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 CMInstD

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    George is an independent company director and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. George sits on the board of both public and private companies. 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. Being a director and Chair on multiple boards has given George an excellent insight into how the relationship between boards and the management team can be optimised to produce better results.

  • 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.

  • Lynda Carroll CMInstD

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    Lynda has over 19 year’s governance experience including as a chair and deputy chair. She has led Remuneration and Performance, and Nominations 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 within the wider state, private and not-for-profit sectors.  She is currently on the New Zealand Army Leadership Board, the New Zealand String Quartet Trust Board, and a lay member on the Social Workers Registration Board Professional Conduct Committee. Lynda is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Lynda has led her own consulting company for the past 22 years, working across New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and the UK. Prior to this Lynda was Development Dimensions International's Managing Consultant for New Zealand.

  • 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 chair of the Accreditation Council, Bobux International Limited and independent chair of the Environmental Protection Authority’s audit and risk committee. Paul is a director of ETEL Ltd and Telarc Ltd. He is and has been appointed to the boards of WEL Networks Ltd and Ultra Fast Fibre Ltd. 

  • 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 Royal New Zealand Navy, 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 in New Zealand and internationally to achieve their diversity goals.

  • 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.

  • Pania Gray, CMInstD

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    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 the Chair of CORE Education Limited’s Audit and Risk Committee and is an independent member of the Te Mātāwai Komiti Tātari Tūraru (Audit and Risk Committee). 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. She served a four-year term on the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) and a six-year term on the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities – including three years as the Deputy Chair.

  • 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 has developed the 38505 series of international standards for the Governance of Data.

  • Susan Huria CFInstD, ONZM

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    Susan Huria is an experienced director including Chair of Ngāi Tahu Property and previously Chair of Veterinary Enterprises Group and Deputy Chair of AgResearch. She is currently a  director of Connexis and the NZ Royal College of GPs. She is a Trustee of Construction Health and Safety NZ and Chair of the Steering Group for the longitudinal study ‘Growing up in NZ’. Susan is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

  • Juliet McKee QSO, CFInstD

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    Juliet is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors 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. Juliet’s consultancy firm 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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. Craig has 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.

    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.

  • 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 (Hons.), 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, Evolve Education Group and The Kennedy’s, and a director of Marsden Maritime Holdings, Northport, Pacific Radiology Group, Pharmaco, and Counties Power.  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.

  • Richard Westlake MA, CFInstD

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    Richard has facilitated programmes for the IoD for more than 10 years and has more than 25 years’ experience as a director and board chair. He is based in Wellington and is currently chair of New Zealand Home Loans Limited and Co-op Money NZ, the financial technology business that supports New Zealand’s credit unions and manages most of New Zealand’s non-bank ATMs. He is also a director of RCBC Bank, one of the largest banks in the Philippines.

    Until June 2019, he was Chair of Careerforce Industry Training Organisation and he has recently stepped down from nine years as the first independent director of the Dairy Goat Co-operative (NZ) Limited. Among his other roles, Richard was a founding independent director of Kiwibank Ltd and he has chaired several other organisations, including Intergen Ltd, Standards New Zealand, two SOEs, the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum and Canterbury Opera.

  • 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,  Chair of Harrison Grierson Board and also on the Auckland Museum Trust 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.

  • Melissa Clark-Reynolds ONZM, MInstD

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    Melissa became a Professional Director after 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur and CEO of a number of Technology companies.  She was awarded the ONZM for Services to Technology in 2015. Melissa is a Governor of Radio NZ, sits on the Boards of Jasmax Architects, Beef and Lamb NZ and Kiwi Insurance Ltd. In recent years she has studied at MIT, Cambridge University and Stanford (twice!), as well as The Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley.  As well as facilitating for the Institute of Directors Melissa works with companies to execute transformational strategies. She tweets as @HoneyBeeGeek

  • 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 gained over 40 years.  He has deep technical expertise in many areas of health and safety risk management as well as the ability to apply this in a strategic context whether at firm, sector or national level. He undertakes a range of reviews for clients as well as providing expert opinion for both prosecution and defence in complex cases.  Mike is the independent expert advisor to the health and safety governance groups of a number of public sector departments  (currently Customs, MFAT, MPI and Oranga Tamariki). He is Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Safety Management.

    Mike has co-facilitated the IoD’s Advanced Health and Safety Governance Workshop for the past five years and delivers bespoke Boardroom training for the Institute.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 25 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 and a member of MBIE’s Risk and Assurance Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Cancer Trials New Zealand.  He has served on the board of Buddle Findlay, chaired the Latin America New Zealand Business Council, and spent nine years as a diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

  • 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, dairying, business development, health, insurance, property development, Crown and sport / 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. She has worked in the field of governance throughout the Commonwealth for the Commonwealth Secretariat and 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; Director, Pegasus Health; Trustee, Canterbury Cricket Trust; and Member, Greater Christchurch Partnership.

  • 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 Kevin joined EY Advisory and now leads the Governance practice in Oceania. He currently serves on range of commercial and NFP boards.

  • Giselle McLachlan CFInstD

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    Giselle is an experienced company director, chair, CEO, and is a governance specialist. Her industry roles have been varied, from the agricultural sector through to being a partner in a law firm, and General Counsel for New Zealand’s largest insurance company. She has held several board roles but notably served as a director for four years on the Earthquake Commission, including its audit committee. Amongst other chair roles Giselle chaired the Audit Committee for the Institute of Financial Advisers and a GP practice, Health Central Ltd.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • David Sutton MInstD

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    David is a Partner at KPMG in Auckland and leads Governance and Risk services nationally.  He works with a wide range of Boards and organisations in an advisor capacity across a number of sectors.  David has been a key facilitator for the Institute of Directors and supports the Company Directors Course, Audit & Risk Committees Course, and Risk Essentials.  From a governance perspective he has held a number of Director roles.  Before KPMG, David led the Risk, Internal Audit, and Compliance teams at Telecom for five years reporting directly to the Board.  Prior to that, David was in a similar role with Fisher & Paykel Appliances where he was also the secretary to the Audit & Risk Committee.   He has also worked extensively overseas with Shell Corporation and Microsoft Corp.  David is a fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors of New Zealand and was New Zealand Internal Auditor of the Year in 2011.

  • 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 chairman 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 and strategy experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sector and is currently the deputy Chairman of the Wellington City Mission, and a trustee of the Youth Cultures & Community Trust and the Ignite Sport Trust