Otago Southland Branch

Otago Southland Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Otago Southland Branch Committee

  • Geoff Thomas LLB, CFInstD

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    Geoff is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and chair of the IoD’s Otago Southland Branch Committee. Geoff is chair of Dunedin Casinos Limited, Taieri Gorge Railway Limited, Larnach Castle Limited, Otago Chapter of the Property Council of New Zealand, and Principals Advice and Support Limited, a director of Fund Managers Holdings Limited and a Trustee of Otago Third Age Trust. 

  • Kathryn Ball BCom, FCA, CMInstD

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    Kathryn is a self employed consultant, principally to McIntyre Dick & Partners Ltd, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, based in Invercargill, where she was a partner/principal for around 20 years. She remains part of the MDP tax specialist team and also provides business advice to a wide range of clients. Kathryn is a director of SBS Bank, a position she has held since 2006 and she chairs the bank’s Audit & Risk Committee. She is also a director of Stadium Southland Ltd. Kathryn served for a number of years as a Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Councillor, chairing the Audit & Finance Committee and serving a period as deputy chair. She was involved with SIT at the time the innovative “Zero Fees” scheme was introduced.  

  • Duncan Fea CFInstD

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    Duncan is a Queenstown based Chartered Accountant who has strong links across the Central Otago and Southland areas. He has particular expertise in advisory, strategic planning, and business acquisitions and sales. As well as his busy accountancy role, Duncan has considerable governance experience. His earlier board roles include Pioneer Generation Ltd, Queenstown Airport Ltd, and Goldfields Jet Ltd. Duncan’s current governance roles are with PowerNet Ltd, The Power Company Ltd, OtagoNet JV, Southern Generation LP and the Walker Group of Engineering Companies. Duncan has held the latter role for many years, working closely with the late Bill Walker since 1985. Focused to seek continuous improvement, Duncan completed the week-long Company Directors’ Course in 2012 and has since completed courses on Audit and Risk Committees as well as three Boards in Action courses, including ‘Leadership in the Boardroom’. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the branch.

  • Alan Harper LLB, BCom, CFInstD

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    Alan is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and has been a partner in the legal practice of AWS Legal and its predecessors in excess of 30 years. Raised and educated in Dunedin, he relocated to Invercargill in 1979 and to support the majority of his legal practice shifted permanently to Queenstown in 2004. Alan chairs and is a director of a number of private companies. His past directorships include The Power Company Limited (chair), Powernet Limited, Otagonet Joint Venture (member of governing committee), Lawlink Group Limited (Chair), AWS Legal Board, the Highlanders Super franchise and other companies in the finance and construction industries.

  • Stuart McLauchlan BCom, FCA, CFInstD

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    Stuart is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and a past President. He is a chartered accountant, partner of GS McLauchlan & Co, and a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is currently chairman of Scott Technology Ltd, UDC Finance Ltd and Dunedin International Airport Ltd, as well as being a director of Ngai Tahu Tourism Ltd, Argosy Property Ltd and a number of private companies. He is also governor of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Tony Allison, CMInstD

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    Tony is a Chartered Member of the IoD, has been a member since 2010 and in 2013 he won the Otago Southland branch Aspiring Director award. Tony is CEO of Night ‘n Day Foodstores and a director on City Forests Ltd, Dunedin International Airport Ltd, Delta Utility Services Ltd and the Smith City Group Ltd. Tony is a Chartered Accountant and chairs the Audit and Risk Committees for the boards he is on.    



  • Dr Anna Campbell BScHons, PhD, MInstD

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    Anna has been a member of the Otago Southland Institute of Directors since 2011. She is the Managing Director of AbacusBio Ltd, a Director of Otago Innovation Ltd, Genomics  Aotearoa and the Otago Cricket Association and a Trustee of Otago Boys’ High School.

  • Kathy Grant CFInstD

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    Kathy has wide legal experience having taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago and been in practice at Gallaway Cook Allan for the last 20 years. She has had extensive experience in the governance of educational institutions having previously chaired the Dunedin College of Education, served on the University of Otago Council and currently chairs the Otago Polytechnic Council. Kathy also has significant governance experience in the commercial sector as a current member of the boards of Dunedin City Holdings Limited and Dunedin City Treasury Limited. She is Commissioner of the Southern District Health Board and she also sits on a number of boards in the not-for profit sector. Kathy has been a member of the Institute of Directors since 2009 and she delivers locally led sessions of the Dunedin Governance Development Programme.

  • Pat Heslin BCom, FCA, CMInstD

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    Pat was a partner of Deloitte for 30 years working with a number of boards and audit committees of listed companies, other issuers, private companies and public sector entities.

    He is now a director and independent consultant based in Dunedin.

    Pat is a director of Port Otago Limited and Forsyth Barr Custodians Limited. He is also financial adviser to a number of private companies and provides expert litigation support services to the legal profession.

    He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a former chairman of the Otago branch committee of that organisation.

    Pat is a Chartered Member with IOD and has been on the Otago Southland Branch committee since 1997.

  • Trish Oakley MInstD

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    Trish joined Forsyth Barr Ltd in March 2000 where she is Head of Summer (Forsyth Barr’s KiwiSaver scheme). Trish has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked in the banking sector in a variety of management positions. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago and completed our Governance Development Programme in 2012. Trish is a former Chairperson of Tourism Dunedin. She is a director of Dunedin International Airport Ltd, a trustee of the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust and a Councillor of the University of Otago. Trish is a director of University of Otago Foundation Studies Limited along with being a member of the Otago Southland IoD Branch Committee.