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

  • Liz Coutts BMS, CA, ONZM, 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

  • Des Hammond CFInstD

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    Des is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Deputy Chair of the Bay of Plenty Branch and Member of IoD Council. He is an experienced company and bank executive. Des has more than 30 years of bank and consulting industry leadership, including roles in change management and financial restructuring in the banking, education and export sectors. His executive experience includes postings in Hong Kong, Australia and the Middle East. Over the past 25 years he has been an executive director or independent director of numerous companies registered in New Zealand and Australia. He is presently independent chairman of Aber Investments Limited, a wholesale importer and distributor of branded products. Chairman and a shareholder of QL Thermostatic Limited, a licensor of NZ developed intellectual property.  Chairman and a shareholder of Bespoke Jewellery Limited. An independent director of Bridgeston Properties Limited and Waimangu Volcanic Valley Limited. Chairman of Tourism Bay of Plenty.

  • Alan Isaac CNZM CFInstD

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    Alan is a Chartered Fellow and Vice President of the IoD. He is also Chair of the New Zealand Community Trust and McGrathNicol.  Alan’s Directorships include Opus International Consultants Ltd, Scales Corporation Limited, Fliway Group Limited, Skellerup Holdings Limited, Oceania Healthcare Limited, Isaac Advisory Services Ltd, New Zealand Vault Ltd, Murray Capital General Partner Ltd. and the Wellington Free Ambulance. He is also the past President of the International Cricket Council, president of the Johnsonville Cricket Club and a Life Member of NZ Cricket and Wellington Cricket.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • Sarah-Jane Weir, CMInstD

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    Sarah-Jane is a company director and lawyer. She is currently a director of Nelmac Limited (where she chairs the Health and Safety committee) and Network Tasman Limited, (where she chairs the Remuneration Committee).  She is a trustee of the Rata Foundation- formerly The Canterbury Community Trust - (where she is a deputy chair of the board, and chairs the Remuneration committee). She is also a co-opted member of Tasman Rugby Union's Audit committee and a member of the Nelson Law Standards Committee. Her legal work is corporate commercial, specialising in technology, IP and data management. She is a member of the Copyright Tribunal. Sarah-Jane and Andrew have two young boys, and love the opportunities of life in Nelson.   

  • Dr Helen Anderson QSO CFInstD

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    Helen is a director of BRANZ (Chair), DairyNZ, NIWA, Antarctica NZ and Lincoln Hub Ltd. She is a Council member of the Institute of Directors, Pro-Chancellor at 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.

  • 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.

  • Jackie Lloyd, BA, BCom, CMInstD

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    Jackie is a non-executive director. She is Chair of the Wellington Museums Trust (Experience Wellington), Deputy Chair of New Zealand Post Group, a Trustee of the Lion Foundation, Independent Chair of the State Services Commission’s Risk & Audit Committee and a member of the Weltec Whitireia Combined Council.  A life-long interest in the relationship between human behaviour and business performance led Jackie through an executive career as global human resources director for the New Zealand Dairy Board and NZMP Fonterra, to consulting and on to governance. She is a graduate of Otago University and the University of Virginia Executive Development Programme, a member of Global Women and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Jackie serves on the National Council and Wellington Branch Committee of the Institute of Directors.

  • 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.

  • 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.

IoD Limited board

  • Kirsten (KP) Patterson

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    Kirsten Patterson (known as KP) is the Institute of Directors Chief Executive. Formerly the Country Head of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, she is a qualified lawyer, Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, and has extensive governance and leadership experience. She is also a strong advocate on diversity issues.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Liz Coutts BMS, CA, ONZM, 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

  • Alan Isaac CNZM CFInstD

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    Alan is a Chartered Fellow and Vice President of the IoD. He is also Chair of the New Zealand Community Trust and McGrathNicol.  Alan’s Directorships include Opus International Consultants Ltd, Scales Corporation Limited, Fliway Group Limited, Skellerup Holdings Limited, Oceania Healthcare Limited, Isaac Advisory Services Ltd, New Zealand Vault Ltd, Murray Capital General Partner Ltd. and the Wellington Free Ambulance. He is also the past President of the International Cricket Council, president of the Johnsonville Cricket Club and a Life Member of NZ Cricket and Wellington Cricket.