Canterbury Branch

Canterbury Branch

The Canterbury Branch is the third largest and has more than 1400 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.

  • Are you newly engaged on a directorship path and aspire to enhance your governance pathway?
  • Can you demonstrate a commitment to development and a high level of integrity?
  • Are you committed to development of your governance pathway?

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.

Applications are now closed for 2021.

Reflections from past recipients

Helen Andrews (2019):
“Being awarded the 2019 Canterbury Branch IoD Emerging Director Award has given me a wonderful year of benefits both expected and unexpected. The known benefits of funding towards IoD training, a mentor and the director internship have been exactly what I anticipated. The funding enabled training I wouldn’t have otherwise done and a day with the likes of Giselle McLaughlin can only ever benefit your professional career. Access to a mentor has been “gold” as I sought honest and vital opinions on problems that don’t sit well on moral compass and are never found in any manual. Being an intern with the extremely functional board of EA Networks has increased my high regard of great process and being able to witness it first-hand has reinforced that view. The unexpected benefits have been the exposure to a whole raft of people from which to learn from, the Chartered Fellows who attended the dinner after the awards openly sharing their professional career highlights to the award judges who clearly searched for my motivations. This has all led me to develop both my understanding of others and myself, undoubtedly growing more confident in the valuable skills I bring as an individual to contribute to the team around the board table.”

Cory Bedford (2019):
“The Emerging Director award has provided a huge boost to my governance experience and knowledge. The award is multi-layered, not only in the ‘known’ rewards of providing access to a commercial board, a mentor, branch events and funding toward training but also in the relationships and contacts formed. The Connetics board has been fascinating - especially given the events and challenges of COVID-19. The directors, CEO and senior management have been very welcoming and I have learnt a lot. My mentor has been fantastic, providing great insights and questions.  I cannot thank  the Canterbury Branch committee enough for this award and the great events they organise. I strongly recommend anyone interested in a governance career apply for this award.”

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! "

2021 award recipients

Ash-Leigh Campbell, Allison (Alli) CoplandAlison van Polanen and Anna Wilson have been named the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Canterbury Branch Emerging Directors 2021. Read more

Past recipients

  • Melinda Baillie (2020)
  • Cam Finlayson (2020)
  • Cory Bedford and Helen Andrews (2019)
  • 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

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

Applications have closed for 2021.

We are seeking 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 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’ events where members can learn and share their experiences
  • $850 towards an IoD governance development course of your choice to be taken in the 12 month period following the Award
  • Mentoring from an experienced director.

Past recipients of the First Steps in Governance Award:

  • Olivia Egerton, Alex Booker, Eric de Boer (2020)
  • Wendy Schmidt (2019)
  • Katherine Allen (2018)
  • Maddy Surie (2017)
  • Rebecca Biggs (2016)
  • Julie Hands (2015)
  • Gareth Reed (2014)
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: 

Peter Young KStJ CFInstD
Phone: (021) 384 350

Jen Crawford CMInstD
Phone: (027) 436 6040

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 director of Hooft Consulting Ltd, a boutique practice 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 dependent children. In his spare time, Geordie is studying for a BA in History, and 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, the Advisory Board of the University of Canterbury MBA School  and sits on the Canterbury Branch Committee of The Institute of Directors.

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

Jane Cartwright BSC, PGDipSc, NZRD, MBA, CFInstD

Jane Cartwright

Jane is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and has served the local branch overseeing the local IoD Emerging Director and First Steps in Governance programmes. She chairs the board of Brackenridge Services Ltd, is deputy chair of the Nurse Maude Association and Foundation, is a director of ARA Institute Canterbury Ltd. 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 executive with significant experience in professional service, not-for-profit and retail in NZ and Australia. She has held senior management positions for the last 10 years across a variety of sectors. 

Hannah works with a number of companies in a governance capacity including food and beverage, intellectual property, health & wellness, animal welfare and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. 

Richard Hegan MInstD

Richard Hegan

Richard has had a 30 year banking and finance career including 22 years at ASB Bank.  His most recent executive position was General Manager Rural at ASB – leading a team of 200 across New Zealand. Richard now leads the funding team at Hazlett Rural an awesome rural services firm based in Canterbury. He has been a member of the Institute of Directors for a decade actively promoting good governance within the primary sector for which he has deep passion and connection to. Richard is a director of Mitre 10 MEGA in Hamilton, an Independent director of Wairarapa Water Limited and an advisory chair to various private family companies. Richard is married to Louise and they have three boys and we are actively involved in the outdoors biking, running, skiing, hunting and fishing.

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

Mike KillickMike is a Chartered Director and Executive General Manager who is focussed and passionate about business success and business improvement in helping businesses improve and grow in a sustainable way.

Mike is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, has a Masters of Business Administration and a Batchelor of Engineering Degree (Hons) ( Mech). Mike is the current CEO of Oderings Garden Centres and Nurseries, is an Independent Business Mentor at ThincLab and is an Independent Director at Bottle Lake Golf Club.  Mike was formerly an Associate Director at City Care Group Ltd, an Executive Committee Member of New Zealand Football, the South Island Coalitions Manager for New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and the former Managing Director at DEEP SOUTH Ice Cream.

Mike has proven experience in business governance, market development (international and domestic) and key client / customer management. Calling himself a “specialist generalist of business”, 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 is the Canterbury Branch Committee’s Deputy Chair and our representative on the Institute’s National Council. He leads a consultancy that works with boards and executive teams facing complex decisions to improve capability for wide-ranging diversity of thought and develop the decision-making culture that is required to realise diverse thinking.

Lloyd is Chair of Ministry of Awesome, a force for growing startups and entrepreneurs in Christchurch. He is an independent trustee for the Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust and is the Chair of the Trust’s Audit and Risk committee. Lloyd is a co-founder and director of hearing care provider Bellbird Hearing. He serves on advisory boards for Calm Pipe, which supports deep breathing and smoking cessation, and innovative tyre solutions provider Super Tyre. Lloyd was previously a co-founder and the Managing Director of Hearing Advantage, a large regional hearing healthcare provider.  He also enjoys providing voluntary mentoring services through Business Mentors New Zealand and the Young Enterprise Scheme.

Mark Rogers BA (Hons), MNZIM, CFInstD

Mark RogersMark is a professional director and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Mark holds chair and director roles on a number of company boards and has a broad background in governance and management experience to Chief Executive level. He has worked in both the commercial and governmental spheres, including as a Ministerial appointment on Crown entities and to a number of CCO’s.

Mark has expertise in the economic development, tourism and infrastructure sectors. He is experienced in strategy, finance and operations with 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, the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum and Risk NZ. Mark holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science.

John Ruge MInstD

John RudgeJohn's career has spanned both the legal and teaching professions, including practising civil litigation in Auckland and Christchurch, and secondary teaching in New Zealand and Germany. He is currently a member of the senior leadership team at St Andrew’s College with a diverse portfolio of responsibilities that includes academic and pastoral care for over 450 senior students.

As a director, John has more than 25 years experience in the not-for-profit, charitable and education sectors. Since 2015 he has been the board chair at Avonhead School and recently joined the board of governors of College House.  As a Treaty partner, John actively seeks opportunities to increase his knowledge and understanding of te ao Māori and to incorporate these into his life and work.

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