Canterbury Branch

Emerging Director Award

The Emerging Director Award was instigated in 1999 by the Canterbury Branch as one of its contributions in assisting the growth of New Zealand enterprise through the promotion of best practice in company direction and governance. The Canterbury branch is currently seeking applications for its 2016 Emerging Director Award. 

2016 Canterbury Emerging Director Award


Helen ShorthouseAn influencer, collaborator and catalyser for change in the Canterbury technology sector, is the 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Canterbury Branch Emerging Director Award winner.

Canterbury Development Corporation Sector Leader – Technology, Helen Shorthouse was recognised as an emerging talent in governance at a Christchurch function on 17 October.

Institute of Directors Canterbury Branch Chair Vincent Pooch says the judges were impressed by Ms Shorthouse’s commitment to developing her governance abilities and passion for wanting to deliver governance excellence for New Zealand into the future. Read more

About the Award

The focus of the Award is to identify individuals with potential and to foster the discipline of good governance through the acquisition of technical knowledge in addition to creating opportunities for networking via branch events and functions.

Benefits include:

  • $1,500 towards an IoD Director Development course of your choice to be taken in the 12 month period following the Award
  • one year’s complimentary membership of the IoD
  • complimentary attendance at all Canterbury branch members’ functions, where members can learn and share their experiences, for the 12 month period following the Award
  • a director internship with Connetics, one of the Christchurch City Holdings Ltd group of companies, for one year
  • a mentoring session with an experienced director to plan your directorship pathway.

This Award is open to those who aspire to follow a directorship path, either by joining a board or broadening your current experience. We would expect those applying to be able to demonstrate leadership, integrity and enterprise in their career. In particular we are seeking those who have taken personal and material steps to advance a directorship career.

Both members and non-members of the IoD Canterbury branch are invited to apply for this Award. Applicants need to be based in Canterbury, South Canterbury or the West Coast.

Applications for 2016 are now closed.


Past recipients

2015 Emerging Director Award Recipients

Tim Trewinnard                                                  Chris Bailey

Tim Trewinnard and Chris Bailey have been recognised as future talents at the board table after being awarded the IoD’s Canterbury Branch Emerging Director Award in Christchurch today.

“In an age of cyber threats, disruptive technology and digital innovation, firms need to consider the value of skills and capabilities like those we see in Tim and Chris at the board table,” IoD Canterbury branch chair Janice Fredric says.

“We’re pleased to be part of their next steps in governance, and we look forward to working with Tim and Chris over the next year to ensure good grounding in all aspects of directorship is achieved.”

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The Canterbury Branch of the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Aspiring Director Award 2014 has been awarded to Jessie Chan-Dorman.

Jessie Chan-Dorman will receive $1,500 towards an Institute of Directors (IoD) Director Development course, a year’s complimentary membership of the IoD, one year‘s complimentary attendance at IoD member functions, a year’s internship with Connetics, one of Christchurch City Holdings Limited (CCHL) boards and mentoring with an experienced director.

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Elizabeth HopkinsMichael LayFor the first time in the award’s 15 year history the Canterbury Branch of the Institute of Directors’ Aspiring Director Award has been awarded to joint winners Elizabeth Hopkins and Michael Lay. The winners were selected from an impressive group of applicants with diverse career experience, business skills and understanding of governance. After a rigourous process the Selection Committee believed that it was difficult to separate the diverse strengths that Elizabeth and Michael would each bring to a governance role. Read more

Reflections from our 2013 Recipients

At an IoD function on 20 July, Elizabeth Hopkins and Michael Lay, co-recipients of the Aspiring Director Award in the 2013 year, reflected on their experiences since receiving the Award.

Both had prior governance experience when receiving the Award – which was further developed via their experiences as interns on the boards of EcoCentral and Connetics respectively.   Each company operated in industry sectors new to Liz and Michael.  They gained experience and mentoring from their fellow directors and from their mentors.    Thank you to CCHL, EcoCentral and Connetics for providing the internship opportunities.

Michael applied his training vouchers towards the Governance Development programme – a programme he endorsed – together with the networking benefits the Award had provided him.   Both Liz and Michael noted they had gained confidence from receipt of the Award and the experience they had gained.  Liz sounded a caution to those applying – make sure you have the time to commit. 

With directors of this calibre progressing through the ranks, the future of governance is in good hands.   Both Liz and Michael have received governance opportunities since receipt of the Award – a reflection on their abilities.


Janice Fredric Janice Fredric, chief executive of Duncan Cotterill Lawyers, is the recipient of the 2012 Aspiring Directors Award, provided by the Canterbury Branch of the Institute of Directors.
The coveted award is open to those wanting to become directors, and focuses on helping to hone governance skills. Read more



Liz Hirst, director of Ngai Tahu Tourism, has won the Canterbury Branch of the Institute of Directors’ 2011 Aspiring Director Award.

Selected from a strong group of applicants, Liz receives $1,500 towards an Institute of Directors (IoD) development course, a year’s complimentary membership of the IoD, attendance at four branch events and mentoring with an experienced director. Liz has a background in health, education and community development within Iwi/urban Maori and wider communities of interest. She is currently completing her MBA full time, having studied a wide range of business topics in the eighteen MBA papers she has completed to date. Read more

2010 – Karl Varley, Christchurch

2009 – Madeleine Hawkesbury-Browne, Christchurch

2008 –  Louise Edwards, Christchurch

2007 – Anthony Leighs, Christchurch

2006 – Lynn McClelland, Christchurch

2005 – Kevin Eder, Christchurch

2004 – Wendy Smith, Timaru

2003 – Dion Paul, Nelson

2002 – Gillian Heald, Christchurch

2001 – Paul Bingham, Christchurch

2000 – Lynn Anderson, Christchurch

1999 – Brendon Quinn, Christchurch