Recent presentations

Speakers at branch events often make their presentations available for members who would like to view them or were unable to make the event. Presentations and summaries from recent events are listed below. 

2017 presentations

2016 presentations


26 October: Annual dinner with Mark Gilbert, United States Ambassador to New Zealand


17 February: Wellington Branch Annual General Meeting with presentation by Michael Stiassny, President of IoD



27 January Welcome back event with guest speaker Judith Collins
Judith Collins presented to our Wellington Branch members her portfolios, diversity, and diversity on boards.

2015 presentations



23 November 2015 - Annual Dinner with guest speaker Phil O'Reilly, and Emerging Director Award Winner announced
The annual dinner was a success with over 70 Wellington members, including Disgtinguished Fellows present. Phil O'Reilly presented under Chatham House Rules. Dave Frow presented our 2015 Wellington Branch Emerging Director Award to winner Sunil Surujpal.

18 November 2015: Aspiring Directors Dinner Series - Directors Den

The series had three events which were held over October and November on the following topics:

  • What is governance all about?
  • What have I got to offer and how can I get there?
  • Director's Den - After 5 drinks with speeches



Friday 31 July 2015: The business evolution - corporate resilience and sustainability for the future

Eric Dugelay, Global Sustainability Services Leader of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd, presented to the Wellington branch members about the business evolution. Eric is a director at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and is in charge of the project on assurance of non-financial information.

Thursday 9 July 2015: Earthquake prone buildings and director's responsibility

An informative evening was held at our Wellington IoD national office where director's responsibilities were discussed in regards to earthquake prone buildings, earthquake (and other natural disasters) insurance, director and officer liability insurance and the measurement from NZ Post Group seismic policy matrix.

Questions and answers from Hamish McKenzie, Partner at Holmes Consulting Group (HCG)
NZ Post Group seismic policy information matrix


24 June - Dinner with three Knights

The Wellington branch hosted a dinner with three Knights - Hon Sir Michael Cullen, Sir Maarten Wevers and Sir Neville Jordan who each presented on what governances really means in a government context. This was held under Chatham House Rule. The event was very successful with 74 members attending the dinner at KPMG Wellington.
Helen Anderson presented Catherine Savage with her Chartered Fellow certificate at the dinner.

Relationship of the Health and Safety Reform Bill, and Drug and Alcohol testing workshop

Wayne Duley, from The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA), held a workshop on drug and alcohol testing and management in the workforce from a board level. Wayne covered the statistics and facts regarding drug use and testing, testing in the workforce, drug indicators, along with duties under the Work Health and Safety legislation. Further information for directors is available from TDDA website.

Cocktail evening for new Wellington Branch members

Simon Arcus, acting CEO of the Institute of Directors, and Helen Anderson from the Wellington Branch Committee, spoke to our new members about IoD, continuing professional developement, chartered member assessment, networking and the value of membership with IoD.

Good governance in government - through the audit lens with Lyn Provost

Auditor General Lyn Provost, recently presented on a topic that is dear to her heart - good governance. She spoke of her current role, to improve the performace of, and the public's trust in, the public sector. Central to achieving these goals is to have strong public sector governance and accountability, making this the theme of her work over the 2014/15 year.


Breakfast function with Andrew Little, Leader of the Labour Party

Andrew Little presented to the Wellington Branch on the future of New Zealand's economy at a breakfast function.

2014 presentations

Director Dinner and Emerging Director Award

Sir Maarten Wevers and Murray Jack - The lessons from Novopay

John Whitehead - Governance on the World Bank board

Edited video taken at the last FirstBoards event with Anna Guenther, co-founder of PledgeMe, speaking on the transition from advisory to full board. View video

Brown bag luncheon - Technology governance: The opportunity and risks for company directors.
View Elizabeth Valentine's presentation slides
View Murray Wills' presentation slides

Edited video taken at the last FirstBoards event with Rollo Wenlock and Craig Richardson speaking on ‘How do I set up a board to build credibility in the market? View video

Shamubeel Eaqub - New Zealand Economic Outlook