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Auckland branch

Auckland branch

The Auckland branch of the Institute of Directors serves around 3500 IoD members in the Auckland and Northland regions. Branch manager Jill Steffert, branch co-ordinator Natalie Spratt, and the branch team run up to 40 events a year, supported by volunteering members on the branch committee. We hold events in the CBD, regional Auckland, Whangarei, and the far north.

Our breakfast and after-5 events feature speakers and panel discussions, with plenty of opportunity to network with other members. We often run workshops, designed as learning opportunities for members, over lunch times and late afternoons. These relaxed sessions, led by senior directors, are aimed at participants in earlier stages of their governance journey.

Branch Manager

Jill SteffertJill Steffert

+64 27 403 0148
+64 9 905 4804
Jill.Steffert@iod.org.nz

I am available to discuss your governance pathway and how your IoD membership can help. Whether you are an existing member, or new to governance and want more information on membership, please feel free to get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you at an Auckland branch event in the near future.

Emerging Director award

The Auckland Branch of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award is open to Auckland Branch members in the very early stages of their governance career.

Jaya Prasannan Emerging Director award2019 award recipient

Auckland lawyer Jaya Prasannan has been announced as the Institute of Directors' Auckland branch Emerging Director 2019. Read more

About the Auckland Emerging Director award

Application criteria

  • Must be a Member of the Auckland Branch
  • Must be in the very early stages of their governance career i.e. with fewer than five years’ governance experience, no independent directorships on a commercial board.  To be the successful recipient of the branch Emerging Director Award, applicants must not be a current mentee participating in IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity programme, and/or an appointed  Future Director currently observing on a Host Board. This does not restrict applicants from applying for programmes concurrently but only one opportunity can be awarded.
  • Submit an application form to provide the following information:
    • Your resume with details of any governance, leadership and executive experience
    • Details of two referees
    • A written submission addressing each of the following subjects (no more than 500 words per subject):
      • What motivates you to aspire to pursue a career in governance
      • What value you believe you will bring to a board
      • What steps you have taken towards a career in governance

Award prize

  • Complimentary membership with IoD for 12 months
  • Complimentary attendance at all branch functions for 12 months
  • Mentoring with experienced director for 12 months
  • $2,000 (GST excl) towards IoD professional development (must be used in the award year)

Judging criteria

  • Demonstrates commitment to developing a career in governance
  • Has skills and experience that would be useful to a board
  • Has had either senior executive, leadership or governance experience
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the importance of sound governance

Past recipients

  • Nagaja Sanatkumar (2018)
  • Carol Cheng (2017)
  • Rachel Hopkins (2016)
  • Paul Adams (2015)
  • Shane McMahon (2014)
  • Nicola Duggan (2013)
Branch Committee

Julia Hoare BCom, FCA, CMInstD

Julia HoareJulia is a professional independent director, is chair of the Auckland Branch Committee and is a member of the IoD Council.  She is Deputy Chair of The a2 Milk Company Limited, and director and chair of the Audit and Risk committees of Auckland International Airport Limited, Port of Tauranga Limited, AWF Madison Limited and Watercare Services Limited. She is also a director of New Zealand Post Limited and a member of XRB External Reporting Advisory Panel.

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

Jo BrosnahanJo 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.

Suneli Connor BCom (DipGrad), CA, MInstD

Suneil ConnorSuneil is the CFO of global business brokerage LINK. He has previously worked for KPMG and Crowe Horwath. He holds board positions on KiwiHarvest and Auckland Foundation and is the chair of the Audit Committee for both organisations. Suneil is a Member of the IoD and joined the branch committee in February 2018.

Andrew Evans BBS, GDipBus (Fin), MBA (Dist), ANZIV, FPINZ, CFInstD

Andrew EvansA professional director and consultant, Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate and asset management, previously holding executive positions with ING New Zealand and CB Richard Ellis. Andrew has been a professional director for 10 years and is a director of Argosy Property Limited, Vital Healthcare Property Limited, Holmes Group Limited, Holmes Fire Limited, Trust Investments Management Limited and Hughes and Cossar Limited. In addition, Andrew serves on various board committees including audit and risk and remuneration. He is a past national president of the Property Council of New Zealand, a foundation member of the New Zealand Property Institute, a government appointee to the Land Valuation Tribunal (Waikato No.1) and is a Trustee of the Marist Rugby Charitable Trust. He is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2014.

Simone Iles MInstD

Simone IlesSimone is CEO of APD in New Zealand.  Listed on the ASX (DIG), APD are digital experts in Asia Pacific across six countries.

She is a leading strategic thinker and innovative change agent within legacy businesses, merged and acquired entities, and start-ups.  She has been at the forefront of digitally-led transformation to achieve rapid growth in several leading organisations.  Her commercial career has spanned executive roles in retail, telco and SOE organisations.

Simone is also an independent director, experienced chairman and is passionate about enabling the potential in people and business in New Zealand. Her governance and leadership roles include: Auckland Branch IoD committee member (current), chairman of NZ Marketing Association, an independent director and chairman of the remuneration committee, Just Water (NZAX), and a current member of Global Women – a collaboration of New Zealand’s most influential women leaders promoting inclusion and diversity for improved societal and economic growth.

Brent Impey BA, LLB, MInstD

brent ImpeyBrent is chair of the New Zealand Rugby Union, is director and chair of the Remuneration Committees of Yellow Pages Group and Devon Funds Management Limited, chair of SANZAAR and director of Strategy at Ports of Auckland. He is also a media consultant and a professional mentor. Previous board, consultancy and chief executive positions include: chair of Hutchwilco NZ, The Radio Bureau, Television Broadcasters Council and Fred Hollows Foundation; director of Freeview, Pumpkin Patch and Radio Broadcasters Association; on the management board of CanWest Global (operators of the FM Group); management consultant to Market Pulse International and the New Zealand Rugby Union; and media and business consultant to Gerson Lehrman Group. For nearly a decade he was CEO of MediaWorks NZ, and drive host on Radio Live (2010-2011). He was CE of Independent Broadcasting Group (1989-1992) and a partner at McElroy Milne Barristers & Solicitors (1984-1989) specialising in media law. Brent is a Member of the IoD and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2013.

Jonathan Mason MBA, MA, BA, MInstD

Jonathan MasonJonathan is a Member of the Institute of Directors and sits on the Auckland Branch Committee and National Council.  Jonathan’s experience in the financial markets over the past 30 years has had a strong emphasis on emerging markets and he has extensive governance experience both here in New Zealand and the United States.  He is a director on the boards of Air New Zealand, Vector Ltd, Westpac NZ and Zespri Group Ltd.  In addition to these roles he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the University of Auckland, with a focus on international finance.

Ed McKnight MInstD

Ed McKnightEd is the Head of Strategy at digital agency, Hatch. He has previously worked for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Opera. Ed is former chair of the Auckland Young Professionals, is a Member of the IoD and joined the branch committee in February 2018.

Bindi Norwell BBSc, MBA, PostGradCert Business, MInstD

Bindi NorwellBindi is an executive director of Kantar TNS, a global consumer insights consulting firm, and was recently appointed CEO of the Real Estate Institute of NZ. She is passionate about understanding the voice of the customer and leveraging digital capability and data. Bindi is on the board of the NZ Marketing Association, is a Member of the Institute of Directors and joined their Auckland Branch Committee in September 2016. Previously, Bindi held senior strategy and commercial roles in the UK and Australia in the telecommunications and aviation sectors, and board roles in the digital media industry. Bindi was a Future Director with The Warehouse Group. 

Susan Paterson BPharm, MBA (London), ONZM, CFInstD

Susan PatersonSusan has been a professional director for the past 20 years. She is chair of Airways Corporation and Theta Systems Ltd. Her other directorships include SkyTV, Arvida Group, Goodman Property Trust, Les Mills NZ Ltd and the Electricity Authority. Previous directorships include Abano Healthcare, Ports of Auckland Ltd, Transpower NZ Ltd, Auckland Regional Holdings, Tower Health and Life, Housing NZ and America’s Cup Village Ltd. Susan has a keen interest in sport, education and the environment, is chair of the Avantidrome, past chair of Auckland Hockey and the NZ Eco-Labelling Trust and a past board member of St. Cuthbert’s College, EECA and current commissioner of TEC. Susan was a member of the working group reviewing Swimming NZ, is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and has been on the Auckland Branch Committee since 2010. Susan was made an Officer of the NZ Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to corporate governance.

Dr Sarah Sandley BA (Hons), PhD, CMInstD

Sarah SandleySarah is an experienced businesswoman, chief executive and director with a keen interest in literature and sport. She is CEO of Aktive, and serves on the board of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Previous executive and governance positions include having been CEO of the trans-Tasman APN Magazine Group (a subsidiary of APN NZ and publisher of some of the country's leading titles like the NZ Listener), having chaired the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival Charitable Trust, as well as being the founding chair of the international Katherine Mansfield Society. Sarah also served on the board of the government agency SPARC (now Sport NZ). Sarah is a graduate of the Australian Institute Company Directors, a Chartered Member of the NZ IoD, and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2012.

Steve Smith BCom, CA, CFInstD

Steve is a professional director with over 40 years’ business experience, his current directorships including Tower, dairy farming businesses Rimu SA (Chile) and Pascaro Investments, and National Foundation for the Deaf.  Steve was also chairman of public listed Hellaby Holdings, privately owned Spanbild Holdings, and a director and audit committee Chair of Fulton Hogan.  He was a partner in corporate finance at PwC until his retirement from that firm in 2003, specialising in M&A, corporate restructuring, valuation-based advice, capital structuring and strategic advice. He was a director and acting CEO of listed Pacific Retail Group from 2004 to mid-2005. Steve is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and has been a member of the Auckland Branch Committee since 2010.

Cecilia Tarrant BA/ LLB (Hons), LLM, CMInstD

Cecilia TarrantCecilia is the Chair of New Zealand Green Investment Finance, a director of Seeka Limited and Payments NZ, a trustee of The University of Auckland Foundation and a member of the University of Auckland Council. She is an active angel investor, and is Chair of the ArcAngels Angel Investment Network and a member of IceAngels.  She is also an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Auckland Business School where, among other things, she leads a women’s mentoring programme. Cecilia has over 20 years’ experience in international capital markets, banking and finance, having worked first as a finance lawyer in San Francisco and then as an investment banker in New York and London. Cecilia joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2012.

Clayton Wakefield BSc, PG Dip Mgmt, CMInstD

Clayton WakefieldClayton is a Chartered Member of the IoD, and a member of the Auckland Branch Committee and of the IoD Council. Clayton has over 35 years’ experience as an executive and director in banking, financial services, telecommunications and technology. Clayton is a non-executive director of The Co-operative-Bank, Chair of Co-operative Life Ltd and Chair of HealthAlliance NZ Ltd. 

Ted van Arkel FNZIM, CFInstD

Ted van ArkelTed has been a professional director since retiring from the position of managing director of Progressive Enterprises Limited in November 2004. He currently serves as chairman of Restaurant Brands New Zealand and was formerly chairman of The Warehouse Group. Other NZX-listed company directorships are AWF Group and Abano Healthcare Group. He is also a director of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry and private companies Philip Yates Securities and Danske Mobler. Previous appointments for the National Government have been as chair of UNITEC and Health Benefits Ltd.

Ted is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Chartered Fellow of the IoD. He joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2015.

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