Canterbury Branch

Recent presentations

Summaries and photos of recent branch events

2019 presentations


Understanding risk at a global level

National sponsors Marsh overviewed global trends at a Directors Deep Dive lunch on 26 June. Steve Hills discussed the impact of global risks like technological vulnerabilities, environmental risks and geopolitical and geo-economic tensions.

The role of the trustee #2
On 21 June branch sponsors Duncan Cotterill hosted a second lunch seminar on this topic. Many start their governance journey, not as a director, but as a trustee. Stephen Caradus and Mark Cathro outlined how the role of a trustee differs from that of a director and what trustees need to be uniquely aware of.

Globalisation and the future of trade
In order to be internationally competitive, organisations need to be agile in the face of shifting geopolitical, economic and environmental conditions.  Thank you to our panellists Bryan Jamison, Roland van Bommel, Vangelis Vitalis and facilitator Sue Suckling for sharing their observations on emerging risks and opportunities in international trade.  Click here to view this webcast.

Congratulations to Cherie Leckner and Lloyd Mander who were presented with their Chartered certificates by Branch Chair Geordie Hooft.

Uncertainty and objectives
Branch sponsors BDO Christchurch hosted at Directors Deep Dive lunch on 14 June looking at nine fundamental questions that all directors and senior executives should ask about how risks are managed across their organisations.

June new members lunch

It was wonderful to meet some of our newest members and hear why they joined the IoD and what their future aspirations are.  IoD Chartered member Kendall Langston spoke on his Chartered Membership pathway experience and the value gained, and IoD Chartered member Mike Stenhouse, Managing Director of Sheffield, provided some useful tips for developing your governance career and putting together an effective governance CV.


Building a supportive and resilient culture

Society is not getting slower anytime soon and the rate of change we are experiencing is unprecedented in our history. In business just like sport, the individuals and teams that are able to adapt the quickest are the ones that flourish. On 20 May John Quinn spoke to members and guests about what makes a successful high performance environment, and how we build and support the cultures that will allow sustainable success.

Congratulations to Cam Brinsdon, Scott Brown and Callum Wood who were presented with their Chartered certificates by Branch Chair Geordie Hooft.

The role of the trustee

Thank you our branch sponsors Duncan Cotterill who hosted this interactive lunch seminar on 14 May. Many start their governance journey, not as a director, but as a trustee. Stephen Caradus and Mark Cathro outlined how the role of a trustee differs from that of a director and what trustees need to be uniquely aware of.

Next Generation Directors Workshop #2
These interactive workshops are aimed at building governance capability and awareness in our emerging directors.  Thank you to our senior directors who volunteered their time on 11 February to facilitate this workshop – Don Elder, Abby Foote, Janice Fredric, Gary Leech  – and workshop MC Lloyd Mander.

Sustainability – a critical topic for Directors

On 7 May the University of Canterbury hosted a talk by their Professor Michaela Balzarova, followed by a panel discussion including Rhys Boswell, Strategy and Sustainability Manager at Christchurch International Airport and Oliver Hunt founder of Medsalv. Prof Balzarova made the obvious ‘call to action’ and reminded the audience that Directors must anticipate the imperative for a more sustainable future, so that their organisations can adapt in time.  Read more


Directors Deep Dive lunch with Secure Strategy

Data breaches are occurring more frequently than ever. Any breach can have a major financial impact and risks damage to your reputation. Simon Thomas, founder of Secure Strategy, discussed recent case studies from a governance perspective and outlined how you can prepare your organisation to reduce both the likelihood and impact of a customer data breach.

Branch AGM at the Emergency Air Centre

Our 36th Annual General Meeting was held at the GCH Aviation Emergency Air Centre on 11 April. Holding an AGM in an operational hangar has its challenges – you simply cannot talk over the rescue helicopter when it’s landing just metres away!  Congratulations to Geordie Hooft and Nick Carter who were re-appointed to the branch committee for a further three year term.  Thank you to the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust and New Zealand Flying Doctor Trust for sharing their new purpose-built facilities with us and discussing some of the governance challenges they face working in a NFP environment.

Congratulations to Ian McInnes who was presented with his Chartered Fellows certificate by Branch Chair Geordie Hooft.  Dr Caroline Christie, Craig Latimer and Pat McEvedy were also presented with their Chartered certificates at the AGM.

Timaru function with Richie Smith
Members and guests were hosted by the Canterbury Branch Committee at a function in Timaru on 8 April.  Richie Smith, Chairman of Hilton Haulage spoke about Hilton Haulage’s success story that has grown from being an SME to a large company now in joint venture with Ngai Tahu, and shared his governance learnings during this journey. Read more.

Trust, Reciprocity and Effectiveness of Executives

We negotiate daily, often without considering it a negotiation. Insead Professor Dierickx brought his decades of experience studying, lecturing on and participating as a consultant in negotiations together into a lively lecture on 5 April to make us reflect on the age old challenges as to how humans engage and how poor communication skills negatively impact our effectiveness.  We extend our thanks to HWR Group  for their sponsorship which once again enabled Professor Dierickx to facilitate this Christchurch workshop.

April new members lunch

Some of our newest members joined us for lunch in early April and shared why they joined the IoD.  IoD Chartered member Hannah Doney spoke on her Chartered Membership pathway experience and the value gained, and IoD Chartered member Paul Bell from Intepeople gave some insights into how to prepare for your next governance role.

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Leading through change – our human advantage

Courtesy of ASB Bank we were graced with the pleasure of an energetic and insightful presentation entitled “Leading Through change – our human advantage”.  Laurie Sharp, Head of Coaching and Development at ASB, started with a history lesson back to the first industrial age, the age of steam. The ages of electricity and PC followed, and now the Internet of Things, along with the media, fuelled fear that fast learning robots will take over many jobs.  Read more

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When WorkSafe investigates
No business plans to have a serious health and safety accident, and when one occurs, the experience is often challenging and confusing.  Jane Birdsall, Health & Safety and Statutory Risk Consultant at Vero Liability Insurance Limited addressed a 60 members and guests at lunch event on 28 February, outlining what PCBUs and officers can expect during a WorkSafe investigation and some particular areas of vulnerability that directors may face.  Thank you to our branch sponsors Marsh for facilitating this very informative and practical presentation.

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Monday 18th February brought 100+ people together to hear about the Fonterra Experiment from Tony Baldwin. Tony took the audience on a journey through the history of the dairy industry in New Zealand uncovering insights into why decisions had been made, how the industry had been shaped and why Fonterra came to fruition. He then explained some of the metrics, the market, the competition and explained how Fonterra has got to where it is today.  Read more

Congratulations to Kendall Langston and Kim Wallace who were presented with their Chartered certificates by Branch Chair Geordie Hooft.

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Next Generation Director Workshop
These interactive workshops are aimed at building governance capability and awareness in our emerging directors.  Thank you to our senior directors who volunteered their time on 11 February to facilitate this workshop – Jane Huria, Sue Sheldon, Paul Bingham and Paul Kiesanowski  – and workshop MC Lloyd Mander.

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February new members lunch
It was wonderful to meet some of our newest members on 8 February and hear why they joined the IoD and what their future aspirations are.  IoD Chartered member Ian Campbell shared his governance and Chartered Membership pathway experiences and IoD member Nick Carter from Brannigans gave insights into how to prepare for your next governance role.

2018 presentations

Christmas function
Christmas Cocktails

IoD members and guests enjoyed the charm and hospitality of the Mona Vale Homestead on 3 December. Even the drizzle couldn't dampen our Christmas spirit! 

Congratulations to Murray Dickinson who was presented with his Chartered Member certificate by Branch Chair Geordie Hooft.


November new members lunch

Late November some of our newest members joined us for lunch.  IoD Chartered member Jane Montgomery shared her Chartered Membership pathway experience and IoD member Sarcha Every and colleague Max Forbes from Decipher Group gave insights into how to prepare for your next governance role.

Directors Deep Dive Lunch with Marsh
Catherine Tait, Financial lines liability manager for Marsh and an experienced liability broker with over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry, spoke on the changes that have occurred in the Director & Officers liability markets over the last decade and some of the less obvious but more important insurance clauses that can cause problems for directors.  Some of the key points – 1. Read your policy, 2. Understand your policy, 3. Ask your broker if not sure, 4. Don’t be too trusting of insurance companies, 5. The market is hardening (insurers will ask more questions).

Evening function with Steven Newman
Held on Cyber Monday (26 November), Canterbury members and their guests prioritised good governance over shopping to hear Steven Newman, CEO and board member of NZX listed EROAD, as part of the Institute’s current What Matters in Governance theme: “A World of Data”. It was inspirational to hear how a New Zealand company is bringing great technology solutions to the world including some key implications for strong governance.  Read more

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Directors Deep Dive lunch with Duncan Cotterill

Jonathan Forsey, Special Counsel in the Duncan Cotterill Christchurch litigation and dispute resolution team, discussed data breaches and the new privacy legislation at a lunch on 21 November.  The safe treatment of personal information is a key issue and as directors we need to be aware of changing legislation as well as the consequences of potential cyber breaches.

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Next Generation Director Workshop #2
This interactive workshop is aimed at building governance capability and awareness in our emerging directors.  Thank you to our senior directors who volunteered their time to facilitate this workshop – Hon David Caygill, Mary Devine, Abby Foote and Sue Suckling – and workshop MC Lloyd Mander.

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Ashburton function with Pete Morrison
The Canterbury branch committee joined members and guests in Ashburton on 6 November. Pete Morrison, Chairman of Westland Milk Products, shared his experiences chairing the Board of one of the country’s largest co-operatives and exporters.

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A foray into the dark web
On 2 November members of the IoD Canterbury branch were taken into the hidden world of the Dark Web by Peter Bailey of Aura Information Security.  Peter is a respected thought leader in the cyber security industry and is regularly called upon by media and Government to provide both comment and advice on cybersecurity and the risks/threats presented to any company operating with information that is of value to them and others. Read more.

To help improve reporting on cybersecurity at the Board level, the IoD along with Aura Information Security have developed a business guide on reporting cybersecurity to boards.  This guide sets out principles on reporting to boards, key questions to help identify and develop cybersecurity metrics, and sample dashboards.  This guide is available for download on the IoD website.

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Congratulations to Mike Killick who was presented with his Chartered Member certificate by Branch Chair Geordie Hooft.

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Directors Deep Dive lunch with BDO
At lunch on 31 October Colin Gower, Accredited Insolvency Practitioner and Corporate Advisory Services Partner of BDO Christchurch, discussed the fundamentals and practicalities of directors duties while a company is facing possible insolvency and shared some practical experiences of directors duties breaches.

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Distinguished Fellows Afternoon

We were delighted to have six of our nine Distinguished Fellows join us for afternoon tea with IoD CEO Kirsten Patterson.

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Canterbury Leading Directors Lunch
On 26 October we hosted an invitation only lunch for leading directors in Canterbury, generously hosted by Sheffield Executive Search Group. Our inaugural speaker was Craig Stobo, a professional director of several NZX listed companies, investor and longstanding advisor to Central and Local Government on financial and economic policy. Craig spoke to three key challenges which led to many conversations.  Read More

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The role of the board in crisis management
Branch sponsors Duncan Cotterill hosted our breakfast on 26 October. The fully booked breakfast session hosted Dr Rodd Carr, Bruce Cotterill and Dr Thérèse Arseneau in a discussion of the role of the board during a crisis.  Key takeaways from the panelists were: plan for a crisis; determine who is the leader and what being the leader actually means; make sure your organisation understands the full scale of the crisis you are facing; work through the stages of the crisis; Read more

Congratulations to Hannah Doney who was presented with her Chartered Certificate.

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Evening function with the Hon Dr Nick Smith
Canterbury branch were honoured to be joined by Hon, Dr Nick Smith, MP who gave an insightful speech about his career to date. Dr Smith acknowledged the IoD for its continuing quality work in governance in New Zealand. The skills required for good governance are grounded in a person's ability to make decisions. He feels that good decisions are based on fact, technical elements and scientific research. The ability of a person to make good decisions is partly determined by their choice of career, study and future growth.  Read more​

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Congratulations to Hannah Doney and Kathryn Ruge who were presented with their Emerging Director Awards and to Rob Jamieson who received his Chartered certificate.

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Chartered Fellows and Distinguished Fellows Dinner
Following our October function, Chartered Fellows and Distinguished Fellows joined branch committee members and guests for dinner.

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Thank you to the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship for hosting our first Directors Deep Dive event on entrepreneurship global perspectives with Graham Dockrill on 24 October. These interactive discussion-style events encourage attendees to ask questions and contribute their own perspectives on the topic.

UCE Impact Summit Day One governance workshop

The University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted the Day One Impact Summit on 29 September. Attended by 350 students and alumni, the Summit was designed to inspire and energize future business leaders and contributors to our community. Canterbury Branch members facilitated a workshop to introduce the fundamental principles of good governance. The workshop was sold-out with fantastic feedback received from the attendees. A special thank you to our facilitators: Geordie Hooft, Jane Cartwright, Jane Jackman, Kat McCorkindale, Natasha King, Nick Carter, Simon Carey and Sinead Horgan - and our amazing Mcee Lloyd Mander.

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ASB sponsors function with Kirikaiahi Mahutariki 
With her experience working in the commercial and Māori spaces over the last 20 years Kiri shared her perspectives on iwi governance and Māori governance. Kiri’s advice for governors is to recognise not all Maori entities operate the same way so do your homework and get to know who are the decision makers. Being authentic is critical as is relationship building.  Read more

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Congratulations to Ian Campbell and Mike Sang who received their Chartered Member certificate during September.

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September new members lunch

Some of our newest members joined us for lunch in late September. IoD Chartered member Tania Armstrong shared her governance and Chartered Membership pathway experiences and IoD Chartered member Mike Stenhouse from Sheffield gave insights into how to prepare for your next governance role.

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“Not just surviving but thriving” during periods of disruption
When was the last time you paused and took time to think about your organisation and what it might look like 30 years from now?  A group of eighty Directors who met at a breakfast event hosted by BDO Christchurch were challenged to do exactly that by innovation expert Professor Ian Williamson.
His thought-provoking and inspiring presentation challenged leaders to consider their role in driving the performance of their organisation during periods of disruption. Read more.

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Congratulations to Julie Millar and Carol Ferguson who were received with their Chartered Member certificates and Chris Laurie who was presented his Chartered Fellow certificate.

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Next Generation Director Workshop
32 participants and facilitators attended this interactive workshop aimed at building governance capability and awareness in our emerging directors.  Thank you to our senior directors who volunteered their time to facilitate this workshop – Trevor Burt, Jane Cartwright, Don Elder, Bruce Irvine, Vincent Pooch, Sue Sheldon and Brian Wood – and Lloyd Mander for Emceeing.

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Governance and Failure
Associate Professor Ekant Veer of University of Canterbury led a robust discussion on failure on 9th August.  Failing is an action, it happens. It means that you tried. Failure is a state of mind that you dwell on and often means that you won't try again.  In New Zealand we have a problem - we're scared to fail and when we do, we deal with it badly. We need to remedy this.  Read More.

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Congratulations to Sinead Horgan who was presented with her Chartered Member certificate by Vincent Pooch.

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New members lunch
Early August some of our newest members joined us for lunch. IoD Chartered member Kate Morrison shared her governance and Chartered Membership pathway experiences and IoD Chartered member Paul Bell from Intepeople gave insights into how to prepare for your next governance role.

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UC Introduction to Governance Workshop
The University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship has sponsored the Canterbury Branch since the beginning of 2017. From the start this has been a highly collaborative relationship, which directly supports our mission to equip and inspire members, to add value across New Zealand business and society. One exciting co-developed event is the annual introduction to governance workshop. This informal event is facilitated by 18 Canterbury Branch Members and attended by 30 UC students, who are either thinking of establishing an advisory or statutory board for their start-up or who want to learn more about boards and governance and hear what it’s really like. Read more.

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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Governance

A diverse group of (human) members and guests gathered to understand how directors should be preparing for AI-driven change including the social impact and ethical implementations of AI. The panel’s strongest recommendation was that the opportunity cost of not developing expertise with AI is the greatest risk for many organisations, especially as global companies such as Facebook, Google, Alibaba and Airbnb continue to develop AI capability that can be applied around the world to control the relationship between consumers and service/product providers. Read more.

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Congratulations to Katherine Allen this year's recipient of our First Steps in Governance Award.

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Congratulations to Peter Young who was presented with his Chartered Fellow certificate, and to Sabrina Kunz and Jane Montgomery who received their Chartered Member certificates.

Informal Influencing Techniques
Professor Ingemar Dierickx hosted an afternoon session to an audience of 80 on Monday 9 July. The informal art of influence covered a number of topics and real life case studies.
Key takeaways included the following tips: If you want to influence a decision, be engaging - smile a little and be real. You are more likely to influence a situation or a person if you are likeable. In addition, consider your communication style; keep it short, keep it simple; keep it gentle and don't be aggressive. Read more.

Congratulations to Ian Lothian, Brett King and Warren Maslin 
who was presented with their Chartered Member certificates. 



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On 20 June we were delighted to host once again Nicole Rosie, the CEO of WorkSafe NZ, in a joint presentation with the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum. Nicole spoke to 130 attendees about  the importance of having a responsible culture of health and safety.  Her talk was well complemented by relevant observations by Francois Barton from the Forum, and personal observations from Jono Brent, CEO of Connetics.  Zero Harm resources relevant to the topic can be found here.

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New Members’ Lunch
It was wonderful to meet some of our newest members and hear why they joined the IoD and what their future aspirations are. IoD Chartered member Jo Goodhew shared her governance and Chartered Membership pathway experiences and IoD member Sarcha Every from Decipher Group gave insights into how to prepare for your next governance role.

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The board’s role in implementing Lean strategies
On 21 May we were joined by Bryan Travers to present on Lean Appreciation. Bryan has spoken before on this topic but didn’t fail to impress the 100 strong audience.  The main message from his presentation was ‘happy staff, happy customers’. If organisations can keep their staff engaged and happy, their customers/clients will enjoy the purchasing journey.  Read more

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Congratulations to Gill Cox, Guy Nelson and Sue Sheldon who were presented with their Chartered Fellow certificate by Branch Chair Geordie Hooft.  Also congratulations to Dr Ian Town and Chris White who were presented with their Chartered Member certificate.


Governance in the business of rugby at the Crusaders
Following our 35th Branch AGM held on 19 March, Grant Jarrold, Chairman of the Crusaders, shared his insights into governance in a pure business context, versus ‘winning’ governance in a professional sport given the complexity in the stakeholder mix.

Congratulations to Gordon Sutherland, Grant Lovell and Tania Armstrong who were presented with their Chartered Member certificate by Branch Chairman Vincent Pooch at our 19 March AGM.

Governance and Risk Management with Rob Frost
The close relationship between strategy and risk is a key focus for Rob Frost, the head of Business Risk for Marsh New Zealand. This association creates an opportunity for greater consideration of risk during both the development and implementation of business strategy. Rob therefore challenged governance boards’ typical allocation of work and responsibilities, where risk management is regularly separated from the board’s strategy development through the use of an audit and risk committee. Read more. 

Congratulations to Andrew Hercus, Jo Goodhew and Mark Figgitt who were presented with their Chartered Member certificate by Deputy Chair Geordie Hooft at our 9 March lunch.




Health and Safety Governance with Nicole Rosie
Over 100 members and guests from across our region gathered to hear Nicole Rosie, the CEO of Worksafe NZ, speak on 22 February. Nicole set the scene by describing how deaths and serious injuries in New Zealand workplaces have been reducing but our performance continues to be significantly worse than many OECD countries including Australia and the UK. She encouraged directors to focus on the 5 to 6 critical risks that are most likely to cause serious harm and ensure that key controls are not just implemented but understood by everyone in the organisation. Read more. 

Congratulations to Lucy Powell and Kate Morrison who were presented with their Chartered Member certificate by Branch Chairman Vincent Pooch.

2017 presentations


The current state and future challenges of the New Zealand red meat sector

In mid- November Rob Hewitt, Co-Chair of Silver Fern Farms Limited, spoke to members and guests on several areas including governance in agri co-operatives, the governance challenges of working in foreign markets and managing sustainability in New Zealand’s red meat sector. Felicity Caird from the IoD’s Governance Leadership Centre (GLC) also joined us for the evening and outlined the new topics covered in the 2017 edition of the Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice, including sustainability and human rights in business.

New Members' Lunch #5

It was wonderful to meet some of our newest members in late November and hear why they joined the IoD and what their future aspirations are. Thank you to IoD Chartered member Neil Hamilton who shared his governance and Chartered Membership pathway experiences and IoD member Barry Knight for his insights into how to prepare for your next governance role.

Sponsors breakfast with Duncan Cotterill

Duncan Cotterill drew on their extensive network to bring together an engaging panel of younger directors who are having an increasing impact on governance both locally and nationally.  Their advice for those searching for new governance roles was to be proactive by undertaking training and making connections well in advance. Ensure that you are clear on the value that you will bring to a board. Also, you need a real passion for an organisation’s purpose to help you prevail in challenging times.  Read more


Lunch with the Government Communications Security Bureau
Andrew Hampton spoke at a lunch in early October sharing some insights into the work of GCSB and our National Cyber Security Centre, followed by a discussion with Barry Brailey (Aura) and Mark Cathro (Duncan Cotterill) on how we can go about building cyber security into our governance and risk management work (refer to the IoD's Cyber-Risk Practice Guide).  

Developing and governing a successful family business

Allan Scott shared his story in developing and governing a successful family business.  Allan Scott Family Winemakers has evolved into a true intergenerational family business with all three of Allan’s adult children now entrusted with key operational elements.

Our congratulations to Mark Odlin who was presented with his Chartered Membership certificate by IoD CEO Kirsten Patterson.

Chartered Fellows and Distinguished Fellows Dinner
Canterbury’s Chartered Fellows and Distinguished Fellows joined the IoD President, Vice President, CEO, branch committee members and guests for dinner following our October function.


New Members' Lunch #4
Late September 30 of our newest members joined us for lunch.  IoD Chartered member Alison O'Connell shared her governance and Chartered Membership pathway experiences, while IoD member Sarcha Every from Decipher Group gave insights into how to prepare for your next governance role.

BDO Sponsors Breakfast with Stephen Tindall
Although Sir Stephen Tindall is such as well-known and esteemed New Zealander, it is difficult to appreciate how engaged he is across the breadth of his interests. These include the Warehouse Group, the philanthropic Tindall Foundation, the K1W1 venture capital fund and our America’s Cup team. Over 90 attendees were privileged to hear Stephen’s governance-related perspective on these in addition to his candid responses to questions from the floor.  

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Timaru luncheon
Joanna Norris, South Island editor-in-chief for Fairfax Media and editor of The Press, spoke  to members and guests at our Timaru luncheon on 18 September.  Our congratulations to Quentin Hix who was presented with his Chartered Fellow certificate by Branch Chairman Vincent Pooch.

Corporate to entrepreneurial - lessons learned in governance
On 5 September members and guests were treated to an insightful presentation from an authentic and practical local leader, Craig Jones. Craig framed his story in terms of The Four Pillars and how this applied to his governance experience and beliefs.  He also emphasised the role a good Board can play in maintaining the confidence of CEO and top team. It was clear that Craig does not miss the corporate life. He particularly relishes the people challenges of running his own business, building durable customer relationships, and constantly fine tuning his team from Board colleagues down.  His secret for success: “Love what you do”.

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Congratulations to Sam MacDonald who was presented with his Chartered Member certificate by Branch Chairman Vincent Pooch at our 5 September function.


The dynamics of the board room play a significant role in the effectiveness of governance.  At a well-attended event late August, Professional director Abby Foote gave a director's perspective on the role of board dynamics and ways in which boards can take practical steps to ensure that board room dynamics enhance their effectiveness.

Our website contains resources and thought leadership articles on board dynamics – so do take the time to browse:

Also congratulations to this year’s Award winners who were presented with their certificates at this event.

Tips to make your governance CV work for you
At a Christchurch workshop Kelly McGregor, manager of the Institute of Directors Board Appointment Services and experienced local director and IoD Chartered Fellow, Bruce Irvine 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.

Global risks in an uncertain world
The twelfth annual Global Risks Report, prepared by the World Economic Forum supported by five partners, including Marsh & McLennan Companies, highlights the social and political risks that have crystalised throughout the world in 2016, and examines some of their root causes.  At a luncheon in early August, Steve Walsh examined some of the greatest priorities facing the world in 2017 as well as some of the key risks identified by New Zealand directors.


Governance event with UC Students

Thank you to the IoD members who shared their governance insights with the University of Canterbury School of Entrepreneurship students on 25 July – the case studies generated interesting discussions and encouraged everyone to contribute possible solutions to the governance dilemmas.  

Adaptive Resilience and Governance
At an event sponsored by our branch sponsor, the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship, Associate Professors Bernard Walker & Venkararaman Nilakant outlined the results from their research into disruptive change.  We live in an increasingly disruptive world. Events such as extreme weather, natural disasters, financial crisis, terrorist and cyber- attacks are becoming more frequent and costly for businesses and communities. The researchers look at how businesses coped after the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury  earthquakes. These large scale events identifies that the resilience needed is adaptive, meaning boards and management teams who operate in this way can ride the process as the disaster unfolds.  

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New Members Lunch #3

It was great to meet some of our newest members on 28 July and hear why they joined the IoD – what a diverse group with so much to offer!  IoD Chartered member Jeff Field shared his governance and Chartered Member Pathway experiences, while IoD Chartered member Paul Bell gave insights into what boards are looking for and how to prepare for your next governance role.

Informal Influencing Techniques
Professor Dierickx, an experienced negotiator and a long time Professor of Negotiation Analysis at INSEAD, spoke to a full room of attendees at Clearwater Resort on the topic of informal influencing techniques. Perhaps his most important advice is to understand what people value and offer them relevant personal appreciation. Thank you to Professor Dierickx and to our event sponsors HWR Group for their generous support.

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Engaging with our stakeholders

Mike Hannah, Head of Communications and Board Secretary for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, shared with us the framework used to survey the Reserve Bank’s various stakeholder groups. The framework was based on Familiarity, Favourability, Trust and Advocacy. The results of the survey indicated that if the stakeholder had a high level of familiarity they were also likely to have a high level of trust and advocacy.

This principle is equally applicable at the board table. The more familiar your stakeholders are with the vision goals and objectives of the entity the more likely they are to trust and advocate for the organisation.

Click below to read Mike Hannah's presentation

Engaging with our stakeholders to promote understanding, accountability and dialogue

Congratulations to Neil Hamilton who was presented with his Chartered Member certificate by Branch Chairman Vincent Pooch at our June function.

To read more about our Chartered Membership pathway, click the link below. 

Chartered Membership pathway


New Members Lunch

Thirty of our newest members joined the Canterbury branch committee and CEO Kirsten Patterson for lunch on 26 May. Recently Chartered member Nigel Pollock spoke about his governance journey and becoming a Chartered member and Nick Carter of Brannigans Consulting provided some useful tips for developing your governance career.

Evening function with Ngaire Best
Ngaire Best, Team Leader of the Appointments and Governance team within Treasury’s Commercial Operations Group, discussed the in’s and out’s on Crown Board appointments.  In her current role she manages a small team which has oversight of 51 Crown boards. Read more.

Our Looking for board appointments page provides further information on how to register for public sector board appointments.

Breakfast with Gordon Walker
Thank you to our sponsors ASB for hosting our breakfast function on 5 May.  Our speaker Gordon Walker transitioned from being a high performance athlete to coaching high performance athletes and through this learned about himself, his approach to winning and the importance of the process. Gordon shared a number of philosophies which guide his coaching practice, and which are equally applicable to the role of Director or Senior Manager; having a clear and understood purpose, having a rate of change that is better than that of others, the importance of quality honest feedback, and the support and positive influence of the people around you. Read more.


Branch Annual General Meeting

The Canterbury branch’s 34th annual general meeting was held on 20 March with guest speaker Andy Coupe, chair of Solid Energy. Being a director is no easy task and the responsibilities are considerable, even at the best of times. The measure of a director comes when times get tough. Read more. 

New Members Lunch

Around 25 of our newest members joined the Canterbury branch committee for an informal lunch in early March. Recently Chartered member Keiran Horne spoke about her governance journey and becoming a Chartered member and Mike Stenhouse, Managing Director of Sheffield Ltd, provided some useful tips for developing your governance career and putting together an effective governance CV.

Sponsors Lunch with Aura

Peter Bailey, General Manager of Aura Information Security (an IoD Sponsor) gave a keen group of members a tale of IT woes and stories identifying how easy it can be for hackers locally, internationally, in person or on line, to break into organisation’s systems. Information security is no longer responsibility of the IT department and needs careful governance alongside active management to protect an organisations IP, revenue, reputation and systems from attack. Read more.


At the first member event of 2017 we heard from New Zealand’s Minister of Trade, Hon Todd McClay. The Minister talked optimistically about the 11 countries who signed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) working together to try and salvage elements of the trade agreement since President Trump’s announcement that the USA will withdraw. He spoke about a changing approach to trade because of the changing nature of business with the growth in the digital economy and services becoming as valuable as goods. These created opportunities for New Zealand to upgrade existing agreements e.g. with Australia (CER) and China and to seek opportunities with other potential trading partners.

In our role of raising standards and recognising governance leadership we were pleased to honour Peter van Rij with Chartered Fellowship at our February meeting.

2016 presentations


Christmas Cocktails @ CoCa Gallery

Members and guests enjoyed Canterbury's final event of the year at the Toi Moroki Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCa) on Thursday 1 December - an opportunity to relax and catch up with colleagues and friends while viewing the Gallery's latest exhibition Precarious Nature. CoCa's outgoing Chair Kristina Pickford and Director & Principal Curator Paula Orrell spoke about CoCa's post-earthquake challenges and opportunities. 

New members lunch

Some of our newest members joined the Canterbury branch committee for an informal lunch in mid-November. Paul Bell, Managing Director of Intepeople, provided some useful tips for developing your governance career and putting together an effective governance CV.

Roads as Workplaces

The Canterbury branch was priviledged to have NZ Transport Agency's Jeff Fleury speak to us 21 November 2016. Jeff's role with the Agency is as a heavy vehicle specialist and he has a particular interest in heavy vehicle compliance and heavy vehicle road safety. Jeff had promised a 'heavy hitting' presentation and he didn't disappoint. He explained in graphic details the effects of a large truck moving at speed and coming to rest quickly, and the personal effects of that stopping motion including roll overs, damaged property and ultimately damaged goods. The lesson for directors, and especially those involved in the governance of organisations involved in heavy vehicle transport, is that the comany does not control every aspect of the driver workspace including the physical and operational environment. What was particulalry interesting in that the obvious, such as wearing a mandatory seatbelt, was still not used by every driver and this required ongoing reinforcment of the benefits of use.


Succession Planning: what are the impacts on a governance role?
Over 90 attendees gathered on Wednesday the 12th of October for breakfast and a panel discussion on succession planning. The event was graciously hosted by our sponsor Duncan Cotterill.  The importance of succession planning was a recurring theme from the panel, especially given the risk of intellectual property being lost when unprepared succession is forced on a founder. With an increasing number of baby boomer company owners looking to step away from their businesses, succession is sure to become an increasingly important topic in coming years and should be on everyone’s agenda. 
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Successful Succession Planning for SME's
For those members that were unable to attend our October breakfast event, our panellists have provided some guidance for directors when assisting with succession planning including some key questions for owners around their preparedness for succession. Read more.

Biotech companies in New Zealand – can we reach critical mass?
During October we heard from Craig McIntosh, CEO of PharmaZen. Based in Christchurch, PharmaZen sells its products under the name of Waitaki Biosciences. Waitaki Biosciences is an innovative developer, manufacturer and marketer of science based, natural nutritional ingredients. Craig shared his views on research and development (R & D) in New Zealand and challenged our thinking around how we need to incentivise commercialisation in biotech. Read more

Our congratulations to Helen Shorthouse, this year’s recipient of our Emerging Director Award.  Branch Chairman Vincent Pooch presented Helen with her certificate during the evening. Read more

Fellows and Distinguished Fellows Dinner
Canterbury’s Fellows and Distinguished Fellows joined the branch committee and guests for dinner following our October function.


Data Centre Due Diligence
Members of the IoD were hosted by the team of Computer Concepts Ltd on 19 September.  The company has one of the largest and most advanced data centres in New Zealand operating in four locations with two further support centres. Being responsible for some of New Zealand’s largest and most risk adverse organisations, the company is naturally very focused on risk management to ensure the integrity and security of its clients’ data is maintained. Getting access to the premises and registering upon entry gave guests an immediate insight into the company's commitment to security. Read more

Adding Value for Shareholders of a Cooperative
Jessie Chan-Dorman and her husband Hayden are dairy business owners leasing 420 hectares and milking 950 cows at Dorie, just north of Ashburton.  Jessie received the IoD Aspiring Director Award in 2014.  She is currently on the Federated Farmers National Dairy Executive, a director of the Ashburton Trading Society, an associate director of Dairy NZ and a member of NZ Asian leaders.  Jessie’s cooperative passion came through in her presentation of her insights into the dynamics of a successful cooperative at a recent IoD presentation in Ashburton.  A cooperative is best described as an organisation owned by, and democratically controlled by, and operated by those using its services. Read more


Christchurch Rebuild Governance
A panel made up of chief executives from Ōtākaro, Regenerate Christchurch and Development Christchurch shared what their roles and responsibilities are to a packed room of local IoD members and guests on 22 August.  Well thought out questions from the audience ensured an informative and interesting panel discussion.  Congratulations to Keiran Horne who was presented her Chartered Membership certificate by IoD CEO Simon Arcus.  

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Risk Management in Timaru

IoD members and guests enjoyed a very well attended function at The Grosvenor in Timaru on 10 August.  Presentations were made by Lisa Henderson from KPMG's Consulting Advisory team, and Therese Gibbens, General Manager of The Drug Detection Agency in Canterbury. Lisa addressed the issue of the link between strategy and risk, and gave the governance perspective on both negative and positive risk assessment as an essential element of board oversight of strategy. Therese gave an excellent presentation on director's obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015. She provided insight into the serious issues of impairment due to drug and alcohol use and misuse, as well as advice on services and practical solutions.

New Members’ Lunch

Forty new members joined us for an informal lunch in August. IoD course facilitator Catherine McMillan discussed the benefits of Chartered Membership and Nick Carter from Brannigans provided some useful tips on how to create your governance CV and searching for governance opportunities.

Waking the Sleeping Giant: NGO Governance in the new World

If NGOs are not government and not for profit what are they for and what can they offer the world of commerce and entrepreneurship? What are the unique challenges facing governance in the NGO world and what can NGOs teach business?  NGOs are rapidly professionalising their leadership and governance and this is being reflected in increasingly valuable partnerships with business and government. On 1 August, Chris Clarke, CEO of World Vision NZ, discussed these issues and how NGO’s global reach and increasing sophistication make them increasingly attractive partners for those interested in doing good business. Read more


Trust, Reciprocity and Effectiveness of Executives

Insead Professor Dierickx brought his decades of experience studying, lecturing on and participating as a consultant in negotiations together into a lively lecture to make us reflect on how the age old challenges as to how humans engage.  We extend our thanks to HWR Group  for their sponsorship which once again enabled Professor Dierickx to facilitate this Christchurch workshop.

2016 Governance Development Programme

Congratulations to this year’s Governance Development Programme attendees who recently completed their six session programme in Christchurch.

Lean Thinking with Bryan Travers

The branch was privileged to have Bryan Travers speak on Lean Thinking on 18 July.  Bryan is an academic lecturing privately and at the University of Auckland Business School and his presentation titled ‘Lean Appreciation’ described the Lean Thinking philosophy. Bryan explained Lean Thinking evolved from Lean Manufacturing and Toyota in the mid 1950’s. He described the benefits of clearly focusing on value and waste minimisation that can come from having a fully engaged and workforce and focusing on the customer experience, from the customers’ perspective. He concluded his presentation explaining what these waste and value categorises might be for an organisation and challenged the audience to identify these for our own organisations. Overall Bryan’s presentation was enlightening and delivered in a way that was very engaging.




Cybersecurity with BDO
Thank you to our branch sponsors BDO for hosting our July breakfast on Cybersecurity - a sold-out event highlighting the importance of this topic to directors. Speakers James Dickinson and Andrew Sloman, along with panelists Mark Cathro and Fred Boles, introduced this dynamic area of governance and risk management, highlighting just how easy it is for cyber criminals to attack our organisations and the very real consequences. A timely reminder to  check out the IoD’s Technology Governance resources, including our Cyber-Risk Practice Guide, for further info on the board’s role in digital leadership.


Health and safety workshop

Despite the new Health & Safety at Work Act going through on 4 April, Health & Safety is still 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 and Safety Forum in Christchurch in June. The Forum's new monitoring resource for CEO's is available from their website

Global Megatrends with Ross Buckley

At our June function, Ross Buckley from KPMG spoke to 85 members and guests about the impact Global Megatrends will have on the way we live and how they will impact on the decisions we make in our governance roles. A very thought provoking presentation.


New Members’ Lunch

Thirty-five new members joined us for an informal lunch in late May. Recently Chartered member Alex Skinner shared with us his governance journey and Sally Wynn Williams from Brannigans provided some useful tips on how to create your governance CV and searching for governance opportunities.

Cocktail function with Kaila Colbin

Kaila Colbin, New Zealand Ambassador for the Silicon Valley-based Singularity University, provided members with an overview of exponentially accelerating technologies and a startling look at the implications in a dynamically changing world.  Congratulations to recently Chartered Member Nigel Pollock who was presented with his certificate.


Christchurch luncheon with Peter Bradley

Peter Bradley, Chief Executive of St John, shared his governance and executive experiences and learnings from his career spanning the UK and New Zealand, including leading St John and the London Ambulance Service, the busiest ambulance service in the world. Peter delivered an overview of St John’s current structure and the trends that are challenging it to build a strong sustainable organisation with modern governance that can have greater agility in response to its economic context, increasing scrutiny and health demographics. Peter also presented on the how the recently introduced Health and Safety legislation will impact St John, and its governance, and how they have revised their organisation’s strategy including a greater focus on culture, training, improved reporting and investment in Health and Safety.


Sponsors Breakfast with ASB

In early March Kevin McDonald, Chief Risk Officer at ASB, spoke to 65 members and guests about regulatory compliance, risk conduct and the importance of data integrity in the day-to-day management and strategic direction of your business. Nurturing the right culture of risk awareness and in turn, effective risk management is truly a journey and that road can be long with many a winding turn for the organisations we work with. 

Branch AGM - Governance in a World of Complexity and Risk

Guest speaker at our Branch Annual General meeting, Raf Manji got us thinking with his reflections starting in a bank trading room in London, through to academic work, to civic roles and more latterly his present role as Christchurch City Councillor; with responsibility for Chairing the Finance Committee.  Based on the IOD’s Four Pillars; Raf made the case for what he called a fifth Pillar: Risk. In this regard he traversed both the big picture of systemic failures; and the detail of specific events along with actions that he had undertaken to try and escalate awareness of a need for change.

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Governance stages to achieve a successful listing

A capacity crowd were exposed to the dilemmas, pressures, agendas, risks taken and fast pace style of Metroglass's development since the mid 2000’s. The expectations and opportunities of equity partners, banks, owners and stock exchanges as the organisation launched its initial IPO in 2014 required a range of governance responses to keep the organisation on track.  Attendees appreciated Nigel's energy, focus and openness in telling the Metroglass story to date.

2015 presentations


Christmas Cocktails
Finishing the year with Christmas cocktails at the Hagley Oval Pavilion provided the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues. Our thanks to Ballantynes, Castaway Resort Rarotonga, Christchurch Casino, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, Scenic Hotel Group, Scorpio Books and Working Style for generously providing some great prizes for our prize draw.  


The next 25 years - a forward view ont he things that matter
We were greatly privileged to have Dame Jenny Shipley as our guest speaker on 21 October. Dame Jenny shared the reality of being a director and gave her thoughts on the broader trends that will really matter in future. 
Congratulations to Rodger Findlay and Trevor Burt (not pictured) who were recently made a Chartered Fellow, and to Chris Bailey and Tim Trewinnard this year's recipients of our Emerging Director Award.

De-risking Innovation
Themes of ‘perfection kills creativity ‘ and ‘routine jobs are at risk in most industries’ inspired a noisy bunch at the latest IoD sponsors lunch. Grant Thornton are to be thanked for supporting Melissa Jenner to share her experience on de-risking innovation and how New Zealand companies can learn from the world's best.

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2015 Governance Development Programme

Congratulations to this year’s Governance Development Programme attendees who recently completed the six month programme in Christchurch.




Drugs in the workplace - exercising due diligence
“Unmissable” – is the word for this thought provoking presentation from Therese Gibbens, General Manager of The Drug Detection Agency in Canterbury.  Therese highlighted that drugs in the workplace are more prevalent in Canterbury than the New Zealand average and that random testing, even done on a small scale, will have the benefit of bringing significant changes to employees out of work behaviour. The importance of having the right policies in place was also highlighted. Companies should have a “stand alone” Drug and Alcohol Policy as opposed to a few lines in a Health and Safety Policy or IEA’s.  The policy should be robust and reflect all issues which may arise as a result of the testing process.

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IoD Governance Resources - Health & Safety

Drugs in the Workplace - A resource for directors

Communication in a crisis
On Monday 7 September South Canterbury members were treated to the “Spanish Inquisition” – fortunately a less fatal version - as Tony McCormick (CEO) and Nicky Hyslop (Deputy Chair) of Opuha Water Limited shared their experiences of having to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders following two serious crises, both attracting national attention, recently impacting their co-operatively owned irrigation company.

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Prepare now to lead your organisation, because once you’re in the middle of a crisis, it’s too late. Register for the Managing in a Media Crisis course


A bankers perspective on rural governance
On Wednesday 26 August members had the privilege of an insightful presentation from Richard Hegan; National Manager Rural Corporate based in Christchurch.

Good governance is about stretching thinking; so all stakeholders can be more confident about what is best for that farming business. Richard noted that many of his customers saw the cost of an independent director as the primary barrier but almost invariably the value gained, in a wide range of ways, exceeded this. In his experience this value also was a net positive as measured against the perceived loss of control with a board.

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The changing role of the founder of a SME
Steve Abley held an interactive conversation with attendees on his journey  and his changing role of as a founder of an SME.  As a result of having a Board he felt a Board forced the business to step up and deliver on plans for sustainable growth, recognise opportunities, develop new businesses and perform. This discipline and governance gave him his weekends back!

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Learn more about setting up your first board


Trust, Reciprocity and Effectives of Executives
Insead Professor Dierickx brought his decades of experience studying, lecturing on and participating as a consultant in negotiations together into a lively lecture to make us reflect on how the age old challenges as to how humans engage.  We extend our thanks to HWR Group  for their sponsorship which enabled Professor Dierickx to come to Christchurch to speak.

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On the Radar – Governance trends in 2015
IoD CEO, Simon Arcus updated members on key current governance issues for 2015 as well as trends picked up through the international research the IoD is now undertaking. Julie Hands, winner of this year’s First Step in Governance Award, was also recognised. The Award includes an internship position on the Ronald McDonald South Island board. Thank you to Ronald McDonald House South Island for their contribution to this Award. If your organisation is interested in providing an internship to a young or emerging director, please contact our Branch Manager, Sharynn Johnson.

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On the Radar presentation


The evening event with Dr John Penno, Managing Director and CEO of Synlait Milk saw a full house and close to 100 attendees. John had previously addressed the branch three years ago and was able to update the audience on their IPO two years ago plus other recent company activity. He began by boldly saying that Synlait are becoming an infant formula and adult nutritional products company not a dairy company.

John’s talk was structured around Synlait’s vison; Think Big. Act Now. Do It Right. He covered how this vision was agreed to internally and the board’s involvement in developing it. He emphasised how important this was for employee engagement.

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A governance model for NFP's
Alex Reese thoroughly engaged attendees during his 18 May presentation on governance lessons learned through the establishment of his Cricket Live Foundation. The foundation exists to teach life skills to youth through sport. The concept was born during time Alex spent attending a cricket academy and assisting with a charity in Mumbai India. Life skills are enabled through the teaching and transfer of coaching skills using Kiwi volunteers who travel to foundation academies in Sri Lanka, and soon to be established in India. Alex presented a commercial model that is based on a corporate-charity partnership, in his case with the founders of Dilmah Tea.

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Governance in a family business
Martin and Jann Meehan, owners of Christchurch institution Kidd’s Cakes and Bakery, kindly hosted members on 4 May at their new purpose-built premises and shared the governance lessons they’ve learnt over the past 28 years.

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Global Audit Committee survey results

A lunchtime event was a great way to enjoy the results of KPMG’s global financial audit committee survey results. Lessons from around the world were shared with members including specific recommendations for New Zealand including areas such as audit committee effectiveness, cutting out the clutter and cyber security. The lessons for better effectiveness of committees included avoiding mission creep, managing workloads within the committee and the mechanics of the meeting including typical meeting durations of between 1-2 hours (with Australia meetings being a little longer). 

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Cyber security - who is accountable in your organisation?
Following on from the theme of Cyber Risks started at the lunch sponsored by Marsh in March, Tom Walton from Network Box posed the question who in your organisation looks after cyber security and how to approach this real threat to business from a proactive perspective.   The relatively high use of  third party providers by New Zealand companies means  systems are vulnerable to attack. Tom's advice to directors is get engaged, develop a framework to assess this real strategic risk to business and regularly review how safe are your IT systems.  Tom recommended users refer to the website for advice on how to get started and monitor cyber safety as part of the governance role.


Marsh on Managing Cyber Risk
Cyber criminals are alive and very active.  This was the key message of protection either through mitigation and or insurance was presented in an informative and enjoyable lunch at The George on 18 March.  It was interesting to learn that the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner stated the year of 2012 was the year of the ‘data leak’.  Either though mistake or more malicious intent (cyber-crime) this has an effect on the performance of organisations either in terms of lost revenue, loss of intellectual property or loss of reputation (or combinations).  The clear message was awareness, testing and protection were key steps forward in protecting your organisation against these threats.

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Branch Annual General Meeting
The branch AGM was held early March and our guest speaker was Rob Everett from the Financial Markets Authority (FMA).  Rob spoke about the good relationship the FMA has with the IoD and how both organisations worked well together. He emphasised that corporate governance principles underpin quality governance and it shouldn’t be about ticking boxes, rather adopting corporate governance principles and referring back to them consistently. He believes that the best behaviour comes from within. He referenced that failures are usually underpinned by when a human element breaks down. Governance may look good on paper however there’s a failure in behaviour to observe corporate governance principles. His observation is that some of the worst governance mistakes are made during good times, during times of acquisition and growth. And of course that directors need to remember that they’re there to serve shareholders.  With good questions from the floor it was a well-attended and informative evening.


Stand in the Gap: Health and safety – the cost of not getting it right
Wiremu Edmonds captured and inspired a well-attended  cocktail function at The George on 16 February.  Wiremu spoke of a crusade of leadership and individual responsibility for the well-being of our workforces; a crusade born from personal tragedy. The loss of a son in a forestry accident that should never have happened has been turned into a powerful message.  His presentation was confronting, raw, and compelling. Using New Zealand forestry culture and inter-generational experience, American Indian legend and values, and Karakia, he demonstrated his belief that everyone in the workplace has the power to make change for the better. Wiremu spoke from the heart and engaged everyone who attended.

New Members Lunch
Some of our newest members were hosted by our Branch Committee at a lunch in Christchurch.  A great opportunity to learn more about the IoD and the services it offers, as well as meet other members.

2014 presentations


Christmas Cocktails in the Botanic Gardens
Members and guests enjoyed a very pleasant evening at our Christmas cocktails at ilex-Botanic Gardens on 4 December.  The prize draw, as it does every year, caused a buzz of excitement with so many great prizes generously provided by local businesses.


Canterbury Branch Award night
It was a big night in Christchurch as we announced the winners of our Canterbury Aspiring Director Award and First Steps in Governance Award, and presented Distinguished Fellowships and Chartered Fellowships. Congratulations to all those honoured. We were delighted to have Adrian Orr, CEO of Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation as our guest speaker. Adrian discussed the activities and approach of the NZ Super Fund – an entity that is important for the future of each of us and our families.

Fellows/Distinguished Fellows Dinner
Fellows, Distinguished Fellows and Award winners joined the Branch Committee for dinner afterwards. A  very enjoyable evening was had by all.

Timaru function
Our annual branch visit south to Timaru attracted a good turnout to hear Sara Lunam speak on the topic of “How Good Boards add value for management”. Sara is Corporate Services manager at Port of Tauranga Limited. In this role, she holds governance positions in various Group subsidiaries, including the newly formed Timaru Container Terminal Limited. However her talk drew on deep experience far wider than her present employer; in fact going back to a younger career time at BHP Billiton where she was given a starting out opportunity to learn despite “knowing nothing about governance”.  Progressively larger operational and governance roles have since contributed to Sara having a clear view of how good governance should work.  She views Boards as more than a team - in fact, a social structure for supporting, monitoring, mentoring, and  challenging management, as they seek to develop strategy and execute the plans.


Christchurch Function – 22 September
Andy Borland, Executive Director of Scales Corporation Ltd, shared his experiences in taking this longstanding New Zealand primary industry business to a publicly listed company on the NZX in July 2014. Public listing is an aspiration for many NZ businesses, both as a means of securing growth capital and as a way of facilitating significant changes on ownership. There were relevant themes for all directors: having a plan, managing a full spectrum of risks, taking chances, managing stakeholders, and creating expectations of success which ultimately were delivered by a successful NZX listing.


On a balmy August night, we welcomed expat mid-Cantabrian Grant Murdoch of Brisbane. After leaving Christchurch a few decades ago as a Chartered Accountant, Grant carved out an impressive consulting career. Today he is primarily focused on his portfolio of governance roles. These roles range from several ASX listed entities to a not for profit. His talk, 'Governance on both sides of the ditch', was both well delivered and well received. Most Directors in the room felt greatly relieved that the complexity of the Australian Federal system overlaying competing state legislatures is not generally within their purview. That said; there are increasingly close economic relationships with Australia – as well as other influences - which mean that awareness of this legislation is a compulsory topic. What could have been a dry and pessimistic topic was well illustrated by examples of the good, the bad, and the ugly, which on reflection left the audience with a sense of guarded optimism about crossing the ditch and doing business in Australia.


Richard Westlake enthralled and entertained a well-attended 'Directors' Dilemma' session at The George on the evening of Monday 21 July. Richard used material from his recent studies at the London Business School and had each of the small groups in the room work through realistic board room scenarios. Attendees left the evening with a greater understanding of the grey areas of governance, enhanced networks and a desire to continue on their governance careers. It was also the first time any of us had heard Iran and the Chatham Islands used as examples at the same time – thanks to Richard’s global governance experience.

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Health and Safety has been the focus over the past month with Stephen Reindler presenting a practical session to Canterbury members on health and safety from a director’s perspective, but also from an engineer’s perspective.  
The IoD nationally supported the launch of Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum Contractor Initiative by hosting a number of events around the country.  This initiative has the potential to make work safer for a significant number of New Zealanders. Read more here

National AGM
Dame Alison Paterson was an enlightening key note speaker at the IoD’s Annual General Meeting held in Christchurch.  She supported the need for the IoD to be professionally focused, emphasising that the role of a professional director is not a narrow one.  In a world of constant change companies must grow or die - interestingly she reminded us that only one of the companies listed on the NZX in 1987, Michael Hill Jewellers, remains today.  It is therefore important that a company holds the fundamentals dear, understands the risks and is aware of the external factors impacting on their business.


During May we heard from Shenagh Gleisner. Shenagh has had a remarkably diverse career, spanning management of front line mental health services, being a Director of KPMG and holding many senior positions in the New Zealand public service, NGOs, creative and conservation sectors. She serves on a number of boards and is Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Her presentation covered four themes. 1) The culture of a management or leadership team, 2) the governance capability of a leadership team; 3) pay attention to the quality of written work e.g. board papers, use of data and the intellectual thought process around decision making and 4) the quality of the chief executive’s leadership, how do you know the CE is performing well?  The evening ended with the reminder metaphor to ‘try not to fall in love with your chief executive!’


A determined group of Canterbury members and prospective members braved the rain and traffic to listen to Professor Conan Fee outline the strategic, risk and operational aspects of his time as Chair of the Burnside High School Board of Trustees. Professor Fee showed how many stakeholders a school has and made the point that Trustees need to understand stakeholder motivations noting ‘you cannot please everyone, all of the time’. He held the role through the turbulent earthquake period when Avonside Girls High School and the University of Canterbury used the school site for lessons. There were some demanding governance challenges to consider here. Prof Fee provided reflections within the context of his overall career, illustrating how one can become involved in governance from many career paths and for many reasons.


Canterbury members and their guests heard from Trevor Thornton on “The Power of Statuary Management”. Trevor is experienced in this area from his time as a partner and chairman of Grant Thornton New Zealand. Since June 2010 Trevor and two other partners have been statutory managers of Aorangi Securities Ltd, Hubbard Management Funds and a number of other lesser known entities. During his talk Trevor explained the powers and impact a statutory manager has and how this differs from receivership or liquidation.

He talked about what triggers the need for statutory management and the significant powers that come with it. He shared his recent and ongoing experience working as part of a cross disciplinary team on Aorangi Securities. It was pleasing to hear that the statutory managers have so far achieved the repayment of 92 per cent of the Aorangi investors’ capital. He shared a number of learnings around the intense level of public scrutiny and the role social media played as well as how working with an investor liaison group brings its own challenges.

Canterbury branch held a successful Branch AGM on 17 March, electing four new committee members – Bevan Killick, Julie Millar, Lucy Powell and Chris Stoelhorst. Following the AGM guest speaker Dame Margaret Bazley reminded us of the extent of the change that has occurred over the past fifty years in New Zealand society generally and the public sector in particular. She shared with us her reflections on those changes and her part in them.

Dame Margaret’s recipe for success:

  • Keep it simple.
  • Get the basics right – have firm timelines; identify who is accountable and when things are due; don’t let things slide.
  • Get people working together.
  • Have courage! Get to the heart of the matter. Address issues as they arise.
  • Time is short. We don’t have the luxury to waste it. There is so much to be achieved.

She concluded her presentation by saying – ‘It’s all about the people. It’s about making things happen and making things progress.’ Dame Margaret has certainly done that – and continues to do so.

The Canterbury Branch’s first SME Special Interest Group meeting was held this month at EPIC. It featured Brendan Sullivan of online marketing agency Conversion Foundry. Brendan spoke as an experienced tech business owner. He made the point that Google’s search rules have gone through significant change and are continuing to evolve – websites that were adequate several years ago now face significant threats and opportunities. An aspect of good governance is ensuring that a company’s ICT is serving its purpose.


Dr William Whittaker, CEO of the Institute of Directors, gave a presentation in Canterbury outlining how the Chartered Director programme would affect members. This programme is designed to transition the IoD from a membership organisation into a professional body. It aims to offer members meaningful recognition for their experience and expertise and to provide the market assurance of the quality of IoD members. View more details.

Mayor Lianne  Dalziel updated a large crowd of new and old members on her vision for Christchurch with her state of the City address. There were plenty of questions from the audience covering topics of interest to the younger and older generation.

She outlined the Council’s priorities for 2014:

  • A timeline to give residents certainty
  • Clarifying and stabilising the city’s financial situation and insurance settlement
  • Developing a city wide recovery plan that connects the central city and the Residential Red Zone to the rest of the city
  • Housing – we have a problem
  • Dealing with stress
  • Ensuring the Council’s planning and works programmes relating to the recovery are directly informed by the principles underpinning the Resilient Cities Network
  • Laying down transitional arrangements for post the CERA Act

It was a good humoured and insightful meeting enjoyed by all.