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Canterbury branch

Canterbury branch

The Canterbury branch is the third largest and has more than 1200 IoD members from the middle and south of Canterbury and the West Coast. A diverse and talented group of members serve on the committee supporting the branch manager, Sharynn Johnson.

The branch hosts governance-focused functions and events throughout the region. These include breakfast sessions, deep-dive lunch groups, and after-5 events, as well as training courses like the 5-day residential Company Directors' Course. All events give professional development and excellent opportunities to network with a diverse group of governance professionals at all levels.

The Canterbury branch offers two awards. First Steps in Governance is for young professionals who want to gain experience in the not-for-profit sector and Emerging Director is for candidates who seek further development in their governance career. The branch also helps members through a peer support programme.

Branch Manager

Sharynn JohnsonSharynn Johnson

+64 3 968 6468

I have more than 25 years’ experience supporting directors, boards, and senior management. I’m here to support you on your governance journey, so please don’t hesitate to contact me about becoming an IoD member, or get in touch if you have any questions about your IoD membership or the services we offer.

Emerging Director award

The Emerging Director Award was instigated in 1999 by the Canterbury Branch as one of its contributions in assisting the growth of New Zealand enterprise through the promotion of best practice in company direction and governance.

2019 award recipient

Cory Bedford and Helen Andrews have been named the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Canterbury branch Emerging Directors 2019. Read more

About the Canterbury Emerging Director award

The focus of this award is to identify 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

Benefits include:

  • $1,500 towards an Institute of Directors’ Director Development course of your choice to be taken in the 12 month period following the Award
  • one year’s complimentary membership of the Institute of Directors
  • complimentary attendance at all Canterbury branch functions for the 12 months following the award
  • a director development internship with EA Networks (Ashburton) or Connetics (one of the Christchurch City Holdings Ltd group of companies) for one year  
  • a mentoring session with an experienced director to plan your directorship pathway

Reflections from past recipients

Hannah Doney (2018):
"Winning the Emerging Director Award has enabled me to progress my governance career far faster than I would have had I not thrown my CV into the ring. There hasn't been any single part of the award that has done this alone. It has definitely been the combination of being paired with a senior governance professional mentor, funding to attend the Leadership Conference and of course, actively contributing around a commercial board table. Even though it's only been 7 months since I attended my first board meeting with EA Networks I have grown in confidence, increased my own knowledge of the formalities and, I think, really added some diversity of thought to discussions. I would urge anyone considering a career or opportunity to experience governance first hand apply for this award."

Kathryn Ruge (2018):
"The Emerging Director Award has provided an incredible boost to my governance journey and I’m really grateful to the Canterbury Branch selection panel for their belief in me as an aspiring director. When I think back to the person who applied for the award 12 months ago and the person I am now, probably the greatest gift of this award has been the increased confidence I have in the value and voice that I bring to the board table.  I have loved the opportunity to attend my local branch events regularly, not having to discriminate on the basis of cost but enjoying the relative luxury of soaking up every opportunity available. I’ve invested my course money into the Company Directors course and am looking forward to progressing down the pathway of Chartered Membership, something that would have otherwise been out of my reach.  The combination of benefits reflects the many things people need to invest in as they develop a governance career – mentoring, time around the board table, building relationships and networking, ongoing formal learning, and of course an IoD membership which facilitates access to all these things! "

Past recipients

  • Hannah Doney and Kathryn Ruge (2018)
  • Aaron Perriam and Jeff Smit (2017)
  • Helen Shorthouse (2016)
  • Tim Trewinnard and Chris Bailey (2015)
  • Jessie Chan-Dorman (2014)
  • Elizabeth Hopkins and Michael Lay (2013)
  • Janice Fredric (2012)
  • Liz Hirst (2011)
  • Karl Varley (2010)
  • Madeleine Hawkesbury-Browne (2009)
  • Louise Edwards (2008)
  • Anthony Leighs (2007)
  • Lynn McClelland (2006)
  • Kevin Eder (2005)
  • Wendy Smith (2004)
  • Dion Paul (2003)
  • Gillian Heald (2002)
  • Paul Bingham (2001)
  • Lynn Anderson (2000)
  • Brendon Quinn (1999)
First Steps in Governance award

Applications now open

This Award provides opportunities for young professionals to gain governance experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Applications are sought from individuals who:

  • Are motivated to further their business experience, gain an insight into good governance practice and learn about the dynamics of sitting on a board or trust
  • Are able to demonstrate leadership, integrity and enterprise in their careers
  • Have a range of experience and skills (commercial, community, public service)
  • Able to commit the time to prepare for and attend meetings and associated events
  • Have not held a significant governance role to date (this does not include a role in a local sports, school or community organisation or club)

Benefits include:

  • A governance internship with Cholmondeley Children’s Centre or Ronald McDonald House South Island
  • One year’s complimentary membership of the Institute of Directors
  • One year’s complimentary attendance at all Canterbury branch members’ functions where members can learn and share their experiences
  • $850 towards an IoD director development course of your choice to be taken in the 12 month period following the Award
  • Mentoring from an experienced director

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 15 May 2020.

Download the application form:

Please submit your application by email to:

Past recipients:

  • Wendy Schmidt (2019)
  • Katherine Allen (2018)
  • Maddy Surie (2017)
  • Rebecca Biggs (2016)
  • Julie Hands (2015)
  • Gareth Reed (2014)
Branch Committee

Geordie Hooft MInstD

Geordie HooftGeordie joined the IoD in 2012 and became Branch Chair in May 2018. Geordie is a Chartered Accountant and partner at KPMG, specialising in taxation issues such as corporate structuring, property, GST and cross-border transactions.  He also provides business advice to a wide range of successful owner-managed businesses. He regularly presents on tax issues to CAANZ and has lectured at the University of Canterbury.  Geordie chairs the Board of Trustees at Cashmere High School, and is a board member of the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust and Canterbury Education Services Ltd.  He is married to Deb and has four semi-dependent children. In his spare time, Geordie enjoys infrequent light exercise, reading and trivia, the latter being useful for hosting quiz nights.

Nick Carter BCom, MInstD

Nick CarterNick is a Partner and Executive Director of Brannigans, a leading Christchurch based consultancy specialising in Executive and Governance appointments, Leadership Development and HR Advisory. Nick is actively involved in senior executive and governance appointments as well as jointly responsible for the day to day leadership of the team and key client relationships.

Nick has previously gained first-hand commercial experience leading New Zealand’s largest specialist rural telecommunications company and the Regional Management at one of the country’s oldest stock and station firms. To support his career, Nick holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury.

Nick is a current Board member of the Sumner Lifeboat Institution, New Zealand Skills in Demand and sits on the Canterbury Branch Committee of The Institute of Directors.

Outside work, Nick enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, sailing and mountain biking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Jane Cartwright BSC, PGDipSc, NZRD, MBA, CMInstD

Jane CartwrightJane is a Chartered Member of the IoD and oversees the local IoD Emerging Director and First Steps Programmes. She chairs the board of Brackenridge Services Ltd, is deputy chair of the Nurse Maude Association and Foundation, is a council member on the ARA Institute Canterbury and ARA Foundation. Jane is also a member of Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. She has held executive and senior roles in the health system and local government. Currently Jane is in leadership roles for the New Zealand Breastfeeding Alliance and Canterbury Clinical Network.

Hannah Doney MBA, MCIM Chartered Marketer, CMInstD

Hannah DoneyHannah is a senior marketing and business development executive with significant experience in professional service, not-for-profit and retail. She has held senior management positions at national law firm Wynn Williams, and NZX listed companies Kathmandu and Smiths City Group.

Hannah is a freelance Marketing Consultant working with clients across a number of sectors. She is a generalist marketer with particular skills in Customer Relationship Management, Loyalty and Engagement. She sits on the national board of Girl Guiding New Zealand, is a convenor for the Banks Peninsula A&P Association and is a Chartered Member of the Insitute of Directors.

Mike Killick MBA, BE.Mech (Hons), CMInstD

Mike KillickMike is a director and business advisor who is focussed and passionate about business success and business improvement, helping businesses to improve and grow in a sustainable way.

He has a Masters of Business Administration, an Engineering Degree (Hons) and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Mike is a current Executive Committee Member of New Zealand Football, Associate Director at City Care Group Ltd, the South Island Coalitions Manager for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and is a Canterbury Branch Committee Member. Mike was the former Managing Director at DEEP SOUTH Ice Cream, a previous Deputy-Chair of Mainland Football and a former Trustee of the Christchurch Football Academy Trust.

Mike has proven experience in business governance, market development (international and domestic) and key client / customer management. Calling himself a “specialist generalist”, Mike has consulted to leading organisations within New Zealand and Australia across the food & beverage, manufacturing and industrial sectors and is now helping businesses (small and large) take their businesses to the next level.

Lloyd Mander, B.A. M.Aud (Hons). MBA (Dist), CMInstD

Lloyd ManderLloyd has served on the Canterbury Branch Committee since August 2016 and is a Chartered member of the IoD. He has a background in healthcare management, the governance of small to medium enterprises and strategy consultancy.

Lloyd was a co-founder and the Managing Director of Hearing Advantage, a large regional hearing healthcare provider.

He has had a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and is Chair of Ministry of Awesome, the starting point for entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators in Christchurch.

Lloyd is an independent trustee for the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust and is the Chair of the Trust’s Audit and Risk committee.

He is an advisory board member for Super Tyre, New Zealand‘s innovative tyre solutions company.

In 2018, Lloyd developed the Diversity of Thought Scorecard, a tool for measuring and managing diverse thinking in governance boards. The Scorecard is already being used by dozens of private businesses, not-for-profits and listed corporates.

Lloyd also enjoys providing voluntary mentoring services through Business Mentors New Zealand and the Young Enterprise Scheme.

Vincent Pooch NZCE (Mech) CA CFInstD

Vincent PoochVincent is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and was Chairman of the Canterbury Branch committee from 2016- 2018. He originally joined the IoD twenty years ago in 1996. Significant governance roles held since then include Burnside High School, Port Otago and it’s now larger subsidiary Chalmers Properties, Southern Hospitality and Dynes Transport. Today he chairs the national crane operator Smith Crane & Construction and it’s associate Auckland/Waikato Crane Services. He is also an IoD National Councillor. Vincent recently celebrated 25 years leading his corporate advisory firm Key Business Partners Limited. The long standing mission of KBP is to support boards and executives with insights from financial and operational analysis for better business decisions. Countless learnings from the many and varied projects undertaken at KBP also drive Vincent’s passion for good governance and quality decision-making – not just to grow wealth but also to grow opportunities for people, especially including his own three children, six grandchildren and mentees. Vincent sees his ongoing voluntary commitment to IoD leadership roles as the best way he can recycle learnings to create a more successful New Zealand, driven by resilient, safe and striving enterprises.

Mark Rogers, BA (Hons), MNZIM, MInstD

Mark RogersMark is a professional director. He is chair of Aoraki Development, a ministerial appointment on the South Canterbury District Health Board, a director on the Board of Dunedin International Airport Limited and holds chair and member positions on a number of advisory boards. Mark has a broad background in governance and experience to Chief Executive level. Mark has worked in both the commercial and governmental spheres and is experienced in strategy, finance and operations with a specialist knowledge of change, risk and health and safety. As a member of the Canterbury Branch committee of the Institute of Directors he has contributed to the Memberships and Functions portfolios. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Member of Risk NZ. Mark holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science.

Peer support programme

The Peer Support Programme has been set up to allow members to discuss professional and personal issues with a senior director and is available free to all local IoD members.

Your confidentiality is guaranteed – the only reporting will be to the local branch committee on the number of people who have used the programme. There will be no reporting of any other details.

Your support people are: 

Graham Heenan DistFInstD
Phone: (021) 228 7218
Email: heenan@xtra.co.nz

Jen Crawford CMInstD                                                                                                                                    
Phone: (027) 436 6040                     
Email: jencrawfordnz@gmail.com 

2020 AGM

The 37th Annual General Meeting of the Canterbury Branch of the Institute of Directors will be held at 5.45pm on Thursday 26 March 2020 at The George, 50 Park Terrace, Christchurch.


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. To confirm minutes of the 36th Annual General Meeting held on 11 April 2019
  4. Chairman’s Report
  5. Election of Branch Committee
  6. General Business
  7. Close

Following the AGM, guest speaker Tim Jarvis will address attendees.

Register for the AGM

Branch Committee Nominations

Under our branch constitution, one third of our branch committee retire by rotation each year and are eligible for re-election if they choose to stand for another term. This year Lloyd Mander retires in rotation and is available for re-election, Vincent Pooch is retiring and not available for re-election, and Ali Wilkinson resigned earlier in the year due to other commitments. 

As with our membership, we are looking for a rich diversity in our branch committee team made up from a range of backgrounds and experience.  If you are interested in standing for the 2020 Canterbury Branch Committee, please contact the Canterbury Branch Manager to obtain a nomination form.  Completed nomination forms must be returned by no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Our sponsors

The Canterbury branch acknowledges the generous support of

Duncan Cotterill
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Secure Strategy
University of Canterbury