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Nelson Marlborough Branch

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The Nelson Marlborough Branch of the Institute of Directors works across Te Tau Ihu to connect, equip, and inspire people to deliver good quality governance.

With more than 320 IoD members, we hold about 10 events a year in Nelson and five in Blenheim. These are mostly lunch functions where guest speakers discuss governance and executive leadership topics. It’s a great opportunity to step outside the office, meet other directors, extend your professional knowledge, and keep abreast of the ever-changing governance landscape. We also host panel discussions, breakfasts, and smaller networking functions.

We host two or three IoD courses in the region each year, in addition to the courses that are made available to members online and throughout the country.

Our branch is governed by a committee of 11 members – eight from Nelson, three from Blenheim – who volunteer their time to set our strategic direction, keeping our branch in good health and providing a vital connection to the practicalities of governance in the region.

Branch Manager

Kirsten AmmannKirsten Ammann

+64 27 525 7400

I manage the branch, work with its committee, organise branch events, collaborate with local organisations, and liaise with members about their governance needs.

Please feel free to contact me if you have a question about our branch, becoming a member, or attending our events. We hope to see you at one soon.

Emerging Director Award

The Award is open to Nelson Marlborough Branch members and intending members of the Institute of Directors. This award is open for applications every two years. Applications for the next Award will open in 2022.

  • 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

  • Zoe Dryden (2020)

Motueka entrepreneur and philanthropist, Zoe Dryden has been announced the winner of the Nelson Marlborough Emerging Director Award. Read more

  • Manoli Aerakis (2018)
  • Mike Brown (2016)
  • Dave Ashcroft (2014)
  • Marina Hirst-Tristram (2013)
Branch Committee

Sarah-Jane Weir CMInstD

Sarah-Jane WeirSarah-Jane Weir is a Chartered Member of the IoD, chair of the Nelson-Marlborough Branch committee, is a representative on the National Council, chairs the Policy & Practices committee and is a member of the Digital Project committee.  She is deputy chair and trustee of the Rata Foundation, a director of Nelmac Limited and chairs the Health & Safety committee, a director on the board of Network Tasman Ltd where she also chairs the Remuneration committee, a director of the Nelson Regional Development Agency Ltd and is a trustee of both the Cawthorn Trust and the Nelson Tasman Health Trust.  Sarah-Jane is a member of the Copyright Tribunal and holds a Masters of Intellectual Property Law degree.

Leeson Baldey

Leeson BaldeyLeeson leads the Commercial Banking team for ASB Nelson and has 15 years of commercial banking experience. Responsible for the banks large commercial customers Leeson has a strong focus on appropriate governance and the continual development of the businesses he works with.

Having previous experience with number of community based organisations, prior to taking a break for his young children, Leeson has recently taken up a Trustee role with Safeguarding Children Initiative along with accepting the role of committee member for Nelson Marlborough IoD.

Leeson has an interest in not-for-profit organisations and outside of work spends much of his time coaching children’s sport.

Stephen Broad-Paul

Stephen Broad-PaulStephen has spent the last 25 years in senior leadership roles throughout New Zealand in the financial and insurance industries. His former corporate role was with BNZ as Managing Partner Te Tauihu (Top of the South).

He is now a partner in Real Insight Now, a strategy and brand leadership agency. He is also a New Zealand founding partner of the  International Coaching Practice. Stephen is currently on the board of Manuka Street Charitable Trust (Manuka Street Hospital) and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Business Advisory Board. He has previously held governance roles with Lifeline Nelson, Melrose Trust and Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson/Tasman.

He is a graduate of the University of Otago and has an Executive Coaching qualification from the International Business Coaching Institute.

Ru Collin CMInstD

Ru CollinRu Collin has been involved with public companies, private concerns, various trusts, incorporated societies and partnerships for 17 years. Ru comes from agribusiness, mainly the horticulture industry. Originating from Hawkes Bay he came to live and work in Nelson six years ago. Ru is Brook Sanctuary chief executive and Vice President on the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Board. He also sits on the NZ Trustees Association Board, and is a Chartered Member of the IoD.

Joe Ferraby CFInstD

Joe FerrabyA Kellogg Scholar, Joe and his wife Carolyn live on their 640ha irrigated sheep and beef property in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough.

His current directorships include Farmlands Co-operative which last year turned over $2.5b, a Trustee and Director of a large neighbouring property, and a Director of Rimanui Farms, a large corporate farming business with properties in New Zealand and Australia.

He chairs Terra Vitae Vineyards, a publicly owned viticulture company owning 400ha of vineyards in Marlborough and Hawke's Bay. He is Chairman of ANZPAC Oils Ltd, the distributor of Gulf Oil for New Zealand Australia and the Pacific Islands and is also Chairman of the Robinson Group of companies, a large family business based in Blenheim.

His past governance roles have included PPCS, Silver Fern Farms, The Equitable Group, Destination Marlborough, Marlborough Lines and Nelson Electricity.

Joe is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and a committee member for the Nelson Marlborough Branch.

Pip Jamieson MInstD

Pip Jamieson
Pip is the Regional Lead, Nelson-Tasman with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment [MBIE] overseeing the Regional Skills Leadership Group. Prior to that, she was Senior Regional Adviser for Te Tauihu [Top of the South] with MBIE’s Provincial Development Unit. Pip has held other senior roles within INZ, the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency, Nelson Tasman Business Trust, and is a Business Mentor (BMNZ). 

Pip has been on a number of boards including the Career Development Association of New Zealand, Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Vice President, Nelson Polytechnic Council, Nelson School of Music, National Council of Womens [NCW], and was President of the Nelson NCW Branch for a number of years. Pip has also been the President of Graduate Women New Zealand. Pip is currently a Trustee on the Food Factory and serves as a Justice of the Peace.

Tracy Johnston MInstD

Tracy JonstonTracy is an experienced business owner, organisation leader and Independent Director. She is a qualified marketer with 25 years working in destination management and marketing roles including 13 years working both onshore and offshore with Tourism New Zealand and eight as General Manager of Destination Marlborough. Tracy is currently Chair of Bike Walk Marlborough Trust, a Grape-grower elected Director of Wine Marlborough and a Government appointed Council member of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Tracy now offers her services as a tourism consultant working through international tourism consultancy TRC Tourism allowing her to stay based in Marlborough where she lives on her Pinot Noir Vineyard with husband Kevin.

Darren Mark CMInstD

Darren MarkDarren is Principal for Crowe Horwath and has 21 years’ experience in chartered accounting, including five years of auditing with PriceWaterhouse and 16 years’ business advisory with Crowe Horwath. Darren specialises in strategic and business planning, restructuring, buying and selling businesses, raising and restructuring finance, succession planning and trusts, as well as overseeing a range of compliance and taxation advisory matters. Darren is responsible for the business share valuation activity and this is supported where required by the Crowe Howarth Corporate Finance Team in Auckland. Darren is a member of the Nelson Marlborough Branch commitee and a member of NZICA.

Euan McIntosh MInstD

Euan McIntoshEuan has worked at Forsyth Barr for the last ten years where he is an Authorised Financial Advisor (AFA). Previously he held roles within the forest industry in both New Zealand and Canada. Euan is interested in governance for the agribusiness and not-for-profit sectors. Euan is married to Wendy Hunter, a paediatrician with the Nelson Marlborough Health Board, and they have two children, Robbie in Year 8 and Nina in Year 2. 

Andy Rowe MInstD

Andy RoweAndy has successfully led Cuddon Limited, Marlborough’s largest and most diverse engineering business for the past 12 years, coming from a 30 year back ground in Aviation Engineering through the RNZAF and Safe Air Ltd with particular focus on Non Destructive Testing and Project Management across both military and civilian aircraft sectors in NZ and international markets. Andy served on the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Board for 12 years until 2018, including roles as Deputy Chair and Audit Committee Chair. He has also been on the Hockey New Zealand Board since 2011 and on the Marlborough Youth Trust since late 2017.

Venus S Guy MInstD

Venus Sood GuyVenus practised as a lawyer and lectured in a Law College in India before migrating to New Zealand 10 years ago and completing a Graduate Diploma in Business Management (Level 7) at NMIT while working in the retail industry. Being passionate about the Nelson community, she serves as a director on six local not-for-profit organisations including the Nelson Tasman Business Trust and Citizens Advice Bureau. Venus’ husband Greg is the owner/operator of Nelson New World where she works as a manager and they are also kept busy as parents to their pre-school daughter Zara.

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