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Bay of Plenty branch

Bay of Plenty branch

The Bay of Plenty branch of the Institute of Directors serves 550 IoD members from an area including Whitianga, Tauranga, Taupo, Whakatane, and Gisborne. We host networking events with local and national guest speakers, bi-monthly forums across the bay and workshops for emerging members.

We also host the Emerging Directors award and forum, and mentoring programmes. We want to share knowledge, inspire our emerging members with governance best practice, and support them on their governance journey. Our leading directors are lifelong learners who share knowledge and give back through mentoring and thought leadership.

The Bay of Plenty branch serves one of the most culturally diverse IoD memberships. We support and embrace this increasing diversity in the boardroom with growing knowledge and understanding of our cultures.

Branch Manager

Laura GaveikaLaura Gaveika

+64 27 5888 118
laura.gaveika@iod.org.nz

I value kaitiakitanga. I enjoy looking after people and helping facilitate their governance development.

I grew in up in Rotorua but lived in the UK for 10 years where I met my  Lithuanian husband. Luckily he was happy to move back to New Zealand with me. We have a daughter aged 2 and a half, and are in the midst of starting our own blueberry business.

I have been told by several members that I am ‘the face of the local IoD’. Anything you want to know about governance or the institute, you can ask me. I arrange and attend the majority of  our events, meetings, and workshops.

Emerging Director award

Each year the Bay of Plenty Branch offers an Emerging Director Award.

2019 award recipient

Consultancy business owner, Annabel Davies has been named the Institute of Directors (IoD) Bay of Plenty branch Emerging Director 2019. Read more

About the Bay of Plenty Emerging Director award

Application criteria

  • Must be a Member or Associate Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand
  • Must demonstrate governance development commitment
  • Have a basic understanding of governance, or is employed/self employed in a senior management role which reports to a board
  • Completion of application form and a written submission, maximum 1,500 words, as to why the applicant should be considered for the Emerging Director Award
  • Provide applicants Governance CV with relevant professional photo

Award - total value $3,000

  • Complimentary membership with IoD for 12 months
  • Complimentary attendance at all branch functions for 12 months
  • Complimentary registration for the Institute of Directors NZ conference on May 19 & 20 2020
  • Mentoring with experienced director for 12 months
  • ‘Emerging Director’ position for 12 months with the Bay of Plenty IoD Branch committee
  • ‘Emerging Director’ * position for 12 months with selected placement board

*The emerging director will have the right to participate in board and audit committee meetings but will not be able to vote on any board resolution. The successful applicant will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with the sponsoring board. The position will be unpaid.

Judging criteria

  • Demonstrates a commitment to and a sound understanding of governance principles
  • Demonstrates level of senior management experience with governance exposure
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and interpersonal strengths
  • Indicates time management and commitment
  • Committed to development of the Bay of Plenty  business community, including both the commercial and not- for-profit sectors
  • Demonstrates a commitment to developing a career in governance.

Past recipients

  • Jana Rangooni (2018)
  • Laurissa Cooney (2017)
  • Anushiya Ponniah (2016)
  • Bryan Graham (2015)
  • Maria Stockman and Peter Tinholt (2014)
  • Darren McGarvie (2013)
  • Hemi Rolleston (2012)
  • Maree Turner (2011)
Branch Committee

Bryan Graham BInfSc, MInstD

Bryan GrahamBryan Graham is a Member of the IoD, chair of the Bay of Plenty Branch committee, a representative on the IoD’s National Council and a member of the IoD Audit & Risk committee.  He has previously worked in both governance and private sectors, most recently at Scion and the Crown Research Institute for Forestry.  Bryan also held an aspiring director role for NZ Avocado and was an external advisor to the Plant and Food Research Information Steering Committee.  He is currently a director of the Bay of Plenty Magic Netball board and is the Digital Manager for Timberlands. Bryan holds a degree in Information Science and in 2015 was awarded the Bay of Plenty Aspiring Director Award.

Colin Baskin, DipT, MBA (Distinction), MInstD

Colin BaskinColin is Chief Supply Chain Officer for NZX-listed Comvita. Born and raised in the Bay of Plenty, Colin has had an extensive executive career, worked across a range of industries internationally, and is widely travelled. Colin’s experience includes more than 20 years in supply chain management within New Zealand’s primary sector. He joined Comvita in 2007, following nine years at ZESPRI in various supply roles, culminating in the position of Global Supply Manager. These two organisations providing executive experience in both regulated and public sectors. Today, Colin manages Comvita’s global supply network, and holds governance responsibilities both domestically and internationally. He is a director for a Comvita subsidiary, and four Comvita joint ventures across New Zealand and Australia, including the company’s joint venture with ASX-listed Capilano Honey, a business which dominates its sector. Colin is a widely-acknowledged business negotiator who favours business partnering. He believes strongly in the benefits of creating a sustainable environment, to support and achieve growth aspirations for businesses, community and the region. In 2014, he received the Bay of Plenty Export Achievement Award.

Dr Wayne Beilby

Wayne BeilbyWayne is Managing Director of Pacific Advisory Group (NZ) Ltd, a company that provides consultancy advice in a number of areas including governance and risk management. Wayne has a doctorate in governance from Southern Cross University, NSW, Australia, having researched board diversity on NZX50 boards. A lawyer by profession, Wayne provided governance advice to companies and some of New Zealand’s largest Maori incorporations and trusts. Over the past fifteen years, Wayne has forged a strong governance and executive management career in the financial services industry. His experiences include being a paid chairman, company secretary, director and chief executive for a number of companies, both locally and overseas (e.g. South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands), including NZX and local government companies. Wayne is a Fellow and Mentor of the Australia New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and a Fellow of the Institute of Management New Zealand (IMNZ). Wayne attained a specialised MBA in Finance and Risk from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Wayne was born, raised and educated in Tauranga and his whakapapa links him to Tauranga Moana iwi - Ngati Ranginui, Ngai Te Rangi and Ngati Pukenga.  

Graham Cooney CFInstD

Graham CooneyGraham has over 30 years’ experience within governance. His sports governance began in 1998 on the Rugby Southland board, of which he was chair from 2007 – 2009.  This overlapped with his time on the Highlanders franchise board (1999 - 2006) and he also represented New Zealand Rugby (NZR) on the Crusaders board following the Christchurch earthquake.

Graham was on the NZR board from 2010 to 2016, where he was chair of the rugby committee for 3 years and on the Audit and Finance committee for 5 years.

Beginning as a founding director of Blue Sky Meats (NZ) Ltd. (A public company formed in 1986 and involved in the export meat trade.) Graham was chair from 2007 to 2016 when he retired from the board. The company has approximately 350 employees and a turnover of more than $100 million.

He was on the Council of Southern Institute of Technology for 11 years and the chair from 2002 to 2011. During this time, the zero fees initiative was introduced and despite charging no fees, cash assets grew from about $5 million to $30 million.

Other director roles include Tennis Southern, Bond Contracts, Computer Group NZ and independent chair for the law firm Preston Russell Limited.

Graham’s current governance role, since 2012, is a ministerial appointee to the NZ Racing Board. He is Chair of the Dates Committee, the Net Proceeds Committee and CRIG (Combined Racing Industry Group) and on Audit and Risk.

He is a Chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors NZ, NZIM, and NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management (NZIPIM). Graham was National President of NZIPIM in 1987 and 1988.

Annabel Davies

Annabel DaviesAnnabel currently heads the Risk, Regulatory, and Stakeholder team in Strategy and Growth at Trustpower Limited – a role that has driven her interest and exposure to Board level Governance.

She has been a member of the BOP Branch for four years, was the winner of our Emerging Director Award for 2019, and has taken an IOD Emerging Director position with the BOP District Area Health Board.

Annabel is keen to contribute positively to the local Branch and support the Committee to deliver a programme that provides for members needs and success.

While her career has recently led her into enterprise risk management, Annabel has had 20+ years of experience working in the environmental field, mainly for large infrastructure providers, from consenting large projects, to auditing contractor practices, social environmental and sustainability reporting, due diligence, health and safety, and quality systems implementation and audit.  She considers herself privileged to have worked alongside iwi representatives who have shared their tikanga and developed her understanding and respect for matauranga Maori throughout her career. She has worked across Australia and New Zealand, parts of Asia Pacific, for a variety of sectors from water and wastewater, manufacturing, ports, banking, oil and gas, and hydro.

Sam Fellows

Sam FellowsSam was the runner up in the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch Emerging Director Award 2019. As a result he is on the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch Committee and has taken an Emerging Director position with Aotearoa Avalon New Zealand.

Sam is a Trustee of Camp Quality New Zealand and Bethlehem School, Director of Upper Central Zone Rugby League and member of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Referees Management Group. 

He is a corporate solicitor at Tauranga City Council managing and advising on governance, employment, civil and regulatory disputes.

Kim Lorigan, MInstD

Kim LoriganKim holds a Dip Bus and is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors of NZ.  Being a part of the IoD, BOP Branch for over six years, bringing with her a range of skills in governance, strategy, finance and business development gained as a commercial banker in Rotorua.

With a passion for success in SME governance and business growth, Kim is involved in several industries that align with her key values, - primary industry, construction and health.  With over 20 years commercial banking experience she now assists entities with succession planning, finance, governance and functioning change as needed.  She continues to support several Not for Profit organisations to develop and improve their governance responsibilities in our local area.

Kim is well equipped to support the BOP IoD committee in their quest to improve governance in the BOP region - Kim is active with our members and seeks to develop governance in others, to ensure they have the tools to keep up with the changing business environment.  Kim continues to promote our Boardroom Forum - in Rotorua, delivering the strategic development of those involved. 

Graeme Marshall

Graeme MarshallGraeme believes the IoD has a critical role to play in the development of emerging directors and adding value to the performance of experienced directors. He is a strong advocate for the organisation and is keen to contribute to the committee’s development of a local program that is relevant to all levels of directorship. He has the energy, enthusiasm and time to contribute to the effectiveness and success of your committee.

Graeme’s career has been primarily in the Port Industry. He retired from the role of Commercial Manager at the Port of Tauranga in 2013 where his roles included business development, marketing and operations and contributing to the company’s strategy during a period of significant growth. He continues to be active in governance and informal mentoring.

He has previously held chair and director roles on a number of local and national organisations and companies involved in Tourism, the Cruise Industry, Transport and Logistics, Regional Development and Biosecurity. He has recently completed a five year role as Chairman of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee, and is currently a director of Port Taranaki Ltd, Kiwifruit Vine Health and co-chair of the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative.

Helen Stewart MInstD

Helen StewartHelen has been a Member of The Institute of Directors since 2009. She was on the BOP Branch Committee from  2012 to 2016 and is enjoying her role again with the Committee since being reappointed. 

Having been involved as a practising Director for nearly 20 years mainly in the Not for Profit and Charitable sector, Helen enjoys the complexity and diversity of communities and the passion for participating in and giving back to their chosen organisations.

A graduate of the Melbourne Business School and with overseas business experience, Helen is always keen to learn and share information with others. She sees the continued changes and emerging challenges to Directors as opportunities for ongoing discussions and changes to Boards and growth of NZ enterprises.

Our sponsors

The Bay of Plenty branch acknowledges the generous support of

ASB
Marsh
Sharp Tudhope
Stellar