Canterbury Branch

First Steps in Governance Award

The Canterbury Branch of the Institute of Directors, in conjunction with Ronald McDonald House, First Steps in Governance Award. 

2016 First Steps in Governance winner

First Steps in Governance Award

A South Canterbury woman will get to revisit a career highlight as the newest member at Ronald McDonald House South Island’s board table. Rebecca Biggs has been awarded the Institute of Directors Canterbury Branch’s First Steps in Governance Award, giving her an internship position on the charity’s board. Institute of Directors’ Canterbury Branch chair Vincent Pooch said the judges were impressed by Ms Biggs’ ambition, step by step focus and leadership potential.

“Rebecca is an inspiration young woman who has a strong professional and personal desire to make a real difference in governance. Her experience combined with her desire to professionally develop as a director will make her a real asset to the Ronald McDonald House South Island board.” Read more


About the First Steps in Governance Award

This Award provides opportunities for young professionals to gain governance experience in the not-for-profit sector. Applicants must be under 40 years of age.

Applications are sought from individuals who:

  • Wish to adopt a leadership role in their community
  • Are motivated to further their business experience, gain an insight into good governance practice and learn about the dynamics of sitting on a board or trust
  • Are able to demonstrate leadership, integrity and enterprise in their careers
  • Have a range of experience and skills (commercial, community, public service)
  • Able to commit the time to prepare for and attend meetings and associated events
  • Are under 40 years of age
  • Have not held a significant governance role to date (this does not include a role in a local sports, school or community organisation or club)

Benefits include:

  • A governance Internship with Ronald McDonald House South Island
  • One year’s complimentary membership of the Institute of Directors
  • One year’s complimentary attendance at all Canterbury branch members’ functions where members can learn and share their experiences
  • $815 towards an IoD director development course of your choice to be taken in the 12 month period following the Award
  • Mentoring from an experienced director

Applications for 2016 are now closed.


Ronald McDonald HouseRonald McDonald House South Island is an independent registered charitable trust established to help and support the families of children who are receiving medical care. It is managed by a voluntary Board of Trustees, a small staff and many volunteers.

Past recipients

2015

A young Christchurch lawyer gets to help keep families together as the newest member at Ronald McDonald Southland’s board table.

Julie Hands has been bestowed the Institute of Directors’ First Steps in Governance Award, giving her an internship position on the charity’s board.

Institute of Directors’ Canterbury Branch chair Janice Fredric said the judges were impressed by Hands’ ambition, focus and leadership potential.

“Julie is an exceptional young woman who has already taken on a range of leadership roles in both her career and the community. Her breadth of skill and empathy for the cause will make her a real asset to the Ronald McDonald House board.”

Full media release

2014

The inaugural First Steps in Governance Award has been awarded to Gareth Reed.

Gareth Reed receives a two year internship with Ronald McDonald House South Island, $750 towards an IoD Director Development course, a year’s complimentary membership of the IoD, one year‘s complimentary attendance at IoD member functions and mentoring with an experienced director.

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