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 director of BRANZ (Chair), DairyNZ, NIWA, Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA), Antarctica NZ and Lincoln Hub Ltd . She is a Council member of the Institute of Directors and Massey University and an Advisory Board member for ClearPoint Ltd. She is also a current or past chair or member of risk and assurance committees for the Department of Internal Affairs, Land Information NZ, and New Zealand Police.  She is a member of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Strategic Risk and Resilience Panel.  Helen is a Companion of The Queen’s Service Order. 

  • Karen Coutts MInstD

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    Karen Coutts has extensive senior management and governance experience from the UK and New Zealand.  She currently works as a consultant and director. 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. Karen has extensive experience in government and her most recent areas of work has been data-analytics-information and ICT impact on our future, followed by work on economic development, particularly Māori economic development.  Her career has been about creating transformative change. She has worked on creating change for individuals, services, organisations and now focuses on system level change. Her UK experience brings deep insight into the changing demographics and being a multi-cultural society that the New Zealand horizon is now facing, and the impact of social inequality seen recently across political landscapes internationally.  Further she advocates governance skills in the area of digital futures and multiple accountabilities (as per Māori governance) will provide Value-Add opportunity across all sectors in New Zealand. She affiliates to Ngāi Tahu and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki.

  • Jim Donovan BTech (Hons), CFInstD

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    Jim Donovan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, and a professional company director with wide experience in the public and private sectors, as well as industry bodies. As a CEO, he led several substantial technology-based companies, in sectors as diverse as electricity supply, IT services, and telecommunications equipment manufacturing. He has advised major corporations in New Zealand, Australia and SE Asia on business strategy and performance improvement. He is chairman of Research & Education Advanced Network NZ Ltd, Isambard Ltd and Skylight Trust (a charitable agency which helps children, young people and families navigate through trauma, loss and grief).

  • David Frow BScEng, CFInstD

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    Dave Frow, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors New Zealand, has an extensive background in engineering and the energy industry with a BSc Engineering from Natal University in South Africa and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in Boston.

    Dave was the former chief executive of the state owned enterprise ECNZ. He has served on a variety of boards covering a wide range of activities over the past 20 years.

    Dave is currently Chair of Holmes Fire LP and an independent director on the boards of Aurora Energy Ltd, Delta Utility Services Ltd, and ETEL Ltd. He also provides strategic consulting and executive mentoring advice to a range of companies and senior executives.

    His interests include olive growing, classic cars, and motorcycling.

  • Jackie Lloyd, BA, BCom, CMInstD

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    Jackie is an independent director and business advisor. She is currently deputy chair of New Zealand Post Group, a trustee of the Lion Foundation and Wellington Museums Trust, chair of the State Services Commission’s Risk & Audit Committee and a member of the Weltec Whitireia Combined Council.  
    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 the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Jackie serves on the Wellington Branch Committee of the IoD and was appointed deputy chair in 2014.

  • 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 group and until recently was also Chairman of Ebos Group Ltd, a position he held for 12 years.

    He is also a Director of Southport Ltd., Powerhouse Ventures Ltd., and Solnet Solutions Ltd., and a Trustee of the Victoria University Foundation. Rick Christie is married with three adult children, and lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

  • 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 Bottle Brothers Wine group, Director of the Hawkes Bay Wine Company, and Director of Hawkes Bay Insurance Group. He has recently stepped down as Chair of Farrell Group (a Private Construction Group in Christchurch), and the Ray White Real Estate Franchise Group for Manawatu. 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.

  • Rachel Farrant CMInstD

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    Rachel Farrant (Chartered Member of the Directors Institute, 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.

  • Alan Isaac CNZM CFInstD

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    Alan Isaac enjoys a variety of governance roles in a number of New Zealand businesses, from sporting bodies to commercial and Crown entities. With a strong background in risk minimisation and assurance, Alan is a former national chairman of KPMG and is the immediate past president of the International Cricket Council. He is also the chairman of the Acurity Health Group and the Department of Corrections Audit and Risk Committee. He is a director of Aka Investments Ltd, Opus International Consultants Ltd, Opus Partners Trust Ltd, New Zealand Vault Ltd, Murray Capital General Partner Ltd, Rakaia Finance Ltd, Scales Corporation Limited and Isaac Advisory Services Ltd. Alan serves as a board member of the AMP Capital Property Trust Governance Committee and New Zealand Community Trust. He is a member of the Royal Wellington Golf Club, is president of the Johnsonville Cricket Club and a Life Member of NZ Cricket and Wellington Cricket. He is a consultant to McGarth Nicol & Partners and has an interest in NZ Fire Service and Martinborough Golf Club.

  • 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.