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.

  • 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.

  • Samantha Sharif LLM (Hons), LLB (Hons), Grad Dip CSP, MInstD

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    Samantha is a Professional Director with key strengths in infrastructure, logistics, transport and safety critical industries. She has a background in CEO and leadership roles in the commercial aviation industry globally, as well as previously practising internationally as a commercial lawyer and with post-graduate qualifications in finance and governance.

    Her current governance roles are Director and Chair Audit & Risk Committee – Motor Trades Association Inc, Director and Chair HSSE and Remuneration Committees – Orillion Ltd, Director and NZ Country lead – Flirtey Ltd, Independent Adviser and member HSSE Committee – Coastal Oil Logistics Ltd, Advisory Board member (and former Chair) – NZ Institute of Safety Management Inc and Member – Standards Approval Board

    Samantha was awarded the first Aspiring Directors Award by the Wellington Branch of the IOD in 2005 and has remained an active member of the Branch ever since.

  • 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.

  • Jackie Lloyd, BA, BCom, CMInstD

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    Jackie is an independent director and board advisor.  She is currently Acting Chair of New Zealand Post, Chair of Experience Wellington (Wellington Museums Trust), a director of Naylor Love Enterprises and AgResearch and trustee of the Lion Foundation.  Jackie also serves on the National Council of the Institute of Directors. 
    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, a member of Global Women and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. 

  • 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.

  • Sam Robinson CFInstD

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    Sam, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors lives in Hawkes Bay where he has farmed a Sheep and Cattle hill country block all of his working life. The business is now operated on a share-farming arrangement.

    He is currently a director of Silver Fern Farms Ltd representing Shanghai Maling on the operating board. He is also a director of Brownrigg Agriculture and is an independent director of NZ Young Farmers. Previous directorships include AgResearch (chair), Cooperative Bank, AsureQuality, Farmlands, Port of Napier and AgMardt (chair).