Facilitators of IoD courses and workshops have been selected for their governance experience, diverse subject matter expertise, and their ability to enliven content by sharing their own experiences. In their capable hands, workshops and courses are high-quality learning experiences – primarily ‘by directors, for directors’.

Facilitators are listed in alphabetical order by surname.

Meet our facilitators

  • George Adams, FCA, CMInstD

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    George is an independent company director and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is a former CEO of Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand, finance director of British Telecom Northern Ireland and Group Finance Director of Molino Beverages Group. He is also Chair of both the Occupational Health Advisory Group, an expert panel that advises WorkSafe on Occupational Health strategy and the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum.

    George is passionate about improving New Zealand’s health and safety record and in 2014 he chaired the Independent Forestry Safety Review which delivered a report on practical recommendations to improve the industry’s safety record. At the 2013 Safeguard Workplace Health and Safety Awards George was awarded the “New Zealand Leader of the Year Award”, and his work at Coca-Cola Amatil was a noted case study in the IoD’s 2013 publication Good Governance Practices Guideline for Managing Health and Safety Risks.

  • Denise Bovaird BCom, FCA, MInstD

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    Denise Bovaird has had a number of governance and risk management roles. She is currently the Chair of Surf Lifesaving Northern region .  She has been a director on the board of the Real Estate Agents Authority and a Commissioner on the Earthquake Commission and  has chaired the Audit and Risk Committees of both these Crown Entities.   She has served on the Board of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants  and was the chair and President  in 2017.  Denise has had a number of corporate and consultancy risk management roles over the last 20 years and is now a risk management consultant with Navigatus Consulting specialising in strategic and organisational risk with private and public sector clients throughout New Zealand. She has a passion for assisting clients to establish risk management frameworks that add value to their organisation and help achieve strategy.  Denise has developed the Institute of Directors Risk Essentials course and facilitates a number of risk and strategy sessions.

  • Philip Broughton CMInstD

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    Philip is a consultant with Polson Higgs, Dunedin and specialises in the development of strategic plans, business plans and conducts a Maori business mentoring programme. He also has extensive experience in training including course development and presentation. His governance positions include chair of Well Dunedin Health Trust, deputy chair of Advertising Standards Complaints Board, board member of Education New Zealand, board member of Ngai Tahu Tourism Ltd, trustee of the Todd Foundation and he is the past president of Business New Zealand. After 33 years as a Chartered Accountant, Philip is supposed to be semi-retired. He can be found still at his desk in Dunedin or at the Balmacewen Course or relaxing in Bannockburn.

  • Lynda Carroll CMInstD

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    Lynda has over 17 year’s governance experience including as a chair and deputy chair. She has led remuneration and performance subcommittees and been a member of finance and audit, fundraising and sponsorship and future operating environment sub-committees. Lynda’s governance experience has been gained in the arts and culture, and wider public and not-for-profit sectors, including the Wellington Regional Orchestra and the New Zealand Institute of Management.  She is currently on the New Zealand Army Leadership Board, a board member for an incorporated society, and a lay member on the Social Workers Registration Board Complaints Assessment Committee. Lynda is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and an Associate Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM). Lynda has led her own consulting company for the past 20 years, working across New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and the UK. Prior to this Lynda was the managing consultant of the New Zealand office of Development Dimensions International.

  • Mike Cosman BSc (Hons), PG Dip OSH MInstD

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    Mike is a highly experienced and respected health and safety professional with international experience as a regulator, policy maker, manager and consultant. He was the only specialist member of the Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety established by the Minister of Labour after the Pike River tragedy and of the Independent Forestry Safety Review. Mike has deep technical expertise in many areas of health and safety as well as the ability to apply this in a strategic context whether at firm, sector or national level. He regularly undertakes expert witness work for both prosecution and defence and peer review complex investigations. Mike has facilitated the IoD’s Advanced Health and Safety Governance Workshop for the past three years. Mike is also the independent member on the Health and Safety Governance Committees for Corrections, Customs and Oranga Tamariki.

  • Souella Cumming CA, MInstD

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    Souella is a partner in KPMG's risk advisory services based in Wellington. She has over 25 years’ experience in providing risk management, internal audit and governance services to a range of public and private sector clients in New Zealand and overseas. She has been responsible for the development and delivery of KPMG’s internal audit services since 1990. Prior to her involvement in the provision of internal audit and assurance services Souella’s background included providing external audit services to clients in the finance, retail, service and manufacturing industries. More recently Souella has been involved in working with not-for-profit and, government and non-government organisations and has experience of assessing governance structures and working with board and audit committees to implement best practice. Souella chairs the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Order of St John in New Zealand. Souella is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, and president of the Institute of Internal Auditors in New Zealand.

  • Margaret Devlin BA (Hons), Ch Enviro, FIWO, CFInstD

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    Margaret Is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD. She is chair of Harrison Grierson, WEL Networks and Watercare Services. Margaret is also a director of Waikato Regional Airport Ltd, Titanium Park Ltd, City Care, Meteorological Services of New Zealand and IT Partners Group.  Margaret is the independent Chair of Waikato District Council audit committee, a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board and the University of Waikato’s Finance and Risk Committee.

  • Simon Harvey - MInstD

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    Simon is a strategic sustainability expert with more than 10 years’ professional experience in the field as a consultant, coach and trainer. He has helped a wide range of clients to leverage sustainability as an opportunity by making it an integrated element of their long-term planning, evolution and success. By injecting an informed future-focus to align strategic outcomes with principles of future-fit practices, Simon enables organisations to improve risk management, reduce costs, and enhance performance. Simon is an accredited Senior Associate of the Natural Step global network; an ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional; and sits on the international board of The Natural Step.

  • John Horner, MInstD

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    John is a Partner in the M&A/Corporate team at Quigg Partners.  John’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions (public and private), securities law, competition law, joint ventures and general corporate and commercial matters with an emphasis on large and/or complex transactions.  His clients include numerous listed entities in New Zealand and overseas, as well as privately owned corporates.   John has been Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society’s Business and Commercial Law Reform Committee and continues to be interested in commercial law reform.  He regularly speaks at conferences and seminars, including Quigg Partners seminars on corporate and commercial law topics in New Zealand and Australia.  He has advised directors and boards on legal duties, both in situations of financial difficulty and in the context of large transactions.

  • Jane Huria CNZM, LLB

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    Jane has broad-based commercial experience including law, insurance, market research and the financial markets. Directorships over the past 25 years in the electricity, technology, business development, health, education, insurance, property development, Crown and sports / recreation sectors have resulted in many years of governance, strategy and organisation development experience. Jane is Ngai Tahu, affiliates to Ngai Tuahuriri and participates in her Marae activities at Tuahiwi, North Canterbury. Jane is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has worked in the field of governance throughout the Commonwealth for the Commonwealth Secretariat and she was a faculty member of the World Bank’s Global Corporate Governance Forum. In 2012 Jane was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to governance. Her current roles include Chair, Unimed; Trustee, Court Theatre; Director, Fortuna Group Limited; Director, Naylor Love Enterprises Limited; Director, Pegasus Health; Member, Greater Christchurch Partnership, and she serves on a number of director and awards Panels.

  • Anna Kominik MInstD

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    Anna is a specialist in strategic internal and external communications and reputation management. A former award-winning journalist, she has held high profile communications roles in both the public and private sectors, including the New Zealand Rugby Union and Telecom New Zealand. Anna was press secretary to two New Zealand Prime Ministers. She has also worked as a government relations consultant and has provided media relations support to the Commonwealth Secretary General. Anna is one of the founding partners and a director of Ideas Shop Ltd, providing advice and support to boards and CEOs for organisations in Australia and New Zealand. She has a Masters degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and is a member of the IoD. She holds current directorships on three boards in the business, private and not-for-profit sectors.

  • Kevin McCaffrey B Soc Sc, M Mngt, CMInstD, FCS

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    Kevin was formerly a Partner in PwC with leadership roles across the Asia Pacific region. His competencies are in Governance, Strategy and Change Management across a range of industry sectors and countries. In 2006 he completed a Master’s degree in Governance and launched his own firm Effective Governance Ltd. In 2015 EY purchased the Intellectual Property of EG where Kevin now leads the Governance practice in Oceania. He currently serves on commercial and NFP boards and guest lectures on the MBA programme at AUT University.

  • Catherine McMillan BCom (Hons), CA, DipTchng, MInstD

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    Catherine has experience in the public sector, corporate business and education, in both senior management and governance roles. She has her own consultancy business which focuses on professional and executive education, strategy development and business re-structuring. She has held governance roles in a variety of organisations and is a trustee with CORE Education Charitable Trust and Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust. In addition, she sits on the Christ’s College Board as the Christ College Old Boys Association representative.

  • Mark Odlin CMInstD

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    Mark is a partner at Buddle Findlay.  He joined Buddle Findlay in 2002 and has been practising law since 1995.  Prior to working with Buddle Findlay, Mark worked as in-house counsel at T-Mobile UK.  He regularly advises boards and management on governance issues – including boards of listed companies, council controlled organisations, trusts and public issuers.  Mark is currently a director of Isight Properties Limited which operates the Christchurch Eye Surgery facility and Buddle Findlay's in-house IT services company, Lawtech Services Limited.

  • Craig Rust NDB, NDA, CA, MInstD

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    Craig is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and member of both the Chartered Accountants of New Zealand / Australia and the Institute of Directors (IoD). Craig established Business Innovators Ltd in 2002 which specialises in business turnarounds through providing strategic growth and management advice to a wide range of small and medium sized businesses. Craig also provides ongoing Director, Chair and Advisory Board services, including regularly facilitating director level training for the IoD since 2009 around the topics of Governance, Finance and Strategy. Prior to setting up Business Innovators, Craig worked as a Chartered Accountant, including in a Senior Management capacity at PricewaterhouseCoopers and received the 2005 Young Accountant of the Year Award for the Southern Region.

    Over the years, a number of Craig’s clients have won various business awards throughout New Zealand including; Small to Medium Exporter of the Year Award, A national Maori Business Award, Supreme Business of the Year in the Nelson Business Awards, First place on the Deloitte Unlimited Fast 50 list.

    Executive and Directorship roles over the past 25 years in the food, data, technology, business development, education, and engineering sectors have resulted in many years of governance, strategy and organisational development experience.

    Currently Craig is the owner and Director of a South Island based food manufacturing and retail business; The Divine Cakes and Desserts Group, and employs over 40 staff.

  • Geof Shirtcliffe, MInstD

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    Geof is a corporate and securities partner at Chapman Tripp.  His principle expertise is in corporate transactions (M&A, joint ventures, takeovers and restructurings), equity capital markets (listed and non-listed) and corporate governance. Geof is a previous member of Chapman Tripp’s national board and current member of its Audit and Risk Committee. He also sits on the Partnership Admissions Committee and previously chaired the Incomes Committee. He also sits on the Partnership Admissions Committee and previously chaired the Incomes Committee.  In addition, Geof is a board member of the Orpheus Choir, chair of the Wellesley College board of trustees and a past president of the Law and Economics Association of New Zealand.

  • Murray Strong MInstD

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    Murray is an independent chair and professional director. He currently holds governance and advisory roles in both the public and private sector including CERA, the Ministry of Education and the TSB Trust and is actively involved in the Christchurch rebuild as the independent chair of three of the anchor projects. He has held a variety of Crown appointed roles, including Crown Commissioner and as a director on Crown entities. He has worked in governance and senior management roles across the education, aviation, professional services, tourism and sport sectors over the last 20 years. He's also actively involved in TEDx in both Queenstown and Christchurch as MC and speaker coach and speaks regularly on leadership in a range of executive programmes.

  • Guy Te Kiniwe Royal, MInstD

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    With over 20 years of experience as a commercial corporate lawyer advising large public and private sector organisations in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Vietnam and the United Kingdom, Guy specialises in joint venture arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, particularly with indigenous groups. He also advises government and public sector bodies on economic and regulatory issues. A director of specialist Māori business advisory firm: Tuia Group, Guy also advises boards on good goverance and integrating tīkanga into good corporate governance. Guy has held and holds a number of directorships including being a director on Kiwirail, and ColabNZ and is the chair of Toitu Te Waonui a forestry fund.

  • Mike Wood BE, FEngNZ, CMInstD

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    Mike Wood is a highly experienced consultant with Broadleaf Capital International, providing risk management advice, training, and cost and benefits risk assessments for a wide range of public and private sector organisations. He is a past chair of the New Zealand Society for Risk Management. His work has taken him to Australia, the Middle East and Canada, where projects have included risk assessments for substantial civil and electrical infrastructure, mining, and oil and gas projects. Mike also has extensive governance experience in the not-for-profit sector and is currently the deputy Chair of the Wellington City Mission, and a trustee of the Youth Cultures & Community Trust and the Ignite Sport Trust.

  • Carmelle Riley MInstD

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    Carmelle is a values-focused company director passionate about creating whānau futures through changing organisation thinking, systems and constructs that limit change, innovation and the emergence of collective economies underpinned by social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes (4 Pou). 

    Carmelle has significant experience growing start-ups (from genesis of idea) to $5M for taiao (environmental), agri-business, science innovation, education, health, and construction. Carmelle has governance and advisory experience working with founders, directors and senior management within organisations to improve governance, long term strategy, performance and succession. 

    Specialties: 4-Pou innovation and growth in tribal economies, governance, company strategy, business development; Māori agribusiness / social capital; change management and organisation development; emerging technologies (agri-techs & big data).

  • Dave Moskovitz CMInstD

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    Dave Moskovitz is a professional director, angel investor, and consultant.  He serves on the boards of a number of startups and larger organisations, and is a member of the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Ministerial Advisory Group reporting to Minister Clare Curran. Dave was born in California and immigrated to New Zealand in 1982. He began his career in software development, did a brief stint studying linguistics at the postgraduate level, and cofounded one of Wellington’s early Internet companies. Since selling that company, he has worked with startups, SMEs, corporates, and government to make the most of their use of digital technology and compete globally. He’s also involved in a number of philanthropic, non-profit, and interfaith organisations.

  • Simon Wilkins

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    Simon is a partner in KPMG’s Advisory practice and leads KPMG’s Sustainable Value practice. This covers a range of services to help deliver long-term value in financial, environmental, social and ethical terms. Specific offerings include Better Business Reporting (including Integrated Reporting) and True Value, KPMG’s methodology to help clients create corporate and societal value. Prior to joining KPMG in 2011, Simon was a partner with PwC. He has advised a number of Silicon Valley technology clients on transactional and impairment issues at the height of the global financial crisis. 

  • Alison Holt MInstD

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    Alison is an internationally acclaimed expert in the governance of information technology and data.  She has had experience as a director, a trustee, a general manager, a research fellow, and as a virtual CIO for multiple organisations, working in advisory and governance roles fuelled by her penchant for innovation, and her wide-ranging business expertise.  She is a Fellow of both the Institute of IT Professionals in New Zealand and the British Computer Society in the United Kingdom, a Member of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered IT Professional.

    Alison has worked with large multinational groups using a consensus led process to develop strategy, standards, policies and guidelines.  She chaired the standards group in 2008 that published the first international standard for the Governance of Information Technology, and is now developing the 38505 series of international standards for the Governance of Data.

  • Pania Gray, CMInstD

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    Pania Gray is a former senior public servant with 20 years of experience working in Māori affairs and education. Pania owner-operates a successful management consulting practice based in Wellington, specialising in meeting and workshop facilitation. A significant concentration of Pania’s client base comes from the social services sector (mainly education). Pania has a mix of not-for-profit, public entity and for-profit governance experience. Pania currently holds governance positions with two privately-held companies: CORE Education Limited and Education Services Limited. She is also the Chair of a local sports club in Wellington.

    Pania served two terms as an elected trustee for Hutt International Boys’ School from 2013 - 2019. Her four-year term on the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) expired in September 2018 and a six-year term on the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities - including three years as the Deputy Chair - concluded in December 2018.

  • Silvana Schenone

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    Silvana is a corporate partner at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, experienced in advising clients on a range of M&A transactions and is recognised as a leading adviser in her field. Silvana has a remarkable international background, born in Chile, of Chilean mother and Italian father, and having worked in New York, Chile and New Zealand. Silvana is a Member of the NZ Takeovers Panel, appointed by the Governor General. Silvana is the author of Duties and Responsibilities of Directors and Company Secretaries in New Zealand, the most up to date text, referred to by the directors’ community in New Zealand, on this very important topic. Silvana holds a Master in Laws from Harvard University, with distinction in corporate law and governance. Silvana is a member of the Latin America New Zealand Business Council, Global Women and a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars in connection with M&A and corporate topics, diversity and leadership.

  • David Flacks (CMInstD)

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    David is a highly-respected, leading New Zealand corporate lawyer with a reputation for providing clear, concise advice, and for achieving pragmatic, commercial outcomes.

    He holds a number of regulatory and governance roles and has recently established a boutique corporate law firm – Flacks & Wong, after retiring as a senior corporate partner of Bell Gully. David also spent four years with Carter Holt Harvey as a member of the senior executive team, general counsel and company secretary. David is Chair of listed company Aft Pharmaceuticals,  Harmoney, and a director of the Suncorp NZ companies and other private companies and charitable organisations.  He is also involved in regulation as Chair of the NZX Regulatory Governance Committee having previously Chaired the Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and been a member of the Takeovers Panel.

  • Zoe Attwood GAICD, MBA, MInstD

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    Zoe is a Professional Director who has been working in governance since 2000, successfully serving on the Boards of private and listed companies, government entities, research institutes and not-for-profit organisations. She has held governance positions in both New Zealand and Australia.  She has also been an active Member and Chair of several subcommittees including finance audit and risk, governance and science.  Zoe facilitates governance training for both the Institute of Directors (IoD) NZ and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Zoe has had an international senior executive career across many industries, specializing in science and technology, innovation and commercialisation.  She has held global, leading roles with Owens Illinois, Dairy Australia Ltd, Bonlac Foods Ltd / Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd and Fletcher Challenge Forests. She has worked extensively across food and beverage industries around the world, including 34 years in agriculture/horticulture, 21 of those years in dairy. Zoe is currently a Director of SealStone NZ Ltd and a Committee Member of the IoD Bay of Plenty branch.

  • Jo Brosnahan QSO, MA Hons, FCILT, FNZIM, CFInstD

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    Jo is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Chair of Northpower Fibre (ultra-fast broadband), Chair of Maritime NZ, Chair of Rotorua Lakes Audit and Risk Comm and also on the Auckland Museum Trust Board, the Harrison Grierson Board and Principal of Leaders for the Future.   She is Chair of the Taitokerau Education Trust, supporting digital learning in low decile schools in Northland, a member of the Centre for Brain Research Advisory Board, and of other trusts. She is the Founder and Advisory Trustee of Leadership NZ, was Chair for more than a decade and has had an extensive governance career.  She was previously CEO of the Northland Regional Council and of the Auckland Regional Council. 

    As a Harkness Fellow and Aspen Scholar, Jo spent a year researching leadership in the USA.  In addition to her governance roles, she develops and facilitates leadership and governance programmes.

  • Sue Brown MInstD

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    Sue is an experienced governance, regulatory and legal adviser.  She has more 25 years' experience as an adviser to corporates and financial market participants in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Previously a member of the Financial Markets Authority's leadership team, she played a lead role in shaping and delivering its approach to recent regulatory reforms, including the Financial Advisers Act and the Financial Markets Conduct Act. Sue is a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals of New Zealand, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Paul Connell CA CFInstD

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    Paul is an independent director with extensive experience as a consultant, executive and director in a variety of industries. Since 2000 he has been a director of a number of listed companies, private companies and public entities. He is presently Chair of the Accreditation Council, Director and of Unison Networks Ltd, Unison Fibre Ltd, ETEL Ltd, Hall’s Logistics Group Ltd and Telarc Ltd. He is Independent Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority’s Audit and Risk Committee, Chair of Unison Networks Audit and Risk Committee and Chair of Bobux International Limited.

  • Peter Crow BTech (Hons), PhD, CMInstD

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    Peter is an experienced director and chair, principally of privately-held companies and social enterprises, and an advisor, speaker and author with internationally acknowledged expertise in corporate purpose, strategy, corporate governance and effective board practice. His current board appointments include chairship of Riverlock Group Holdings, a large farming enterprise. Previous appointments include Tracmap, EnergySmart, Hutt International Boys’ School and the Baptist Union of New Zealand, amongst others. His ground-breaking doctoral research explored board influence on firm performance.

  • Nick Dangerfield BCom, FCA, CMA, MInstD

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    Nick has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Economics) from Canterbury University and is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants as well as being a qualified cost and management accountant. Nick has had over 25 years’ experience in senior finance management positions and has also held the role of General Manager Operations. Nick also does Training for Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand in the areas of Finance for Non-Financial Managers and Professional Ethics. Nick has held a number of directorships and chairmanships in both the SME market and not-for-profit sector. He is currently Treasurer of PARS, Chair (Audit & Risk) and Board Member of NZ Cancer Society as well as member of the Tauranga Te Papa Rotary Club.

  • Henri Eliot, BA, LLB (Hons), MBA, CFInstD

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    Henri Eliot’s career began in Financial Services where he held a number of senior executive positions at JP Morgan Chase in New York City and the Bank of Montreal in Toronto.  Henri spent over ten years in London & New York working in management consulting at Deloitte and PwC. More recently, Henri worked in Telecommunications & ICT Services In New Zealand before forming Board Dynamics in 2009. Henri is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Fellow of the Australasia Financial Services Institute (Finsia) and Fellow of the Institute of Management New Zealand. Along with his work as an executive, Henri is a regular contributor to the NZ Herald, National Business Review and Idealog. He is currently Chair Balle Bros Group, Chair Taxpayer’s Simplification Panel (Inland Revenue), Trustee Plunket Foundation, President of the Canada Business Council and member of Propellerhead Limited Advisory Board. He received his LLB (Hons) from the University of London, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from McGill University in Canada and his MBA in the United Kingdom.

  • Alastair Hercus BA (Hons), LLB, CMInstD

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    Alastair is a partner with Buddle Findlay in Wellington and has practised corporate and public law for over 20 years, advising a variety of public and private sector clients on corporate governance and directors' duties. He has specific expertise in the health and primary sectors and is an expert on cooperative and mutual company structures. Alastair is currently deputy chair of Medical Assurance Society Ltd, a director of Medical Securities Limited and a member of the Advisory Board of Cancer Trials New Zealand. He also serves on the board of Buddle Findlay, and has chaired the Latin America New Zealand Business Council, and spent nine years as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • Susan Huria CFInstD, ONZM

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    Susan Huria is an experienced director including chair of the large nationwide rural vet practice Veterinary Enterprises Group, Marsden Maritime Holdings Ngai Tahu Property and Connexis. She is also independent chair of the Remuneration Committee of Māori Television. Susan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a member of the Auckland Branch Committee where she runs the Next Generation Director workshops in Auckland.

  • Simon Jensen MInstD, LLB, BCom

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    Simon is a partner at Buddle Findlay. He has over 25 years’ corporate governance experience and has been on the Boards of Visa New Zealand, The Warehouse Financial Services Ltd (where he Chaired the Board) and AGC New Zealand. He regularly advises boards and management of listed companies, banks, Crown entities, trusts and public issuers on governance. Prior to working at Buddle Findlay, Simon spent 15 years as general counsel for Westpac Banking Corporation in New Zealand, followed by four years acting as a consultant on pan-industry projects in the banking and finance sector. 

  • Sam Maling LLB, CFInstD

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    Sam is a Christchurch barrister with over 40 years’ experience in court, mediation and arbitration work. He is an accredited Arbitrator and Mediator (AMINZ and NZDRC).Sam has extensive business experience including chair and director roles with New Zealand listed companies Pyne Gould Corporation, PGGWrightson, and NZ Farming Systems Ltd. Other governance roles include Financial Services (MARAC), Agribusiness and Trustee Services. He was executive chairman of Lane Neave Lawyers for some years, and held governance roles with the New Zealand Law Society both in Canterbury and nationally. He is a former chair of the Broadcasting Standards Authority. He currently serves on the council of Legal Education, and The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal. He chairs a Queenstown Body Corporate with over 400 New Zealand and overseas owners. He is also a director for a number of private companies.

  • Juliet McKee QSO, CFInstD

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    Juliet is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and has held over 20 board directorships in a wide range of sectors, with state-owned enterprises, private and publicly-listed companies and not-for-profit organisations. In 1991, she established her New Zealand-based consultancy firm, Broad Horizons Limited, which delivers corporate governance training, policy advice and strategic planning workshops to a wide variety of clients in New Zealand, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Juliet was awarded the Queen’s Service Order and the Commonwealth Medal. She is an honorary fellow of the School of Government at Victoria University.

  • Phillip Meyer FAIM, Life FNZIM, FFIN, CFInstD

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    Phil is an experienced company director and investment banker. His governance experience extends across banking, infrastructure, health, insurance, telecommunications, broadcasting, education, peak industry bodies, investment management, arts, central and local government and Maori affairs. He has a strong reputation for improving business performance through effective collaborative strategic governance.  He also has a strong commitment to building an improved economy for New Zealand through public service. His extensive experience covers retail and wholesale banking, international capital markets, derivatives, project finance, particularly in the areas of the funding of public infrastructure by the private sector, minerals and energy, capital raising, funds management and technology relating to financial services.

  • Fiona Oliver CMInstD

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    Fiona is an experienced board member and audit committee chair with a governance portfolio across a variety of sectors, including renewable energy, commercial property, utilities and airport software, intelligence and investigations software and financial and professional services. Her local and overseas Executive commercial operational experience was gained in leading funds management businesses for Westpac and AMP in NZ and managing the risk management function for AMP private equity in Sydney and London. Prior to her Executive career, she practised as a senior corporate and commercial lawyer (private practise and in-house) in NZ and overseas, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. A dominant focus of her board and Executive experience has been to profitably grow businesses during periods of significant industry disruption and execute substantial business transformation.

  • Carol Scholes CMInstD

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    With over 30 years of management experience in commercial and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand and Australia and eight years in CEO roles, Carol specialises in helping organisations understand their vision, improve their systems and build teams to achieve success. As a consultant, Carol has provided board and executive coaching, mediation, facilitation and strategic planning with corporate, government and not for profit organisations. Her specialities are leading change, governance, financial management and conflict management. Carol has a Bachelor of Business in Human Resource Management, a Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (Mediation), and Certificate IV in Executive Coaching, is a qualified trainer using accelerated learning techniques, is a Master NLP practitioner, International Master Coach, Master Clinical Hypnotherapist and a certified mBit coach. Carol is an accredited coach with the International Coach Federation, a member of the NZ Association for Training and Development and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

  • Hamish Stevens MCom, MBA, CA, CMInstD

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    Hamish is an Auckland based independent director and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He is an experienced board chair and holds several board committee chair positions.  Hamish is currently chair of East Health Services Ltd and The Kennedy’s Ltd, and a director of Restaurant Brands Ltd, Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd, Pacific Radiology Group Ltd, Pharmaco Ltd, and Counties Power Ltd.  He is also the Independent Chair of the Waikato Regional Council Audit and Risk committee.  Prior to his governance career, Hamish held senior executive positions within some of New Zealand’s largest companies, including Tip Top Ice Cream, Heinz Wattie’s, and DB Breweries. Hamish has an M.Com (Hons.) and MBA from the University of Auckland and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.

  • David Sutton MInstD

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    David is an Internal Audit Partner at KPMG Auckland. He was most recently chief audit executive (CAE) for Telecom NZ, a SEC registered company with approximately $NZ4b in revenues, leading the risk, internal audit, and compliance teams. David has been working as a CAE of listed entities for the past seven years. He has international Sarbanes-Oxley experience with Shell Corporation and Microsoft and 11 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand providing risk management, internal and external audit services to a wide range of clients. David is currently president of the Institute of Internal Auditors of New Zealand and was New Zealand Internal Auditor of the Year in 2011.

  • Richard Westlake MA, CFInstD

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    Richard began his international governance advisory business in 2001, with the purpose of building boards into leading teams. He has facilitated programmes for the IoD for more than 10 years and has more than 20 years’ experience as a director and board chair. He is based in Wellington and is currently chair of Careerforce Industry Training Organisation, as well as the first independent director of the Dairy Goat Co-operative (NZ) Limited and a director of RCBC Bank, one of the largest banks in the Philippines. Richard was a founding independent director of Kiwibank Ltd for ten years and has chaired several other organisations, including Intergen Ltd, Standards New Zealand, two SOEs, the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum and Canterbury Opera. In 2013, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation published a book it had commissioned Richard to write, ‘Guidance for the Directors of Banks’, aimed principally at directors of banks in developing countries worldwide.

  • Brendon O’Connor MInstD

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    Brendon has been a strategy consultant since 2010, establishing advisory firm O’Connor Sinclair and in 2016 bringing this firm into PwC. Brendon has advised a wide range of Councils, CCO’s, central Government agencies and commercial organisations.

    Brendon is a Director in the Advisory team at PwC. His consulting practice has a particular focus on providing commercial advice in the context of strategic and business planning in local government in sport, event and recreation infrastructure and in central government in relation to social investment.

  • Giselle McLachlan CMInstD

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    Giselle is an experienced company director and chair, with time recently as a CEO, and is a governance specialist. Her industry roles have been varied, from the agricultural sector right through to being a partner in a law firm, and General Counsel for New Zealand’s largest insurance company. Giselle served as a director for four years on the Earthquake Commission including its audit committee and has held several other board roles. Giselle also chaired the Audit Committee for the Institute of Financial Advisers and is the Chair of Health Central Ltd which is a newly merged GP practice in Central Otago. Giselle now has her own consultancy business – which focuses on growing people and their businesses in a healthy way.

  • Ian Fitzgerald (CMInstD)

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    Ian’s current directorships including being Chair of the Public Trust, Chair of Ngati Apa ki te Ra To Investments, Chair of the Niue Development Bank, a director of Timaru District Holdings and is a former Chair of Kiwibank Limited. Ian also an independent director of two New Zealand Government Department Programme Boards that have significant elements of technological change to improve organisational performance and service.

  • Ian Jameson

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    Ian is the Programme Lead of the Corporate Reporting Dialogue ‘the dialogue’, an initiative designed to respond to market calls for greater coherence, consistency and comparability between corporate reporting frameworks, standards and related requirements. His duties also involve being the Region Lead for Africa, to support institutional partners with the development and adoption of integrated reporting on the continent. Ian Jameson was seconded from KPMG in South Africa to the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). 

  • Michael Quigg MInstD

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    Michael is a partner at Quigg Partners and heads its employment law team. Michael has been involved in a number of leading employment cases and is regarded as one of New Zealand’s senior employment law practitioners. He advises a range of leading corporates and public sector entities on their key employment requirements and has been involved in providing advice to boards on a variety of CEO employment issues. 

  • Jo Cribb

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    Jo has had a long career working on some of the toughest issues facing New Zealand – child poverty, violence against women and entrenched unemployment. She was a senior public servant, leading the Office of the Children’s Commission and most recently as chief executive of the Ministry for Women. She is an experienced NGO governor with roles including IHC, VSA, Literacy Aotearoa and was chair of Scots College. Jo recently published research into the governance capability of social sector NGOs.  Her current portfolio includes leading an NGO focused on improving literacy rates and running her consulting business where she works with leaders to achieve their diversity goals and coaching women leaders.

  • Janine Smith MNZM. BCom, MPhil (Hons1st class), CFInstD

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    Janine has been a company director for over 20 years.  She is a founding Principal of The Boardroom Practice Limited (TBPL) which specialises in boardroom practice and organisational development and change issues for boards and management.

    She is currently Chair of AsureQuality, Chair of REANNZ (Advanced Research Education Network), the only independent member of Fonterra’s Governance Development Committee, Council member of AUT, President of the London Business School alumni Auckland chapter, a well- known judge of business awards and a member of ArcAngels and Global Women.

    Janine has held a number of non-executive independent board positions as director and chair in Public Listed Companies, State Owned Enterprises, Private Companies and with companies in the arts and education sectors. She was also a member of the screening panel for Crown directors for over 10 years. Janine’s executive director positions were with Telecom Directories and Arnott’s NZ where she was the GM/CEO.

    In 2010 Janine completed a Master of Philosophy, research only, on Effective Boards from Inside the Boardroom, which was then one of the first studies of its type in the world.  She was also acknowledged in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List receiving a MNZM for services to corporate governance.

  • Richard Wells

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    Richard is a commercial and tech lawyer with expertise across several jurisdictions.  He leads the Privacy practice group at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and assists clients with the increasingly complex task of managing and commercialising data and personal information across its lifecycle - from collection and storage through to disclosure, transfer and use.  He is sought after to assist in privacy and data breach scenarios, and is a panellist for cyber breach insurance policies.  As well as his core practice, he is involved in sports and events governance – as Chair of the Elite Selection Panel for Triathlon New Zealand and previously as Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Events Association 2016-18.