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 is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Deputy Chair of the Bay of Plenty Branch and Member of IoD Council. He is an experienced company and bank executive. Des has more than 30 years of bank and consulting industry leadership, including roles in change management and financial restructuring in the banking, education and export sectors. His executive experience includes postings in Hong Kong, Australia and the Middle East. Over the past 25 years he has been an executive director or independent director of numerous companies registered in New Zealand and Australia. He is presently independent chairman of Aber Investments Limited, a wholesale importer and distributor of branded products. Chairman and a shareholder of QL Thermostatic Limited, a licensor of NZ developed intellectual property.  Chairman and a shareholder of Bespoke Jewellery Limited. An independent director of Bridgeston Properties Limited and Waimangu Volcanic Valley Limited. Chairman of Tourism Bay of Plenty.

  • 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 Opus International Consultants Ltd, Scales Corporation Limited, Fliway Group 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 Building Research Association of NZ. Helen is an independent director on the boards of DairyNZ, Massey University Council, NIWA, Antarctica NZ and the Lincoln Hub Ltd. She also chairs, or is a member of, the risk and assurance committees for New Zealand Police and the Department of Internal Affairs, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Strategic Risk and Resilience Panel and the ClearPoint Ltd Advisory Board.  

  • Julia Hoare BCom, FCA, MInstD

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    Julia is a professional independent director and member of the IoD’s Auckland Branch Committee.  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 a non-executive director. She is Chair of the Wellington Museums Trust (Experience Wellington), Deputy Chair of New Zealand Post Group, a Trustee of the Lion Foundation, Independent 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 Global Women and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Jackie serves on the National Council and Wellington Branch Committee of the Institute of Directors.

  • Vincent Pooch NZCE (Mech) CA CFInstD

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    Vincent is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, chair of the IoD’s Canterbury Branch Committee and joined the national council in 2016. Vincent owns Key Business Partners Limited, a niche corporate advisory firm in Christchurch. He is chair of IFS Forestry Group Limited and the advisory board of Smith Crane & Construction Ltd and recently retired as a director of Dynes Transport Ltd where he continues as a consultant.

  • Clayton Wakefield BSc, PG Dip Mgmt, CMInstD

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    Clayton is a Chartered Member of the IoD and chair of the IoD’s Auckland Branch Committee. 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 Opus International Consultants Ltd, Scales Corporation Limited, Fliway Group 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.