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. 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.

  • Nick Carter 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 specialising in taxation issues. He joined Grant Thornton New Zealand in 2000 becoming a Partner in 2007. His career includes a period as Financial Controller of a successful nationwide fast-food franchise and several years in chartered accountancy with both large and small practices in Christchurch. Geordie is a board member and treasurer of the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust and Canterbury Education Services Ltd, and chairs the Board of Trustees at Cashmere High School. He is married to Deb and has four teenage children. In his spare time, Geordie enjoys infrequent light exercise, reading and trivia, the latter being useful for hosting the occasional quiz night.

  • 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.

  • Ali Wilkinson

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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. 

  • 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. The firm has grown over the last 13 years 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 Institution of Professional Engineers NZ and he continues to have a leadership role with IPENZ advising the board on engineering practice issues.

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

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    Jane Cartwright joined the Canterbury Branch of the IoD committee in 2011. She chairs the board of Brackenridge Estate Ltd, is a council member on the ARA Institute Canterbury Council, ARA Foundation, is a board member of the Nurse Maude Association 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, and is currently working as Programme Director for the Canterbury Clinical Network.

  • 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 a partner at Christchurch consultancy, Perception Publication Relations and Marketing. She is an experienced marketing and communications professional and comes from senior roles at Microsoft NZ, Auckland Airport and Air New Zealand. She has also worked for a Crown Entity (Tourism NZ) and lived and worked in Australia, USA and New Zealand. Lucy has experience in the not-for-profit sector as a trustee, board and committee member. She sits on a number of advisory boards and advises boards on a range of reputational issues. 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.