Taranaki Branch

Taranaki Branch

The membership of the Taranaki Branch of the Institute of Directors stood at 175 at the end of 2018. This was a big increase since the branch opened in May 2012 with 84 IoD members.

We run around 10 branch events each year on topics like health and safety, the future of work, cybersecurity, takeovers, big data, and transparency.

Our branch events offer members a mix of local and national speakers, as well as a forum to discuss issues of local interest.

We have a branch committee with nine members in the region. The committee sets our strategic direction and oversees our branch activities.

Branch Manager

Theresa Cayley

+64 27 5595951

I am an experienced events’ professional and project manager. I enjoy meeting members at local events. I’m also available to discuss your governance pathway and the benefits and advantage of IoD membership.

Whether you are an existing member new to governance or want more information about membership, please get in touch.

Emerging Director Award

The Award is open to Taranaki branch members and intending members of the Institute of Directors. The next applications will be called for in mid-2021.

Joe Hanita2018 award recipient

The Taranaki Branch is very pleased to announce New Plymouth chartered accountant Joe Hanita as the first ever Institute of Directors Taranaki Branch Emerging Director 2018. Read more

About the Taranaki Emerging Director Award

Application criteria

  • Must be a Member or Associate Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand
  • Must demonstrate governance development commitment (ie undertaken governance training or other development such as mentoring)
  • Must have demonstrable leadership experience
  • 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.
  • Completion of application form and a written submission, maximum 1,500 words, as to why the applicant  should be considered for the Emerging Director Award
  • Committee Members and employees of the Institute of Directors and its sponsors are excluded from applying for the award.

Award - total value $2,700

  • Complimentary membership with IoD for 12 months
  • Complimentary attendance at all branch functions for 12 months
  • Mentoring with experienced director for 12 months
  • $2,000 towards IoD professional development (must be spent in current year)
  • ‘Emerging Director’ position for 12 months with Port Taranaki Limited. The emerging director will have the right to participate in board and audit committee meetings but will not be able to vote on any board resolution. The successful applicant will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with the sponsoring board. The position will be unpaid. The emerging director may be excluded from certain meetings at the discretion of the board or audit committee".

Judging criteria

  • Demonstrates a commitment to and a sound understanding of governance principles
  • Demonstrates level of senior management experience with governance exposure
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and interpersonal strengths Indicates time management and commitment
  • Demonstrates a commitment to developing a career in governance

Award in association with

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Branch Committee

Craig Hattle BSc (Agric), MBA, CMInstD

Craig HattleCraig is currently the Board Chair of Carefirst in Taranaki, heads the Governance Committee at the FBT/Osflo group and is chair of Edison Consulting Engineers Advisory Board in Tauranga. He advises business owners and boards in governance and leadership, and was director and chair of the Advantage Business Board in Auckland for a six year term.

After taking an Agricultural Science degree, Craig worked as an Agronomist until he had the opportunity to buy into his own business, and spent a decade growing the family group of businesses in the fresh-cut flower trade. He also currently has an active interest as a director in a local cut flower orchid farm in Taranaki.

He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (NZ) and has contributed to the Taranaki committee for the last four years.

Tim Barrett BAppSc MInstD

Tim BarrettTim is Managing Director of Farm Ventures Ltd. He has a farming history having grown up in a family owning multiple dairy farms, he then developed a farm consultancy business from 2000 before syndicating the first cluster of farm investments from 2005 and now land use diversification in the Taranaki region.

Tim was involved in setting up the local Taranaki branch of the Institute of Directors when it started in 2009 and he has wide experience including practical farm management, financial management, investment analysis and syndication, and governance leadership. Tim is a member of the NZ Society of Animal Production, NZ Grassland Association, Institute of Directors, and NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management.

Tim’s directorship courses completed have been Reporting to the Board, Risk Essentials, Governance Essentials, Company Directors' Course, and the PRI Academy Responsible Investment Fundamentals.

Dr Joanna Breare MInstD

Dr Joanna BreareJoanna holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geology from University College, London and a First Class Honours Degree in Geology from Queen Mary College, University of London. She was appointed Chief Executive Todd Energy in 2014.  She is the Chair of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand and the Chair of the Taranaki 2050 Just Transition Lead Group.

As CEO of Todd Energy Joanna oversees the supply of a third of New Zealand’s gross gas production from three onshore natural gas fields and is responsible for negotiation with Joint Venture parties, local iwi, local and central government and local land owners. Todd Energy employs ~250 staff and a similar number of contractors in Wellington and New Plymouth.

Joanna has been a Member of the PEPANZ Board since 2014 and Chair since March 2018. An industry advocate and educator, ensuring the PEPANZ Board presents a balanced view on the Government announcement regarding offshore block offers.

As Chair of the Taranaki 2050 Just Transition Lead Group Joanna has chaired monthly meetings resulting in twenty nine workshops in 8 locations with over 1,000 people engaged to develop the 2050 Roadmap – the just transition to a low emissions future. 

Joanna has also been a Board Member since 2017 for Be Safe Taranaki: a collaboration of organisations and industries in Taranaki that supports and promotes health and safety initiatives in the region to providing for excellence in Health, Safety and Environment. She has been a Board Member – of Venture Taranaki since October 2019.

Adam Harris MInstD

Adam Harris

Adam describes himself as a serial and often successful business leader, owner, and innovator, with a keen understanding of the value of strategic connections – and an equally ardent aversion to clutter, noise, fluff, and drudgery that gets in the way of our success. Adam established his business consultancy, Fresh Mindset by The Introducer, in 2010, and has worked with CEOs and senior managers providing training, coaching and high-level peer group activities to convert opportunities into successes, drive profit, facilitate change, define company direction and leverage the network.

Adam has won a number of IoD awards including Young Director of the year, Director of the Year and Non Exec Director of the year in the UK and has been co-opted onto the IoD Taranaki Branch Committee in July 2020. He is looking forward to getting involved and bringing new ideas and energy to his role on the local branch.

Adam moved to Taranaki in early 2020 with his wife and two small daughters, who keep him well and truly on his toes.

Brent Hulbert CA, MInstD

Brent HulbertBrent is an Executive Director in PwC New Zealand based in Taranaki, he specialises as a tax advisor.  He has significant experience in the oil and gas sector including business operations in Taranaki, throughout New Zealand and across the globe.

Brent represents PwC New Zealand at a variety of local and international oil and gas forums and leads PwC New Zealand’s connections with PwC Perth. His specialties include tax planning, tax risk management, tax certainty and controversy. He’s particularly interested in inbound investment, oil and gas, Māori business and local government. His clients range from small to large across a number of industries in the private business, local government, Māori business, technology and multinational sectors. He provides practical and commercial solutions to tax issues, as well as sound problem solving, local knowledge and global insight.

Rob Facer MBA, CMInstD

Rob FacerRob is an accomplished Professional Director, Advisor and CEO, who has extensive experience across a range of industry sectors and organisation types, gained in New Zealand and Internationally. He brings a deep understanding and insight into the critical issues of strategy development and execution; the importance of culture and values on organisational performance; and the setting of appropriate governance, compliance and risk-management frameworks. 

Rob is the Group CEO of GC Group Management Limited, a Taranaki based family company trading under the Osflo Fertiliser, FBT and Windy Point Quarry brands. Previously he held CEO and director level positions in the education sector, senior executive and director level roles for international agribusiness organisations both in New Zealand and abroad, and established and ran his own successful agricultural retail distribution business.

Based in Taranaki, Rob is a Mentor with Business Mentors NZ and active locally in governance roles for the community and not-for-profit sector. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors (NZ), and holds an MBA from the University of New England.

Murray Seamark MInstD

Murray SeamarkMurray comes from an operation background within manufacturing industries. This led to a partnership in a start-up business in 2001, together building this to +$20m and 35 staff business before exiting in 2014.

He has a passion for SME businesses, in particular manufacturing, and understands the pressure points and growth strategies that face them all. Over recent years he has worked within local SMEs sharing the benefits of his experience to help bring about change within the business, which often involves facilitating the owner/director from operational dependency within it. Part of this process usually leads them into some sort of governance function, and he has found the tools available within the Institute a valuable resource.

Murray is also involved with local community functions and is chair of the Mōkau Museum as well as a member of the Clifton Community Board, and while the purpose of these organisations are different he has found that good governance in these sectors is more important as they are scrutinised by public opinion.

Murray’s experience has confirmed the benefits that governance thinking can add, even to small organisations, and he is passionate about ensuring the IoD services and tools available are accessible to all, enabling them to add diversity of thought in their organisations. He has been a member of the Taranaki committee for the past 5 years as he continues to serve organisations in our local community.

Ruth Smithers MBA MInstD

Ruth SmithersRuth has a senior executive background in health and social services and is an owner of small manufacturing and business consulting businesses.  She was on Worksafe NZ board of directors in 2017 as part of the IoD Future Directors Programme and is currently chair and trustee on national and local not-for-profit trusts.

Ruth brings skills in business development, particularly in developing and deploying strategy and requisite change, with all of the dynamics that brings.  Her recent work within a large kaupapa Māori NGO was focused on leading significant organisational change and infrastructure development to support the business’s rapid growth. She also brings experience in design thinking approaches to deliver social impact programmes.

Ruth had an early career in nursing and has attained an MBA (Distinction).

Sam Tyson CMInstD

Sam TysonSam has been the managing director for Climate & Plumbing since 2010. Under her leadership, Climate & Plumbing won the TSB Taranaki Chamber of Commerce, Medium Business Excellence and Trades Excellence Awards in 2018. Also winning the New Zealand Master Plumber of the Year Award for business excellence in 2015. From not knowing a lot about plumbing, she has immersed herself in the plumbing industry and is now a member of national and local statutory stakeholder groups . Sam is also a director for ICE (Industry Connection for Excellence), a training school for plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying, as well as a participant in the future governance program with New Zealand Plumbing Merchants.

Sam has come from a strategic business development and mentoring background where she has worked with numerous business leaders helping them to obtain better results in their businesses. Sam is driven to further help organisations at a governance level as a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

2021 AGM


Nomination Form

Taranaki Branch nomination form -  Nominations must be received no later than 5.00 pm on Wednesday 10 February 2021.

Our sponsors

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