Emerging Director Award

Each year the Waikato branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) calls for applications for the Waikato Branch Emerging Director Award. This initiative by the Waikato branch of the Institute of Directors provides a valuable training and networking opportunity for senior managers, community or business leaders who would like to strengthen their knowledge of governance issues.

2017 Emerging Director Award announced

Daniel ShoreDiversity advocate, Daniel Shore, has been recognised as an emerging talent in governance, taking out the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Waikato Branch Emerging Director Award on 16 August 2017.

The Hamilton lawyer believes the fundamental purpose of governance is about preserving and creating value.

“Good governance should preserve value by managing and minimising risk,” Shore said in his application.

“Governance ensures that there is the necessary focus on the future and on how an organisation should to navigate its way through the challenges and opportunities that will invariably be presented.”

IoD Waikato Branch Chair Simon Lockwood CMInstD says the judges were impressed by Shore’s passion and vision for professional governance development and desire to add real value to Waikato boardrooms.

“Daniel stood out as someone with a deep and diverse skillset coming from a law and strategic management background. He recognises good governance as being the foundation of great organisations, and has a real drive to grow his capability as a director.”

While Shore serves on two not-for-profit service boards, he has also gained exposure to governance in sport at a national level, through Bowls New Zealand. Shore said: “I’ve found my relative youth brings a distinctly different perspective to a number of the boards I have been involved in. I deliberately sought to deliver value through this and perhaps the best example of is my involvement with Bowls New Zealand.”

Shore receives an award packaged valued at $5,000, of which $4,000 can be used for IoD professional development. He also has the opportunity to sit as an observer on the board of Ultra Fast Fibre and build his governance expertise with the help of an experienced mentor and IoD membership, all for a year.

The IoD Waikato Branch Emerging Director Award was established to foster upcoming talent in governance through mentoring, formal training, and access to leading speakers at events across the region.


Past winners

2016 - Alison Shanks
Alison Shanks and Margaret Devlin
A new passion has former gold medal professional cyclist Alison Shanks onto another winning road, after being awarded the Institute of Directors’ Waikato Branch Emerging Director Award. The double world champion, Olympian and Commonwealth gold medallist was recognised as an emerging talent in governance at an event on 20 July. Institute of Directors Waikato Branch Chair Margaret Devlin says the judges were impressed by Ms Shanks’ passion and vision for professional governance development and desire to add real value to Waikato boardrooms. Read more


2015 - James Yearsley

Congraulations to James Yearsley, 2015 Waikato branch of IoD Emerging Director Award winner.

Tamahere community champion James Yearsley has been recognised as a developing talent in Waikato’s business and community sectors.

The Tamahere Dad’s Army founder has been named the winner of the Institute of Directors’ Waikato Emerging Director Award, an initiative designed to foster upcoming talent in governance.

Institute of Directors Waikato Branch Chair Margaret Devlin says judges were impressed by Yearsley’s dedication to both his community and his career.

“We had a record number of high calibre applicants, and James stood out as someone with a diverse skillset,” she said. “He has a strong understanding of good governance principles, a range of practical board experience and a real commitment to his local community.”

 “The Emerging Director Award is a real honour,” said Yearsley. “It’s a great opportunity to develop my governance skills, and I’m looking forward to translating that into both my business and community roles.”

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2014 - Sarah Morton-Johnson

The Waikato branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) announced that Sarah Morton-Johnson was awarded its fifth annual Emerging Director Award. The award includes a 12 month Director Development position with the Wintec Council.

Additionally, Mrs Morton-Johnson is provided with a complimentary 12-month IoD membership, professional development opportunities to a value of $2,000 and will be mentored by an experienced director for one year.

Chair of the Waikato Institute of Directors, Margaret Devlin, said Sarah stood out amongst nominees as a person well-suited for a directorship career.

“Sarah has a promising career as a director. She has had governance exposure on a range of boards in various industries including manufacturing, hospitality, education, training and social services, and she has used her commercial background and experience in human resources to help groups and organisations in the not-for-profit sector, in particular organisations that work with youth,” said Devlin. Read more


2013 - Paula Baker

2012-  Simon Lockwood

2011 - Erica Amon

Erica Amon graduated from Otago University with Bachelor and Masters degrees in clinical pharmacy. She is currently a consultant in primary health care. Erica was one of the founding trustees of Waikato Youth Empowerment Trust, a charitable Trust that delivers youth programmes and was Chair from 2006-2010. Her governance experience includes being a member of the Waikato Primary Health’s Finance, Audit and Risk committee, and the Grants committee. Erica has complemented her governance experience with a range of Institute of Directors courses including most recently the Regional Directors’ Development Programme. The award includes a 12 month director development position on the sponsoring board HRH (Hamilton Riverview Hotel) and $2000 to undertake IoD professional development courses as sponsored by the Element Group. In addition, Erica will have access to one year of complimentary membership with the IoD.

Runner up winner was Jocelyn Mikaere. Jocelyn will have twelve months mentoring from an experienced director.