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.