COVID-19 updates 21 September

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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 Murrell

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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.

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 early stages of governance.

  • Are you newly engaged on a directorship path and aspire to enhance your governance experience?
  • Can you demonstrate a commitment to development and a high level of integrity?
  • Are you committed to development of your governance pathway?

The focus of this award is 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 achieve success and recognition in governance positions.

Applications are now closed for 2021.

Past recipients

  • Professor Jessica Palmer (2020)

Dean of the Otago University Law Faculty, Professor Jessica Palmer has been named the Institute of Directors Otago Southland Branch Emerging Director 2020.  Read more

  • Kate Hesson (2019)
  • Desiree Williams (2018)
  • Jeffrey Broughton (2017)
  • Professor Richard Barker (2016)
  • Richard Thomas (2015)
  • Clare Kearney 92014)
  • Tony Allison (2013)
  • Dawn Sangster (2012)
  • Doug Hill (2011)
  • Mike Horne (2010)
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 commercial and memberships 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  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,  Appeals and the Pandemic  Governance Support committees. Trish is also a member of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago. 

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.

Jon Foote CMInstD

Jon Foote pictureJon is the Managing Director of Dunedin based Business Intelligence consultancy, Flock Consulting. He has been in the Business Intelligence industry since 2007 working across the health, manufacturing, transportation, tourism and retail industries. Jon began his governance career in 2018 by joining the Otago/Southland branch of the IoD. He has completed a range of IoD courses, including the Company Directors Course.  Jon completed an 18-month intern director role with Aurora Energy in June 2021 and is a trustee of the Otago Boys High School Foundation.  Jon is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Kathy Grant CFInstD

Kathy GrantKathy has had extensive experience in the governance of educational institutions having previously chaired  both the Dunedin College of Education and Otago Polytechnic, served on the University of Otago Council and is presently a member of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology Council. She is a director of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Limited, Wellington Institute of Technology  Limited and Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited. Kathy was the Commissioner of the Southern District Health Board (June 2015 to December 2019) and also has significant governance experience in the commercial sector as the current deputy chair of Dunedin City Holdings Limited  and Dunedin City Treasury Limited. Kathy previously worked in private legal practice for over 20 years. She has been a member of the Institute of Directors since 2009 and has delivered locally led sessions of the Dunedin Governance Development Programme.

Peter Heenan CMInstD

Peter is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He is the Executive Director of Finance for the HW Richardson Group (HWR) and a Director on a number of Joint Venture Companies HWR are involved in. Peter is a Ministerial appointed Council Member of Southern Institute of Technology and was appointed Chair by the Minister in May 2017. He is trustee of both the Southland Hospice Charitable Trust and Southland Boys’ High School Board of Trustees. Peter’s previous governance roles include: Chair of the Southland Boys’ High School Board of Trustees and Chair of the Netball Southland Board.

Michelle Henderson

Michelle HendersonMichelle is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors based in Invercargill. She has engineering expertise and broad business understanding from her executive career in the Australasian heavy industry sector with Rio Tinto and energy sector with PowerNet. In 2019 she was appointed to the board of Meridian Energy and serves on both the Audit & Risk Committee and Safety & Sustainability Committee. Michelle is a trustee of Youthline Southland and an advisory member of the Southern Institute of Technology industry groups for engineering and trades. Her last executive role was Chief Operating Officer of PowerNet, leading the operational division. Michelle was recognised as the NZ Safeguard Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum Leader of the Year in 2019. 

Rei Ishikawa

Rei IshikawaRei is the 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 is also a committee member of the IoD Otago Southland branch. Rei has been an IoD member since 2017 and has attended the GDP along with many of the local events.

Scott Mason FCA CMInstD AAMINZ

Scott MasonScott has been a practising Charted Accountant for over 25 years, specialising in advising medium/large businesses and HNWI, and is a qualified mediator/ADR practitioner. Scott’s governance career has been building over the last 10 years, and he is now primarily a professional director across a range of industries and entity types, with a special interest in early/mid-stage tech companies (soft and hard). Current roles include directorships with City Forests Limited (Dunedin City Council owned), NomosOne Limited (leasing SaaS), Southern Motor Group Limited, Banqer Limited (children’s financial literacy), and Bison Group Limited (container weighing/lifting). Scott has a passion for ensuring learning and personal growth opportunities are available to everyone who wants such, and has been actively involved in a range of education and training entities as a speaker and governor. He also has a strong interest in public policy, and is the current deputy chair of the CAANZ Tax Advisory Group, advising Government/IRD on tax policy matters.

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.

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