Emerging Director Award  

The Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand applications for the 2016 Emerging Director Award has now closed. 

2016 Emerging Director Award

Emerging Director Award

No amount of training is enough for the 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director Award winner. Statistics Professor Richard Barker was recognised as an emerging talent in governance at an event in Dunedin on 28 July. Institute of Directors Otago Southland Branch Chair Geoff Thomas says the judges were impressed by Professor Barker’s commitment to developing his governance abilities and career. Read more


About the Award

  • Are you engaged on a directorship path and aspire to enhance your governance career?
  • Can you demonstrate a commitment to career development and a high level of integrity?
  • Are you committed to development of governance abilities and roles?

Benefits include:

  • $1,500 towards an IoD director development course of your choice
  • complimentary membership of the IoD for one year
  • complimentary attendance at four Otago Southland branch events where members can learn and share their experiences
  • mentoring with an experienced director

Applications for 2016 are now closed

The Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand applications for the 2016 Emerging Director Award has now closed. The Winner will be announced and presented on 28 July 2016.


Past winners

2015 winner – Richard Thomas

Business champion Richard Thomas becomes the first Queenstown recipient of the Institute of Directors’ Otago Southland Emerging Director Award.

The Skyline Enterprises Ltd director and Queenstown Chamber of Commerce deputy chair was recognised as an emerging talent in governance in a ceremony at Queenstown Resort College last night.

Institute of Directors Otago Southland branch committee member Pat Heslin says judges were impressed by Mr Thomas’ strategic focus and dedication to the economic development of the region.

“Richard stood out as someone with a deep and diverse skillset,” he said. “He recognises good governance as being the foundation of great organisations, and has a real drive to grow his capability as a director.”

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2014 winner – Clare Kearney

Clare Kearney

Clare says that it was her time on a school board of trustees that piqued her interest in governance.

“I’m very curious about how organisations work. In the first instance, it was that, and wanting to make a contribution to the organisation.” She found many of the skills perfected as a farm consultant – robust discussion, negotiation, long-term strategic thinking – were transferable to the board table.

Today, she chairs Network Waitaki and Sport Otago. Her win has seen her complete two Boards in Action workshops - Advanced Health and Safety and Leadership from the Boardroom. She admits that she needed some encouragement to apply, and credits Waitaki Power Trust chair Dr Helen Brooks with giving her the prod she needed. “I felt that I still had a long way to go before I felt that I was up to what I believe was the standard for that award - there have been amazing recipients in the past.”

She got the call while supporting her daughter, a rower in the New Zealand Under-23 team, at the World Championships in Italy. With the rowers going on to win silver in their event and top the medal table overall, Clare says it was a great day all round.


The Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) has announced Clare Kearney as the winner of its 2014 Aspiring Director Award.

Otago Southland Branch Chair Geoff Thomas was impressed with the effort Clare put into developing herself for board roles. 

“Clare brings a strong suite of skills to the board table, developed through a conscious focus on governance. Not only has she undertaken mentoring and professional development, but she has also gained practical experience in the boardroom.” 

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2013

Geoff Thomas and Tony AllisonThe CEO of Dunedin’s Night’n Day Foodstores Ltd, Mr Tony Allison, has been awarded the Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors’ (IoD’s) 2013 Aspiring Director Award.

The selection committee was impressed with the effort Mr Allison has put into developing himself for board roles, including progressing his managerial career, completing the IoD’s Governance Development Programme, and undertaking a governance role in a not-for-profit organisation.

Mr Allison currently holds board positions with Southern Teamco (2008) Ltd, AA Cleaners (Otago) Ltd, and in November 2012 he was appointed to the board of City Forests Ltd. Read more


2012

Recently elected director of Alliance Group Ltd (Alliance), Mrs Dawn Sangster, has been awarded the Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors’ 2012 aspiring director award. The selection committee was impressed with the effort and approach Mrs Sangster took during the time leading up to her election to the Alliance board, particularly the thorough due-diligence process she undertook and the effort she put into reaching the shareholders of that company.

Mrs Sangster also holds board positions with the NZ Mohair Board, Central South Island Farmers’ Council, John McGlashan College, Maniototo Community Trust, Maniototo Area School, and GlenAyr Ltd.