Canterbury Branch

Canterbury Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Canterbury Branch Committee

  • Vincent Pooch CFInstD

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    Vincent is the founder of Key Business Partners Limited, a niche corporate advisory firm based in Christchurch. For over 20 years he has specialised in business analysis, strategy development, valuation and financing for a wide range of customers both in New Zealand and internationally. His first significant governance position was on the board of Burnside High School (from 2000-2010). He currently holds directorships of IFS Forestry Group Limited (Chairman) and recently retired as a director of Dynes where he continues as a consultant. He chairs the advisory board of Smit Crane & Construction Limited. Vincent has been a member of the IoD for 20 years and served on the IoD Canterbury branch committee since March 2011. As Branch Chairman he joined IoD National Council in 2016.

  • Nick Carter MInstD

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    Nick is a Partner and Executive Director of Brannigans, a leading Christchurch based consultancy specialising in Executive and Governance appointments, Leadership Development and HR Advisory. Nick is actively involved in senior executive and governance appointments as well as jointly responsible for the day to day leadership of the team and key client relationships.

    Nick has previously gained first-hand commercial experience leading New Zealand’s largest specialist rural telecommunications company and the Regional Management at one of the country’s oldest stock and station firms. To support his career, Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury.

    Nick is a current Board member of the Sumner Lifeboat Institution, New Zealand Skills in Demand and sits on the Canterbury Branch Committee of The Institute of Directors.

    Outside work, Nick enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, sailing and mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

  • Geordie Hooft MInstD

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    Geordie is a Chartered Accountant specialising in taxation issues. He joined Grant Thornton New Zealand in 2000 becoming a Partner in 2007. His career includes a period as Financial Controller of a successful nationwide fast-food franchise and several years in chartered accountancy with both large and small practices in Christchurch. Geordie is a board member and treasurer of the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust and Canterbury Education Services Ltd, and chairs the Board of Trustees at Cashmere High School. He is married to Deb and has four teenage children. In his spare time, Geordie enjoys infrequent light exercise, reading and trivia, the latter being useful for hosting the occasional quiz night.

  • Lloyd Mander

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    Lloyd is a Christchurch-based executive director and marketing consultant with a background in healthcare management and commercial property investment. He is an independent trustee for the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust and is the chair of the Trust’s Audit and Risk committee. He was a co-founder and the managing director of Hearing Advantage, a large regional hearing healthcare provider that was ultimately sold to a Swiss multinational. This high growth business provided diagnostic and rehabilitative services privately and under contract to District Health Boards. Lloyd has a strong interest in design thinking, quality management systems and investment strategy. He has a Master of Business Administration, with Distinction, from the University of Canterbury, and a Master of Audiology, with First Class Honours, from the University of Auckland. Lloyd has had a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and is a trustee for Ministry of Awesome, a Christchurch-based not-for-profit that provides education and connections for early-stage entrepreneurs. He also enjoys providing voluntary mentoring services through Business Mentors NZ.

  • Lucy Powell BA, LLB, Dip Bus (Marketing), MInstD

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    Lucy Powell is an experienced marketing and communications professional and comes from senior roles at Microsoft NZ, Auckland Airport and Air New Zealand. She has also worked for a Crown Entity (Tourism NZ) and lived and worked in Australia, USA and NZ. She is currently the co-director and joint shareholder of Christchurch strategic communications consultancy, Carter Price Rennie. Lucy has experience in the not-for-profit sector as a trustee, board and committee member. She is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and completed the not-for-profit governance course in 2012. She is on the board of Christchurch City Choir and is a trustee for Auckland Choral Society's Foundation, Safe NZ Trust and the Rixon Gaunt Family Trust. Lucy’s breadth of business experience ranges from having an understanding of running your own SME business to working in a multi-national corporation, infrastructure company and NZX listed companies. Previously held governance roles include being an elected director of the Tourism Industry Association of NZ and a member of the Manukau City tourism advisory forum. Other memberships include Springboard NZ and an ICT industry communications advisory group. Her tertiary qualifications include a postgraduate Diploma of Business (Marketing), Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), all from the University of Auckland.

  • Steve Abley BE(Hons), NZCE, FIPENZ, CPEng MICE, CEng(UK), IntPE(NZ), MInstD

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    Steve is a leader in the engineering community and the managing director of the professional services firm he founded, Abley Transportation Consultants. The firm has grown over the last 13 years to now be a significant leader and a national and international provider of specialist advice. Steve has been a member of the IoD since 2004, in 2011 he was a finalist of the Canterbury Branch Aspiring Director Award and in 2013 was elected to the Branch Committee.  He has a significant commitment to professionalism and was one of the youngest people to be awarded a Fellowship of his professional engineering institution in 2011.  In 2015 he was awarded the MacLean Citation for distinguished service.  Steve holds a number of governance and business interests in the tourism, property development and professional services sectors. He has previously served on the national governing board of the Institution of Professional Engineers NZ and he continues to have a leadership role with IPENZ advising the board on engineering practice issues.

  • Jane Cartwright BSC, PGDipSc, NZRD, MBA, CMInstD

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    Jane Cartwright joined the Canterbury Branch of the IoD committee in 2011. She chairs the board of Brackenridge Estate Ltd, is a council member on the ARA Institute Canterbury Council, ARA Foundation, is a board member of the Nurse Maude Association and Chair of the NZ Institute of Community Health Care. Jane is a member of Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, a Chartered Member of the IOD and Associate Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management. She has held executive and senior roles in the health system and local government, and is currently working as Programme Director for the Canterbury Clinical Network.

  • Graham Kennedy BCom, FCA, ACIS, ACIM, CFInstD

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    Graham was a partner/director of Brophy Knight from 1977 until 2011 when he became a consultant to the practice. Graham moved from Dunedin in 1973 and joined the team at Brophy Knight and is now an Independent Director , Chairman, or trustee for a number of private and public entities including having been a director of CBS Canterbury for 24 years where he was actively involved in the significant changes occurring over that time, including demutualisation and NZAX listing. He was also chairman from 2002 - 2008 a period that included mergers with both SMC Building Society and the Loan and Building Society. Graham has also been actively involved as a trustee and director for the Ashburton Aquatic Park Charitable Trust and the development of Lake Hood on the outskirts of Ashburton, one of the most significant developments to have taken place in mid-Canterbury. Graham is a founding director of Heartland New Zealand Ltd, an NZX top 50 listed entity, and now listed as Heartland Bank Ltd. He is also actively involved in community activities including being a council member of the Ashburton JP Association.

  • Julie Millar MInstD

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    Julie Millar is a Chartered Accountant in public practice and has been a partner of BDO and its predecessors since 1991. Her client base consists of SME’s, several with a presence throughout New Zealand. She has had extensive experience advising on financial matters and strategy to ensure profitable growth and financial stability of her clients. She has been called upon to be expert witness in regard to business valuation matters. In the past she has been chair of the Canterbury Westland Branch of the Institute of Accountants and the Canterbury Westland Public Practice Committee. In addition she has been involved in the education sector for a number of years including a past member of the advisory board to the University of Canterbury Student Association and Board of Trustees of Medbury School, which was an independent appointment. She has been a member of the finance committee for St Andrews College Board of Governors since 2005 and is an observer at board meetings.

  • Chris Stoelhorst MInstD

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    Chris is a New Zealander and Cantabrian whose mission is to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth through executive/non-executive directorships and to guide and build excellent enterprise by deploying broad governance, leadership, international business, marketing and manufacturing experience. He is a leader of businesses, boards and management teams operating in culturally diverse markets. Broad development of organisational capability and markets in the pursuit of high-tech manufactured and service export revenues. Chris has worked in the construction and engineering, electrical and electronic equipment, cable, print and FMCG sectors around the world, having been based for 17 years outside of New Zealand. He has held board and executive positions with Halama plc (UK), TL Jones Asia Pacific, Emotive Display (Singapore), TL Jones and General Cables (NZ).