Auckland Branch

Auckland aerial photo

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 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.

Natalie SprattNatalie Spratt

+64 9 365 2040
+64 27 208 0804
Natalie.Spratt@iod.org.nz

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

Ross Buckley CMInstD

Ross BuckleyFollowing his recent retirement from KPMG Ross has commenced his non-executive director career. Ross joined the board of ASB Bank effective 1 October 2020 and is chair of the IoD Auckland Branch committee.

Ross had a 38 year career with KPMG, 27 years as a Partner and has managed the firm’s Audit, Risk and Tax practices in addition to the firms’ People, Performance and Culture function. Over the last nine years Ross was the Executive Chair of KPMG New Zealand and a member of KPMG’s Asia Pacific Board and KPMG’s Global Council. Ross was brought up in the Wairarapa and attained a Bachelor of Business from Massey University. Ross joined KPMG in 1983 and has seen the world from many different perspectives having worked in KPMG’s Amsterdam, Toronto, International and Wellington offices before moving to Auckland in 2008.

Ross believes education is a foundation for NZ's prosperity and has been a member of the Massey School of Business Advisory Board since 2013 and chaired it since 2016. Ross is married to Irma and father to 20 year old triplets Zachary, Michaela and Jordan. In his free time, Ross is an active family man and now that he has semi-retired he enjoys cycling and social running.

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.

Simone Iles MInstD

Simone IlesSimone is an experienced independent director, chair and CEO. Her diverse career spans a range of organisations from corporate to SOE, in multiple industries including technology, telco and retail. Her specialisation is in data, technology and digital transformation. She has held various governance roles including CEO and executive director of ASX listed digital transformation specialists Asia Pacific Digital. Previously independent director and chair remuneration committee Just Water Ltd and Chair New Zealand Marketing Association. Simone has served on the Institute of Directors’ Auckland branch committee since 2013 and is a member of New Zealand Global Women.

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, 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 eleven years 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.

Dr Jim Mather CMInstD

Jim MatherDr Jim Mather is of Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tūhoe and English descent. He grew up in the communities of Te Teko, Ōtara and Māngere.

Previously he was the Chief Executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (New Zealand’s second largest tertiary institution) for five years. This followed a nine-year tenure as Chief Executive of Māori Television, and prior to that he was Chief Executive of the Pacific Business Trust for almost three years.

Jim’s current governance roles include chair of Radio New Zealand and Lakes District Health Board, director of Auckland Transport, Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited and NZ Health Partnerships. He is also the chair of two educational trusts, Ako Mātātupu | Teach First NZ and InZone Education Foundation.

He is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Jim Mather is passionate about Māori economic development and contributing to the strengthening of Māori governance and leadership practices. He completed a PhD in Māori economic development through AUT University in 2014.

Ed McKnight MInstD

Ed McKnightEd is an economist at property investment company, Opes Partners, where he hosts NZ’s top business podcast – The Property Academy Podcast. Ed is a director of Q Theatre, and former chair of the Auckland Young Professionals. He 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.

Hilary Poole CFInstD

Hilary PooleHilary is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, having been a member since 2002. She recently completed the IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity programme and highly values the IoD’s professional development and focus on all aspects of diversity.

She has held governance roles in the finance, food, sport, education, and not-for-profit sectors. This includes her current roles as a director of Sport New Zealand, deputy chair of High Performance Sport New Zealand, and as a trustee of the Play It Strange Charitable Trust. Previous appointments include independent director of Prolife Foods and Martin Jenkins and as chair of Just Life Group, Diocesan School for Girls, and the First Foundation.

Her executive roles include CEO of Hockey New Zealand, CEO of Netball New Zealand, and as a senior executive in strategy, marketing and operations at the Bank of New Zealand.

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.

Leah Peacock CMInstD

Leah PeacockLeah is a Chartered Member who supports business owners, primarily in contracting, engineering and construction, to develop good governance to achieve strong businesses, with excellent returns. Leah currently chairs the IoD Northland sub-committee which aims to enhance the quality of governance skills available in Northland, enhance awareness of the value of the IoD and encourage Northland organisations to appoint qualified governors who live in Northland. In her former role as a Chartered Accountant for 30 years Leah coached Northland SME business owners and their teams to develop their leadership, management and financial skills to maximise profits and life balance through sustainable growth. Leah’s not-for profit-work has included the last four years on the board of Multicultural Whangarei.

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