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Otago Southland branch

Otago Southland branch

The Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors covers a large area that includes Dunedin, Invercargill, Balclutha, Gore, Queenstown, Oamaru and Te Anau – and everywhere in between. We have more than 700 IoD members.

We run about 28 branch events a year, from lunches to evening cocktails and dinners, usually with guest speakers. We hold events in Dunedin and occasionally in Queenstown, Invercargill, and Wanaka. Members in Otago Southland support the branch by volunteering to sit on the branch committee. Committee members attend events and meetings, and provide the branch with governance.

Whether you are an existing member or new to governance and want more information on membership, please feel free to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you at a branch event in the near future.

Branch team

Philippa MurrellPhilippa Murrell

+64 3 955 5899
+64 27 772 2013
otago.branch@iod.org.nz or Philippa.Murrell@iod.org.nz

I became branch manager in May 2019. Before that I worked in marketing and communications in the tourism and hospitality sector. I managed Fiordland’s regional tourism organisation for four years.

I moved to Dunedin with my husband in 2018. We have two children and a dog. I love theatre, music, books, and coffee.

Sarah FrostSarah Frost

+64 21 123 3961
Sarah.Frost@iod.org.nz

I started as branch events coordinator in Queenstown after moving from Auckland to Glenorchy. I have worked with event agencies and more recently Fuji Xerox delivering corporate, sponsorship, experiential marketing, and incentive events. In my leisure time I love fishing, hikes and the theatre.

Director Dialogue

Our Director Dialogue series is an initiative born from member feedback requesting events for new and emerging directors. These informal bi-monthly sessions run for an hour from 8am. Participants discuss governance topics following presentations from senior directors. We also run lunchtime and evening speaking events throughout the year. These reflect governance interests and global trends, and attract members at all levels of experience. We are fortunate at the branch to have some highly experienced directors who share their knowledge and passion for governance.

Emerging Director award

The Otago Southland Branch of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award is open to Otago Southland Branch members in the very early stages of their governance career.

Kate Hesson2019 award recipient

Otago business consultant Kate Hesson has been named the Institute of Directors (IoD) Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director 2019. Read more

About the Otago Southland Emerging Director award

  • 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 governance abilities and roles?

The Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc) (the IoD) is inviting applications for its 2019 Emerging Director Award. This award is open to members of the Otago Southland branch and to non-members who apply for membership upon submitting their application for the award.

Benefits include

  • $1,500 towards an IoD director development course of your choice
  • complimentary membership of the IoD for one year
  • complimentary attendance at four Otago Southland branch events where members can learn and share their experiences
  • mentoring with an experienced director​

Past recipients

  • Desiree Williams (2018)
  • Jeffrey Broughton (2017)
  • Professor Richard Barker (2016)
  • Richard Thomas (2015)
  • Clare Kearney 92014)
  • Tony Allison (2013)
  • Dawn Sangster (2012)
Branch Committee

Trish Oakley MInstD

Trish OakleyTrish Oakley BCom, MinstD is a member of the IoD, Otago-Southland Branch committee chair, a representative on the IoD’s National Council and a member of both the Health & Safety and Digital Project committees.  She joined Forsyth Barr Ltd in March 2000 where she is Head of Summer. Trish has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked in banking.   She is currently a trustee of both the Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, sitting on the Audit and Risk and Nominations committees and a council member of the University of Otago where she sits on the Health and Safety, Audit and Risk and Appeals committees. Trish holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago.

Tony Allison, CMInstD

Tony AllisonTony is a director of Smiths City Group Ltd and Delta Utilities Limited as well as the chair of Mornington Health Centre and Dunedin International Airport Ltd, an appointment that led on from his original placement on that board with the IoD’s Future Directors’ Programme. Tony is a Chartered Member of the IoD and he was the winner of the Otago Southland IoD 2013 Aspiring Director Award. Tony Allison recently finished as CE of Night ‘n Day Foodstores to concentrate on his governance roles and other consultancy work.

Kathryn Ball BCom, FCA, CMInstD

Kathryn BallKathryn is a self employed consultant, principally to McIntyre Dick & Partners Ltd, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, based in Invercargill, where she was a partner/principal for around 20 years. She remains part of the MDP tax specialist team and also provides business advice to a wide range of clients. Kathryn is a director of SBS Bank, a position she has held since 2006 and she chairs the bank’s Audit & Risk Committee. She is also a director of Stadium Southland Ltd. Kathryn served for a number of years as a Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) Councillor, chairing the Audit & Finance Committee and serving a period as deputy chair. She was involved with SIT at the time the innovative “Zero Fees” scheme was introduced.  

Duncan Fea CFInstD, BCom CA

Duncan FeaDuncan is a Queenstown based Chartered Accountant who has strong links across the Central Otago and Southland areas. He has particular expertise in advisory, strategic planning, and business acquisitions and sales. As well as his busy accountancy role, Duncan has considerable governance experience. His earlier board roles include Pioneer Generation Ltd, Queenstown Airport Ltd, and Goldfields Jet Ltd. Duncan’s current governance roles are with PowerNet Ltd, The Power Company Ltd, OtagoNet JV, Southern Generation LP and the Walker Group of Engineering Companies. Duncan has held the latter role for many years, working closely with the late Bill Walker since 1985. Focused to seek continuous improvement, Duncan completed the week-long Company Directors’ Course in 2012 and has since completed courses on Audit and Risk Committees as well as three Boards in Action courses, including ‘Leadership in the Boardroom’. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the branch.

Kathy Grant CFInstD

Kathy GrantKathy has wide legal experience having taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Otago and been in practice at Gallaway Cook Allan for the last 20 years. She has had extensive experience in the governance of educational institutions having previously chaired the Dunedin College of Education, served on the University of Otago Council and currently chairs the Otago Polytechnic Council. Kathy also has significant governance experience in the commercial sector as a current member of the boards of Dunedin City Holdings Limited and Dunedin City Treasury Limited. She is Commissioner of the Southern District Health Board and she also sits on a number of boards in the not-for profit sector. Kathy has been a member of the Institute of Directors since 2009 and she delivers locally led sessions of the Dunedin Governance Development Programme.

Peter Heenan CMInstD

Rei Ishikawa

Rei IshikawaRei is the Acting Chief Operating Officer of health software and informatics organisation, BPAC Clinical Solutions. An environmental scientist and project manager by training, Rei has a varied background working across the engineering, environmental science, and ICT industries. Rei has recently started his journey in governance with a trustee role with the Otago Physio Pool Trust, and has recently completed an internship director role with Dunedin International Airport Ltd. Rei has been an IoD member since 2017 and has attended the GDP along with many of the local events.

Susie Johnstone CFInstD

Susie is the Managing Partner of Shand Thomson, a chartered accountancy practice based in Balclutha that focusses on the agri sector.  Susie has had significant experience in public sector governance with an emphasis on audit and risk.  She currently chairs the Dunedin City Council's Audit and Risk Committee and the Southern District Health Board's Finance Audit and Risk Committee and is also a member of the Office of the Auditor General's Audit & Risk Committee.  She recently retired from the board of REANNZ, a company responsible for the provision of a specialised high capacity internet service to the NZ research community and other roles have revolved around health, education, sport and tourism.  Susie was Deputy Chair of the Otago Polytechnic Council for several years and Deputy Chair of Tourism New Zealand, Southland and Otago District Health Boards.  She has also served on the boards of the New Zealand Blood Service and the New Zealand Hockey Federation. Susie is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.  

Alan McKenzie CFInstD

Alan McKenzieAlan McKenzie is a Dunedin based business adviser with over 40 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant working in New Zealand and overseas, in both Public Practice and Industry.  He has worked successfully with numerous businesses ranging from new ventures requiring day to day input, to substantial multi-national companies. His focus is advising clients regarding structuring business investment, financing, and related taxation issues. He is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, holds a Certificate of Public Practice in the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Otago. He is a director of TracPlus Global Ltd, Queenstown Resort College Ltd, the Sinclair Investments Group and several other client owned businesses and investment groups, operating within New Zealand and internationally. He has been a director of NZX Listed Blis Technologies Ltd., for the past six years and retired from the Board in July 2018.

Sarah Ottrey B.Comm (Mktg), CFInstD

Sarah OttreySarah is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and a graduate of the University of Otago.
In Sarah’s 20-year executive career with Unilever and DB Breweries/Heineken she held senior marketing roles in New Zealand and internationally. Sarah created the Tui Yeah Right Campaign.

Sarah is currently a director of The EBOS Group Ltd, Skyline Enterprises Ltd, Christchurch International Airport, Mount Cook Alpine Salmon, The Whitestone Cheese Co and Sarah Ottrey Marketing Ltd.  Past directorships include Comvita, The NZ Public Trust, Blue Sky Meats, The Smiths City Group, Inland Revenue Risk Assurance Committee and Wellesley College and its Foundation as Deputy Chair and Chair.

Our sponsors

The Otago Southland branch acknowledges the generous support of

ASB
Anderson Lloyd
Deloitte
Marsh