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 12 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

The Nelson Marlborough Branch Manager position is currently vacant. 

For information on the Institute of Directors please email nelson.branch@iod.org.nz or call Sharynn Johnson on 027 228 6069 or Jill Steffert on 027 403 0148.

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 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.

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 MInstD

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.

Gordon Shaw CMInstD

Gordon has extensive management and governance experience in the transport sector in New Zealand and overseas. He joined VINZ (Vehicle Inspection NZ) in 2014 as CEO and was appointed Executive Director in 2019.  Gordon is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors [CMInstD] and is also a Steering Group member of the NZ Business Leader’s Health and Safety Forum. Gordon is an experienced governor and hands-on senior executive / business leader at a CEO and general manager level in both private and public sectors with organisations in Japan and NZ such as Optimus Group [TSE Listed], JEVIC JAPAN, JEVIC NZ, VINZ, Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, LTSA (now Waka Kotahi), ACC and Dun & Bradstreet.

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 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 Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, serves on the Board of Eastern Institute of Technology, a Grape-grower elected Director of Marlborough Winegrowers and Wine Marlborough Limited, Deputy Chair of Fire and Emergency New Zealand Marlborough Local Advisory Committee and a member of the Marlborough Regional Skills Leadership Group. Tracy also 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. 

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 Abbeyfield New Zealand. 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 also completed her twelve months with a mentor under IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity programme 2020.

Having master 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.

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