2018 winner - Desiree Williams
Desiree Williams has been announced as the winner of the Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors’ (IoD’s) Emerging Director Award.
The IoD award recognises newly engaged directors who demonstrate a strong commitment to developing governance capability and helping to contribute to driving well-governed organisations in New Zealand.
Desiree, a qualified barrister and solicitor and qualified mediator, is currently the CEO of the Malcam Charitable Trust and is Chair of Te Hou Ora Whanau Services. She is also a Trustee for the Four Trades Trust. Desiree has held earlier governance roles with Community Law Centres Aoteoroa and with Te Whare Pounamu Women’s Refuge.
Desiree’s passion lies in championing the rights and responsibilities of people particularly for sometimes overlooked communities such as the elderly, youth and Māori.
2017 winner - Jeffrey Broughton
His attitude to planning and commitment to developing his governance career elevated Jeffrey Broughton above the competition to receive the 2017 Institute of Directors Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director Award.
The 35 year old manager for Deloitte said in his application, his priority was building long lasting relationships and focusing on ensuring boards had robust governance frameworks to facilitate strategic discussions.
The Institute of Directors Otago Southland Branch Chairman Geoff Thomas CFInstD, says the judges were impressed by Broughton’s commitment to developing his governance abilities and career.
“Jeffrey stood out as someone with a strong commitment to proactive professional development and understood the importance of lifelong learning. He recognises good governance as being the foundation of great organisations, and has a real drive to grow his capability as a director.”
2016 winner - Professor Richard Barker
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.
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 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.”
The 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
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.