Canterbury Branch

Canterbury Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Canterbury Branch Committee

  • Geordie Hooft MInstD

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    Geordie joined the IoD in 2012 and became Branch Chair in May 2018. Geordie is a Chartered Accountant and partner at KPMG, specialising in taxation issues such as corporate structuring, property, GST and cross-border transactions.  He also provides business advice to a wide range of successful owner-managed businesses. He regularly presents on tax issues to CAANZ and has lectured at the University of Canterbury.  Geordie chairs the Board of Trustees at Cashmere High School, and is a board member of the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust and Canterbury Education Services Ltd.  He is married to Deb and has four semi-dependent children. In his spare time, Geordie enjoys infrequent light exercise, reading and trivia, the latter being useful for hosting quiz nights.

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

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    Jane is a Chartered Member of the IoD and oversees the local IoD Emerging Director and First Steps Programmes. She chairs the board of Brackenridge Services Ltd, is deputy chair of the Nurse Maude Association and Foundation, is a council member on the ARA Institute Canterbury and ARA Foundation. Jane is also a member of Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. She has held executive and senior roles in the health system and local government. Currently Jane is in leadership roles for the New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance and Canterbury Clinical Network.

  • Vincent Pooch NZCE (Mech) CA CFInstD

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    Vincent is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and was Chairman of the Canterbury Branch committee from 2016- 2018. He originally joined the IoD twenty years ago in 1996. Significant governance roles held since then include Burnside High School, Port Otago and it’s now larger subsidiary Chalmers Properties, Southern Hospitality and Dynes Transport. Today he chairs the national crane operator Smith Crane & Construction and it’s associate Auckland/Waikato Crane Services. He is also an IoD National Councillor. Vincent recently celebrated 25 years leading his corporate advisory firm Key Business Partners Limited. The long standing mission of KBP is to support boards and executives with insights from financial and operational analysis for better business decisions. Countless learnings from the many and varied projects undertaken at KBP also drive Vincent’s passion for good governance and quality decision-making – not just to grow wealth but also to grow opportunities for people, especially including his own three children, six grandchildren and mentees. Vincent sees his ongoing voluntary commitment to IoD leadership roles as the best way he can recycle learnings to create a more successful New Zealand, driven by resilient, safe and striving enterprises.

  • Julie Millar, BCom CA, CMInstD,

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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 Julie 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 was a member of the finance committee for St Andrews College Board of Governors and an observer at board meetings for 10 years until 2015.

  • Ali Wilkinson MInstD

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    Ali is a senior executive with New Zealand's fourth largest health insurer, UniMed, which is a proudly Christchurch based company. She has 20 years' business experience which spans five continents and has mainly been focussed in the health insurance field. 

  • Nick Carter, BCom, 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.

  • Hannah Doney MBA, MCIM Chartered Marketer, CMInstD

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    Hannah is a senior marketing and business development executive with significant experience in professional service, not-for-profit and retail. She has held senior management positions at national law firm Wynn Williams, and NZX listed companies Kathmandu and Smiths City Group.

    Hannah is a freelance Marketing Consultant working with clients across a number of sectors. She is a generalist marketer with particular skills in Customer Relationship Management, Loyalty and Engagement. She sits on the national board of Girl Guiding New Zealand, is a convenor for the Banks Peninsula A&P Association and is a Chartered Member of the Insitute of Directors.

  • Lloyd Mander, B.A. M.Aud (Hons). MBA (Dist), MInstD

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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.

  • Mark Rogers, BA (Hons), MNZIM, MInstD

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    Mark is a professional director. He is chair of Aoraki Development, a ministerial appointment on the South Canterbury District Health Board, a director on the Board of Dunedin International Airport Limited and holds chair and member positions on a number of advisory boards. Mark has a broad background in governance and experience to Chief Executive level. Mark has worked in both the commercial and governmental spheres and is experienced in strategy, finance and operations with a specialist knowledge of change, risk and health and safety. As a member of the Canterbury Branch committee of the Institute of Directors he has contributed to the Memberships and Functions portfolios. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Member of Risk NZ. Mark holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science.

  • Mike Killick MBA, BE.Mech (Hons), CMInstD

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    Mike is a director and business advisor who is focussed and passionate about business success and business improvement, helping businesses to improve and grow in a sustainable way.

    He has a Masters of Business Administration, an Engineering Degree (Hons) and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Mike is a current Executive Committee Member of New Zealand Football, Associate Director at City Care Group Ltd, the South Island Coalitions Manager for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and is a Canterbury Branch Committee Member. Mike was the former Managing Director at DEEP SOUTH Ice Cream, a previous Deputy-Chair of Mainland Football and a former Trustee of the Christchurch Football Academy Trust.

    Mike has proven experience in business governance, market development (international and domestic) and key client / customer management. Calling himself a “specialist generalist”, Mike has consulted to leading organisations within New Zealand and Australia across the food & beverage, manufacturing and industrial sectors and is now helping businesses (small and large) take their businesses to the next level.