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Focus on not-for-profit

The need to balance long term planning with 'keeping the doors open' in the short term is the same in all organisations. This tension is at its height within not-for-profit organisations.

Alan Isaac, Martin Wiseman, Jo Brosnahan, Vivien Bridgwater
6:00pm — 7:00pm, 25 May 2020
Price members
$0.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$30.00 incl GST


NFPs often seek to fulfil an ambitious goal but inevitably struggle to source the capital to achieve it. Unlike the for-profit sector, NFPs are faced with the unique situation where the person paying for the service isn’t always the one receiving it.

The event will explore this tension with a panel of senior NFP directors. They will specifically address the following three areas:

  • short term operational funding
  • long term capital funding
  • long term purpose and intangible assets.

Our panellists:

  • Alan Isaac – lead facilitator and president of IoD National Council
  • Martin Wiseman – chair of The Starship Foundation
  • Jo Brosnahan - chair of the Taitokerau Education Trust
  • Vivien Bridgwater - chair of the Auckland Theatre Company

Alan Isaac 

Alan Isaac CNZM, FCA, CFInstD is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, president of the IoD’s national council, is a member of the IoD’s policy and practices, audit and risk, governance leadership oversight and human resources committees and serves as a director on the IoD’s commercial board. 

He has had extensive experience governing and leading businesses and sporting organisations throughout his career.  Alan was chair of KPMG for 10 years - until 2006, former chair of New Zealand Cricket and former president of the International Cricket Council. He currently chairs the New Zealand Community Trust, is a director on the boards of Murray Capital GP Ltd and Selacs Insurance Ltd.  He is also a director on the boards and chairs the Audit and Risk committees of Oceania Healthcare Ltd, Skellerup Holdings Ltd, Scales Corp Ltd/SCL Ltd and the Wellington Free Ambulance. 

Alan’s current community sporting roles include chair of the Basin Reserve Trust and serving as a trustee on both the Wellington Cricket Trust and the Brierley Cricket Foundation. He is a Fellow Chartered Account and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Martin Wiseman

Martin is a senior corporate partner with more than 30 years' experience in corporate, commercial and insolvency law. He has advised some of New Zealand’s largest and best-known businesses on complex transactions and on their day-to-day legal needs.

Martin is currently country managing partner of DLA Piper New Zealand. He was at the forefront of the integration of the Australian and New Zealand businesses with DLA Piper.

Martin is also chairman of Starship Foundation, which fundraises for the national children’s hospital Starship, and a committee member (and secretary of) the Lake Tarawera Ratepayers' Association, which aims to preserve for all the unique environment and water quality of Lake Tarawera in the Bay of Plenty.

Jo Brosnahan

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 committee, chair of Harrison Grierson 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.

Vivien Bridgwater

Vivien Sutherland Bridgwater has a long and successful history of senior management roles in leading New Zealand organisations, including as chief executive The Radio Bureau, general manager university relations Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and most notably as co- founder and general manager Mai FM88.6. More recently she was the general manager destination and marketing for Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development (ATEED).

Vivien has also had substantial governance experience including chair of Save the Children New Zealand, board member Save the Children International, trustee for the Sky City Community Trust and Youthline and as board director for both ATEED and Television New Zealand. She is currently a Commissioner on the Tertiary Education Commission and the chair of the Auckland Theatre Company.

Vivien is Ngati Whatua, a mother of three, and brings a deep cultural awareness and commitment to her work. She actively promotes interests for youth, Maori, Pasifika, and multicultural communities, and is a passionate proponent of building and celebrating diversity in business, and contributing to rich and empowered communities.

Branch event cancellation policy

Regrettably, registration fees cannot be refunded when cancellations are received within two working days prior to any branch event.

See our standard terms and conditions for more information.


Jill Steffert
Auckland Branch Manager

+64 27 403 0148
+64 9 905 4804

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    25 May 2020
    Members — $0.00
    Non-members — $30.00