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 Tauranga, Rotorua, Taupō, Whakatāne, and Tairāwhiti. 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

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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 young daughter, 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
  • 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

  • Frances Bates-Crisp (2020)

Bay of Plenty project manager, Frances Bates-Crisp has been named the Institute of Directors (IoD) Bay of Plenty branch Emerging Director 2020. Read more

  • Annabel Davies (2019)
  • 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.

Liddy Bakker MInstD

Liddy Bakker

Liddy Bakker is the owner and director of Productivity People, a management consultancy firm that guides small and large organisations to operational excellence. She has a diverse background which started with completing a PhD in Earth Sciences and works as an academic, in education and in business. She spent the majority of her 25-year career contributing to community groups. This diverse background combined with a holistic approach makes her uniquely placed to identify connections and opportunities between organisations and people.

Liddy joining the Institute of Directors in late 2018 to complete the CDC course and has been impressed with the depth and quality of the professional development at the IoD. She is a strong believer that good governance plays a crucial role in developing great organisations.  Great organisations that play a crucial role in sustaining great societies.

Living in the Eastern Bay has revealed the significant contribution of Maori enterprise to our local economy and Liddy is furthering her understanding and respect for Tikanga Maori by completing a course in Maori Governance.

Liddy is an organising member of the Whakatane Forum and has the energy, drive, and enthusiasm to contribute to the effectiveness and success of the Bay of Plenty Branch Committee.

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.

Frances Bates-Crisp

Frances Bates-CrispFrances is currently the contract manager for TRILITY, leading the delivery of wastewater services for the Rotorua community.  She has over 18 years’ experience across three waters, electricity, gas, construction and engineering geology in project management, operational management and leadership roles across New Zealand and Australia.

Frances holds a practical perspective in managing risk, health and safety legislative requirements, the importance of tikanga Maori, effective communication and establishing rapport and teamwork.

Awarded the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch Emerging Director Award 2020, Frances has been placed as an intern Emerging Director with the Acorn Foundation, and on the Committee of the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty branch.

Frances aspires to actively and positively acquire skills and contribute at directorship level to the strategic, business and commercial decisions and success of organisations and communities in the governance arena, while maintaining personal core values of integrity, fairness and trust.

She is a committee member for the Rotorua Honey Bee Club, Associate Member of the Institute of Directors, and Member of the Project Management Institute.

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.

Ross Lockwood

Ross Lockwood

Ross has been a member of the IoD since 2012, recently transferring to the BOP with a shift into the area and currently resides in Waihi Beach.Born in Tolaga Bay (and of Ngāti Porou descent) to a farming family who later moved into the Rotorua area where a career began in telecommunications and eventually advanced into executive management including GM roles in the Auckland area.

Ross later diversified into the power industry, emergency services and the air industry as a management consultant. A former director of a ‘not for profit’ (Kaipatiki Environmental Inc.) the move to Waihi Beach has also translated into other interests including being an operational crew volunteer in the Waihi Beach Coastguard and a ‘lay person’ for one of the NZ Law Society Standards Committees in Auckland.

The inclusion as an IoD committee member means a significant contribution from past experience is available.

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.

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