Wellington Branch

Wellington Branch Committee

Meet the members of the Wellington Branch Committee

  • Dr Helen Anderson QSO CFInstD

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    Helen is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, chair of the IoD’s Wellington Branch Committee, Scion and BRANZ. Helen is a director on the boards of DairyNZ, ClearPoint Ltd, NIWA, Antarctica NZ and Blinc Innovation Ltd. She is a member of the National Council of the Institute of Directors and Pro-Chancellor of Massey University. She is a member of, the risk and assurance committees for New Zealand Police.

  • Rick Christie MSc (Hons), CFInstD

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    Rick Christie is a professional director and company chairman with appointments in both the private and public sectors. He has had considerable experience as a Chief Executive with extensive involvement in the export sector, including Tradenz (The New Zealand Trade Development Board) where he was Chief Executive from 1990 to 1996. Rick Christie is an MSc (Hons) graduate in chemistry from Victoria University. Rick is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and in 2003 was made a Hunter Fellow of Victoria University of Wellington. In 2010 he was made a Companion of The Royal Society of New Zealand. He is currently Chairman of Service IQ, ikeGPS and the National e-Science Infrastructure. Rick joined the EBOS Group Ltd Board in 2001 and was appointed Chairman in 2003, a role he held until 2015. He is also a Director of Southport Ltd., Powerhouse Ventures Ltd., and Solnet Solutions Ltd., and a Trustee of the Victoria University Foundation.

  • Geoff Dangerfield QSO MSc, CMInstD

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    Geoff is a director and consultant.  He is an independent director of Payments NZ Ltd, Executive Chair of the New Zealand Festival, Chair of the Major Outsourced Contracts Advisory Board for the Department of Corrections, and an independent member of the Vulnerable Children’s Board.  He chairs the Risk and Assurance Committee for Oranga Tamariki, and former Chair of Audit and Risk for the Ministry of Primary Industries.  He is the former CEO of the NZ Transport Agency and of the Ministry of Economic Development.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a Companion of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand. 

  • Rachel Farrant CMInstD

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    Rachel Farrant (Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, CA, CAANZ, B.Com, Post Graduate Diploma – Finance & Management) is a partner at BDO Wellington Ltd and has over 20 years’ experience in chartered accountancy and business advisory services. She currently holds the following governance roles:  Director and Audit Committee Member – Fulton Hogan Group Limited; Trustee and Audit Committee Chair – Wellington Museum Trust; Director and Audit Committee Chair – Fairway Resolution Limited and Chair of the Central Region General Practitioners Fees Review Committee.  Until recently, Rachel was also Director and Audit Committee Chair – Kordia Group Limited.

  • Jackie Lloyd, BA, BCom, CMInstD

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    Jackie is an independent director.  She is currently Deputy Chair of New Zealand Post Group, a director of Naylor Love and Ag Research and a Trustee of the Lion Foundation, Chair of Exerience Wellington (Wellington Museum Trust).  A life-long interest in the relationship between human behaviour and business performance led Jackie through an executive career as global human resources director for the New Zealand Dairy Board and NZMP Fonterra, to consulting and on to governance. She is a graduate of Otago University and the University of Virginia Executive Development Programme, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  Jackie serves on the National Council and Wellington Branch Committee of the IoD.

  • Suse Reynolds MInstD

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    Suse has been on the AANZ Council since its inception in 2008 and took up the Executive Director role four years ago. Angel Association NZ is the industry representative body for early stage investment. Currently the AANZ has 29 members including 11 angel networks spanning the country, 4 funds, 2 equity crowd-funding platforms and 3 investor-led tech incubators. In 2005 Suse helped to found AngelHQ, the Wellington region’s angel network and remains on the Board. Today AngelHQ has over 90 members and has invested over $15m into 58 high-growth startup companies. Suse is an active angel investor with about 20 ventures in her portfolio. Suse is on the board of CreativeHQ and is the Chair of Callaghan Innovation’s Stakeholder Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Institute of International Affairs Standing Committee. Prior to her roles in angel investment, Suse was the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Investment at Grow Wellington. Before taking up these positions, she was the Executive Director of the Trade Liberalisation Network. This followed a 10 year career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which included working for the Foreign Minister and a posting in London representing New Zealand’s trade and economic interests. Suse has a Bachelor of Commerce and an Honours Law Degree, both completed at Victoria University.

  • Rob Campbell MInstD

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    Rob has a background that includes leadership and ownership roles in the finance and management consulting sectors, working primarily with commercial and agribusiness SMEs. Rob is on the board of the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Directors Wellington Branch Committee. Rob has been actively involved in the Manawatu region promoting the IoD and co-ordinating the local membership which has led to the establishment of a sub branch within the Manawatu region. He is the inaugural chair of the sub branch committee. Rob has a genuine passion for people and a regional focus; his goal is to form durable, successful relationships that foster business capability and positively influence the long-term prosperity of his community. Rob is an Authorised Financial Adviser and an accredited NZX Adviser. He holds a Diploma in Business (Massey) and an MBA (Otago). 

  • Karen Coutts MInstD

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    Karen Coutts has senior management and governance experience.  Her current governance roles include being on the board of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (the governing body of Ngāi Tahu), Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, and is a board member Delegated Responsibility with Transparency International NZ. She has over 15 years governance experience across NGO’s, the District Health Board, and Māori Trusts. Her most recent areas of work has been data-analytics-information and ICT impact on our future, and economic development, particularly Māori economic development.  Her career has been about creating transformative change for individuals, services, organisations and now focuses on system level change. Her UK experience brings insight into being a multi-cultural society is now on the New Zealand horizon. Karen holds a Master in Public Policy (VUW) and Bachelor of Arts (Sociology). She affiliates to Ngāi Tahu and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki.

  • Mike Devonshire MInstD

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    Mike Devonshire has had an extensive career in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and USA encompassing management, leadership and direction roles across a broad range of sectors including Agri- business, Property, Construction, Wholesale Banking, Sport, Energy and Infrastructure. Upon returning to New Zealand in 2002, Mike established an advisory business focused on Business Strategy, Governance, Restructuring, Acquisitions and Divestments, and Private Equity Investment. He also acts in the capacity of a Professional Independent Director. Hawkes bay based, Mike currently is the Chair of the Hustler Group ( An agricultural exporting group);Chair of Resource Development Consultants Ltd; Chair of Central Districts Cricket Association; Chair of Te Mata Park; a Director of the Te Awanga Estate Ltd and  Hawkes Bay Wine Company Limited. Since 2006 Mike has been actively involved in the Hawkes Bay promoting the IoD and co-ordinating the local membership. He has led the project to establish a sub branch within the East Coast region and is the inaugural Chair of the sub branch committee. Mike has since 2009 been a member of the flagship New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Beachhead Advisory Board, the programme is focussed on growing NZ businesses internationally. Mike is also a Young Enterprise Trust Judge and mentor, and serves on the committees of local Cricket and Polo clubs. With 3 secondary school aged children, it doesn’t leave much time for Mountain biking which he tries to enjoy most days. Mike is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, has a Diploma in Export Management (Institute of Export, United Kingdom) and is a finance alumnus of Insead Business School (Fontainebleau, France). He is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

  • David Frow BScEng, CFInstD

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    Dave Frow has a broad governance background across a wide range of industries. He is currently chairman of Holmes Fire LP, Holmes Farsight LP and Major Consulting Group Ltd. He is an independent director of ETEL Ltd, ETEL Transformers Pty Ltd (Australia), Aurora Energy Ltd, and Energy Democracy Pty Ltd (Australia). Major Consulting Group specialises in assisting medium to large companies to assess and mitigate their Health and Safety risks, including asbestos surveys and training. Dave currently chairs the Health and Safety Committee for Aurora Energy and has previously chaired H&S Committees for mining and contracting companies, both classified as high risk Health and Safety activities. Dave has an extensive international background in the electricity industry and was Chief Executive of ECNZ, managing the combined assets which were split to create Contact Energy, Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Energy and Transpower. He has many years’ experience as an international energy and strategy consultant and as executive mentor. He has a BSc Engineering degree from the University of Natal (South Africa) and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at the Harvard Business School. He was recognised as a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers in 1993 and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

  • David Pilkington, CFInstD

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    Born in 1954 into a Hawkes Bay farming family background David graduated with a BSc and BE (Chem) from Canterbury University. He then completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology at Massey University, prior to joining the New Zealand Dairy Board in 1976. David began his career in the technical Division of New Zealand Dairy Board before moving into technical sales and market development roles, followed by a wide range of management positions both in New Zealand and offshore. These included President of NZMP (Japan) based in Japan and CEO NZMP (North America) based in California, USA. In 2000, prior to the formation of Fonterra, David was appointed Managing Director of New Zealand Milk Ltd, the dairy industry’s global consumer products business. He continued in this role until May 2004. On leaving Fonterra in 2004, David formed Excelsa Associates Ltd and took up company directorships with a variety of companies including Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd, Zespri Group Ltd, Port of Tauranga Ltd, Restaurant Brands Ltd, Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Rangatira Limited, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (Chairman) and Prevar NZ Ltd (Chairman). David is also currently a trustee of New Zealand Community Trust and served as an independent appointee to the Wellington City Council Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee for three trienniums. David’s current governance roles include, Port of Tauranga (Chair), Rangatira (Chair), Hellers (Chair), Douglas Pharmaceuticals (Chair), Northport Limited and PrimePort Timaru. David has completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard University and attended London Business School.

  • Christine Young, MInstD

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    Christine is the Head of Internal Audit at Kiwibank, where she is breaking new ground in building the function and working with the business to provide proactive assurance at Kiwibank Group.  Prior to joining Kiwibank she was Director, Risk & Assurance for the Ministry of Justice. 

    Christine has an extensive career in governance, risk management and assurance across both public and private organizations, including the Department of Building and Housing, ANZ National Bank and Inland Revenue Department.   

    Christine’s various Board and governing committee experiences including the Finance and Audit Committee (a sub-board of Kiwibank’s Board), Kiwibank’s Executive Risk Committee, Inland Revenue’s Penalties Consistency Committee, the Chinese Anglican Church board and recently (2016) appointed a member of the Institute of Directors Wellington Branch Committee.

    She is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of Victoria University and the University of Economics of Vienna, Austria. 

    Utilising her knowledge of industry good practices, financial experience and sense of pragmatism has seen Christine awarded the “Internal Auditor of the Year of New Zealand” by the Institute of Internal Auditors of New Zealand in 2012/13.  Christine’s team was also a finalist for the ‘Internal Audit Function of the year 2013/14 of New Zealand’ award.