Aspiring Director Award

The Award, not intended for recognised long-term directors, is open to Nelson Marlborough branch members and intending members of the Institute of Directors. This Award is open for nominations every two years.

2016 Nelson Marlborough Aspiring Director Award

Mike BrownA New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Customer manager responsible for supporting business at the top of the South Island grow, is the 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Nelson Marlborough Branch Aspiring Director Award winner.

Richmond’s Mike Brown was recognised as an aspiring talent in governance at an IoD Nelson Marlborough Branch function on 30 November.

IoD Nelson Marlborough Branch Chairman Sarah-Jane Weir says the judges were impressed by Mr Brown’s passion to supporting the region’s economic development, and desire to build his governance skill and knowledge. Read more.


About the Award

The Nelson Marlborough Aspiring Director Award is kindly sponsored by Duncan Cotterill.

The Award, not intended for recognised long-term directors, is open to Nelson Marlborough branch members and intending members of the Institute of Directors. The Award is open for applicants every two years. Applicants will be committed to the discipline of good governance, be actively seeking directorship appointments and have already taken steps to advance their governance career. 

The Award, at the discretion of the Nelson Marlborough Branch Committee, will be granted to the applicant, who in the view of the judging panel, most clearly evidences the potential to develop as a director and demonstrates merit in terms of the following criteria:

  • demonstrates a commitment to and a sound understanding of governance principles and the meaning of good governance
  • is not yet widely recognised as a director 
  • displays the professional experience and abilities that would be useful to a board
  • has taken personal steps to advance a directorship career
  • has had some governance experience, for example with a community organisation or at a senior management level interacting with a board 
  • has had some experience at a senior management level with governance exposure
  • is committed to the development of the Nelson Marlborough business community, including both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors
  • demonstrates a commitment to developing a career in governance.

Applications for 2016 are now closed

The winner will be announced at our AGM and annual dinner on 30 November 2016.

Past winners

2014 - Dave Ashcroft named Aspiring Director

The Nelson Marlborough branch of the Institute of Directors has named Dave Ashcroft the winner of its Aspiring Director Award.

A chartered accountant, Dave is currently the Finance and Business Support Manager at the Cawthron Institute.  Prior to this, he held CFO positions at Cawthron and at Australian firm Petuna. He has been a director of the inaugural board of Food Innovation Australia Ltd, and was recently appointed to the board of Age Concern in Nelson.


2013 - Marina Hirst-Tristram wins Aspiring Director Award

Marina Hirst-Tristram has been awarded the 2013 Duncan Cotterill Nelson Marlborough Aspiring Director Award. Selected from an exceptional group of applicants, Marina impressed the selection committee with her career experience, business skills and understanding of governance. Marina is currently Executive Director - Operations and Marketing Manager at Tasman Bay Food Group and is actively involved in a number of governance roles in the region. While Marina already has considerable practical experience in governance, she sees the Aspiring Director Award as a springboard for her to perform at her best on any board and for any business or organisation. 

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