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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

+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.

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.

  • 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
  • To be the successful recipient, applicants must not be a current mentee participating in IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity programme, and/or an appointed Future Director currently observing on a Host Board. This does not restrict applicants from applying for programmes concurrently but only one opportunity can be awarded.   

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)
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 the Digital Project committee.  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.

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 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.

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.

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.

2020 AGM

Notice of meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Otago Southland Branch of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc) will be held on Thursday 12 March at 12.30pm at The Dunedin Club, 33 Melville Street, Dunedin.


1. Welcome

2. Apologies

3. Approval of the minutes of the last annual meeting held on 6 March 2019  (tabled)

4. Chairman’s report (tabled)

5. Annual financial report (tabled)

6. Election of branch committee

In accordance with the constitution it was determined by the committee that the number of committee members in 2020 will be ten.  Mr Tony Allison, Mrs Kathryn Ball and Mr Duncan Fea retire by rotation and offer themselves for re-election.   During the year, on the retirement of Ms Anna Campbell from the committee, Rei Ishikawa was co-opted and he has been nominated for election.  No other nominations have been received and no nominations will be taken from the floor.

7. General business

8. Closure

The AGM will be followed by a presentation by Mr Phil Ker - register for the event

Our sponsors

The Otago Southland branch acknowledges the generous support of

Anderson Lloyd