Auckland Branch

Auckland Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Auckland Branch Committee

  • Julia Hoare BCom, FCA, CMInstD

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    Julia is a professional independent director, is chair of the Auckland Branch Committee and is a member of the IoD Council.  She is Deputy Chair of The a2 Milk Company Limited, and director and chair of the Audit and Risk committees of AWF Madison Limited and Watercare Services Limited. She is also a director of Port of Tauranga Limited and New Zealand Post Limited and a member of XRB External Reporting Advisory Panel. 

  • Suneil Connor, BCom (DipGrad), CA, MInstD

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    Suneil is the CFO of global business brokerage LINK. He has previously worked for KPMG and Crowe Horwath. He holds board positions on KiwiHarvest and Auckland Foundation and is the chair of the Audit Committee for both organisations. Suneil is a Member of the IoD and joined the branch committee in February 2018.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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 and publisher of some of the country's leading titles like the NZ Listener), 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 graduate of the Australian Institute Company Directors, a Chartered Member of the NZ IoD, and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2012.

  • 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, Waitangi Ltd, Ngapuhi Asset Holding Co, and the Kerikeri Retirement Village. 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.

  • Clayton Wakefield BSc, PG Dip Mgmt, CMInstD

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    Clayton is a Chartered Member of the IoD, and a member of the Auckland Branch Committee and of the IoD Council. Clayton has over 35 years’ experience as an executive and director in banking, financial services, telecommunications and technology. Clayton is a non-executive director of The Cooperative-Bank and a director of TechX, an independent digital/technology advisory company.

  • Jo Brosnahan QSO, MA Hons, FCILT, FNZIM, CFInstD

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    Jo is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Chair of Northpower Fibre (ultra-fast broadband), on the Auckland Museum Trust Board and Maritime NZ, Chair of Rotorua Lakes Audit and Risk Comm and Principal of Leaders for the Future.   She is Chair of the Taitokerau Education Trust, supporting digital learning in low decile schools in Northland, a member of the Centre for Brain Research Advisory Board, and of other trusts. She is the Founder and Advisory Trustee of Leadership NZ, was Chair for more than a decade and has had an extensive governance career.  She was previously CEO of the Northland Regional Council and of the Auckland Regional Council. 
    As a Harkness Fellow and Aspen Scholar, Jo spent a year researching leadership in the USA.  In addition to her governance roles, she develops and facilitates leadership and governance programmes.

  • Stephan Deschamps, MInstD

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    Stephan has extensive financial experience, gained both in New Zealand and overseas. He has served in a number of senior managerial positions and, through his career, has experience working with the boards of some of New Zealand’s largest companies and/or sitting as a director in local or international companies and joint ventures. Stephan is a Member of INFINZ, of the IoD and of the Auckland Branch Committee which he joined in 2018.

  • 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.

  • Ed McKnight, MInstD

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    Ed is the Head of Strategy at digital agency, Hatch. He has previously worked for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Opera. Ed is former chair of the Auckland Young Professionals, is a Member of the IoD and joined the branch committee in February 2018.

  • 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 Shaw, BSc, PGDip Sc, PGDip PR, MInstD

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    Mike is the director of Student Communications at AUT, is vice-chair of Rangitoto College and member of an advisory board for Diversity with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). He is also a former president of the International Association of Business Communications (IABC) Auckland Chapter. His background is focused within the science and education sectors, with professional expertise in Public Relations and Communications. Mike has been a Member of the IoD since March 2016 and joined the branch committee in February 2018.

  • Steve Smith BCom, CA, CFInstD

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    Steve is a professional director with over 40 years’ business experience, his current directorships including Tower, dairy farming businesses Rimu SA (Chile) and Pascaro Investments, and National Foundation for the Deaf.  Steve was also chairman of public listed Hellaby Holdings, privately owned Spanbild Holdings, and a director and audit committee Chair of Fulton Hogan.  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 and was formerly chairman of The Warehouse Group. Other NZX-listed company directorships are AWF Group and Abano Healthcare Group. He is also a director of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry and private companies Philip Yates Securities and Danske Mobler. Previous appointments for the National Government have been as chair of UNITEC and Health Benefits Ltd.

    Ted is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Chartered Fellow of the IoD. He joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2015.