Emerging 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 applications every two years.

Our 2018 Emerging Director Award winner

Manoli Aerakis has been recognised as a talented emerging director by the Nelson Marlborough branch of the Institute of Directors.

Manoli, who is managing director of Malloch McClean Tasman, has been a member of the Directors’ Institute since 2013.

He was announced winner of the 2018 Duncan Cotterill Emerging Director Award at a special branch function in Nelson on 28 August.

Manoli currently serves on the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Board and works alongside the Ngati Apa ki te Ra to Trust board and group of companies. He was previously on the board of the Nelson SPCA.

IoD Nelson Marlborough Emerging Director Award judges John Palmer, Ed Johnson and Julie Baxendine said they were impressed by Manoli’s high energy, passion for strategy, recognition of the importance of culture, clear focus and understanding of risk.

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Manoli Aerakis

2018 Duncan Cotterill Emerging Director Award

The Nelson Marlborough branch of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand is inviting applications for its 2018 Duncan Cotterill Emerging Director Award.


You must:

  • Be a member or intend to become a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand
  • Have the right to live and work in New Zealand
  • Have never been disqualified as a company director
  • Be currently seeking board appointments (ie it is not something that you are looking to do in the future)
  • Have at least three years’ experience in a senior management role in either the commercial sector, public sector, as a professional business advisor or from growing your own business
  • Have at least 12 months experience of boardroom practice as either a director/trustee or working closely with or reporting to a board

Judging criteria

The award will be granted to the applicant who most clearly demonstrates to the judging panel their potential to develop as a director and shows they have:

  • A good understanding of and commitment to the principles of good governance
  • Professional experience and abilities that would be useful to a board
  • Taken steps to advance a directorship career

They will not yet be widely recognised as a director.

The winner receives

  • $1000 towards an IoD Director Development course of your choice to be taken within 12 months of receiving the Award
  • One year’s complimentary IoD membership
  • A director internship with a local board for 6-12 months
  • Two-six  mentoring sessions with an experienced director
  • Four complimentary attendance vouchers to Nelson Marlborough branch functions (including the Annual Christmas Dinner) for the 12 months following the Award
  • Air New Zealand travel to the value of $500
  • Invitation to speak at the award presentation

All shortlisted applicants will receive judging feedback.

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Past winners

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.

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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