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Auckland Branch

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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 team

Jill SteffertJill Steffert

+64 27 403 0148
+64 9 905 4804

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.

Natalie SprattNatalie Spratt

+64 9 365 2040
+64 27 208 0804

I am the Auckland Branch Coordinator. I mostly have an academic background, specialising in event management with some experience working in retail and finance. Organising events is at the heart of my role at the IoD so you are sure to find me at an Auckland branch event in the 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.

  • Are you newly engaged on a directorship path and aspire to enhance your governance career?
  • Can you demonstrate a commitment to career development and a high level of integrity?
  • Are you committed to development of your governance career?

The focus of this award is to identify executives, managers and directors individuals with potential and to foster the discipline of good governance through the acquisition of technical knowledge in addition to creating opportunities for networking via branch events and functions. Many of our award recipients have gone on to have successful governance careers.

To be considered for this award you will:

  • aspire and be ready to follow a directorship path, either by joining a board or broadening your current experience
  • be able to demonstrate leadership, integrity and enterprise in your career
  • readily explain the key features of good governance

Past recipients

  • Matthew Payton (2020)

Matthew Payton has been announced as the Institute of Directors Auckland Branch Emerging Director 2020. Read more

  •  Jaya Prasannan (2019)
  • Nagaja Sanatkumar (2018)
  • Carol Cheng (2017)
  • Rachel Hopkins (2016)
  • Paul Adams (2015)
  • Shane McMahon (2014)
  • Nicola Duggan (2013)
Branch Committee

Ted van Arkel FNZIM, CFInstD

Ted van ArkelTed became a full time professional director after retiring from the position as managing director of Progressive Enterprises Limited (Countdown Supermarkets) in November 2004.

His first appointment as a director was on the ARTA Board (Auckland Regional Transport Authority) closely followed with the appointment on the NZX listed Restaurant Brand Board, and was from 2006 to 2019 chair.

Other NZX Company Boards  that he has been director of are The Warehouse Group (3 years as chair), Abano Healthcare Group and AWF/Madison Ltd.

He is also a director of 2 private companies being Danske Mobler and Philip Yates Securities (Pioneer Seeds). Previous government appointments have been as chair of UNITEC and Health Benefits Limited.

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

Bindi Norwell BBSc, MBA, PostGradCert Business, MInstD

Bindi Norwell

Bindi is a strategic business leader with experience across a range of sectors including property, professional services, telecommunications and aviation. She is currently Chief Executive of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), where she lobbies Government and policy makers on big issues impacting the property sector, acts as a trusted voice in the media by providing extensive market commentary and drives industry progress and innovation. Previously Bindi has held senior strategy and commercial roles in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

She is currently a Committee member of the Institute of Directors Auckland. Previous Board roles have included the EMA, Deputy Chair of the Marketing Association, a Future Director with The Warehouse Group and she has held board roles in the digital media industry in the UK. Bindi is also a member of Global Women and is a strong believer in seeing more women in leadership and governance roles.

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.

Suneil Connor BCom (DipGrad), CA, MInstD

Suneil ConnorSuneil Connor is the Group Chief Financial Officer for Service Foods. He is a Chartered Accountant, director of KiwiHarvest and the New Zealand Food Network, and board member of Auckland Foundation. Suneil holds the position of chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for KiwiHarvest, New Zealand Food Network and Auckland Foundation. He was previously the CFO for LINK, and ex KPMG. 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 EvansAndrew Evans has over 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate and asset management, previously holding executive positions with listed and unlisted real estate investment businesses. 

Andrew has been a professional director for the past 15 years and is chair of Accessible Properties NZ Ltd and Infinity Investment Group Holdings Ltd, an independent director on Vital Healthcare Property Trust, Holmes Group Limited, Holmes Fire Limited and Trust Investments.  He is also a former director on Argosy Property Limited.  In addition, Andrew serves on various board committees including audit and risk, director appointments and remuneration.

He is a past national president of the Property Council of New Zealand, a foundation member of the New Zealand Property Institute and a government appointee to the Land Valuation Tribunal (Waikato No.1). He is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and joined the Auckland Branch Committee in 2014.

Julia Hoare BCom, FCA, CMInstD

Julia HoareJulia is a professional independent director and Vice President 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, and Meridian Energy Ltd.  She is also a member of XRB External Reporting Advisory Panel and of the Sustainable Finance Leaders’ Forum.

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, director 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 The Radio Bureau, Television Broadcasters Council and Fred Hollows Foundation, director of Hutchwilco NZ, 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, CFInstD

Jonathan MasonJonathan is a Chartered Fellow 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.

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

Susan PatersonSusan has been a professional director since 1996. She is chair of Steel and Tube and Theta Systems Ltd. Her other directorships include the Reserve Bank, Arvida Group, Goodman Property Trust, Les Mills NZ Ltd, EROAD and the Electricity Authority. Previous directorships include Abano Healthcare, SkyTV, 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, was 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 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.

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 Wakefield is a Chartered Member of the IoD, and a member of the IoD Auckland branch Committee. 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 and Co-operative Life Ltd, chair of the Auckland Te Araroa Trail Committee, and chair of HealthAlliance NZ Ltd.

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