Recent presentations

A summary of recent branch events are listed below.

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2018 presentations

June 28 – What Matters: Culture and ethics with Dr Bev Edlin
In this interactive presentation, Bev led the discussions focusing on the importance of culture and ethics in relation to best governance practice. She referred to several examples of unethical behaviour and the consequences for the board, company and staff.

Differences between ethics and compliance in an organisation:


  • Application of values
  • How and why you do business
  • Individual judgement inspired by values
  • Grey areas
  • Promote ethical conduct


  • Respect of the Law
  • What you must do
  • Rules to follow for each situation
  • Black and White
  • Punish misconduct

14 June – Chartered Members and Fellows only dinner with guest speaker, Neil Richardson, Chair for NZ Homeloans
Neil led us through his best learnings, before we began open discussion on these points.

  1. Governance is global: as a profession, a discipline and a competitive necessity
  2. Leadership process is key to good governance
  3. Board credibility is under threat
  4. Context is everything
  5. Board structure determines the decision process
  6. Soft roles are the key board roles
  7. Board time allocation tells the future
  8. Board design and director recruitment requires new thinking
  9. Risk management is opportunity
  10. Leadership and learning is a ‘learned process’
  11. Right Motivation is key to being a good director

June 21 – Governance challenges unique to a large professional sporting organisation with Graham Cooney, Former Director with NZ Rugby Board.
Held over breakfast, Graham gave us some great insights with some good humoured war stories. Graham’s eight key learnings from NZRU:

  1. Any organisation must review their systems annually, on how to appoint a board.
  2. Those who move on, to be treated with integrity.
  3. Sports, arts and entertainment boards especially, need to understand the difference between management and governance.
  4. A thorough induction is very important!
  5. A governance scorecard – all boards should use these to measure their productivity and impact.
  6. Ensure there are clear boundaries of the director position. For example; expenses, uniforms and behaviour.
  7. Communications to be led by the chair or CEO. A decision must be made as to who the lead spokesperson will be.
  8. “You must create your future”.

30 May – Leadership in business with Nicki McClintock, Manager of Coaching and Development for ASB
Best leadership practice starts from the top, whether it is the GM, owner or the board. Nicki talked us through:

  • management vs. leadership – you need both rational and emotional beliefs for a successful outcome
  • getting people to act: belief – feel – act
  • what people want from leaders – relationships are key
  • three keys for success – Clarity, Capability and Motivation, which are inextricably intertwined
  • intent vs commit – create an action plan with measurable accountability.

16 May - Introduction to Finance in Governance with Paul Manning, Director and Owner at BDO Tauranga
Over lunch in Taupo, Paul began by referring to the Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice before talking us through the rights and responsibilities of a director, financial reporting requirements and solvency, leading into understanding the finance section of board papers.

If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of finance in governance, check out our Finance Essentials course for Tauranga in August.

7 March – Ninth Annual General Meeting with guest speakers, Kirsten Patterson, CE of IoD and David Pilkington, Chair for Port of Tauranga
BoP Committee chair, Dr Bev Edlin, delivered the Chair’s report and reflected on the successes of 2017. KP spoke about the five key topics for governance in 2018:

  • Trust and Confidence – There is a global crisis on trust in business
  • Ethical Behaviour – Boards need to hold management to account and ensure they are getting the right information
  • Shareholder Activism / Engagement – As directors, we will need to place a greater emphasis on the role of stakeholders in influencing company perception.
  • Data Governance – Data is a blessing and a curse – the better we are able to use our data, the more that we can find out about how to better serve our customers and stakeholders. However, the more data we hold, the more responsibility we have and the more vulnerable we are to cyber breaches.
  • Access to Skills and Talent – Companies are competing to attract the best staff and will need to be more competitive on culture. From a board perspective, it is important to ensure that the organisation is discussing strategies such as flexible workplaces, talent acquisition and retention.

As we had seven applicants for the committee with only three places available, therefore a vote for election was required.

Congratulations to Vivienne Scott and Colin Baskin for their election, and to Des Hammond for his re-election.

Click here to read more about the committee members.

1 March – Health and safety – Critical risks with WorkSafe CE Nicole Rosie
In association with the Business Leaders' Health & Safety Forum, the afternoon began with Parke Pittar, CE of c3 sharing his learnings and success with health and safety.

"If you have a CE who doesn’t understand, how is the rest of the company going to know it?" – Parke Pittar

Nicole Rosie, CE of WorkSafe NZ shared insightful and critical data regarding health and safety in New Zealand.
Three tenets of effective health and safety:

  1. Leadership
  2. Risk Management
  3. Employee engagement

21 February – What Matters; Stakeholder Engagement with Susan Peterson
In this engaging ‘Parkinson style’ event, Susan answered various questions on her experiences with Stakeholders and Shareholders from both the facilitator and the audience. Some key points regarding the success of engagement include:

  • Stakeholders are everyone you touch
  • Be pro-active in the relationships, between other directors, C-suite, Stake and Share holders
  • Positive relationships create opportunities
  • Be on the front foot of the basics you aim to achieve

14 February – What Matters; Governance and sustainability: reducing your footprint; keeping your social license. With Dr. Warren Parker
An engaging and inspiring presentation. Warren shared with us the facts on ecological sustainability, and how this impacts business. Offering us insights into how this starts through the culture of the boardroom… and also starts at home.

New Zealand needs to start taking steps towards consciously and actively reducing our footprints if we wish to return to ‘Clean, Green New Zealand’.

2017 presentations

14 December – An evening with Professor Mervyn King
We were delighted to have Professor Mervyn King, international Chairman, join us to share his experiences and knowledge on integrated thinking and reporting.

An integrated annual report ‘tells the story’ of how – that is, the business model, by which the organisation creates value.

Integrated thinking: takes into account the connectivity and interdependencies between the range of factors that affect an organisations ability to create value over time.

Sustainable Development: Understood as “conducting operations in a manner that meets the existing needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs’, is a primary ethical and economic imperative.

The Organisation is an integral part of society: Organisations operate in a societal context, which they affect and by which they are affected.

Corporate Citizenship: As the organisation is an integral part of the broader society it has corporate citizenship status in society which affords it rights but also obligations and responsibilities. It is also recognition that the broader society is the licensor of the organisation.

Stakeholder inclusivity and responsiveness: It is by taking into account and responding to legitimate and reasonable needs, interests and expectations of stakeholders and by establishing relationships that an organisation becomes attuned to opportunities and challenges posed by the triple context in which it operates.

October 19 – Annual Awards Dinner with special guest speaker Sir Henry van der Heyden 

We were delighted to have Sir Henry van der Heyden join us for inaugural event, sharing his wisdom and success with the members in attendance.

The three Emerging Director Award finalists spoke on why they applied for the award, before last year’s winner, Anushiya Ponniah, spoke on her past year as the winner. The experiences and learnings she has had on her journey. BoP Branch Chair, Dr. Bev Edlin presented Anushiya with her Chartered Membership certificate. Anushiya used her financial winnings towards attending the Company Directors course, and successfully passed the assessment.

Other Governance award recipients include Bob Major for his Contribution to Good Governance and Will Wilson for his Dedication to Good Governance. The winner of the Emerging Director award 2017 was announced... Laurissa Cooney. Laurissa was also congratulated with a beautiful Waiata by her whanau. Congratulations Laurissa. Read more about Laurissa here.

October 12 – ‘Tips to make your governance CV work for you’

This workshop included Kelly McGregor, Manager -Directors Board Appointment services, Adrienne von Tunzelmann, Chartered Fellow and Bill Capamagian, Distinguished Fellow. The panel shared their tips on how to make your governance CV stand out.  For those that couldn’t attend this workshop, there are some helpful tips on our website.

21 September – What matters in board dynamics: The relationship between the chair and CEO with Glenn Snelgrove and Deryck Shaw

Held at the beautiful Princes Gate Hotel in Rotorua, Deryck highlighted the importance of a strong relationship between the chair and the CEO for the success of the company. Glenn followed on from this by sharing his experiences of when this relationship has been weak, and the unfortunate consequences. They also shared how great the outcome can be when there is a respectful, trusting and honest relationship. Fuelled by passion and belief for the same successful result.

Thursday 14 September - First Annual Fellows Dinner
We were most pleased to have the Bay of Plenty Chair, Dr Bev Edlin, present Chartered Fellowship to Rob Tait. We were delighted to have John Storey, Distinguished Fellow and past president of the IoD joining us as guest speaker. John shared with us some great stories from his time as a director on various boards. Over a lovely dinner at the Tauranga Club, the fellows had great discussions, and due to positive feedback, this event will become an annual occasion for our Bay of Plenty fellows.


July 27 - New Members Dinner
We are pleased to welcome our new members and delighted several of our Fellows came to support the local branch. We had various speakers, covering areas of the IoD. From Chartered Membership, to local events, the Emerging Director Award and director development, to name a few. Some great points were made from our Fellows. Including "Don't put your time into reinventing the wheel, put it into finding someone who already has" from Sir Dryden Spring.

July 19 - Governance in agriculture with Will Wilson
Will shared with us some important facts about agriculture in New Zealand, that boards need to know for success:

  • ‘Most opportunities exist within the current boundaries of our pastoral farm business in New Zealand’
  • ‘Lack of equity capital, in our current dairy industry in particular, is the biggest risk to business.’

The five key steps to successful governance in agriculture:

(i)   Be clear on the purpose – The Strategic Intent
(ii)  Know the current business objectively
(iii) Identify business opportunities to optimise resources: Land → Labour → Capital
(iv) Complete and agree the business plan
(v)  Implement – Controlling and managing the business.


22 June – Introduction to Finance in Governance with Paul Manning, Director and Owner at BDO Tauranga
In a boardroom setting, Paul began by referring to the Four Pillars of Good Governance before talking us through the rights and responsibilities of a director, financial reporting requirements and solvency, leading into understanding the finance section of board papers.

Governing Central Government with Hon Simon Bridges

We were delighted to have the new IoD CEO, Kirsten Patterson join us and meet everyone before presenting the certificate to our newly chartered member, Kylie van Heerden. Simon shared with us his experience of governing central government, his key to success? Open and honest communication.

De-globalisation, rising geo-political conflict and the impact on economies and markets, with Kevin Stirrat, Head of Investment Strategy for Forsyth Barr.

Brought to us by our local sponsors, Forsyth Barr, Kevin shared with us some incredibly interesting information and data on the worlds past and current economies. How the world markets affect each country, including New Zealand.

Kevin’s summary includes:

  • 20th century reliance on the US as consumer and defender of last resort may be over
  • Global economy can do well if other countries reform and pick up the slack – China’s One Belt-One Road project
  • Rebuilding of “America first” could super-charge US economy and justify higher equity values
  • Bond bull-market is over but debt and demographics will constrain upside in rates
  • Geo-political conflict is an increasing risk if the US becomes more isolationist
  • Strong New Zealand dollar favours increasing exposure to global equities

For full details contact the team at Forsyth Barr.

Ross Buckley resently spoke at a branch event on the future trends and impact on governance. Read his presentation here

2016 presentations


November 17th - Christmas Dinner with Tony Carter, Chair of Air New Zealand

A sumptuous Christmas meal at the Tauranga Club, where Tony shared with us his lessons from the boardroom.

Some of Tony’s key points include;

  • Expect your management to be open and honest with you – As a director, encourage this
  • A strong open relationship between the Chair and CEO / Manager is vital
  • Don’t beat people up for bringing bad news to the board table – Get the facts, then plot your way through it.
  • Be careful what you ask for. Too much information in board papers, and you may miss the important parts! Board papers should be 100 pages max. (Depending on the type of business)
  • Be careful of the company you keep. You need to trust the people you’re surrounded with.

Tony will be speaking again in various regions across New Zealand. Keep an eye on the upcoming events on the IoD website for further details.


October 27th– Annual Awards Dinner and Emerging Director Award Announcement

Our first annual awards dinner was held at Farmer Auto Village where we not only announced the winner of the Emerging Director Award for 2016, but also several other Governance success awards for the BoP.
These included:

Contribution to Local Governance:
This award is for IoD members who have given their time in designing and delivering governance workshops. Leading by example, sharing and spreading Good Governance practice.
Winners: Zoe Attwood and Dr. Bev Edlin

Dedication to Good Governance:
The winner of this award has consistently supported new and emerging directors, through mentorship. They have been an active and supporting member for many years, and we would like to recognise this contribution to the BoP branch of the IoD.
Winner: Distinguished fellow  - Rob Jeffrey

Successful Young Director:
The winner of this award recently sat the Chartered assessment and become a chartered member with the IoD, indicating a commitment to governance. Over the past several years, the winner has worked hard to gain director roles on local boards and committing to community involvement by joining several local community boards and trusts.
Winner: Simon Clarke

Community Leadership:
For great dedication to the wider Bay of Plenty community and leading by example in good governance practice.
Winner: Helen Stewart

Congratulations to our 4 finalists for the Emerging Director Award for 2016;
Justine Brennan
Kylie Hawker-Green
Anthony Roberston
Clare Swallow

Congratulations to our Emerging Director Award winner, Anushiya Ponniah.
Please click here to learn more about Anushiya.

We were delighted to have Peter Williams TVNZ presenter as our guest speaker, who shared with us his experiences at the recent Rio Olympics. Peter also shared with us his thoughts on the future of media.


September 15th -  Fraud Vigilance needed by every Business and Board

With thanks to event sponsor Vigilance, we were delighted to have David Wright, Director at WEL Networks, join us over lunch to share his experience as the Interim CEO of a company, whose CEO had legal proceedings issued against him in respect of alleged fraudulent activities.
David not only discussed the impact to the board, staff and organisation, but the implications for the organisation and learnings for company directors regarding business controls based on his experience.

The key ways David suggests you can avoid fraudulency include:

  • Put in place and maintain strong internal policies and procedures
  • Maintain a healthy tension between the CEO and Chair, Management and Board
  • Board only meetings with the Auditors
  • Do not rely on the Audits to pick up acts of fraudulence
  • Due diligence – if it doesn’t feel right, it’s probably isn’t!


31st August – New Members Dinner

The local committee invited our new members from the past 12 months, to join us for dinner at the Tauranga Club. Where we all enjoyed an informative but  relaxed evening of laughter, networking,  good food and games.
Andrew Treagust joined us from Auckland to discuss the various services and support National office provide.
Maria Stockman, a 2014 Aspiring Director award winner, shared with us why she chose to apply and her positive experiences of winning the award, and Deion Campbell shared with us his journey to becoming a Chartered Member.

August 9th – The importance of culture and values with Gerry Lynch, GM of MARS NZ

Gerry shared with us how communication, humility of management, trust in the leadership, stability, creating a team and especially compassion, were and continue to be, imperative in building and maintaining a highly engaged workforce.

MARS upholds 5 key principles:
Quality - The consumer is our boss, quality is our work and value for money is our goal.
Responsibility - As individuals, we demand total responsibility from ourselves; as Associates, we support the responsibilities of others.
Mutuality - A mutual benefit is a shared benefit; a shared benefit will endure.
Efficiency - We use resources to the full, waste nothing and do only what we can do best.
Freedom  - We need freedom to shape our future; we need profit to remain free.

All associates of MARS know and uphold these principles, consistently shared through storytelling.

Please visit the BoP facebook page for more information.

August 4th - Basics of Governance Workshop - An introduction with Zoe Attwood

Due to high interest, we ran this course again, but this time in Rotorua.
This session was for business owners, operators, CEO’s and Board / Committee members of SME’s, NFP’s, Trusts and Family companies.

The workshop gave attendees a basic understanding of:

  •          governance and management focus,
  •          legal frameworks
  •          directors duties and responsibilities, and
  •          board protocols

Zoe discussed the governance requirements for various situations and offered a practical approach to implementation.

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July 20 - Banking in Bosnia; a literal war story with Peter Nicholl

Peter shared with us his stories and experiences as Governor of the CBBH after the Bosnian war. He found that New Zealand governance principles worked in a war torn country and applied these wherever possible to successful outcomes. A few interesting facts: 

  • When Peter arrived the bank notes has thirteen 0’s on them.
  • There were 4 different forms of currency used in the country. The only commonly used currency was the deutschemark.
  • The country had a population of 4.5million people but had 76 banking societies!
  • The current banknotes used in Bosnia Herzegovina, were designed by Peter and influenced by the deutschemark. 

July 7 –Diversity Workshop Session 2: Achieving a balanced Board Composition with Dr. Bev Edlin
In this interactive workshop, Bev asked us to discuss the skills and capabilities of our role-play boards and focus on pre-interview thinking.Diversity is not just about gender and race, but skillset, experience, competencies, expertise and thinking capabilities.


June 28 and 29 – Health and safety; Monitoring what matters
With the new Health & Safety at Work Act going through on 4 April, health and safety is high on directors' minds - and this was showcased by the turnout at the joint session held with the IoD and the Business Leader's Health & Safety Forum in Rotorua on 28 June and Tauranga on 29 June. 

Event photo

June 9 – Chartered Membership pathway – Is it for me?
Willy Trolove presented Deion Campbell with his Chartered Member certificate. Willy, IoD’s External Relations Manager, spoke about the benefits of Chartered Membership for your governance journey and why it’s important to the IoD.

Four key benefits include:

  1. Shows you meet the standards of your profession
  2. Boosts your credibility as a director
  3. Increases your value to boards
  4. Reduces the perceived risk of your organisation

Vivienne Scott and Deion Campbell, recent recipients of Chartered Membership, shared their experience of the Chartered Membership Pathway and why they rose to the challenge of becoming Chartered. Dr Bev Edlin, with a doctorate in governance, discussed how Chartered Membership has supported her governance career.


May 18 – On the Radar –  Governance issues for 2016 with Simon Arcus.
Simon presented Vanessa Donald and Vivienne Scott with their Chartered member certificates. Held over lunch at the stunning Hilton, Taupo, Simon shared with us Seven key issues for Governance over the next year:

  • Volatility
  • Long-term thinking
  • Technology
  • Corporate reporting
  • Sustainability and environmental social governance reporting
  • Health and safety
  • Diversity

May 4 – Diversity Workshop: Diversity takes many forms, what will work for your board? With Dr Bev Edlin
Bev presented Glenn Williams with his Chartered membership certificate.

Session 1: What is the composition of a board?

This interactive and open discussion workshop, exposed how having token diversity on the board doesn’t guarantee you have the diversity of thought you require for success. Successful composition should be made up from a selection of:

  • Leadership
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Skills Sets
  • Expertise
  • Experience


April 7 – Basics of Governance Workshop– An introduction With Zoe Attwood
This session was for business owners, operators, CEO’s and Board / Committee members of SME’s, NFP’s, Trusts and Family companies.

The workshop gave attendees a basic understanding of:

  • governance and management focus,
  • legal frameworks
  • directors duties and responsibilities, and
  • board protocols

Zoe discussed the Governance requirements for various situations and offered a practical approach to implementation.


March 17 – Modern Business Women – Believe you can, with Rachel Taulelei.

A little ‘out of the box’ from our typical events, this event aimed to connect and support local businesses, community and likeminded women and men. Focusing on ‘Believe you can’ Rachel Taulelei (MNZM) travelled from Wellington to  share with us, her journey to becoming the beautifully successful modern business woman she is!

In the spirit of ‘Believe you can’, we held a competition in which 3 incredible women, were nominated to win a makeover. Our 3 winners were all most deserving for their own reasons, of which was shared on the night, by the friends and family who nominated them.

An inspirational and informative evening filled with heart.

March 10 and 11 – Collaboration Fitness and Leadership Workshop

The BoP branch of the Institute of directors, in collaboration with Collaboration Bay of Plenty, brought Miranda O’Connell from Twyfords to deliver this two day workshop.

“Collaboration is a buzz word for many non-profits and funders today. A Board and its Trustees need to understand when collaboration is appropriate and work with management to create the collaboration process, and ensure there’s change for the better for NFP’s.

Understanding when to collaborate and how to create collaboration will ensure the Bay of Plenty is the type of area we all want to live in, inspiring growth in the Bay as well as the rest of the country (and the world.)”

Roberta Budvietas (Abridged)

March 2  -  Annual General Meeting with special guest speaker, Dr. Don Brash

Our branch Chair, Glenn Snelgrove reviewed 2015, highlighting the successes of the branch to date. The branch manager, Laura Gaveika presented on the year ahead for the region.

Dr. Bev Edlin, Zoe Attwood and Kim Lorigan were all elected to the branch committee. Learn more about them here.

Dr. Don Brash shared with us his 5 issues of concern for New Zealand in 2016.

  • Trend rate of growth in per capita incomes
  • Long term fiscal position
  • Heavy dependence on foreign capital
  • Price of housing in NZ
  • The continued drift to create racial group

2015 presentations


December 9 -  Festive function with guest speaker, Steve Saunders
To end the year in style, we were delighted to have Steve Saunders, the 2014 Tauranga Westpac Business Award winner for Excellence in Business Leadership,  join us to share his innovation, experiences, and journey to award-winning business leadership success.
We were also elated to present the Chartered Fellow certificate to Michael Smith.



November 12 - Strategy in the Boardroom – Preparing to take on the future, with Joanna Lambert from Maven International
Jo shared with us the Strategy and Planning that has ensured the success of Maven International. During the company’s transition, they chose four pillars as their focus;

  • Prosperity
  • Culture
  • Be Different
  • Make a Difference

Although the strategic plan was adapted along the way to suit the times and the businesses they were working with, these four pillars held true and ensured they kept the vision and values they uphold.
In Jo’s experience, she has found that successful strategy and planning requires the following key elements;

  • Leadership
  • Capability
  • Culture
  • Courage
  • Determination
  • Investment
  • Often finding that collaborating, partnering and connecting are effective themes for success.



October 28 - Employment Legislation with Shima Grice, partner at Sharp Tudhope

With the changes in employment legislation fast approaching, it was timely to have Shima share and explain to us how these changes will affect employers and companies. Shima covered the changes to parental leave, annual leave, zero hours contracts and informed us of how to be prepared when a labour inspector comes knocking. For further details about these changes, please email Shima.

October 15 - Ethics Workshop; Walking the Ethical Line with Dr. Bev Edlin

“Business Ethics lies at the heart of Good Governance.”

During this interactive workshop, Bev worked us through a selection of thought provoking case studies, offering insight into prior incidences and outcomes.

Leaving us with key questions board members should ask themselves, about themselves.

For example;

  • Do any of my decisions conflict with any of the values of trustworthiness, respectfulness, responsibility and fairness?
  • How would my decision/recommendation look if it were reported on the front paper of the newspaper?

October 7 - CyberSecurity with Stephan van Lieshout from Spark Digital, Bay of Plenty franchise
Due to high demand from the previous Cybersecurity event held in Tauranga, we held this hot topic event in Taupo. Stephan delivered an engaging and informative presentation, delivering evidence which certainly scared us into action!

You may think, ‘I have nothing worth taking’, but Cyber attacks are relevant to us all. Your identity is the new firewall. Be sure your passwords and log ins are varied and tough to decipher.



17 September - Crown Board Appointment Process with Ngaire Best.

Team leader of Governance and Performance at the Treasury, Ngaire was the perfect person to talk us through this interesting process.

Topics Ngaire discussed with us included;

  • a brief description of the landscape of state sector boards
  • a more detailed summary of the finance portfolio boards for which Treasury administers appointments
  • treasury’s candidate databaset
  • the steps in the appointment process
  • an ideal candidate.

Did you know?

The Treasury advises on board appointments by the Minister of Finance, Minister for SOEs and also on some appointments for about 12 other Ministers.

There are over 2,600 ministerial appointments to more than 400 boards. Not all are strictly governance roles: some are regulatory or representative.

If you are interested in a Crown Board appointment, register at



August 12 2015: Growing your SME from theory to practice, with Deb Shepherd
A Senior Lecturer in Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School. Deb did not ‘present’ to us, but led an open floor, interactive discussion on areas of concern within SME’s suggesting where and when governance perspective can step in and help.
As Kiwi’s we are good at generating great ideas. We are good at taking the idea to market and we are very hard workers. However, generally speaking, for SME’s the greatness stops there.
So how do we as the owner, director and CEO (amongst many other hats) know when to stop working in, and begin working on?
Make connections! Kiwi’s are reknowned for their ability to know someone who knows someone who wants to help. Don’t be afraid to tlak about your business and ask for help. It is the key to success for SME’s in NZ.

5 August: Cybersecurity – Hot topic!
Both incredibly passionate about cyber security, Stephan and Xavier were honest and to the point about the risks of cyber attacks and the measures, we as board members, must take to ensure business survival.

Stephan talked about what Security, Cloud and cyber risk are, why these matter to directors, and discussed some of the ways to deal with them at various levels in your organisation. Offering us 7 key questions to discuss in the board room;

  • How familiar is our management team with cyber security?
  • Have we identified our ‘crown jewels’ and are we protecting them properly?
  • Do our managers have an elevator pitch for cyber risk?
  • Have we made people responsible and accountable?
  • What’s our incident plan and does it include crisis communication?
  • Are we managing 3rd party vendors properly?
  • Are we plugged into and sharing information?

Xavier followed on from Stephan discussing the variety of forms cyber risk can come in, how we can protect ourselves and our businesses from compromise. Along with some risk management options and solutions, part of which is transferring the risk to insurers.



July 29 – Aspiring Director Award Announcement Evening with guest speakers Simon Arcus and Olly Shaw
Our evening opened with Simon Arcus, CEO of the IoD sharing with us four areas of Governance showing significant impact in the near future and emerging in 2015. Simon  gave us some thought-provoking questions and ideas to take back to the boards.

Disruption – Does your board understand disruptive technology?

Independence – Increasing scrutiny of formal and informal independence – Ensure conflicts of interest and ethical boundaries are well understood.

Talent Strategy – ‘In age of capitalism: companies acquired capital to acquire talent. In coming age of talentism model flips: firms will acquire talent to acquire capital.’

Tenure – How do your boards approach tenure?

Olly Shaw, BoP Junior Sportsman of the year 2013 and professional triathlete, shared the inspirational story of his dedication, passion, trials, tests and successes thus far. Indicating to us, that perseverance, belief in yourself and motivation are keys to success in all areas of life, including business.

Our six finalists for the Aspiring Director Award are Thoje Hood, Simon Clarke, Dennis Crowley, Bryan Graham, Roberta Budvietas and Paul Fawcett.

The award was presented to the winner, Bryan Graham by judge and award sponsor Fraser Lellman from BDO.

Further details on the Aspiring Director Award winner.

July 23 - Digital transformations; new technologies that could help or disrupt your business with Mark Pascall from 3months.
In practice, becoming a digital business is much more than having a website and using technology to increase efficiency. Mark helped us understand the issues, challenges and opportunities that technology is bringing.  From API’s, AppearIn, iBeacon, Crypto-currencies and Nearables, Mark indicated how we can utilise these for the benefit of our businesses. Mark also provided us with practical steps to help on the journey of digital change; Appoint – Master – Embrace – Educate – Iterate – Start, small. But start!

July 8 – Directors and Officers Liabilities with Heidi Axtell from Marsh New Zealand.
Heidi introduced and discussed 4 key points about why we should care about our liabilities:

  1. Sources of claims against directors in New Zealand
  2. Misconceptions that D&O Insurance is unimportant
  3. Overview of a D&O Insurance programme
  4. The “life” of a directorship. Things to consider:
  • before taking up the directorship
  • during your directorship’s lifetime
  • coming to the end of your tenure
  • post directorship

Our take-away points:

  • be prepared: due diligence, deed, insurance
  • stay vigilant. Risk and responsibilities change and you are not immune
  • understand how to maximise your protection from a deed of indemnity and  insurance in the event of a claim.



June 24 – New Members Welcome Dinner
The evening provided a great opportunity for the new members to meet fellow new members in the region, the local committee, as well as the branch manager. We discussed the many activities available to all, both locally and nationally, which will help on their journey to directorship.
Guest speakers included:

  • Tim Allen the General Manager of IoD Limited who discussed the many director development courses available,
  • Peter Tinholt, joint winner of the Aspiring Director Award 2015, who shared his inspiring journey to directorships, and
  • Kylie van Heerden, partner at Sharp Tudhope, who shared her unique success story, built through dedication, interest and the invaluable assistance provided by the Comvita board.  

June 17 - Leadership – ‘Tips and tools for ensuring your board members have it’
Sally Webb and Lesley Fraser presented in Tauranga. Discussing how we as directors must don many ‘hats’ to ensure we look at all areas from different perspectives. The ‘Helicopter view’, so it’s called.
Encouraging us all to get involved, we brainstormed and shared how we as directors will encourage future focus, think outlandishly, value our employees and live the values of the company.



20 May 2015 - Melissa Clark-Reynolds: MiniMonos
On 20 May in Rotorua, Melissa Clark-Reynolds gave us an informative and humourous delivery discussing her entrepreneurial background. Focusing in particular on her experiences with MiniMonos, the virtual world she created for boys aged 8-12 years old. She talked about the lessons she has learnt from the difficult decision she made to close the website down. Which includes making sure your business model is right, considering whether the market or technology has moved on, considering whether there is a better use for your capital and time; and ensuring you have the right team in place.

May 14 - Capital, Capability, Culture and Commander with Sam Knowles
Sam Knowles is perhaps best known for his role in establishing Kiwibank. Serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2010, he helped establish and lead Kiwibank from startup to successful large business. Sam has great knowledge in Governance for high growth companies. On 14 May Sam joined us in Tauranga to tell us about his experiences, and openly discuss strategy for sustainable growth. Focusing on the ‘Four C’s’ - Capital, Capability, Culture, Commander.



April 29 - Health and safety workshop
Shima Grice from Sharp Tudhope, Graham Philps from q-Sol and Carl McOnie from Vertical Horizonz presented a health and safety workshop in Tauranga. Shima discussed the impending health and safety changes and how these will affect businesses. Graham discussed how we can implement health and safety practices in the workplace. Carl followed up with real life case studies which built on thought provoking questions from our members.

April 15 - Future-proofing, Transition and Good Governance for business, with T H Enterprises Owner and CEO, Trevor Hamilton.
Trevor shared with us how creating a governance board of four completely different people, who each bring varied strengths and dynamics to the table, has ensured the continuous growth of his business. Currently sitting at 32 times the size of an average NZ Farm, T H Enterprises is reaping sustained growth and wealth creation.

For T H Enterprises, good governance with a diverse board ensures:

  • Accountability
  • Performance focused collective decision making
  • Enthusiasm
  • Robust debate on all points
  • Honesty embracement
  • Connection to business
  • Understanding Governance vs. Management



March 11 - Health and safety workshop with guest speakers, Shima Grice, Graham Philps and Carl McOnie.
Held in the Whakatane i-Site, with a glorious view of the water. Shima discussed the impending changes WorkSafe are implementing on all businesses across New Zealand, and the impact this will have on us all, as Directors and Business owners. Graeme informed us of how we can all implement good practices within the work place, by using ‘care with love’. Carl and Charli gave us some great examples of difficult situations. And answered some great ‘Who, How, Why, What and When questions.



Annual General Meeting with Guest Speakers; Michael Stiassny and Dr Lisa Docherty.
Michael discussed the world of governance which created a lot interest and questions. Lisa updated members on the changes to membership adopted by the IoD last year, and highlighted the benefits to members as we further develop as a professional body. Information regarding the CPD requirement can be found here. If you’re interested in becoming a Chartered Member, start here.

2014 presentations


3 December - Christmas event
No formal speaker, entertainment delivered was ‘Call my Bluff’, team quest and a quiz.  There were 36 attendees and it was a great night, with Christmas ham and special treats for dessert.


26 November - Emmet Hobbs
Emmet discussed many topics. Responsibility lies with management to ensure you get good engagement, ownership and that all staff feels passionate about what they do within the organisation. A transparent, open business will often gain more buy- in and ownership with employees.

This can be done by way of bonus scheme across all bands of the business, company shares, paying above the minimum wage rate, open and honest communication on how the business is progressing, a ‘stats board’ measuring targets, KPIs, sales information and any data relevant to a sector of the business.

Getting the best people in the right positon is key. The best person may not necessarily be the owner or the owner’s family.

Succession planning takes time and isn’t easy, especially when you have family to deal with, but is a critical part of the business if you want to continue for generations.


October 7 – Michael Barnett and David Meys
Trading in China with Michael Barnett – an account of his journey working in China and the pitfalls and hardships they meet when the milk power crisis hit. New Zealand needs to be careful how we use our words, the culture difference between the two countries can be misleading and damaging. (Unable to say more, there is a court case and the event was under Chatham House Rules).David Meys from Marsh Ltd was able to show exporters in the room the benefit of having trade credit insurance which would have mitigated the loss that companies face when product is dumped at the wharf or when creditors don’t pay for stock that will protect you and your company when dealing with overseas cultures, legislation, translation and transport difficulties.


9 September – NFP Workshop with Paul Adams and Richard Cashmore
A very informative evening dedicated to the NFP sector. Paul Adams said that members on NFP boards need to be aware of their legal responsibilities which are often over looked because there is no financial gain personally, and they forget the same rules apply. NFPs are often viewed as a training ground for commercial entities – this is a classic error as you need just as highly skilled people around the board table as any entity. Other learning points were to never discount what you do, and that building skill levels around the table is imperative. Often in NFP you need to be both at governance level and a fundraising level. Make sure whatever project you are working on has profile, spread it wide and deep as this will give you exposure to a wider audience.


The Institute of Directors (IoD) Bay of Plenty Branch announced the winners of the Aspiring Director Award for 2014 on Thursday 24 July. Each year the branch offers the award for people looking to take the next step into directorships. Maria Stockman and Peter Tinholt (left) were dual winners of the Aspiring Director Award 2014. Each will receive complimentary membership with IoD for 12 months, complimentary attendance at all branch functions for 12 months, mentoring with an experienced director, funds towards IoD personal development tailored to suit their needs, and a directorship position for 6 months. Tamati Coffey (middle) was the guest speaker for the awards night.

Steve Napier Michael Allan and Tina WilsonAdrian OrrDavid Sandeman James Beale and Reg Montgomery

30 June - Adrian Orr, CEO, NZ Superannuation Fund
Adrian gave a captivating talk about how to lead an organisation. Adrian kept it real, engaging, personal and above all compelled us to make a difference in our organisations. Adrian believes that a company's values are critical to any business. You need to be honest to yourself and your team. If you were to get a gold medal, what would you represent? What would you specialise in? What are your endowments? Your strengths? You need to know what are you are about, and then be able to explain it.

Errol BrainGrant Jeffrey and Kate GrimmerGreg Johnson and Paul Manning
Errol Brain - Drugs - are they in your workplace?
Errol talked to both the Tauranga and Whakatane members about drugs, what they are, how they can affect us, how you can detect them, and stories from the antics people get up to trying to avoid being detected. Is it legal to take a drug test on your employees - yes. There is a set criteria an organisation must adhere to; the Bill of Rights Act, Health and Safety in Employment Act, Human Rights Act, Privacy Act and Employment Relations Act, so it pays not to test employees yourself but to get it done professionally and right the first time. The actual test is taken and results are provided within a few minutes.

New members dinnerBill Evaroa, Kevin AtkinsonBev Edin, Glenn Snelgrove, Mark Apledoorn, Sybrand van Schalkwyk
New Members Dinner - A great night was shared with new members from around the Bay. Congratulations going to Team 2 - consisting of Sarah Davey, Sybrand van Schalkwyk, Brendan Roberts and Mark Apeldoorn won took out the top quiz prize. Honours also go to Bill Evaroa and Sybrand van Schalkwyk both winning prizes for sharing with the group tales from their adventures. Thanks to everyone who attended, it was a great fun evening and look forward to catching with you all again soon.

Ngahi Bidois was a fascinating speaker, who had everyone engaged, getting us out of our seats and connecting with those around us. Ngahi spoke on leadership – unless you take that step forward, you will always be watching from the side lines. Challenge yourself to be a leader, if you are a leader, three steps could shape how you may do things better.

No Engagement
No Influence
No Culturally Diverse Leadership
Know Engagement
Know Influence
Know Culturally Diverse Leadership.
Simple, but so effective.


Dragons Den - Enterprise Angels

Three directors from Enterprise Angels gave the real view of what it is like to pitch to the Angels. Not at all like the real Dragons Den, which is high drama, the Angels are there to make a great idea turn into a success story. A pitch can be done in front of up to 100 Angels, this is itself can be daunting, but the Angels will coach, mentor and get the fundamentals right before sending them in front of such a crowd. Tauranga Enterprise Angels is the largest group in the country and have invested millions in start-ups and ideas. Still eagerly awaiting the exit point, where the company either soars or flops, it is all a risk and can go either way, but I think that is some of the charm, if you win, you win big.
We also had Simon Arcus Manager of the new Governance Leadership Centre – Simon explained what this will mean for members and the value it add. We are excited to see the resources available, as it will be valuable to us all.


27 February – Stakeholder relations by Bruce Sheppard
The principles for effective stakeholder partnerships is; communication, consistency, shared values and purpose. Categories stakeholders can fall into, traders and speculators, portfolio investors, yield holders and business owners. Do you have a gorilla in the room? A very interesting analogy on a person who has the power to hire and fire, and who can act like a bully around the board table. You may even have more than one. Your job is how do you manage the gorilla, and teach it table manners. Bruce was very thorough in his description on how to manage a board, stakeholders and how to be a good director.

Peter Williams – The business of media.
Peter gave an overview of media as it was when he started some 42 years ago and the growth and change he has seen in that time. At times we can feel bombarded by social media; it now comes in so many forms and is accessible all times of the day. Radio stations in the Bay alone have grown by 600% while Auckland has grown 900%. Peter also stated, “Unfortunately the truth is, people generally want to hear about the bad news, not the feel good ones”. Peter told tails of his work colleagues which was enlightening and entertaining and he was refreshing and honest when he said if your company has a problem or crisis, don’t hide it, be up front, tell the truth and carry on. Those who try to conceal or ignore a problem, are only feeding the media and make it often far worse than it is. The gem of the day; be truthful, it makes life a lot less complicated.