Canterbury Branch

Canterbury Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Canterbury Branch Committee

  • 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 established 25 years ago. He chairs both Smith Crane & Construction Ltd and Auckland/Waikato Cranes Limited. He recently retired as a director of Dynes Transport Ltd where he continues as a consultant.

  • Nick Carter, BCom, MInstD

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    Nick is a Partner and Executive Director of Brannigans, a leading Christchurch based consultancy specialising in Executive and Governance appointments, Leadership Development and HR Advisory. Nick is actively involved in senior executive and governance appointments as well as jointly responsible for the day to day leadership of the team and key client relationships.

    Nick has previously gained first-hand commercial experience leading New Zealand’s largest specialist rural telecommunications company and the Regional Management at one of the country’s oldest stock and station firms. To support his career, Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury.

    Nick is a current Board member of the Sumner Lifeboat Institution, New Zealand Skills in Demand and sits on the Canterbury Branch Committee of The Institute of Directors.

    Outside work, Nick enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, sailing and mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

  • Geordie Hooft MInstD

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    Geordie is a Chartered Accountant and partner at KPMG, specialising in taxation issues such as corporate structuring, property, GST and cross-border transactions.  He also provides business advice to a wide range of successful owner-managed businesses. He regularly presents on tax issues to CAANZ and has lectured at the University of Canterbury.  Geordie chairs the Board of Trustees at Cashmere High School, and is a board member of the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust and Canterbury Education Services Ltd.  He is married to Deb and has four semi-dependent children. In his spare time, Geordie enjoys infrequent light exercise, reading and trivia, the latter being useful for hosting quiz nights.

  • Julie Millar, BCom CA, MInstD,

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    Julie Millar is a Chartered Accountant in public practice and has been a partner of BDO and its predecessors since 1991. Her client base consists of SME’s, several with a presence throughout New Zealand. She has had extensive experience advising on financial matters and strategy to ensure profitable growth and financial stability of her clients. She has been called upon to be expert witness in regard to business valuation matters. In the past she has been chair of the Canterbury Westland Branch of the Institute of Accountants and the Canterbury Westland Public Practice Committee. In addition Julie has been involved in the education sector for a number of years including a past member of the advisory board to the University of Canterbury Student Association and Board of Trustees of Medbury School, which was an independent appointment. She was a member of the finance committee for St Andrews College Board of Governors and an observer at board meetings for 10 years until 2015.

  • Mark Rogers, BA (Hons), MNZIM, MInstD

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    Mark is a professional chairman, non-executive director and Chief Executive Officer. He has experience in governance and executive management covering commercial, government and not-for-profit organisations. Particular areas of strength include commercial oversight of operational areas, an understanding of change and risk management and knowledge of Health and Safety governance in high risk environments with an associated background in Quality and Environmental management. Mark has been Chief Executive of the Paul Smith Earthmoving group of companies since 2014, is Chairman for the Timaru District Council CCO of Aoraki Development & Promotions Limited,  a Director on the Board of Dunedin International Airport Limited, a Ministerial Appointment on the South Canterbury District Health Board and either Chairman or member of a number of advisory boards. Mark is a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Management, a member of the Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum and a member of RiskNZ.

  • Steve Abley BE(Hons), NZCE, FIPENZ, CPEng MICE, CEng(UK), IntPE(NZ), MInstD

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    Steve is a leader in the engineering community and the managing director of the professional services firm he founded, Abley Transportation Consultants and Interpret Geospatial Solutions. The firm has grown to now be a significant leader and a national and international provider of specialist advice. Steve has been a member of the IoD since 2004, in 2011 he was a finalist of the Canterbury Branch Aspiring Director Award and in 2013 was elected to the Branch Committee.  He has a significant commitment to professionalism and was one of the youngest people to be awarded a Fellowship of his professional engineering institution in 2011.  In 2015 he was awarded the MacLean Citation for distinguished service.  Steve holds a number of governance and business interests in the tourism, property development and professional services sectors. He has previously served on the national governing board of the Engineering New Zealand and chaired the review of the ethical standards by which engineers are measured post the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission.

  • Jane Cartwright BSC, PGDipSc, NZRD, MBA, CMInstD

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    Jane currently chairs the Board of Brackenridge Estate Ltd, is Deputy Chair of the Nurse Maude Association, is a Council Member on the ARA Institute Canterbury Council & ARA Foundation and Chair of the NZ Institute of Community Health Care. Jane is a member of Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, a Chartered Member of the IoD and Associate Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management. She has held executive and senior roles in the health system and local government. Currently Jane is in a leadership role for the NZ Breastfeeding Alliance and Canterbury Clinical Network. Jane joined the Canterbury Branch of the IoD committee in 2011 and oversees the local Emerging Director Programme.

  • Lloyd Mander, B.A. M.Aud (Hons). MBA (Dist), MInstD

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    Lloyd is a Christchurch-based executive director and marketing consultant with a background in healthcare management and commercial property investment. He is an independent trustee for the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust and is the chair of the Trust’s Audit and Risk committee. He was a co-founder and the managing director of Hearing Advantage, a large regional hearing healthcare provider that was ultimately sold to a Swiss multinational. This high growth business provided diagnostic and rehabilitative services privately and under contract to District Health Boards. Lloyd has a strong interest in design thinking, quality management systems and investment strategy. He has a Master of Business Administration, with Distinction, from the University of Canterbury, and a Master of Audiology, with First Class Honours, from the University of Auckland. Lloyd has had a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and is a trustee for Ministry of Awesome, a Christchurch-based not-for-profit that provides education and connections for early-stage entrepreneurs. He also enjoys providing voluntary mentoring services through Business Mentors NZ.

  • Lucy Powell BA, LLB, Dip Bus (Marketing), MInstD

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    Lucy Powell is an experienced marketing and communications professional. She has experience in the not-for-profit sector as a trustee, board and committee member and sits on a number of advisory boards. She advises boards on a range of reputational issues including crisis communications. Lucy’s breadth of business experience ranges from having an understanding of running your own SME business to working in a multi-national ICT corporation, infrastructure company and NZX listed companies. Her tertiary qualifications include a postgraduate Diploma of Business (Marketing), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), all from the University of Auckland. She has been on the IoD’s Canterbury branch committee since 2014.

  • Ali Wilkinson MInstD

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    Ali is a senior executive with New Zealand's fourth largest health insurer, UniMed, which is a proudly Christchurch based company. She has 20 years' business experience which spans five continents and has mainly been focussed in the health insurance field.