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Our thoughts are with our members and their organisations impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle. Boards have a key role to play in the wake of any crisis. See guidance for chairs and directors

Panel Discussion

Fully booked



Unpacking governance for SMEs

Our panel of local SME directors will share governance insight and experiences, and discuss directors’ duties and risk in SME businesses.

Scott Mason, Wade Pearson, Dean Addie , Chris Hughes
4:30pm — 6:00pm, 15 March 2023
COIN South
Hub 1, 42 Don Street, Invercargill 9810
Price members
$30.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$40.00 incl GST


The Institute of Directors (IoD) and The Southland Business Chamber are collaborating to offer Southland businesses the opportunity to attend this new Governance Series. The series is designed for small and medium sized business (SME) owners and executives, advisors to SMEs, and directors on SMEs business boards.  

This is the first in a series of three events. 

In this session, chaired by Scott Mason, we will look at understanding the purpose of governance, and discuss director’s duties and risks in an SME.  We will also explore the benefits of having a governance structure and the difference between having an advisory board and a formal governance board.  We will talk to local directors and there will be the chance to ask questions of the panel.

After the panel discussion, there will be the opportunity to network over light refreshments.

Our second session will look at setting up governance in SME and start-up businesses.

Scott Mason 

Scott Mason has been a practising Charted Accountant for over 30 years, specialising in advising medium/large businesses and HNWI, and is a qualified mediator/ADR practitioner. Scott’s governance career has been building over the last 10 years, and he is now primarily a professional director across a range of industries and entity types, with a special interest in early/mid-stage tech companies (soft and hard). 

Current roles include directorships with City Forests Limited (Dunedin City Council owned), NomosOne Limited (leasing SaaS), Southern Motor Group Limited, Banqer Limited (children’s financial literacy), Get Home Safe (lone worker H&S SaaS), and Bison Group Limited (container weighing/lifting). 

Scott has a passion for ensuring learning and personal growth opportunities are available to everyone who wants such, and has been actively involved in a range of education and training entities as a speaker and governor. He also has a strong interest in public policy, and is the current chair of the CAANZ Tax Advisory Group, advising Government/IRD on tax policy matters.

Wade Pearson

Wade is a commercial lawyer at Gallaway Cook Allan and chair of Startup Dunedin. As a lawyer, he works with a large number of startups, SMEs and larger businesses, and he can see first-hand the value good governance brings. He has a particular interest in technology companies and game developer studios and likes explaining complex legal/commercial concepts in a clear manner. 

As Chair of Startup Dunedin, he helps lead the board to facilitate and grow Dunedin’s startup ecosystem. He is early in his governance journey but has a passion for supporting great startups from the South. Prior to returning to Dunedin, Wade worked in Wellington at another law firm, and also worked within Viclink and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, helping innovative Kiwis to succeed.

Dean Addie

Business Development Manager and co-founder of EIS, a multi-disciplined engineering and electrical company. Dean’s expertise is in business development and client satisfaction and he is extremely proud of EIS and their proven experience working on sites throughout New Zealand and around the world.

Dean has served on many boards including Dog Island Motu Piu Trust, Foundation for Youth Development Southland, etco, Great South, Southern Institute of Technology, Southland Chamber of Commerce, and New Zealand Institute of Management Inc.

Chris Hughes

Managing Director – MPE Limited. Chris has held senior Management positions with a large NZ corporate as well as owning and operating businesses in the SME space. Chris has proven ability to lead multiple teams and implement changes of strategy whilst focusing on and improving results. One of Chris’s accomplishments has been a successful merger and acquisition of an existing business and the creation of multiple divisions into an existing business.

Chris is an active business mentor through the NZ Business Mentor program, an board member of the Southland and New Zealand Chambers of Commerce.

Additional information

Covid-19 precautions

By registering for this event you are confirming that you agree to adhere to our Covid-19 health and safety measures. If you are unwell or have any Covid-19 symptoms please do not attend this event.

Additional requirements

Should you have any particular dietary, mobility, cultural or other requirements, you can let us know on the registration form.

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.


Michelle Branford
Otago Southland Branch Manager

+64 20 4183 5664

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  • Fully booked


    15 Mar 2023

    Members — $30.00

    Non-members — $40.00

    Please ph 04 499 0076 to be placed on the waitlist