The Institute of Directors has staff based at the National Office in Wellington and an office in Auckland. Eight branch managers operate from their localities.

Senior Leadership Team

Kirsten PattersonKirsten (KP) Patterson - Chief Executive
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.

Felicity CairdFelicity Caird – General Manager, Governance Leadership Centre  
Felicity leads the Governance Leadership Centre, which keeps members up-to-date on key governance developments, current best practice and issues affecting directors and their roles. Felicity has a public sector background, and has worked at the Office of the Auditor-General where she reported to Parliament on the performance of public entities, and at the State Services Commission on governance in the wider state sector. Felicity has an MA in history from the University of Canterbury and a DipLib from Victoria University.

Chris Fox – General Manager, Corporate Services
Chris is our Corporate Services Manager. He and his team are responsible for all aspects of finance, information technology, human resources, reception and administration. Chris has been with the IoD since April 2014 and he is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) - formerly NZICA.

Nikki Franklin – General Manager, Members
Nikki Franklin heads the Members team within the IoD. Her background is largely in marketing and general management for large corporates such as Unisys, IAG, Southpower, Canterbury of New Zealand and the Mount Cook Group. She has a BCom in Marketing and a BA in German from University of Auckland.

Paul GardnerPaul Gardner - Manager, Professional Development

Paul joined IoD in 2017 and leads the Director Development portfolio, specifically the design and quality assurance of our suite of learning programmes, our Director competency framework and our learning pathways. Throughout his career, he has worked in commercial, not for profit, and state sector organisations, across Asia, the Middle East and Europe, designing capability development offerings, competency frameworks and leadership development programmes. He is also, an accredited executive coach and has worked with senior leaders from numerous organisations to help enhance their effectiveness.

Robbie McDougall - Delivery Manager
Joining IoD in 2017, Robbie leads the IoD’s Director Development and Board Services teams. Robbie has an extensive background in general management, consultancy and business development spanning corporate, government, local government and not-for-profit sectors within New Zealand and internationally.

Sophi Rose - General Manager, Brand, Marketing and Comms

To contact a member of the senior management team or any of our staff, please contact us on 04 499 0076 or email:

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