Aspiring and Emerging Director Awards

Congratulations to winners from around the regions.

2016 Regional awards

 

Nelson Marlborough Aspiring Director Award

Mike BrownA New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Customer manager responsible for supporting business at the top of the South Island grow, is the 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Nelson Marlborough Branch Aspiring Director Award winner. Richmond’s Mike Brown was recognised as an aspiring talent in governance at an IoD Nelson Marlborough Branch function on 30 November. IoD Nelson Marlborough Branch Chairman Sarah-Jane Weir says the judges were impressed by Mr Brown’s passion to supporting the region’s economic development, and desire to build his governance skill and knowledge. Read more.


Auckland Branch Emerging Director Award

Rachel HopkinsA professional service marketer with extensive experience guiding organisations through change and cultural shifts is the 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Auckland Branch Emerging Director Award winner. Part of the Leadership Team at industry training organisation Competenz, Rachel Hopkins was recognised as an emerging talent in governance at an IoD Auckland Branch function on 31 October. IoD Auckland Branch Chair Clayton Wakefield says the judges were impressed by Ms Hopkin’s commitment to wanting to bring the customer voice to the board table, and desire to build her governance skill and knowledge. Read more. 


Bay of Plenty Branch Emerging Director Award

Anushiya Ponniah A consultant with extensive experience in the health sector and passion for her new community, is the 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Bay of Plenty Branch Emerging Director Award winner. The Strategic Manager Consultant with PLG Consultancy Services, Anushiya Ponniah was recognised as an emerging talent in governance at an IoD Bay of Plenty Branch function on 27 October. IoD Bay of Plenty Branch Chair Glenn Snelgrove says the judges were impressed by Ms Ponniah’s commitment to supporting the community, and desire to build her governance skill and knowledge. Read more.


Wellington Branch Emerging Director Award

Jason McDonaldMelanie Templeton
The talent of future governance in the Wellington region was so strong, that even after reference checks, two candidates couldn’t be spilt for the title of 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Wellington Branch Emerging Director Award winner. Jason McDonald and Melanie Templeton were both recognised as emerging talents in governance at the IoD Wellington branches annual dinner on 26 October. Institute of Directors Wellington Branch Chair Helen Anderson says the judges were impressed by the candidate’s commitment to developing their governance abilities and drive to want to develop their own governance pathways. Read more.


Canterbury Branch Emerging Director Award
Helen Shorthouse

An influencer, collaborator and catalyser for change in the Canterbury technology sector, is the 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Canterbury Branch Emerging Director Award winner. Canterbury Development Corporation Sector Leader – Technology, Helen Shorthouse was recognised as an emerging talent in governance at a Christchurch function on 17 October. Institute of Directors Canterbury Branch Chair Vincent Pooch says the judges were impressed by Ms Shorthouse’s commitment to developing her governance abilities and passion for wanting to deliver governance excellence for New Zealand into the future. Read more


Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director Award

Emerging Director Award

No amount of training is enough for the 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director Award winner. Statistics Professor Richard Barker was recognised as an emerging talent in governance at an event in Dunedin on 28 July. Institute of Directors Otago Southland Branch Chair Geoff Thomas says the judges were impressed by Professor Barker’s commitment to developing his governance abilities and career. Read more


Waikato Branch Emerging Director Award

Alison Shanks and Margaret Devlin

A new passion has former gold medal professional cyclist Alison Shanks onto another winning road, after being awarded the Institute of Directors’ Waikato Branch Emerging Director Award. The double world champion, Olympian and Commonwealth gold medallist was recognised as an emerging talent in governance at an event on 20 July. Institute of Directors Waikato Branch Chair Margaret Devlin says the judges were impressed by Ms Shanks’ passion and vision for professional governance development and desire to add real value to Waikato boardrooms. Read more

2015 Regional awards

Auckland Branch 2015 Emerging Director Award

Paul Adams is the CEO of EverEdge IP, a global intangible asset advisory and transaction specialist. EverEdgeIP assists senior management, boards and investors to identify, manage and generate value from intangible assets.

Since embarking upon his technology commercialisation career in the late 1990s, Paul has worked with some of the world’s leading technology companies.

Paul holds degrees in Law (Honours) specialising in software licensing law and Arts (major: Economics and History) from the University of Auckland.

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Wellington Branch 2015 Emerging Director Award

In an age of cyber threats, disruptive technology and digital innovation, guiding businesses through the ‘new normal’ is the focus for the Institute of Directors’ latest Emerging Director Award recipient.

A senior manager in Accenture and Chair of the Junior Rugby Board for the Wellington Rugby Football Union, Sunil Surujpal was recognised as a future talent in the boardroom in a ceremony at the Wellington Club last night.

Institute of Directors Wellington Branch Chair Dr Helen Anderson says judges were impressed by Mr Surujpals clear leadership skills and dedication to best practice governance.

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Canterbury Branch 2015 Emerging Director Award Recipients

         
Tim Trewinnard                                                        Chris Bailey

Tim Trewinnard and Chris Bailey have been recognised as future talents at the board table after being awarded the IoD’s Canterbury Branch Emerging Director Award in Christchurch today.

“In an age of cyber threats, disruptive technology and digital innovation, firms need to consider the value of skills and capabilities like those we see in Tim and Chris at the board table,” IoD Canterbury branch chair Janice Fredric says.

“We’re pleased to be part of their next steps in governance, and we look forward to working with Tim and Chris over the next year to ensure good grounding in all aspects of directorship is achieved.”

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Bay of Plenty Branch 2015 Aspiring Director Award winner

Bryan Graham has been named winner of the Bay of Plenty Aspiring Director Award, recognising him as a future talent at the board table.

The award was presented at a function in Tauranga on 29 July with Institute of Directors CEO Simon Arcus.

“In an age of cyber threats, disruptive technology and digital innovation, firms need to consider the value of skills and capabilities like those we see in Bryan at the board table,” said Mr Arcus.

 “We’re pleased to be part of Bryan’s next steps in realising his potential in governance, and we look forward to working with him over the next year to ensure he gets a good grounding in all aspects of directorship.”

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Otago Southland Branch 2015 Emerging Director Award winner

Business champion Richard Thomas becomes the first Queenstown recipient of the Institute of Directors’ Otago Southland Emerging Director Award.

The Skyline Enterprises Ltd director and Queenstown Chamber of Commerce deputy chair was recognised as an emerging talent in governance in a ceremony at Queenstown Resort College last night.

Institute of Directors Otago Southland branch committee member Pat Heslin says judges were impressed by Mr Thomas’ strategic focus and dedication to the economic development of the region.

“Richard stood out as someone with a deep and diverse skillset,” he said. “He recognises good governance as being the foundation of great organisations, and has a real drive to grow his capability as a director.”

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Canterbury Branch 2015 First Steps in Governance winner

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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Waikato Branch 2015 Emerging Director Award winner

Congraulations to James Yearsley, 2015 Waikato branch of IoD Emerging Director Award winner.
Tamahere community champion James Yearsley has been recognised as a developing talent in Waikato’s business and community sectors.

The Tamahere Dad’s Army founder has been named the winner of the Institute of Directors’ Waikato Emerging Director Award, an initiative designed to foster upcoming talent in governance. Institute of Directors Waikato Branch Chair Margaret Devlin says judges were impressed by Yearsley’s dedication to both his community and his career.

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2014 Regional awards

Nelson Marlborough Branch Aspiring Director Award

The Nelson Marlborough branch of the Institute of Directors has named Dave Ashcroft the winner of its Aspiring Director Award.

A chartered accountant, Dave is currently the Finance and Business Support Manager at the Cawthron Institute.  Prior to this, he held CFO positions at Cawthron and at Australian firm Petuna. He has been a director of the inaugural board of Food Innovation Australia Ltd, and was recently appointed to the board of Age Concern in Nelson.


Auckland Branch Emerging Director Award

The Auckland Branch Committee is pleased to announce Shane McMahon as the winner of this year's Emerging Director Award. Shane is an experienced leader with a strong background in infrastructure and technology. He was involved with the New Zealand success story, Navman, for five years in senior international sales and marketing roles. Shane has been with NZ Bus (Infratil) for the last five years, where he is currently the Chief Operating Officer Northern, leading a team of 1200 focused on excellence in a complex operating environment. He is an executive director with NZ Bus and a non-executive director of Auckland's CBD business association, Heart of the City.


Waikato Branch Emerging Director Award

The Waikato branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) announced that Sarah Morton-Johnson was awarded its fifth annual Emerging Director Award. The award includes a 12 month Director Development position with the Wintec Council. Additionally, Mrs Morton-Johnson is provided with a complimentary 12-month IoD membership, professional development opportunities to a value of $2,000 and will be mentored by an experienced director for one year.


Bay of Plenty Branch Aspiring Director Award

Winners of the 2014 Bay of Plenty Branch BDO Aspiring Director Award are Maria Stockman and Peter Tinholt.


Canterbury Branch Aspiring Director Award

The Canterbury Branch of the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Aspiring Director Award has been awarded to Jessie Chan-Dorman. Jessie Chan-Dorman will receive $1,500 towards an Institute of Directors (IoD) Director Development course, a year’s complimentary membership of the IoD, one year‘s complimentary attendance at IoD member functions, a year’s internship with Connetics, one of Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL) boards and mentoring with an experienced director.


Canterbury Branch First Steps in Governance Award

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.


Otago Branch Aspiring Director Award

Clare KearneyThe Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) has announced Clare Kearney as the winner of its 2014 Aspiring Director Award. Otago Southland Branch Chair Geoff Thomas was impressed with the effort Clare put into developing herself for board roles. Clare brings a strong suite of skills to the board table, developed through a conscious focus on governance. Not only has she undertaken mentoring and professional development, but she has also gained practical experience in the boardroom.”