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Canterbury Branch Emerging Director Award

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2020 applications are now open. 

Applications close 5.00pm Monday 20 July 2020.

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
  • Must not be a current mentee participating in IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity programme, and/or an appointed Future Director currently observing on a Host Board. This does not restrict applicants from applying for programmes concurrently but only one opportunity can be awarded.   

Benefits include:

  • $1,500 towards an Institute of Directors’ Governance 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

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.”