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.

Our branch is governed by a committee of 12 members – nine 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

Jenelle (Nelly) Strickland

+64 27 230 0977

I am excited to join the IoD team and utilise my event & sports management skills and professional experience to assist the Nelson Marlborough Branch. I love living in Te Tau Ihu, when I’m not working you can find me making the most of our beautiful environment and sunny weather either working on my lifestyle block with my partner Andy (and our dog Tui) or with my family and friends out on mountain biking, hiking or water sport adventures.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about your membership, becoming a member, or our events.

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. 

  • 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

  • Jenna Neame (2022)

Tasman District Council’s acting Chief Operating Officer, Jenna Neame, has been announced as the winner of the Nelson Marlborough Emerging Director Award. Read more

  • Zoe Dryden (2020)
  • Manoli Aerakis (2018)
  • Mike Brown (2016)
  • Dave Ashcroft (2014)
  • Marina Hirst-Tristram (2013)
Branch Committee

Sarah-Jane Weir CFInstD

Sarah-Jane WeirSarah-Jane Weir is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, chair of the Nelson-Marlborough Branch committee, is a representative on the National Council and chairs the Policy & Practices committee and is a member of the Standards Committee. She is a the independent chair of the Nelson Bays Primary Health Organisation, 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 Care Foundation.  Sarah-Jane is a member of the Financial Advisers Disciplinary Committee and the Copyright Tribunal and holds a Masters of Intellectual Property Law degree.

Stephen Broad-Paul MInstD

Stephen Broad-PaulStephen has 25 years’ experience 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 employed by the Nelson/Tasman Chamber of Commerce, part time, as the Creatives Career Advisor, and is also a partner in Real Insight Now, a strategy and brand leadership agency. He is the New Zealand founding partner of the International Coaching Practice. Stephen is currently on the board of Manuka Street Charitable Trust (Manuka Street Hospital), Makeshift Spaces, the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Business Advisory Board and Arts and Design 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.

Gordon Shaw CMInstD

Gordon Shaw is a New Zealand based professional director and business advisor with over 20 years’ management and governance experience in the transport, vehicle regulatory, and Government sectors both in New Zealand and overseas.

Gordon is currently the Interim CEO and Director of NZ Automotive Investments and a steering group member of the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum, a director of Nelson Netball Centre Inc, Redwood Valley Service Company Ltd, ProMed HR NZ Ltd and NZ Automotive Investments.

He has been working in Chief Executive, General Management and governance roles in the transport, consulting, technology, and Government sectors for more than 20 years.

Gordon is a Chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Gordon is a committee member of the Nelson Marlborough Branch of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Gordon has extensive management and governance experience in the transport, vehicle regulatory, and Government sectors in New Zealand and overseas and is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Gordon provides advisory and consulting services to companies, enterprises and start-ups.

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 [JP] and as a Judicial JP.

Tracy Johnston MInstD

Tracy JonstonTracy is an experienced independent director, organisational leader and qualified marketer.  She has a professional career in the visitor industry working in destination management and marketing roles both offshore and across New Zealand for more than 25 years. Tracy now works remotely as a senior consultant with international tourism consultancy TRC Tourism allowing her to be based in Marlborough where she lives on her Pinot Noir vineyard with husband Kevin.

Tracy has built extensive knowledge and networks and governance experience within the tourism and wine sectors and more recently in the vocational education sector. Tracy currently serves on the Marlborough Regional Skills Leadership Group, as Deputy Chair of Marlborough Winegrowers and Deputy Chair of the FENZ Marlborough Local Advisory Committee. Tracy is a member of the Institute of Directors and serves on the IoD Nelson Marlborough Committee.


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 and Nina. 


Venus S Guy MInstD

As well as substantial commercial experience in FMCG, Venus adds value to individuals, groups and businesses through her broad and diverse perspective.

She believes in sustainable growth, continuous learning, improvement, and ongoing development of people.

Venus is an independent chair of Nelson Tasman Kindergartens Association which has 22 kindergartens under the umbrella. She is a board member of Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce and Sport Tasman. She also serves as a committee member for Nelson Marlborough branch of IoD.

Venus was privileged to be selected as an Associate Director for Network Tasman Ltd in 2021 and she has completed her twelve months with a mentor under IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity programme 2020. Venus was also chosen by the Ministry for Ethnic Communities as one of the top Board-Ready Emerging Directors for NZ in 2021.

Having masters degree in law and a graduate diploma in Business Management, Venus is keen to share her skills and give back to the community. She serves the community as a Justice of the Peace.

Tim Cosgrove CMInstD

Tim is Chief Executive Officer of Marlborough Lines and responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and delivery of all stakeholder, financial and operational objectives. Prior to joining Marlborough Lines he held several roles within the Todd Corporation including General Manager Todd Generation, and General Manager Operations and Development for Nova Energy. 

Strategy and Risk are areas of particular interest and Tim is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  Tim is currently a director of Nelson Electricity, Energy Marlborough and Treasury Services Group and has previously held directorships including King Country Energy (and subsidiaries) and Todd Solar Limited.

Suzanne Jones MAICD, MInstD

Suzanne is an experienced Independent Director and Board Committee Member with wide governance experience across Australian and Trans-Tasman health, aged care, employment and financial services sectors. She brings a career of three decades as an Industry Advisor providing healthcare and business consultancy services to organisations including Downer, the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Health & Environmental Medicine, the Australian Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills & Employment and Australia’s Regulatory and Disability Insurance Authorities.

Suzanne is a former physiotherapist, government appointed clinical expert witness and healthcare business franchisor with deepened commercial and governance insight through post-graduate qualifications in health and safety, labour law, organisational psychology, industrial relations and involvement in the wider influences of system regulation and legal frameworks. Suzanne has a passion for strong and transparent governance, strategic thinking and informed risk management. She is credentialled though the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Having been a regular visitor to the Top of the South for 20 years, Suzanne and her partner Henry now call Nelson their home. Suzanne is a member of the Nelson Marlborough Branch of the Institute of Directors and delighted to serve its members through the agency of the Branch Committee.

Matt Sutherland MInstD

Matt is currently the General Manager and Director of Dog Point Vineyard in Marlborough. He has over 18 years sales, marketing, business management and wine making experience in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and France. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and completed the Company Directors Course in 2018. He holds a directorship for a property management company and works in an advisory role to a New Zealand wine company.  He currently sits on the marketing sub-committee for Appellation Marlborough Wine.

Matt lives in Marlborough with his wife Jane and two children Harry and Lucy.

Yolande Tzinavos MInstD 

Yolande TzinavosYolande Tzinavos is a manager at Findex Nelson where she joined as a graduate in 2016 after completing a Bachelor’s in Commerce in Management and Accounting through NMIT (Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology) and has since completed her Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting. Prior to her role at Findex, she worked in accounting roles in a commercial setting. 

Yolande’s role in the business advisory space involves assisting her clients through problem solving, troubleshooting, and finding solutions to a wide range of business issues, as well as supporting them in their tax compliance obligations. The clients which she manages include companies, trusts and charities across a wide range of industries.

Yolande holds board positions for The Nelson Historic Theatre Trust and The Crisis Pregnancy Support Trust. Through these positions she supports the Trusts not only in governance but in budgeting, forecasting, reporting, and finding accounting solutions to best serve their needs.

She also acts as the local Findex Community Fund Champion, a role in which she engages with local charities by assisting them in raising donations and through volunteering involvement.

Originally from South Africa, she lived in Pensacola, Florida for 3.5 years before settling in Nelson in 2003. She enjoys all the natural beauty that surrounds the city, the sunny weather, and the strong relationships which she has developed, and which has made Nelson her home.

She has joined the Institute of Directors’ Nelson Marlborough committee as she would like to continue to build on her experience and exposure within the area of governance and looks forward to using her strong interpersonal and networking skills to contribute to the success of the local committee.

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