Governance

The Institute of Directors is governed by a national council. In March of each year, branch committees elect members to represent them on the national council. The council elects the president and vice president annually.

The Institute of Directors in New Zealand Limited (IoD Ltd) is the commercial arm of the IoD. Its purpose is to ensure our training and services are relevant to the ongoing needs of members and the governance community and perform robustly commercially. IoD Ltd has a separate board structure.

Introducing the IoD Council

  • Michael Stiassny BCom, CA, LLB, CFInstD

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    Michael is president and a Chartered Fellow of the IoD. He is a chartered accountant, lawyer and senior partner at leading New Zealand specialist independent corporate advisory and turnaround firm KordaMentha. His career has concentrated on the spectrum of financial consulting services, incorporating insolvency, forensic accountancy, company restructuring, due diligence and the provision of strategic financial and management advice.  In addition to a significant public profile resulting from his role as receiver in some of New Zealand’s largest insolvencies, Michael is a director of a number of private and public companies. He is currently chairman of Vector Ltd, Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd and TOWER Ltd.

  • Dr Helen Anderson QSO CFInstD

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    Helen is a director of BRANZ (Chair), DairyNZ, NIWA, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA), Antarctica NZ and Lincoln Hub Ltd . She is a Council member of the Institute of Directors and Massey University and an Advisory Board member for ClearPoint Ltd. She is also a current or past chair or member of risk and assurance committees for the Department of Internal Affairs, Land Information NZ, and New Zealand Police.  She is a member of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Strategic Risk and Resilience Panel.  Helen is a Companion of The Queen’s Service Order. 

  • Alan Isaac CNZM CMInstD

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    Alan Isaac enjoys a variety of governance roles in a number of New Zealand businesses, from sporting bodies to commercial and Crown entities. With a strong background in risk minimisation and assurance, Alan is a former national chairman of KPMG and is the immediate past president of the International Cricket Council. He is also the chairman of the Acurity Health Group and the Department of Corrections Audit and Risk Committee. He is a director of Aka Investments Ltd, Opus International Consultants Ltd, Opus Partners Trust Ltd, New Zealand Vault Ltd, Murray Capital General Partner Ltd, Rakaia Finance Ltd, Scales Corporation Limited and Isaac Advisory Services Ltd. Alan serves as a board member of the AMP Capital Property Trust Governance Committee and New Zealand Community Trust. He is a member of the Royal Wellington Golf Club, is president of the Johnsonville Cricket Club and a Life Member of NZ Cricket and Wellington Cricket. He is a consultant to McGarth Nicol & Partners and has an interest in NZ Fire Service and Martinborough Golf Club.

  • John McCliskie CFInstD

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    John is Chartered Fellow of the IoD and has been a member of its Council since April 2009. He is chairman of Heartland Group Ltd, Alandale Orchards Ltd, Network Tasman Ltd and T Seventeen Ltd, and director of Nelson Electricity Ltd. He is a director of Speirs Foods and president of the International Pomefruit Alliance. John was previously chairman of Brackenfield Estate and the former New Zealand Apple and Pear Marketing Board, deputy chair of ACC, director of ENZA Commercial Holdings, TVNZ, Transmission Holdings, Hunter Wines, Farmers Mutual Group Ltd, Alliance Group Ltd and president of the World Apple & Pear Association. John has been a member of the Nelson Branch committee since December 2005 and branch chair since December 2008.

  • Glenn Snelgrove MInstD

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    Glenn Snelgrove has been involved in Public Sector, Central Government and Local Government roles for over 40 years.  In the early years he was a Government Auditor, auditing local authorities and government departments both in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. His career started in Local Government in 1978, being Deputy Town Clerk for two local authorises. Appointed Chief Executive for the Mount Maunganui Borough Council in 1986, and then moving to the Western Bay of Plenty District Council in 1989 as part of Local Government reform in New Zealand. Appointed Chief Executive Officer in 1991 and retiring after 25 years in July 2014. Awarded the New Zealand Business Excellence award – Silver in 2009 and Gold in 2013.  Lead Facilitator in New Zealand for LGMA/SOLGM Management Challenge from 2010.  Awarded the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand Improving Performance through Leadership Excellence 2014.  Awarded SOLGM Distinguished Management Award in 2014. Establishing Bay of Plenty Local Authority Shared Services involving nine councils and chair of the company from 2009-2014.  Director of a number of companies, chair of the IoD Bay of Plenty Branch, national councillor representing Bay of Plenty, chair of an audit committee for a local authority and a member and chair of a number of community organisations.

  • Clayton Wakefield BSc, PG Dip Mgmt, CMInstD

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    Clayton is a non-executive director of the Co-operative Bank. He has over 30 years’ experience in the banking, financial services, telecommunications and technology industries, and has held a number of senior management positions in New Zealand including as head of Technology and Operations at ASB Bank Limited, one of the largest providers of financial and insurance services in this country. He has previously been chairman and director of Visa New Zealand Limited, director and chairman of Electronic Transactions Services Limited, New Zealand's leading electronic payments provider, a non-executive director of Endace Limited, Chorus Limited and Fisher & Paykel Finance Limited, and executive director and owner of Techspace. Clayton is a Chartered Member of the IoD and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2014. He was elected chair in 2015 and is a member of the IoD National Council.

  • Liz Coutts BMS, CA, CFInstD

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    Liz is a director of EBOS Group Ltd, Skellerup Holdings Ltd, Yellow Pages Group, Ports of Auckland Ltd, Sanford Ltd and Tennis Auckland Region Inc. She is chair of Urwin & Co Ltd, Inland Revenue’s Risk and Assurance Committee, and Oceania Healthcare Limited, a member of the Marsh New Zealand Advisory Board and trustee of the Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust. She has previously been the chief executive of Caxton Group, chair and director of a number of public and private companies, and commissioner and/or member of a number of government bodies. Liz is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, an IoD councillor and on the IoD Limited board. www.lizcoutts.co.nz

  • Julia Hoare BCom, FCA, MInstD

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    Julia is both a director and chair of the Audit and Risk committees of The a2 Milk Company Limited, AWF Group Limited, and Watercare Services Limited.  She is also a director of New Zealand Post Limited. Julia is a member of Motu’s Advisory Board for Shaping New Zealand’s Low Emissions Future Project. She is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and former chair of NZICA’s National Tax Committee. She has extensive business experience and was a partner of PwC for 20 years until her retirement from the firm. Julia is a member of the IoD and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2014.

  • Simon Lockwood, MBA, CMInstD

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    Simon has a degree in International Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Insurance, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a MBA from Leicester University. He has worked in insurance for 20 years in both the UK and New Zealand. Simon is currently Branch Director of Crombie Lockwood Hamilton, Deputy Chair of the Enrich+ Board, Chair of Enrich+ Spectrum Energy, Member of the Finance and Risk Committee of Habitat for Humanity CNI Ltd, Trustee of Wintec Student Residential Trust.  

  • Vincent Pooch CFInstD

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    Vincent is the founder of Key Business Partners Limited, a niche corporate advisory firm based in Christchurch. For over 20 years he has specialised in business analysis, strategy development, valuation and financing for a wide range of customers both in New Zealand and internationally. His first significant governance position was on the board of Burnside High School (from 2000-2010). He currently holds directorships of IFS Forestry Group Limited (Chairman) and recently retired as a director of Dynes where he continues as a consultant. He chairs the advisory board of Smit Crane & Construction Limited. Vincent has been a member of the IoD for 20 years and served on the IoD Canterbury branch committee since March 2011. As Branch Chairman he joined IoD National Council in 2016.

  • Geoff Thomas LLB, CFInstD

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    Geoff is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and is concentrating on governance following a long career as a partner of Anderson Lloyd Lawyers. Geoff's current appointments include Taieri Gorge Railway Limited (Chair), Larnach Castle Limited (Chair), Dunedin Casino Limited (Chair), Fund Managers Holdings Limited and Otago Chapter of the Property Council of New Zealand (Chair), Otago Third Age Trust (Trustee), Age Concern Otago (Trustee). Previous appointments include Dunedin International Airport Limited (Director), Lawlink Group Limited (Chair), Fernhill Heritage Foundation (Chair), Upstart Business Incubator (Chair), and Royal New Zealand Ballet (Trustee). Geoff has been a member of the Otago Southland Branch Committee since February 2008 and an IoD Council member since May 2011.

IoD Limited board

  • Catherine McDowell CFInstD

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    Catherine has over 30 years’ experience in the investment and financial services industry in senior executive and advisory roles, working with executive management and boards.  She has over 10 years’ board experience with not-for-profit, listed and non-listed companies. With international, commercial banking, markets and investment experience, she has a track record of achievements.  She spent 10 years on Wall Street in New York, 15 years in London with extensive International responsibilities, three years in New Zealand and five years in Australia.  Catherine is currently an independent director for ASB (Auckland, NZ) and National Provident Fund (Wellington, NZ). Previously she was chair, Guardian Trust (T/O Complectus) and an independent director for The Trust Company (T/O Perpetual Dec 2013) (Sydney, Koorie Heritage Trust Board (NFP, Victoria) and E*TRADE (wholly-owned subsidiary of ANZ).

  • Dr Alison Harrison, PhD, MBA, MInstD

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    Alison is on the board of IoD Ltd, a director of Auricle Health Ltd and on the Board of Trustees of Rathkeale College. She is executive director of Strategy and Analysis at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Prior to immigrating to New Zealand in 2004, Alison spent 20 years working in research and development, in consultancy across a broad industry base, and in technology and education sectors.  A chemical engineer by training, she has accomplished global recognition in technology development and holds 18 international patents in industrial processing and waste management. She holds an MBA degree with distinction from the Said Business School at Oxford University and has spent 8 years in mainstream management consulting, working for both the General Practice of A. T. Kearney and the International Funding Institution Practice of Booz Allen & Hamilton.

  • Michael Stiassny BCom, CA, LLB, CFInstD

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    Michael is president and a Chartered Fellow of the IoD. He is a chartered accountant, lawyer and senior partner at leading New Zealand specialist independent corporate advisory and turnaround firm KordaMentha. His career has concentrated on the spectrum of financial consulting services, incorporating insolvency, forensic accountancy, company restructuring, due diligence and the provision of strategic financial and management advice.  In addition to a significant public profile resulting from his role as receiver in some of New Zealand’s largest insolvencies, Michael is a director of a number of private and public companies. He is currently chairman of Vector Ltd, Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd and TOWER Ltd.

  • Liz Coutts BMS, CA, CFInstD

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    Liz is a director of EBOS Group Ltd, Skellerup Holdings Ltd, Yellow Pages Group, Ports of Auckland Ltd, Sanford Ltd and Tennis Auckland Region Inc. She is chair of Urwin & Co Ltd, Inland Revenue’s Risk and Assurance Committee, and Oceania Healthcare Limited, a member of the Marsh New Zealand Advisory Board and trustee of the Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust. She has previously been the chief executive of Caxton Group, chair and director of a number of public and private companies, and commissioner and/or member of a number of government bodies. Liz is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, an IoD councillor and on the IoD Limited board. www.lizcoutts.co.nz

  • Rangimarie Hunia MCom, MInstD

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