Auckland Branch

Auckland Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Auckland Branch Committee

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Simone Iles, MInstD

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    Simone is CEO of APD in New Zealand.  Listed on the ASX (DIG), APD are digital experts in Asia Pacific across six countries.

    She is a leading strategic thinker and innovative change agent within legacy businesses, merged and acquired entities, and start-ups.  She has been at the forefront of digitally-led transformation to achieve rapid growth in several leading organisations.  Her commercial career has spanned executive roles in retail, telco and SOE organisations.

    Simone is also an independent director, experienced chairman and is passionate about enabling the potential in people and business in New Zealand. Her governance and leadership roles include: Auckland Branch IoD committee member (current), chairman of NZ Marketing Association, an independent director and chairman of the remuneration committee, Just Water (NZAX), and a current member of Global Women – a collaboration of New Zealand’s most influential women leaders promoting inclusion and diversity for improved societal and economic growth.

  • Bindi Norwell BBSc, MBA, PostGradCert Business, MInstD

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    Bindi is an executive director of Kantar TNS, a global consumer insights consulting firm, and was recently appointed CEO of the Real Estate Institute of NZ. She is passionate about understanding the voice of the customer and leveraging digital capability and data. Bindi is on the board of the NZ Marketing Association, is a Member of the Institute of Directors and joined their Auckland Branch Committee in September 2016. Previously, Bindi held senior strategy and commercial roles in the UK and Australia in the telecommunications and aviation sectors, and board roles in the digital media industry. Bindi was a Future Director with The Warehouse Group. 

  • Dr Sarah Sandley BA (Hons), PhD, CMInstD

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    Sarah is an experienced businesswoman, chief executive and director with a keen interest in literature and sport. She is CEO of Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation, and serves on the board of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Previous executive and governance positions include having been CEO of the trans-Tasman APN Magazine Group (a subsidiary of APN NZ), having chaired the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival Charitable Trust, as well as being the founding chair of the international Katherine Mansfield Society. Sarah also served on the board of the government agency SPARC (now Sport NZ). Sarah is a Chartered Member of the IoD, and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2012.

  • Steve Smith BCom, CA, CFInstD

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    Steve is a professional director with over 35 years’ business experience, his current directorships including Fulton Hogan, Hellaby Holdings (chairman), National Foundation for the Deaf, Tower, and dairy farming businesses Rimu SA (Chile) and Pascaro Investments.  He was also chairman of privately owned Spanbild Holdings for nine years until December 2015. He was a partner in corporate finance at PwC until his retirement from that firm in 2003, specialising in M&A, corporate restructuring, valuation-based advice, capital structuring and strategic advice. He was a director and acting CEO of listed Pacific Retail Group from 2004 to mid-2005. Steve is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, and has been a member of the Auckland Branch Committee since 2010.

  • Ted van Arkel FNZIM, CFInstD

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    Ted has been a professional director since retiring from the position of managing director of Progressive Enterprises Limited in November 2004. He currently serves as chairman of Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited and was formerly chairman of The Warehouse Group Limited. Other NZX-listed company directorships are AWF Group Limited and Abano Healthcare Group Limited. He is also a director of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry Limited and of a number of private companies including Philip Yates Securities Limited, Danske Mobler Limited and his family-owned companies Lang Properties Limited and Van Arkel & Co Limited. Ted is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management and a Chartered Fellow of the IoD. He joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2015.

  • Andrew Evans, BBS, GDipBus (Fin), MBA (Dist), ANZIV, FPINZ, CFInstD

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    A professional director and consultant, Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate and asset management, previously holding executive positions with ING New Zealand and CB Richard Ellis. Andrew has been a professional director for 10 years and is a director of Argosy Property Limited, Vital Healthcare Property Limited, Holmes Group Limited, Holmes Fire Limited, Trust Investments Management Limited and Hughes and Cossar Limited. In addition, Andrew serves on various board committees including audit and risk and remuneration. He is a past national president of the Property Council of New Zealand, a foundation member of the New Zealand Property Institute, a government appointee to the Land Valuation Tribunal (Waikato No.1) and is a Trustee of the Marist Rugby Charitable Trust. He is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2014.

  • Susan Huria CFInstD

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    Susan Huria is an experienced director including chairman of the large nationwide rural vet practice Veterinary Enterprises Group, Marsden Maritime Holdings Ngai Tahu Property and Connexis. She is also independent chair of the Remuneration Committee of Māori Television. Susan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Auckland Branch Committee where she runs the Next Generation Director workshops in Auckland.

  • Brent Impey BA, LLB, MInstD

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    Brent is chair of the New Zealand Rugby Union and Finzsoft Solutions Limited, is director and chair of the Remuneration Committees of Yellow Pages Group and Devon Funds Management Limited, chair of SANZAAR and director of Strategy at Ports of Auckland. He is also a media consultant and a professional mentor. Previous board, consultancy and chief executive positions include: chair of Hutchwilco NZ, The Radio Bureau, Television Broadcasters Council and Fred Hollows Foundation; director of Freeview, Pumpkin Patch and Radio Broadcasters Association; on the management board of CanWest Global (operators of the FM Group); management consultant to Market Pulse International and the New Zealand Rugby Union; and media and business consultant to Gerson Lehrman Group. For nearly a decade he was CEO of MediaWorks NZ, and drive host on Radio Live (2010-2011). He was CE of Independent Broadcasting Group (1989-1992) and a partner at McElroy Milne Barristers & Solicitors (1984-1989) specialising in media law. Brent is a Member of the IoD and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2013.

  • Susan Paterson BPharm, MBA (London), ONZM, CFInstD

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    Susan has been a professional director for the past 20 years. She is chair of Airways Corporation and Theta Systems Ltd. Her other directorships include SkyTV, Arvida Group, Goodman Property Trust, Les Mills NZ Ltd and the Electricity Authority. Previous directorships include Abano Healthcare, Ports of Auckland Ltd, Transpower NZ Ltd, Auckland Regional Holdings, Tower Health and Life, Housing NZ and America’s Cup Village Ltd. Susan has a keen interest in sport, education and the environment, is chair of the Avantidrome, past chair of Auckland Hockey and the NZ Eco-Labelling Trust and a past board member of St. Cuthbert’s College, EECA and current commissioner of TEC. Susan was a member of the working group reviewing Swimming NZ, is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and has been on the Auckland Branch Committee since 2010. Susan was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to corporate governance.

  • Mike Simm JP, BCA, CFInstD

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    Mike has been a professional director for the past 15 years. His current directorships include Competenz and Waitangi National Trust. He also advises on management turnaround and is involved in a number of not-for-profit organisations in Northland, with a particular focus on youth development. Previous directorships include government appointments to the NZ Tourism Board and the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, director of Fullers Bay of Islands and of Jasons Travel Media, and chairman of the Brightwater Group, Enterprise Northland and Destination Northland. Mike is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and has been on the Auckland Branch Committee since 2010.

  • Cecilia Tarrant BA/LLB (Hons), LLM, CMInstD

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    Cecilia is a director of Fletcher Building Limited, a director of SCA Property Group Trustee NZ Limited, deputy chair of the board of the Government Superannuation Fund Authority, a director of Annuitas Management Limited, a trustee of The University of Auckland Foundation and a member of the University of Auckland Council. She is also an Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School where, among other things, she leads a women’s mentoring programme. Cecilia has over 20 years’ experience in international capital markets, banking and finance, having worked first as a finance lawyer in San Francisco and then as an investment banker in New York and London. Cecilia joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2012.