Canterbury Branch

First Steps in Governance Award

2017 winner announced

2017 First Steps in Governance winner announced

Maddy Surie with Ronald McDonald House South Island trusteesA Christchurch woman whose futuristic mind-set has helped her empower future female leaders has been rewarded herself, as the newest member on Ronald McDonald House South Island’s board table.

Maddy Surie has been awarded the Institute of Directors Canterbury Branch’s First Steps in Governance Award, giving her an internship position on the charity’s board for two years.

Institute of Directors’ Canterbury Branch Chairman Vincent Pooch said the judges were impressed by Ms Surie’s enthusiasm to support others and desire to professionally develop as a director.

“Maddy is an inspirational young woman who has a strong professional and personal desire to make a real difference in governance. Her experience combined with her long term career goal to ensure other females have opportunities, makes her a real asset to the Ronald McDonald House South Island board.”

The First Steps in Governance Award was established in 2013 to develop future leaders through formal governance training, mentoring, and practical experience.

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Ronald McDonald HouseRonald McDonald House South Island is an independent registered charitable trust established to help and support the families of children who are receiving medical care. It is managed by a voluntary Board of Trustees, a small staff and many volunteers.


You may also be interested in our Canterbury Emerging Director Award which provides opportunities for those who aspire to follow a directorship path and wish to gain further governance experience – click here for further information

Past recipients

2016

A South Canterbury woman will get to revisit a career highlight as the newest member at Ronald McDonald House South Island’s board table. Rebecca Biggs has been awarded the Institute of Directors Canterbury Branch’s First Steps in Governance Award, giving her an internship position on the charity’s board. Institute of Directors’ Canterbury Branch chair Vincent Pooch said the judges were impressed by Ms Biggs’ ambition, step by step focus and leadership potential.

“Rebecca is an inspirational young woman who has a strong professional and personal desire to make a real difference in governance. Her experience combined with her desire to professionally develop as a director will make her a real asset to the Ronald McDonald House South Island board.” Read more


2015

A young Christchurch lawyer gets to help keep families together as the newest member at Ronald McDonald Southland’s board table.

Julie Hands has been bestowed the Institute of Directors’ First Steps in Governance Award, giving her an internship position on the charity’s board.

Institute of Directors’ Canterbury Branch chair Janice Fredric said the judges were impressed by Hands’ ambition, focus and leadership potential.

“Julie is an exceptional young woman who has already taken on a range of leadership roles in both her career and the community. Her breadth of skill and empathy for the cause will make her a real asset to the Ronald McDonald House board.”

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2014
The inaugural First Steps in Governance Award has been awarded to Gareth Reed.

Gareth Reed receives a two year internship with Ronald McDonald House South Island, $750 towards an IoD Director Development course, a year’s complimentary membership of the IoD, one year‘s complimentary attendance at IoD member functions and mentoring with an experienced director.

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