Bay of Plenty Branch

Bay of Plenty Branch

The Bay of Plenty Branch of the Institute of Directors serves over 600 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.

Loryn is available to discuss how your IoD membership can help you on your governance pathway.

Branch Manager

Loryn Blaikie

+21  101  3920


I am excited to be a part of the IoD whānau and bring my event management, marketing and professional experience to the Bay of Plenty branch. With a keen interest in local food, wine and attractions, when not working you will find me exploring the beautiful Bay of Plenty region with my two daughters and husband.

I look forward to supporting you on your governance journey. 

Emerging Director Award

The Bay of Plenty Branch of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award is open to Bay of Plenty Branch members in the early stages of governance.

  • Are you beginning to engage on a directorship path and aspire to enhance your governance pathway?
  • Can you demonstrate a commitment to governance development and a high level of integrity?
  • Are you ready to commit to the development of your governance pathway?

The focus of this award is to identify executives, managers and directors as 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. 

Past recipients

  • Jerome Ng (2021)
  • Frances Bates-Crisp (2020)
  • 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

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.


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.


Dr Jerome Ng

Dr Jerome Ng is the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch Emerging Director Award recipient 2021. He is an intern Emerging Director with Comvita Limited and on the committee of the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty branch.

Jerome has previously served on the boards of the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ Inc and the NZ Hospital Pharmacists’ Association, and is currently appointed to several national committees and panels.  He is Aotearoa New Zealand’s 2017 Pharmacist of the Year and has expertise in hospital pharmacy, medicines management, clinical governance, patient safety, quality improvement and health informatics. He is skilled in governance, policy, healthcare management, health services research, and clinical practice.

Currently employed as Chief Strategic Advisor at the Pharmacy Council of NZ, Jerome has held senior healthcare leadership roles at several District Health Boards (DHB). He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland (UoA) and holds a PhD & MPharmPrac from UoA and an MBA from Durham University, UK.

For further information including publications and awards, connect with Jerome through LinkedIn.


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.


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.


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.


Whaimutu Dewes CMInstD

Whaimutu DewesNgati Porou, Ngati Rangitihi

Whaimutu is a member of the board for Contact Energy and the chair of Ngati Porou Forests and Sealord Group. He is a member of the board for Ngäti Porou Holding Company and of the Major Outsourced Contracts advisory board to the Department of Corrections.

Previous directorships include Ngati Porou Seafoods, Ngati Porou Holding Company, Housing New Zealand, Television New Zealand, Te Runanga o Ngati Porou, and the Advisory Boards to the Department of Corrections (Major Outsourced Contracts),Treasury and to AMP.  Whaimutu has also held senior management roles at Fletcher Challenge and the Department of Māori Affairs.

In the course of his career Whaimutu has been instrumental in developments in New Zealand constitutional law. Particularly the recognition of property rights of Māori people secured under the Treaty of Waitangi.  And setting up the governance and execution structures, to realise the economic outcomes from that process.

He has also negotiated long term and significant joint venture arrangements and now oversees between international and Maori companies; in the fields of forestry and carbon sequestration as well as seafood harvest and marketing globally.


Taurua Grant MInstD

Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa

Taurua is the winner of the inaugural Te Moana a Toi – Kaitohu-Taura, Aspiring Māori Director award 2022. As part of this award, he holds an Aspiring Director position with Miro Berries Board and is a member of the Institute of Directors Bay of Plenty Branch Committee.

Taurua is Te Manahautū (CEO) at Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust and proud to work for his iwi. He has a background in banking, financial markets and treasury advisory and is also an Authorised Financial Adviser (“AFA”). Prior to joining Ngāti Whakaue Assets Trust, Taurua held senior roles at BNZ and Bancorp Treasury, and also worked as a senior management consultant at GHA in Rotorua.

Taurua has a passion for promoting the use of te reo Māori in both business and community, and the value of a te ao Māori perspective. Taurua leads Reo Whairawa Limited, which facilitates ‘Kura Reo Pakihi’, a unique marae-based programme designed to support accounting and business professionals to learn the Māori language and cultural customs (te reo Māori me ngā tikanga) for use in the workplace.


Anthony Ririnui MInstD

Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Ātiawa.

Anthony is a career Banker who has had a privileged role to support iwi and Māori organisations in Aotearoa with access to finance.
He leads Te Waka Whaihua (Māori Business team) for ASB and has worked for more than 27 years in the Financial Services industry.

He is the Co-Chair of Tāwhia, which brings Māori leaders from the banking sector which have established the first Māori Bankers Rōpū (group), to share ideas and deepen the understanding of key issues for Māori within the banking sector.

This Rōpū includes senior representatives from ASB, Westpac, ANZ, BNZ, Kiwibank, Heartland and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand - Te Pūtea Matua – as an observer and kaitiaki to the financial system.

Anthony also has held other board roles within the wider Tauranga Community with groups such as Acorn Foundation and is actively involved in his own Hapū.

Te Moana a Toi - Kaitohu-Taura 2022

Te Moana a Toi - Kaitohu-Taura 2022 - Aspiring Māori Director Award is open to residents in the Te Moana a Toi rohe.

  • Are you beginning to engage on a governance path and aspire to develop your capabilities within it?
  • Can you demonstrate a commitment and an understanding of governance principles in relation to organisations, trusts and committees or your community?
  • Are you ready to commit to your governance development and uphold a high level of integrity?

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