Emerging Director Award

The Award, not intended for recognised long-term directors, is for Wellington Branch members of the IoD who are committed to the discipline of good governance, who are seeking directorship appointments and have already taken material steps to advance their career.

About the 2019 Emerging Director Award

The Wellington Branch of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand is inviting applications for its 2019 Emerging Director Award. This award is open to members of the Wellington Branch and to non-members who apply for membership.

Application criteria:

  • Must be a Member or Associate Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand
  • Demonstrates a desire to follow a directorship path and to advance further in corporate governance
  • Must have governance experience through reporting to a board in a senior management role
  • Has already taken personal and material steps to advance a directorship career
  • To be the successful recipient, applicants must not be a current mentee participating in IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity programme, and/or an appointed Future Director currently observing on a Host Board. This does not restrict applicants from applying for programmes concurrently but only one opportunity can be awarded.

The award recipient will receive:

  • $2,000 (GST exclusive) towards an IoD course/s of their choice, to be taken in the following 12 months;
  • one on one interviews with experienced senior directors;
  •  mentoring opportunities;
  • one year’s complimentary membership of the IoD;
  • six complimentary attendances for Wellington Branch breakfast, lunch or cocktail functions;
  • 6-12 month apprenticeship with an appropriate board;
  • commitment by the Wellington Branch to keep in touch with the recipient for the following year to ensure they are progressing with their objectives; and
  • an invitation to speak at the following year’s Emerging Director Award presentation.

Past winners

2018 winner

Shaun TwaddleEconomist Shaun Twaddle has won the Institute of Directors Wellington Branch Emerging Director Award 2019.

Wellington Branch IoD Judges Dave Frow, Karen Coutts and Jackie Lloyd announced the award during an annual Wellington directors’ dinner at the Wellington Club on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

Shaun is a shareholder-director of economics and data consultancy Infometrics, chair of Khandallah School board of trustees, has three children, coaches junior rugby, and as “an avid runner” was “often in negotiation with his wife around the ‘next marathon’”.

As an economic consultant Shaun provides data, forecasts and advice to chief executives and senior managers in tertiary education organisations, iwi groups and local government agencies. He recently completed director governance development courses to achieve Chartered Member status of the Institute of Directors. Read more.

2017 winner

Michele FreyA New Zealand sporting representative with a passion to make a difference has been recognised as an emerging talent in governance, taking out the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Wellington Branch Emerging Director Award. Napier’s Michele Frey, an Environmental Services Principal at Opus International by day, also recently represented New Zealand in the Long-Distance Triathlon World Championships in Penticton, Canada back in August.

Frey said in her application for the Emerging Director Award that she was committed to lifelong learning. “Ultimately, I seek to impart my best practice learnings to others who will come next, so that our future generations can lead in the best way possible,” Frey said in her application. Read more

Jason McDonaldMelanie Templeton
The talent of future governance in the Wellington region was so strong, that even after reference checks, two candidates couldn’t be spilt for the title of 2016 Institute of Directors (IoD) Wellington Branch Emerging Director Award winner. Jason McDonald and Melanie Templeton were both recognised as emerging talents in governance at the IoD Wellington branches annual dinner on 26 October.

Institute of Directors Wellington Branch Chair Helen Anderson says the judges were impressed by the candidate’s commitment to developing their governance abilities and drive to want to develop their own governance pathways. Read more.

2015 winner

In an age of cyber threats, disruptive technology and digital innovation, guiding businesses through the ‘new normal’ is the focus for the Institute of Directors’ latest Emerging Director Award recipient. 

A senior manager in Accenture and Chair of the Junior Rugby Board for the Wellington Rugby Football Union, Sunil Surujpal was recognised as a future talent in the boardroom in a ceremony at the Wellington Club last night. Institute of Directors Wellington Branch Chair Dr Helen Anderson says judges were impressed by Mr Surujpals clear leadership skills and dedication to best practice governance.

2014 winner

Central Hawke’s Bay veterinarian Caroline Robertson has won the 2014 Wellington Branch Emerging Director Award.

Robertson scooped the award from a pool of talent drawn from across IoD’s Wellington branch, which covers the greater Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Wairarapa and Wellington regions.

Institute of Directors CEO Dr William Whittaker congraulated Robertson, acknowledging her skill and expertise. “The Emerging Director Award recognises up-and-coming talent in the profession, and Caroline certainly has a promising future in governance.”

2012 winner

Wellington branch committee chair, Phillip Meyer presented Dr Megan McKenna with the branch’s Aspiring Director Award at the Distinguished Fellows dinner in May 2012. Megan has over 15 years experience in senior roles in commercial/corporate strategy and business development spanning everything from agribusiness to trade and export promotion, infrastructure and energy to pharmaceuticals.

2011 winner

The Wellington Branch Committee would like to congratulate Jackie Lloyd on winning the 2011 Aspiring Director Study Award. Recently appointed as a director on the board of New Zealand Post, Jackie has 20 years of experience in leadership roles. She was Global HR director of the New Zealand Dairy Board and for two years worked as part of the change management team involved in setting up Fonterra. From 2003 to 2007, she was country manager for Hewitt Associates and until February 2011 was managing principal of the New Zealand branch of The Gallup Organisation.


The Wellington branch of the Institute of Directors is pleased to announce its 2010 aspiring director award winner.  Karl Wixon was chosen from a very strong group of applicants for this year’s award – the branch’s fifth.

Karl is a Director of Havelock North based WIKI Design & Consultancy Ltd, has an unusual but effective composition of skills and experience. He is an Industrial Designer by training, has completed professional certification in Project Management, has substantial experience in strategy development and is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand Inc holding a certificate in Company Direction.  He is currently a national council member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand and is a founder, developer and executive member of Ngā Aho Incorporated a national Society of Māori Design Professionals.

“I am absolutely thrilled to receive this award. This is a fantastic opportunity to undertake professional development through some of IoD’s programmes as well as gaining some mentoring and insights from veterans of the boardroom. I am immensely grateful to the Wellington Branch of IoD for the opportunity and look forward to the year ahead.  I am sure receiving the award will help fast-track the achievement of my aspirations to secure directorships where I can add value. My personal area of interest is in harnessing the potential of culture and creativity to add value to our assets – moving us from being primarily commodity traders to purveyors of value." says Karl.

The selection committee was impressed with Karl’s diversity of experience and ongoing commitment to making a contribution to his community in the governance area. The committee stated that they were looking forward to working with him over the next 12 months.

2009 – Elaine McCaw

2008 – Not awarded

2007 – Dr Marie Bismark

2006 – Barbara Kuriger

2005 – Samantha Sharif