Recent presentations

Summaries and photos of recent branch events are detailed below.

2017 presentations

February

On 8 February in Nelson local member and experienced director, Mike Glover, shared with us the lessons he learnt following the national recall of Fruzio frozen berries in December 2015.


We were very fortunate to have Sir Maarten Wevers present to us in Marlborough on 15 February. Sir Maarten is Chair of EQC and he talked about his governance perspective on planning and responding to natural disasters.

March

A great turnout on 7 March in Nelson to hear experienced director and businessman John Ryder give an excellent presentation on the essential fundamentals of business.

2016 presentations

November

We had a great end of year celebration at our AGM and annual dinner on 30 November. Our thanks to our guest speaker, Sir Rob Fenwick, for such an insightful and thought provoking presentation.

November
We held an evening function in Nelson on 10 November where Darren Mark and Andrew Smith from Crowe Horwath explored some of the challenges involved with governing family businesses. We were fortunate also to have Scott Gibbons share his thoughts and experiences on governing his successful family business.

October

We were very fortunate to have Dr Kirstin Ferguson, an international industry expert on health and safety, presenting at a function held in conjunction with Port Nelson and the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum. Kirstin shared her PhD research into safety governance and safety leadership, as well as her direct experience as a non-executive director of some of Australia’s largest organisations, and discussed how boards can drive safety performance beyond merely ensuring compliance with relevant legislation. 
Read Dr Kirstin Ferguson's presentation here

September

We had a great lunch function in Nelson on 28 September with Paul Bell from Intepeople giving a highly informative talk on talent and people management.

August

We had a branch function in Blenheim yesterday with a record turn-out of members attending.  Grant Rosewarne and Paul Steere from New Zealand King Salmon were our guest speakers.  They talked about strategy setting at a board level. Grant Rosewarne spoke in depth about New Zealand King Salmon’s approach to strategy; including explaining how the board and executive interrelate on strategy and how management develops strategy and then aligns everyone in the company to support the strategy.



We held an evening function in Nelson on 2 August with Steve Hills from Marsh presenting on the burning risk issues that businesses across New Zealand are facing today. Steve gave a highly informative and expert presentation on the changing landscape of insurance in New Zealand and discussed the economic, environmental, technological, societal and geopolitical risks businesses are facing both nationally and globally.

July

Another record turn-out in Nelson today for the H&S roadshow. Felicity Caird, Francois Barton and Martin Byrne (CEO, Port Nelson) all contributed to this joint session with the Institute of Directors and the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum where the role of directors and CEOs in monitoring health and safety performance was discussed and explored.

May

We had a lunch function in Nelson today with Tony Carter as the guest speaker. Tony spoke about his experiences as a professional director and shared a number of lessons that he has learnt over the years, including the importance of transparency and openness between management and the board; not giving people a hard time for bringing bad news to the table and never being afraid to speak up if you aren’t comfortable with the decision making.


We had a lunch function in Blenheim yesterday on drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Steve Williams, GM of The Drug Detection Agency in the Nelson Marlborough region, talked about directors’ obligations under the new Health and Safety legislation. Grant Rosewarne (CEO, NZ King Salmon), Jane Hunter (Managing Director, Hunter's Wines) and Phil Robinson (Managing Director, Robinson Construction) also shared their thoughts, experiences and organisations’ approaches to the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol within their organisations.

April

We had a lunch function in Nelson yesterday with Mark Waller as the guest speaker. Mark told us the inside story of how EBOS has grown into the company it is today. He concluded by sharing 15 points he has learned from his 30 years’ experience in the business including: remembering that business is about the people; you need to be bold, make sure you provide for a “rainy day fund”, and to have fun.

March

22 March - Presentation by guest speaker Nicky Hyslop

February

25 February - Emerging trends for directors in 2016
Simon Arcus, CEO of IoD, and Liz Coutts, Vice President of IoD National Council, joined the Nelson Branch to discuss the emerging trends for directors in 2016. Liz Coutts shared her thoughts and experiences on the topics with our members. We had a great turn out and the event went really well.


16 February - Family governance and succession planning
We held our first function for the year in Marlborough which was co-hosted in conjunction with our local sponsors, Crowe Horwath. The topic was family governance and succession planning. Darren Mark and Andrew Smith from Crowe Horwath discussed the challenges involved in family governance and shared some advice on how to navigate through the process. Hamish Thomas from Thomas's department store and Peter Clark from Clark Estate also briefly shared with us their thoughts and experiences on governing a family business.

2015 presentations

December


Thursday 3 December
We held our AGM and annual dinner with Sir Peter Talley as our guest speaker. It was a great evening with about 100 guests. Peter spoke about “The Changing World of Business”. He explained how whole sections of economic life are now moving at an entirely different rhythm and an entirely different pace, with much of this new economic life shattering the old costly structures that have existed and flourished in the last 30 years. In his view the biggest problem faced by business today is the disruptive impact of new technology.


October

Tuesday 27 October
Former Mayor of Wellington and experienced director, Kerry Prendergast, spoke about her experiences with chairing boards and gave us some practical advice on how to be an effective and successful chair.



Tuesday 13 October
Steve Williams, GM of the TDDA in the Nelson Marlborough region, talked to our members about directors’ obligations under the proposed new Health and Safety legislation. He focussed on drug and alcohol use and misuse and provided advice on available services and practical solutions. A panel of three local speakers (Martin Byrne, CEO Port Nelson; George McMahon, GM Manufacturing, Nelson Pine Industries; and Lee Babe, CEO Nelmac) also shared their thoughts, experiences and organisations’ approaches to the issues surrounding drugs and alcohol within their organisations.



September

Tuesday 15 September

Craig Richardson, CEO of Wynyard Group was the guest speaker. He shared his views on the crime shift the world is witnessing, the evolution of our technology sector and why all New Zealand directors should be concerned about cybercrime. He told us that cybercrime is a board and executive risk management issue that cannot be avoided and that boards need a dynamic risk management model in place.

 

August

Thursday 13 August 2015

Tania Palmer from Contact Energy was our guest speaker. She spoke about Contact’s cultural journey to zero harm, advancing safety to a Generative place – where care, empathy, two-way trust, great safety leadership and empowerment are all building blocks alongside great safety practices and strong safety defences.
 

July

Rural governance made easy
Chris Garland was our guest speaker. His topic was “Rural governance made easy”. He spoke about his many years’ experiences in rural governance and concluded that it was important that you really understand the business that you are governing and that you recognise its needs will change and evolve over time. He advised us to keep governance simple, to ensure that we contribute to discipline and professionalism within the business and that we focus on outcomes, not process.

 

June

On 25 June the Nelson Marlborough branch, in conjunction with their co-sponsors Crowe Horwath, held a panel discussion on the challenges, pitfalls and satisfaction of not-for-profit governance. Our three panellists, Paul Steere, Simon Danson and Sarah-Jane Weir shared their experiences and thoughts on working with not-for-profits and the audience enjoyed the opportunity to question the panellists and discuss their thoughts and issues with each other.



May

On 20 May Chris Kelly, Chancellor of Massey University, spoke in Nelson about opportunities and governance in the agricultural sector.  He shared his views on corporate governance and governance beyond the farm gate; including why he thought large scale farms can gain significant value from independent directors and chairs and that he believed directors should be appointed on a competency based framework.
 



On 19 May Lesley Kennedy spoke in Marlborough about first boards. She explained her business background; how she went about setting up her first board; and the value of good governance in helping her business grow and evolve.

 

April

On 28 April 2015 Mr Brad Dunstan from the NZ Super Fund spoke in Nelson about the future of funding NZ’s ageing society. He explained what the NZ Super Fund is, why it exists, its structure and how it invests. He concluded that the Fund exists to smooth the burden for future tax payers; it has a simple disciplined transparent framework that is the key to achieving its goals; and its performance has been good and represents value to tax payers.

 


March
On 12 March the Hon. Ruth Richardson spoke in Nelson about the fast changing platform for performance. She urged us to challenge the traditional business models; to think “outside the box”; and to be bold and daring in the quest to lift business performance. She told us that the success of the NZ economy comes down to the quality of our public policy, business performance and human talent.
 

 

February

On 19 February the Nelson Marlborough branch held its first lunch function for the year in Marlborough. Our guest speaker was Murray Sherwin, Chair of the NZ Productivity Commission. Murray explained that the NZ Productivity Commission was an independent Crown entity that carries out productivity related research, inquiry reports and promotes understanding of productivity related issues. In particular, Murray spoke about what productivity is, why it matters, and NZ’s “productivity conundrum”.  He concluded that productivity does matter as it shapes our living standards; that being a small and geographically isolated country makes a big difference to how we progress; and that the real trick was to work out our strengths and weaknesses so that we can play to our strengths.  



Simon Arcus, Acting CEO of the IoD and Manager of the IoD Governance Learning Centre, spoke at a Nelson Marlborough branch function on 17 February in Nelson. Simon spoke about the governance issues on the horizon for 2015 as well as trends picked up through the international research the IoD is now undertaking. Dr Lisa Docherty, the IoD’s registrar also outlined the Chartered Member pathway and discussed the continuing professional development requirements.

2014 presentations

November


On 27 November 2014 the Nelson Marlborough branch held its AGM and annual dinner. Our guest speaker, political journalist Barry Soper, gave a very entertaining talk about his career in journalism including the recent election and the eight Prime Ministers he has worked with during his career.



Professional company director, Sue Sheldon, spoke to us about how to make successful board appointments. Drawing on some recent case studies and her own experiences, she explained how you should think about the skills your company needs, how you can find the right people for your board, the importance of diversity on boards and the benefits of independents.

October


Dr Deb Shepherd, senior lecturer at the University of Auckland and founding faculty member of The ICEHOUSE Growth programmes, spoke at a Nelson Marlborough branch function on 30 October 2014 in Blenheim. Deb led an interactive discussion about SME’s and in particular she spoke about the value good advice and governance can give SME’s, and how SME’s can work towards getting their first boards in place.
 



Shamubeel Eaqub, principal economist at NZIER, spoke at a Nelson Marlborough branch function on 7 October 2014. Shamubeel shared his views on the economic, political and policy landscape. He spoke about how the economy was still in a state of economic recovery but this had been uneven across sector; the biggest risks to the economy in the future were geopolitical; technology, urbanisation, global change and an ageing population were all things businesses needed to give thought to; and the new government now has the opportunity to make some big structural policy changes.

September
Kirsty Trolove Sue WatmoughAng Wilson Peter Tolan Sarah Wheldale

On 17 September the Nelson Marlborough branch held a lunch function in Blenheim for the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum Contractor Initiative. Guest speakers Julian Hughes (Zeroharm Workplaces) and Felicity Caird (Institute of Directors) spoke about the changes to our health and safety legislation, why people in leadership positions have a vital role to play in keeping our workplaces safe, and the types of things directors can do to create safe workplaces. Kelvin Deaker (Marlborough Lines) spoke about his organisation’s health and safety processes and experiences.



Melissa Clark-Reynolds spoke at a Nelson Marlborough lunch function on 3 September in Nelson. Melissa spoke about her entrepreneurial background, focusing in particular on her experiences with MiniMonos, the virtual world she created for boys aged 8-12 years old. She talked about the lessons she has learnt from the difficult decision she made to close the website down which includes making sure your business model is right, considering whether the market or technology has moved on, considering whether there is a better use for your capital and time; and ensuring you have the right team in place.

August


Murray Sherwin, Chair of the NZ Productivity Commission, spoke at a Nelson Marlborough Branch lunch function on 13 August 2014. Murray explained that the NZ Productivity Commission was an independent Crown entity that carries out productivity related research, inquiry reports and promotes understanding of productivity related issues. In particular, Murray spoke about what productivity is, why it matters and why NZ has most of the essential ingredients to support a high productivity society, and yet still lags behind Australia and other similar OECD countries.

June


The Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum Contractor Initiative - The Leadership Challenge was held in Nelson on 24 June 2014. This important initiative aims to help reduce workplace deaths and injuries among New Zealand contractors.

The Nelson Marlborough branch, in conjunction with their sponsors Crowe Horwath, held a cocktail function and panel discussion on 11 June. The discussion was facilitated by Jane Huria, and panellists Rob Williams, Marina Hirst-Tristram and Mike Glover drew on their own governance experiences to contribute to a lively discussion about the relationship between boards and management.

May
Alan Young, Lou Miller, Bob MajorDomenic Romano and Martin Hall

Experienced director, Bob Major, talked to us about his governance experiences in the wine and dairy industries, both in NZ and Asia. In particular he gave us an overview of a number of different joint ventures he had been involved in and explained why some were successful, while others were not. His advice was that, in order for a joint venture to be successful, the parties had to: (1) have a common, clear objective; (2) know what they were each bringing to the table; and (3) have mutual trust and respect for each other.



Well known broadcaster, Peter Williams, was guest speaker in Nelson on 15 May. He spoke about how much the media industry has changed over the last 30 years and how he believes internet is the future of media. He reflected on how relationships between business and the media have evolved and his advice for anyone in the public eye was to always tell the truth, in a way that is easy to understand.

April


John Mendzela was guest speaker at the Nelson Marlborough branch event on 3 April in Nelson. John has spent over 25 years working in central bank governance and management for a wide range of central banks. John gave us an overview of the global financial crisis and its implications for NZ businesses. He stressed that a strategic approach is what matters and in order to make strategic change successful, you need clear directions, agile implementation and to match the right people to outcomes.

28 February - The many roles of a board chairperson


Joe Ferraby is a long standing member of the IoD and has years of experience in chairing companies across a number of different industries. Joe spoke about his experiences as a chairman and in particular the many roles a chairperson has in addition to chairing the board meetings. He advised us that the chairperson was the cornerstone of the board and that to be a good chair we should be well prepared and organised, have a good working relationship with the CEO, deal with any conflicts or issues as early as possible, and stimulate debate in order to get consensus around the table.
 



Rob Campbell – Don’t tell my mother I’m a company director:
Professional director and investor, Rob Campbell, was guest speaker on Tuesday 18 February. He spoke about the pressures on the public reputation of company directors, and the importance of getting the right skills around the board table. Rob challenged us to be the champion of businesses and to focus our effort where it can best contribute to the success of a business.