Otago Southland’s final event of the year was a Christmas function at The Dunedin Club on 13 December. A large crowd of members attended to hear HW Richardson Group’s CEO present on the topic ‘work, life and risk – a balance is essential’. Brent outlined his varied background and how he has approached risk over the course of his life and in business. It was a fitting topic for reflection at the end of the year.
PHARMAC’s Chief Executive, Steffan Crausaz, spoke at an event in Dunedin in November. Steffan spoke on the topic ‘Culture and the delivery of value: impacts of the management/governance interface’ and the event was well attended by directors in the health sector.
Tony Carter is the Chair of Air New Zealand Ltd, and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, and also has governance roles with a number of other organisations. He spoke to a Queenstown luncheon event on the board’s role in setting organisational culture on 14 November.
The Otago Southland branch 2016 Fellows’ dinner was held in Bannockburn and we were delighted to be joined by the IoD’s CEO, Simon Arcus. Stan Duncan was presented with a Distinguished Fellowship award at this event.
Paul Poteete from Aura Information Services, and Steve Walsh from Marsh New Zealand presented at a Dunedin evening event on the topic ‘information security – more battlefield than business?’
Jason Franklin, Chief Executive of PowerNet, presented to an evening event in Invercargill about the role of the Chief Executive and the board /management relationship. Jason outlined the complex ownership and governance structure that PowerNet operates within.
Otago Southland branch co-hosted an event on 14 October with the University of Otago’s Centre for Organisational Performance Measurement and Management that examined the question “were directors asleep at the wheel and are they awake now?”. A panel of presenters included Professor Paul Mather (Head of La Trobe Business School), Colin Magee (Financial Markets Authority), Michael Stiassny (President of IoD) and Jan Dawson (Professional Director).
The Governance Wisdom breakfast was held on 27 September. New and aspiring directors, including members of the Dunedin Young Professionals group, were seated alongside experienced directors. A case study formed the basis for discussion on the topic of Governance Appointments. This examined the issues boards should consider when making appointments, as well as what aspiring directors should consider before accepting an appointment and as they develop their governance careers. The willingness of our experienced directors to participate and share their knowledge is greatly appreciated.
A luncheon event on diversity around the board table was held on 6 September. This included presentations by Jo Cribb, CEO Ministry for Women on gender diversity; Hamish Walker on age diversity; and Malcolm Wong on ethnic diversity. An engaging discussion followed the panellists’ presentations.
Otago Southland branch members took a bus for a site visit to Port Otago in August. Port Otago’s CEO, Geoff Plunket, was compere for the tour of the Port and then he presented on the topic ‘health and safety in action’. Geoff was joined by Port Otago’s Chair, David Faulkner.
The July event was held in Dunedin and by video to simultaneous events in Invercargill and Queenstown. The speaker was Sarah Ottrey on ‘value creation – yours and the shareholders you represent’. The winner of the 2016 Otago Southland Emerging Director Award was announced at the event – this year’s winner is Professor Richard Barker, and the runner-up is Jared Collie. Read more.
In early June the Director of the National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Paul Ash, spoke at a luncheon in Dunedin on the topic 'your country needs you: economic wellbeing, cyber security, and the role of the director'. Paul's presentation no doubt sparked some boardroom discussions on the board's role around cyber security.
Then in mid-June a series of events were held across the country, including in Dunedin, Invercargill, and Queenstown on 'monitoring what matters in health and safety'. Presenters from the IoD were joined by Fancois Barton from the Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum, and some local business leaders who shared examples of the health and safety governance journey within their own organisations. Well over 100 attended the events in this region.
In May, there was a panel presentation in Invercargill on governance of agribusiness during difficult times. One attendee reportedly said it was the best $55.00 he had spent in a long time coming along to that event. The panel was very well qualified to give advice on the topic and comprised Ivan Lines, Phil Stevenson, Ray Parker, and Bill Baylis.
Graham Crombie spoke to a well-attended event in Dunedin in May. Amongst his other roles, Graham is deputy commission for the Southern DHB and also Chairs Dunedin City Holdings Ltd. Graham structured his presentation around the topic 'governance of public sector organisations in Otago Southland' and provided attendees with an insight into some of the governance issues and challenges in the public sector.
Mike Theelen, the recently appointed CEO of Queenstown Lakes District Council gave a presentation to our Queenstown event in April. Mike provided some great insight into governance in the local body sector and how management can support councillors to fulfil their governance responsibilities.
The Branch co-hosted (with Otago Branch, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand) a panel presentation on Governance of Schools. The panel comprised Tony Sycamore, Barry Dorking, Kathy Grant, Whetu Cormick, and Mike Hawken.
15 March event with David Faulkner
The Annual General Meeting was held in Dunedin on 15 March and then David Faulkner, Chair of Port Otago Ltd and former Managing Director of Fulton Hogan Ltd, spoke about how difference ownership structures impact on governance.
Marsh Ltd sponsored an event in Queenstown and Frederic Boles, Marsh New Zealand’s General Manager Financial and Professional Liability (FINPRO) spoke on the topic ‘Directors’ roles and responsibilities in mitigating cyber risks’
Our Wanaka event was held at the end of March and Scott Gilmour, Chair of the ‘I Have a Dream Charitable Trust’ spoke about how he he applied a commercial business model to the governance, strategy and operations of the Trust – an approach that is not always embraced in the charitable sector environmen
Monday 22 February - New Members lunch
New members attedned a lunch function with committee members from the Otago Branch. The Branch Chair, Geoff Thomas, delivered an about the IoD presentation. This was followed by a presentation by Chartered Member, Tony Allison, who outlined his membership experience from completing the Governance Development Programme, to winning the Emerging Director Award, a placement through the Future Directors programme, to formalised board appointments.
Monday 15 February
We had a presentation by Simon Arcus and Stuart McLauchlan on governance issues on the radar for 2016 and how directors are responding to the issues already. This event was held live in Dunedin and by skype to simultaneous events in Invercargill and Queenstown.