Governance

The Institute of Directors is governed by a national council. In March of each year, branch committees elect members to represent them on the national council. The council elects the president and vice president annually.

The Institute of Directors in New Zealand Limited (IoD Ltd) is the commercial arm of the IoD. Its purpose is to ensure our training and services are relevant to the ongoing needs of members and the governance community and perform robustly commercially. IoD Ltd has a separate board structure.

Introducing the IoD Council

  • Liz Coutts BMS, CA, ONZM, CFInstD

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    Liz Coutts is one of New Zealand’s leading directors and first woman President of the Institute of Directors Inc.  Liz was made an Officer of  the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to governance in 2016. Liz has a Bachelor of Management Studies and was formerly Chief Executive of the Caxton Group known for consumer brands Treasures and Purex. Liz is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Her current key governance roles include  chair of NZX and ASX listed Oceania Healthcare Ltd, Ports of Auckland Ltd, and  NZX listed Skellerup Holdings Ltd, and director of  ASX and NZX listed EBOS Group Ltd, Yellow Pages Group, NZX listed Sanford Ltd, Tennis Auckland Region Inc., and a member of the Marsh New Zealand Advisory Board.

  • Des Hammond CFInstD

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    Des Hammond is an independent director and Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors with extensive chief executive and corporate advisory experience.  He is has been a company director and executive with more than 30 years of  governance  and leadership experience in the banking, finance, education and export sectors including postings in Hong Kong, Adelaide, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. He has been a director of numerous companies registered in New Zealand or Australia. He is a director of entities involved in wholesale marketing and distribution, tourism, forestry investment, retail jewellery and intellectual property commercialisation. He is Chair of Aber Holdings Limited, QL Thermostatic Ltd and Tourism Bay of Plenty. He is also Deputy Chair of the IOD, Bay of Plenty Branch Committee, a Member of the IODNZ Council.

  • Alan Isaac CNZM CFInstD

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    Alan is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, member of the IoD’s Wellington Branch Committee and chair of the New Zealand Community Trust and McGrathNicol.  Alan is a director of Scales Corporation Limited, Skellerup Holdings Limited, Oceania Healthcare Limited, Isaac Advisory Services Ltd, New Zealand Vault Ltd, Murray Capital General Partner Ltd. and the Wellington Free Ambulance. 

  • Simon Lockwood, MBA, CMInstD

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    Simon has a degree in International Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Insurance, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a MBA from Leicester University. He has worked in insurance for 20 years in both the UK and New Zealand. Simon is currently Branch Director of Crombie Lockwood Hamilton, Deputy Chair of the Enrich+ Board, Chair of Enrich+ Spectrum Energy, Member of the Finance and Risk Committee of Habitat for Humanity CNI Ltd, Trustee of Wintec Student Residential Trust.  

  • Geoff Thomas LLB, CFInstD

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    Geoff is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and chair of the IoD’s Otago Southland Branch Committee. Geoff is chair of Dunedin Casinos Limited, Taieri Gorge Railway Limited, Larnach Castle Limited, Otago Chapter of the Property Council of New Zealand, and Principals Advice and Support Limited, a director of Fund Managers Holdings Limited and a Trustee of Otago Third Age Trust. 

  • Sarah-Jane Weir, CMInstD

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    Sarah-Jane is a company director and lawyer. She is currently a director of Nelmac Limited (where she chairs the Health and Safety committee) and Network Tasman Limited, (where she chairs the Remuneration Committee).  She is deputy chair  trustee of the Rata Foundation and chairs the Remuneration committee). She is also involved in various not-for-profit governance roles, including as branch chair of the Nelson-Marlborough branch of the IoD and as a trustee of the Cawthron Trust Board.  She is a consultant to Anderson Lloyd Lawyers, primarily in utitlities and ICT/data management work.  She is a member of the Copyright Tribunal. Sarah-Jane and Andrew have two young boys, and enjoy a busy and active outdoor lifestyle in the Nelson sunshine

  • Dr Helen Anderson QSO CFInstD

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    Helen is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, chair of the IoD’s Wellington Branch Committee and BRANZ. Helen is a director on the boards of DairyNZ, ClearPoint Ltd, NIWA, Antarctica NZ and Blinc Innovation Ltd. She is a member of the National Council of the Institute of Directors and Pro-Chancellor of Massey University.  She also chairs, or is a member of, the risk and assurance committees for New Zealand Police and the Department of Internal Affairs. 

  • Julia Hoare BCom, FCA, CMInstD

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    Julia is a professional independent director, is chair of the Auckland Branch Committee and is a member of the IoD Council.  She is Deputy Chair of The a2 Milk Company Limited, and director and chair of the Audit and Risk committees of AWF Madison Limited and Watercare Services Limited. She is also a director of Port of Tauranga Limited and New Zealand Post Limited and a member of XRB External Reporting Advisory Panel. 

  • Jackie Lloyd, BA, BCom, CMInstD

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    Jackie is an independent director and business advisor.  She is currently Deputy Chair of New Zealand Post Group, a Trustee of the Lion Foundation and Wellington Museums Trust, Chair of the State Services Commission’s Risk & Audit Committee and a member of the Weltec Whitireia Combined Council. 
    A life-long interest in the relationship between human behaviour and business performance led Jackie through an executive career as global human resources director for the New Zealand Dairy Board and NZMP Fonterra, to consulting and on to governance. She is a graduate of Otago University and the University of Virginia Executive Development Programme, a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  Jackie serves on the Wellington Branch Committee of the IoD and was appointed Deputy Chair in 2014. 

  • Vincent Pooch NZCE (Mech) CA CFInstD

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    Vincent is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and became Chairman of the Canterbury Branch committee in 2016. He originally joined the IoD twenty years ago in 1996. Significant governance roles held since then include Burnside High School, Port Otago and it’s now larger subsidiary Chalmers Properties, Southern Hospitality and Dynes Transport. Today he chairs the national crane operator Smith Crane & Construction and it’s associate Auckland/Waikato Crane Services. He is also an IoD National Councillor. Vincent recently celebrated 25 years leading his corporate advisory firm Key Business Partners Limited. The long standing mission of KBP is to support boards and executives with insights from financial and operational analysis for better business decisions. Countless learnings from the many and varied projects undertaken at KBP also drive Vincent’s passion for good governance and quality decision-making – not just to grow wealth but also to grow opportunities for people, especially including his own three children, six grandchildren and mentees. Vincent sees his ongoing voluntary commitment to IoD leadership roles as the best way he can recycle learnings to create a more successful New Zealand, driven by resilient, safe and striving enterprises.

  • Clayton Wakefield BSc, PG Dip Mgmt, CMInstD

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    Clayton is a Chartered Member of the IoD, and a member of the Auckland Branch Committee and of the IoD Council. Clayton has over 35 years’ experience as an executive and director in banking, financial services, telecommunications and technology. Clayton is a non-executive director of The Cooperative-Bank and a director of TechX, an independent digital/technology advisory company.

IoD Limited board

  • Kirsten (KP) Patterson

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    Kirsten Patterson (known as KP) is the Institute of Directors Chief Executive. Formerly the Country Head of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, she is a qualified lawyer, Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, and has extensive governance and leadership experience. She is also a strong advocate on diversity issues.

  • Dr Alison Harrison, PhD, MBA, MInstD

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    Alison is on the board of IoD Ltd, a director of Auricle Health Ltd and on the Board of Trustees of Rathkeale College. She is executive director of Strategy and Analysis at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Prior to immigrating to New Zealand in 2004, Alison spent 20 years working in research and development, in consultancy across a broad industry base, and in technology and education sectors.  A chemical engineer by training, she has accomplished global recognition in technology development and holds 18 international patents in industrial processing and waste management. She holds an MBA degree with distinction from the Said Business School at Oxford University and has spent 8 years in mainstream management consulting, working for both the General Practice of A. T. Kearney and the International Funding Institution Practice of Booz Allen & Hamilton.

  • Liz Coutts BMS, CA, ONZM, CFInstD

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    Liz Coutts is one of New Zealand’s leading directors and first woman President of the Institute of Directors Inc.  Liz was made an Officer of  the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to governance in 2016. Liz has a Bachelor of Management Studies and was formerly Chief Executive of the Caxton Group known for consumer brands Treasures and Purex. Liz is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Her current key governance roles include  chair of NZX and ASX listed Oceania Healthcare Ltd, Ports of Auckland Ltd, and  NZX listed Skellerup Holdings Ltd, and director of  ASX and NZX listed EBOS Group Ltd, Yellow Pages Group, NZX listed Sanford Ltd, Tennis Auckland Region Inc., and a member of the Marsh New Zealand Advisory Board.

  • Alan Isaac CNZM CFInstD

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    Alan is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, member of the IoD’s Wellington Branch Committee and chair of the New Zealand Community Trust and McGrathNicol.  Alan is a director of Scales Corporation Limited, Skellerup Holdings Limited, Oceania Healthcare Limited, Isaac Advisory Services Ltd, New Zealand Vault Ltd, Murray Capital General Partner Ltd. and the Wellington Free Ambulance.