Recent presentations

Speakers at branch events often make their presentations available for members who would like to view them or were unable to make the event. Presentations, photos and summaries from recent events are detailed below.

2019 presentations

Lessons learnt from a board career

Boards exist to ensure a company is well run and well governed so that shareholder value can be maximised. This can be a challenging role for even the most experienced director, but it can be even more daunting if you are a newer director.  At a lunch in Invercargill in early May Professional Waikato-based director, Graeme Milne, shared with members and guests some of the lessons he had learnt during his 20 year governance journey.

Introducing a commercial work culture into a NFP organisation
Members were hosted by Cargill Enterprises in Dunedin on 1 May.  CEO Geoff Kemp spoke about how introducing a more commercial culture changed Cargill Enterprises’ future.  The evening also included an opportunity to meet with some experienced directors from other NFP organisations – thank you to Susie Johnstone, Julie Pearse and Dr Jenny McMahon for their support.

Remi Galasso
Connecting the Pacific

At a Queenstown lunch event in early April, Remi Galasso (founder and CEO of Hawaiki) outlined the Hawaiki story and the governance issues around getting this Pacific cable project up and running including the hurdles encountered on the way.

John Gallaher
Organisational culture in a special character organisation
John Gallaher, Chair of Mercy Hospital, spoke at a Wanaka lunch event on 29 March, outlining the special character aspects of Mercy Hospital and how these are taken into account and reflected in the governance of Mercy Hospital.

Jocelyn O'Donnell
Governance in a family owned business
At an evening event in Invercargill, Jocelyn O’Donnell, director of HWR Group Ltd shared her insights on governance in a family business, how successfully balancing family dynamics and business strategy can achieve amazing results.

Kyle Murdoch
Branch AGM and site visit to Natural History New Zealand
Following a our Branch AGM in Dunedin early March, Kyle Murdoch (Managing Director of Natural History New Zealand) spoke about governance in a company that has people operating internationally, an overseas owner and a workforce that includes the talents and culture of the millennial generation.

Mark Verbiest
The future of work

Boards have a role in strategic talent management, including oversight of retention, workplace culture and people management, capacity and succession planning.  Boards need to be future focused to anticipate and respond to the changes that are coming. Mark Verbiest discussed his views on the future of work at a breakfast event in Queenstown.

New member luncheon
Our branch committee hosted new members at a luncheon in Dunedin on 19 February.  Committee member Tony Allison spoke about how the IoD has helped him facilitate his governance career.

Alan Harper and Alistair WrightRay Anton & KP
Transitioning to a sustainable world
We were delighted to welcome our Chief Executive, Kirsten Patterson (KP) as speaker at our first event of the year in Dunedin.  Audiences in Queenstown and Invercargill  also joined via video. KP spoke on transitioning to a sustainable world, a key issue for directors in 2019.

2018 presentations

Karen Billinghurst and Tony MillerKate Hesson and Graham CrombieSally McMillian and Susie Johnstone

The branch Christmas event was held in Dunedin on 12 December. Graham Crombie gave an update on Dunedin City Holdings Ltd and Kate Hesson outlined her experience as an intern director of DCHL subsidiary Delta Utility Services Ltd.

Liz Coutts and Sarena GlassQueenstown audienceJo Learmouth and Duncan Fea
Otago Southland branch was delighted to welcome the IoD’s President, Liz Coutts, to a lunch event in Queenstown. Liz spoke about the issues on the horizon for directors to consider during 2019 and she shared knowledge gained from various international conferences she has attended. A good discussion followed.

The Queenstown Governance Development Programme concluded on 4 December and Susan Huria presenting the final session. The course attendees were presented with their certificates and celebrated their successful completion of the course over dinner. 

Locky McGregor, Julia Jones, Duncan McGregorKathryn Ball and Sarah BrownPete Moynihan and Blair Evans

KPMG Farm Specialist, Julia Jones, gave a thought provoking and energetic presentation on the topic “Navigating disruption in governance: balancing risk management with making the most of opportunities”. Julia addressed questions such as What should boards do with the information they receive about the future trends that will impact on their sector in the long-term? How do they incorporate this information into their strategic decision making? At what point does a prediction become something that we should act upon at the board table?

Karen Billinghurst, Anne McLeod and Tim MephamMark Hammer and Laurie SharpGeoff Thomas and Tim Mepham
Laurie Sharp, ASB’s Head of Coaching and Development spoke on “communication – understanding and being understood”. There was excellent feedback from this event that provided a very practical guide on preparing for presentations.

Barbara RobertsonAudienceScott Mason and Ross Buckley

The Branch was grateful that KPMG’s Chair, Ross Buckley, delivered two presentations while in Dunedin on 8 October. He spoke to a full audience about “global megatrends” and about “learnings for directors from recent case studies”. Copies of slides will be available to members soon.

Alan McKenze and Trish OakleyKerry Harper and Owen PooleKP and Susie JohnstoneSusie Johnstone and Robbie Burnside
The annual Fellows’ dinner was held at Carrick Winery in October. This is always an enjoyable evening and provides the opportunity for our Fellow and Distinguished Fellows to renew and extend their networks across the branch. We were delighted that our Chief Executive, Kirsten Patterson, could join us for this event”.

Bron Anderson, Kathy Grant, Eryn JacksonKaren Iremonger, Hilary McGregor, Grant McGregorRicky Bennett and Mayor Tim Shadbolt
Kathy Grant in Queenstown spoke on the topic “how boards lead culture” repeating a presentation she had given in Dunedin during July. A group of around 50 members and guests attended. 

Anna Campbell and John GallaherAudience Rebecca Twemlow and Judy Bevin
Otago Southland members met at Mercy Hospital Dunedin where chair, John Gallaher, and Chief Executive, Richard Whitney, outlined the unique aspects of organisational culture in a special character environment. This was a stand-out event and very well attended by members. 

Jeff Walker and Bill MoranAudience
At our Invercargill lunch event Bill Moran discussed the competing interests of shareholders and stakeholders and which interests directors should take into account when governing organisations.

Julie Perry, Giselle McLachlan, Barry Thomas, Acton SmithAudience Ian Farrant and Richard Lauder
Richard Lauder, Chief Executive of Real Journeys spoke at our Wanaka lunch, outlining Real Journey’s story and how he sees culture as a driver for success in the tourism industry. 


On 20 August our Governance Wisdom Breakfast was held to provide new and aspiring directors the opportunity to meet local experienced directors and discuss governance and directing. 

Geoff Thomas and Desiree WilliamsRob Douglas, Tony Allison, Helen HansenSophie McSkimming and Dr Alex Tickle

Kathy Grant presented on how boards lead corporate culture. The 2018 Emerging Director Award was presented to Desiree Williams in Dunedin at this event.

Nicole Rosie, Chief Executive at WorkSafe New Zealand, spoke at events in each of Invercargill, Queenstown and Dunedin during late June. Her presentation was around understanding and managing critical health and safety risks.

AudienceJohn Gallaher and Trevor McIntyre

In May Otago Southland Branch held a site visit event at TracPlus during Techweek. Chair of TracPlus, John Gallaher, outlined the governance issues associated with a high growth tech company and Chief Executive, Trevor McIntyre, outlined the story of TracPlus and its plans for the future.

On 16 May, Otago Southland branch held a dinner for its Chartered Members and Chartered Fellows. The speaker was Dr Helen Anderson QSO on the topic Breaking into the boardroom – how a seismologist cracked it.

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Joan Withers presented at a lunch event in Queenstown on 30 April on the topic Why governance is better than it has ever been. Joan delivered a thought provoking presentation to a very well attended event.


Miriam Dean CNZM QC, spoke to a Wanaka lunch event in March on ‘governance, my most enjoyable work’. Miriam engaged in an interview style presentation, led by Giselle McLachlan, and outlined the development of her own governance career as well as some of the rewards and challenges along the way.

March also saw the Otago Southland AGM event at which Bill Bayis was presented with a Distinguished Fellowship of the IoD. Paul Allison was the guest speaker on ‘engaging your stakeholders – what matters in governance of sport?’.

In March, Julia Hoare spoke at a Queenstown lunch event. Julia is a director of the A2 Milk Company Ltd and she spoke about that Company’s growth and about engaging stakeholders during rapid growth.


Chair of AgResearch, Jeff Grant, spoke at a lunch event in Invercargill in February on the topic “board dynamics and engaging with your stakeholders”.

Tahu Potiki, who represents the people of Otakou to Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, the governance entity for the Ngai Tahu tribe, spoke at our first event for the year on the topic "why is Iwi governance different". This event was held live in Dunedin and by video to simultaneous events in Invercargill and Queenstown. Tahu's presentation was very well received and sparked considerable discussion about how boards balance their commercial and social objectives.

Also in February, a group of 30 new members gathered in Dunedin to hear about the IoD and to receive a presentation by Tony Allison about how the Institute of Directors has helped him facilitate his governance career. It was great to meet and welcome our new members.

2017 presentations


Dunedin. Dr John Penno, co-founder, CEO, and Managing Director of Synlait Group, spoke at the Christmas function on the topic “boards adding export value for the business and growing the New Zealand economy”.


Otago Southland Fellows and their partners attended the annual Fellows’ dinner at Carrick Winery, Bannockburn. We were delighted to welcome the IoD’s President, Liz Coutts, and her husband Roger along to the event.

Stuart McLauchlan, Chair of Scott Technology, and Rob Hewett, Chair of Silver Fern Farms Ltd, spoke at a Dunedin event on the topic “Board dynamics when an overseas investor takes a seat at the table”.


At an event in Queenstown in October, Paul Brainerd outlined the challenges and opportunities of creating a “triple bottom-line” business from scratch. Paul and his wife Debbi purchased the Glenorchy Holiday Park and Campground in 2014. Engaging the local community in a planning process has led to what is now known as The Headwaters.

Our October event in Dunedin was on the topic “Business beyond the bottom line”. Lani Evans and Casey Davies- Bell presented on outline how some local organisations are taking up the challenge to champion sustainability in their organisations. The session included a presentation by Felicity Caird on the IoD’s recently updated Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice for New Zealand Directors that has a new section on sustainability.


Alliance Group Ltd Director, Vanessa Stoddart, spoke at our September event in Invercargill on the topic “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together”.

At the annual Governance Wisdom Breakfast, experienced directors met with new and aspiring directors and worked through a case study. The session was facilitated by Graham Crombie and we were delighted to welcome along members of the Dunedin Young Professionals Group to this event.

A panel comprising Dr Jenny McMahon, Steve Silvey, and Simon Berry presented on the topic of “First Boards – working on the business vs in the business”. Simon spoke about the experience of a family business that has appointed independent directors and an independent board chair, Jenny outlined what it is like for a director sitting on a first board, and Steve talked about the decision process business owners go through when considering whether the time is right to establish a board and how to go about it.


At a very well attended lunch in Queenstown at the end of August, a high calibre panel of presenters spoke on the topic “Working together: the board’s key to success”. The panel comprised Mayor Jim Boult, Justine Smyth and Alison Gerry.

We were delighted to welcome Suzanne Snively, Chair of Transparency International New Zealand, to present at a lunch event in August. Suzanne spoke on the topic of freedom from corruption, a national treasure in New Zealand and what you can do to protect it.

View Suzanne's presentation:
Good Governance: Preventing Corruption, Protecting Integrity and Prosperity

Otago Southland branch welcomed Rt Hon Bill English, Prime Minister, to present to members at a breakfast event in early August. The Prime Minister spoke about his present views on the challenges and opportunities facing New Zealand in the future – both globally and locally.


Our July event was held live in Dunedin and by video to simultaneous events at venues in Queenstown and Invercargill. The winner of the Emerging Director Award was announced and Lauren Semple spoke on the topic “is any governance role a good role?”.


An evening event was held on 6 June at Dunedin International Airport where CEO Richard Roberts delivered an energetic presentation on organisational culture. 


A luncheon was held on 22 May in Wanaka and the IoD’s President, Michael Stiassny, spoke on the topic “Dilemma of a director in 2017: what keeps you awake?” Michael delivered a thought provoking presentation that scanned the horizon to consider a range of emerging issues for directors. He challenged directors to test to see if they are doing their job - developing and driving strategy in a rapidly changing environment.

Otago Southland branch hosted a panel event on 15 May on ‘health and safety: tips for directors’. This was a practical presentation and sharing of experience, and the audience heard about some recent cases and many took away tips to apply at their next board meeting.

If you are interested in learning more, the Advanced Health and Safety course is being held in Dunedin, 10 August. Click the link below.

Advanced Health and Safety Governance


At a breakfast function in Dunedin on 4 April IoD’s Governance Leadership Centre Manager, Felicity Caird, spoke on artificial intelligence and digital leadership.

On 4 April a panel presentation was held in Invercargill discussing how good governance can contribute to the success of our schools. 


An evening event was held in Queenstown on 21 March with Chief Executive of Queenstown Airport presenting on the role of the board in infrastructure planning. Mr Michael Walker was presented with a Chartered Membership certificate at the event.

The Branch AGM was held on 15 March at an event in Dunedin. Following the formal part of the evening, ASB’s Chief Risk Officer, Kevin McDonald, presented on the topic “Digital Risk – everyone is talking about it but what are you doing”. Kevin provided a framework around which Directors might consider digital risk in their organisations. Representatives from Scott Technology Ltd and Delta Utility Services Ltd outlined some of the types of digital risks they encounter and how they manage these.


Otago Southland branch met for its first event of 2017 on 8 February with over 100 attending an event that was held live in Dunedin and by video to simultaneous events in Queenstown and Invercargill. The speaker was Ryman Healthcare’s Chair, Dr David Kerr, on ‘Ryman Healthcare’s success and other governance experiences’.

A new member lunch was held in Dunedin during February. The Branch Chair, Geoff Thomas, presented about the IoD and then Tony Allison outlined his thoughtful approach to developing his governance career and how the IoD has helped him along the way. It was great to see such enthusiasm from the wonderful new members who attended.


2016 presentations


Otago Southland’s final event of the year was a Christmas function at The Dunedin Club on 13 December. A large crowd of members attended to hear HW Richardson Group’s CEO present on the topic ‘work, life and risk – a balance is essential’. Brent outlined his varied background and how he has approached risk over the course of his life and in business. It was a fitting topic for reflection at the end of the year.


PHARMAC’s Chief Executive, Steffan Crausaz, spoke at an event in Dunedin in November. Steffan spoke on the topic ‘Culture and the delivery of value: impacts of the management/governance interface’ and the event was well attended by directors in the health sector.

Tony Carter is the Chair of Air New Zealand Ltd, and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, and also has governance roles with a number of other organisations. He spoke to a Queenstown luncheon event on the board’s role in setting organisational culture on 14 November.

The Otago Southland branch 2016 Fellows’ dinner was held in Bannockburn and we were delighted to be joined by the IoD’s CEO, Simon Arcus. Stan Duncan was presented with a Distinguished Fellowship award at this event.


Paul Poteete from Aura Information Services, and Steve Walsh from Marsh New Zealand presented at a Dunedin evening event on the topic ‘information security – more battlefield than business?’

Jason Franklin, Chief Executive of PowerNet, presented to an evening event in Invercargill about the role of the Chief Executive and the board /management relationship. Jason outlined the complex ownership and governance structure that PowerNet operates within.

Otago Southland branch co-hosted an event on 14 October with the University of Otago’s Centre for Organisational Performance Measurement and Management that examined the question “were directors asleep at the wheel and are they awake now?”. A panel of presenters included Professor Paul Mather (Head of La Trobe Business School), Colin Magee (Financial Markets Authority), Michael Stiassny (President of IoD) and Jan Dawson (Professional Director).


The Governance Wisdom breakfast was held on 27 September. New and aspiring directors, including members of the Dunedin Young Professionals group, were seated alongside experienced directors. A case study formed the basis for discussion on the topic of Governance Appointments. This examined the issues boards should consider when making appointments, as well as what aspiring directors should consider before accepting an appointment and as they develop their governance careers. The willingness of our experienced directors to participate and share their knowledge is greatly appreciated.

A luncheon event on diversity around the board table was held on 6 September. This included presentations by Jo Cribb, CEO Ministry for Women on gender diversity; Hamish Walker on age diversity; and Malcolm Wong on ethnic diversity. An engaging discussion followed the panellists’ presentations.


Otago Southland branch members took a bus for a site visit to Port Otago in August. Port Otago’s CEO, Geoff Plunket, was compere for the tour of the Port and then he presented on the topic ‘health and safety in action’. Geoff was joined by Port Otago’s Chair, David Faulkner.


The July event was held in Dunedin and by video to simultaneous events in Invercargill and Queenstown. The speaker was Sarah Ottrey on ‘value creation – yours and the shareholders you represent’. The winner of the 2016 Otago Southland Emerging Director Award was announced at the event – this year’s winner is Professor Richard Barker, and the runner-up is Jared Collie. Read more.


In early June the Director of the National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO), Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Paul Ash, spoke at a luncheon in Dunedin on the topic 'your country needs you: economic wellbeing, cyber security, and the role of the director'. Paul's presentation no doubt sparked some boardroom discussions on the board's role around cyber security.

Then in mid-June a series of events were held across the country, including in Dunedin, Invercargill, and Queenstown on 'monitoring what matters in health and safety'. Presenters from the IoD were joined by Fancois Barton from the Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum, and some local business leaders who shared examples of the health and safety governance journey within their own organisations. Well over 100 attended the events in this region.


In May, there was a panel presentation in Invercargill on governance of agribusiness during difficult times. One attendee reportedly said it was the best $55.00 he had spent in a long time coming along to that event. The panel was very well qualified to give advice on the topic and comprised Ivan Lines, Phil Stevenson, Ray Parker, and Bill Baylis.

Graham Crombie spoke to a well-attended event in Dunedin in May. Amongst his other roles, Graham is deputy commission for the Southern DHB and also Chairs Dunedin City Holdings Ltd. Graham structured his presentation around the topic 'governance of public sector organisations in  Otago Southland' and provided attendees with an insight into some of the governance issues and challenges in the public sector.


Mike Theelen, the recently appointed CEO of Queenstown Lakes District Council gave a presentation to our Queenstown event in April. Mike provided some great insight into governance in the local body sector and how management can support councillors to fulfil their governance responsibilities.

The Branch co-hosted (with Otago Branch, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand) a panel presentation on Governance of Schools. The panel comprised Tony Sycamore, Barry Dorking, Kathy Grant, Whetu Cormick, and Mike Hawken.


15 March event with David Faulkner
The Annual General Meeting was held in Dunedin on 15 March and then David Faulkner, Chair of Port Otago Ltd and former Managing Director of Fulton Hogan Ltd, spoke about how difference ownership structures impact on governance.

Marsh Ltd sponsored an event in Queenstown and Frederic Boles, Marsh New Zealand’s General Manager Financial and Professional Liability (FINPRO) spoke on the topic ‘Directors’ roles and responsibilities in mitigating cyber risks’

Our Wanaka event was held at the end of March and Scott Gilmour, Chair of the ‘I Have a Dream Charitable Trust’ spoke about how he he applied a commercial business model to the governance, strategy and operations of the Trust – an approach that is not always embraced in the charitable sector environmen


Monday 22 February - New Members lunch
New members attedned a lunch function with committee members from the Otago Branch. The Branch Chair, Geoff Thomas, delivered an about the IoD presentation. This was followed by a presentation by Chartered Member, Tony Allison, who outlined his membership experience from completing the Governance Development Programme, to winning the Emerging Director Award, a placement through the Future Directors programme, to formalised board appointments.

Monday 15 February
We had a presentation by Simon Arcus and Stuart McLauchlan on governance issues on the radar for 2016 and how directors are responding to the issues already. This event was held live in Dunedin and by skype to simultaneous events in Invercargill and Queenstown.

2015 presentations


2 December - Christmas cocktail function
Otago Southland Branch members met for a Christmas cocktail function on 2 December. The speaker was Mark Verbiest, Chair of Spark, who spoke on ‘the board’s role in talent strategy’. Mark was presented with a Chartered Fellowship at the event.


10 November 2015 - Jen Rolfe event
Many boards are grappling with questions around the changing role of marketing in organisations that are being transformed by technology changes and the rise of social media. What does marketing actually do today? Where should it sit within an organization?  How does marketing shape and support the culture of an organisation? Jen Rolfe discussed the role of marketing in today's organisations: what directors need to know.


28 October: Function with Christopher Luxon

Air New Zealand’s CEO joined Otago Southland branch members at a luncheon in October and spoke on the topic ‘Strategy setting: the role of the board and the CEO’.

23 October: Queenstown function with Mai Chen
Otago Southland branch met in Queenstown for a cocktail function on the Friday leading into Labour Weekend. The speaker was Mark Quickfall, Chairman of Skyline Enterprises Ltd, and Mark spoke about governance of that organisation. The event was very well attended by our Queenstown members.


25 September: Otago Southalnd Branch Fellows' Dinner - Bannockburn

Our Fellows and Chartered Fellows and their partners met for dinner at Carrick Winery, Bannockburn. These gatherings provide the opporutnity for our most senior directors to develop and renew networks across the region.

16 September, evening function with Melissa Clark-Reynolds
Melissa presented about creating a cohesive strategy in a global digital economy to our Otago Southland members and guests. She discussed how the global digital economy affects every business, and how there are opportunities for businesses where boards embrace the digital era as a core part of business strategy.

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14 August, Dunedin breakfast function
The Governance Wisdom Breakfast was fully booked well ahead of the day and provided the opportunity for aspiring directors to meet with our experienced directors and learn from their governance experience. Facilitated by our CEO, Simon Arcus, the group worked through a case study that contained a number of issues that directors need to consider. We were pleased to welcome a large number of members of the Dunedin Young Professionals group to this event.

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19 August, Dunedin cocktail function
The topic of governance of scientific research: governing in an environment of discovery. Panellists, Mr Tony Offen, Dr Peter Fennessy, Dr Stephen Sowerby, and Dr Peter Dearden, outlined how they encounter and deal with the tension between good governance that can facilitate and benefit the work being completed by our local scientists while also ensuring scientists are provided with the freedom required to explore and discover. A robust discussion followed.


20 July 2015
On 20 July, Otago Southland branch held simultaneous events at three venues across the region and connected by video to announce and present the winner of its 2015 Emerging Director Award. Richard Thomas was attending at the Queenstown venue and was presented with this year’s award, with Hetty Van Hale the runner-up. The speaker for the evening, Rachel Farrant, spoke about the development of her own governance career and how having a mentor has assisted her.


29 June 2015
Otago Southland branch held a lunch event with a panel presenting about ‘the governance dynamics of online businesses’. The panel included Scott Mason, Chair of Education Perfect Ltd and Innovative Learning LLC; Ryan Baker, CEO and Director of Timely; Joe Morrison, CEO of The Tarn Group; and Enoch Elwell from Chattanooga Co.Starters. The panel talked about start-ups, the progression from no board to advisory board to full board, particular issues facing online businesses, especially the rapid pace of change, and the opportunities that will be provided to this area by Gigatown.

Institute of Directors 2015 National AGM 15 June
The IoD 2015 National AGM was held in Dunedin this year, with the Hon Peter Hodson presenting innovation and the future and implciations for boards. If you would like a copy of the IoD 2014 annual report please email our membership team.


28 May 2015
The event was attended by around 50 members and guests and the speaker was Rob Everett, CEO of the Financial Markets Authority. Rob gave an excellent presentation on the topic ‘Directors’ duties: enduring principles, perennial questions’. He was accompanied by Simone Robbers, Head of the FMA’s Primary Regulatory Operations. More information and the speech notes are available from FMA.

20 May 2015
Rob Hewett, chairman of Silver Fern Farms Ltd, invited our Otago Southland members on a site visit to Silver Fern Farm's new corporate office in Dunedin.

12 May 2015
Co-hosted with Otago office of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand, at which four presenters from KPMG delivered the findings of the KPMG Global Audit Committee Survey.


29 April
Greg Doone recently presented to our members how directors need to dance with the digital natives.

2 April 2015
Fifty-five Otago Southland branch member and guests met at a branch event in Wanaka on the Thursday evening leading into the Easter weekend. The speaker was Jonathan Wallis, son of Sir Tim and Lady Wallis. Jonathan is the Managing Director of the Alpine Group which interests in aviation, tourism, pastoral farming, primary processing and exports.In addition, Jonathan looks after Minaret Station on the west of Lake Wanaka. Jonathan spoke about governance within this family group of companies in which four brothers are directors along with an independent chair. There were 55 members and guests in attendance.


25 March 2015
Otago Southland branch held their AGM this evening.  Mr Alan McKenzie was presented with his Chartered Fellow certificate. After the AGM was conducted, guest speaker Mr Terry Davies, CEO of Dunedin Venues Management Ltd, spoke on governance from the perspective of the CEO. 

Governance in farming enterprises: getting it right. 
Panellists: Tony Clelan, Kevin Cooney, Tim Black and Ross Cottier.
A panel discussion was held in Invercargill to discuss the role of governance in farming business.  The presenters highlighted the benefits to be found from good governance of farming enterprises. 


New members lunch function
Our branch chairman, Geoff Thomas, welcomed our new members and presented about the IoD. This was followed by an inspirational presentation by the 2013 winner of the Upstart Director Award, Mark Berryman, who outlined the governance structure of his company. New members had the opportunity to meet with our branch committee members, network with members, and find out more of what IoD can offer.

Dunedin function: on the radar with Acting Ceo of IoD, Mr Simon Arcus
Dunedin fuction with the IoD's acting CEO, Mr Simon Arcus, presented about governance issues that are "on the radar", and Dr Lisa Docherty, Registrar from IoD, presented the chartered membership pathway and continuing professional development.

2014 presentations


4 December 2014
Christmas cocktail function with guest speaker Chris White. Chris White is the Director Commercial Operations Group for the New Zealand Treasury. He spoke on the topic ‘Independence, partnership and performance: Maximising value from the Crown’s assets.


Delegates of the Queenstown Governance Development Programme (GDP)


19 November 2014
Cocktail function with guest speaker Rob Everett, Chief Executive of the Financial Markets Authority. Rob spoke on the topic ‘Directors – a regulator’s perspective on the current New Zealand landscape’.

13 November 2014
Event with guest speaker Wayne Evans and awards for Chartered Fellowships to Scott O’Donnell, Neil Boniface, Doug Fraser, and Maryann Macpherson


24 October 2014
Fellows dinner at Carrick Winery, Bannockburn

22 October 2014
The Otago Southland Branch hosted a cocktail function on 22 October with guest speaker Stuart Walker who spoke on corporate, non-for-profit and trust governance – the changing legal risks. There were three Chartered Fellowships awarded on the night to Stephen Thompson, Kathy Grant, and Susie Johnstone.

3 October 2014
On 3 October the Otago Southland Branch held a cocktail function with guest speaker Peter Wardell. Peter's presentation was on the topic of 'Governance, planning and management of international sports teams: what happens behind the scenes?'. There were six Chartered Fellow awards presented on the night. The recipients of the awards were Jane Taylor, Duncan Fea, Cameron McCulloch, Ken Matthews, Murray Donald, Tony Butson.


20 August 2014
On 20 August, the Otago Southland Branch hosted a Governance Wisdom Breakfast facilitated by Simon Arcus and various experienced directors participating. Attendees included new and aspiring directors, and were provided the opportunity to hear the governance wisdom of some of our experienced directors. The discussion was centred around a two-part case study.

6 August 2014
On Wednesday 6 August, the Otago Southland Branch hosted a site visit to AbascusBio with guest speakers Dr Anna Campbell and Dr Tim Byrne who spoke on the topic of 'making science practical'. At the event, Errol Millar was presented with his Fellowship certificate.

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23 July 2014
Otago Southland branch held an event in Dunedin on 23 July. The event was simultaneoulsy delivered via video to a gathering of Southland members in Invercargill. The winner of the 2014 Otago Southland Aspiring Director Award was announced as Clare Kearney, and the runner-up place was awarded to Paul Moodie. A Fellows Certificate was presented to Chris Hopkins, and then Martin Dippie, Chairman Mitre10 NZ, spoke on the topic ‘herding cats with good governance is a pretty big job’. Martin outlined the Mitre10 NZ story and discussed some of the governance issues involved in the cooperative structure.

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The Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum Contractor Initiative - The Leadership Challenge was held in Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown. This important initiative aims to help reduce workplace deaths and injuries among New Zealand contractors.

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12 June 2014
Otago Southland Branch delivered the third in its series of Not-for-profit Passion and Purpose events at The Dunedin Club on 12 June. A panel of local presenters spoke about governing different types of not-for-profit organisations and then Carol Melville from the Otago Community Trust provided some helpful information about funding. John Gallaher presented about his experience governing sporting organisations, Dr Jenny McMahon, President NZ Red Cross, spoke about governing in the charitable sector, and Russell McGeorge, Chairman Central Otago Health Services Ltd, spoke about governance of a community owned health organization. These events have been very well received by local NFP organisations.

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9 May 2014
Otago Southland branch was most grateful to Dame Rosanne Meo for her presentation at its 9 May luncheon in Dunedin. Dame Rosanne gave an inspiring presentation outlining the development of her own governance career and including some sound advice for aspiring directors.

Diana Hudson and Noel DavieMichelle Read and Ngaire Dixon
Otago Southland Branch held the second in the series of three ‘not-for-profit passion and purpose’ events in May. John McGill presented about what motivates CEOs in the NFP sector, challenges of working in the sector and the implications of those challenges. Then, Diana Hudson gave a very practical presentation for directors about general employment issues, noting the importance of developing and recording the delegations to the CEO. She included discussion about the relationship between the Chair and the CEO, evaluations, and conflict resolution.


Adam Feeley, now Chief Executive Queenstown Lakes District Council, spoke from the perspective of his former role as CEO of the Serious Fraud Office on the topic ‘how directors can mitigate the risk of fraud in their organisations’. The scale of fraud and some of the telltale signs were focused on in Adam’s presentation.

Otago Southland branch held the first in a series of three events in its ‘not-for-profit passion and purpose’ series. IoD President, Stuart McLauchlan, spoke about the IoDs Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice and Sir Ronald Scott provided an account of his experiences governing some of this country’s most significant sporting and cultural organisations. The event was well attended by those governing local not-for-profit organisations and will be followed up with further events on 7 May and 12 June.


Otago Southland branch held a function at the new ILT Stadium Southland (Invercargill) in March. The speaker was Mr Rick Christie on the topic ‘New Zealand business leadership in the 21st century: Why innovation matters’. Rick outlined the various approaches New Zealand has tried to improve innovation in business and went on to discuss diversity of skills around the board table and some specific questions boards could ask about technology.

At the Otago Southland branch AGM in March, Dr Sue Bidrose, Chief Executive Dunedin City Council spoke on the topic ‘an overview of the changing nature of your council’. Sue engaged particularly well with the audience and outlined the challenges faced and progress made by the Dunedin City Council over recent years.

In March, Otago Southland branch held an event in Wanaka with guest speaker Mark Weldon, former CEO NZX Ltd. Mark spoke about ensuring there is a balance between risk and return, the importance of establishing strategy, and the role of the board in establishing the culture and values in an organization. This was a well-attended and most enjoyable event.


At a February branch luncheon, Otago Southland branch heard from Peter Bodeker, Chief Executive Otago Regional Council. Peter outlined some of the issues that boards need to consider from the perspective of a CEO.