and hold several directorships in New Zealand, Australia and Africa in the primary industries, food, retail, automotive and manufacturing sectors. Click here for more about Carl.


Carl is an experienced independent director and chairman with great insight into the operation of companies and how they can create long-term value for stakeholders, clients and shareholders.


As a mentor, Carl is known for his unique ability to slice through the noise and focus attention on the underlying issues.


The groundbreaking game rules and insights contained in Carl's books have inspired thousands of business owners to embark on a journey toward business success.


Since the early days when Carl was appointed as a director of Brightwater Centre, UCOL and Arena Manawatu, Carl has gone on to serve as a chairman and director of a variety of organisations and businesses across the primary industries, animal health, food safety and meat processing, retail, automotive and manufacturing sectors. As Carl continues to lead Sirdar and support the Contribution Compass team, he also holds directorships in the organisations shown below. logo
mohanini group
New Project (68)
NCI (1)
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