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

Rachel Church

Rachel Church

+64 27 559 5951

I am excited to use my event management skills and professional experience to benefit the Taranaki IoD Branch.  I am here to manage the branch, work with the committee, organise events, collaborate with local organisations and liaise with members to make the most of their membership.

I am passionate about the Taranaki community and the vibrancy of the region.  Originally from New York, and having lived and worked in San Francisco and London,  I moved to New Plymouth in 2012 with my Taranaki-born partner.  I’ve enjoyed making the region my home and meeting business and board leaders during my professional and personal pursuits.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about your membership, becoming a member or about our events.

Emerging Director Award

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

About the Emerging Director Award

Application criteria

  • Must be:
    • A Member of the Taranaki Branch.
    • In the early stages of their governance journey eg with fewer than five years’ governance experience.
  • Cannot be:
    • An independent/non-executive director on a commercial board (eg listed company board, large family company board).
    • A current mentee participating in the IoD’s Mentoring for Diversity programme.
    • An appointed Future Director currently observing on a Host Board.
    • An IoD Branch Committee member or sponsor employee.

What we need from you

  • Complete the Emerging Director Award application form below.
  • Attach the following with the application form:
    • Your Governance CV
    • A written submission addressing each of the following subjects (no more than 500 words per subject)
      • What motivates you to aspire to pursue a career in governance?
      • What value do you believe you will bring to a board?
      • What steps you have taken towards your governance journey.



  • Complimentary membership with IoD for 12 months.
  • Complimentary attendance at all branch functions for 12 months.
  • Mentoring with experienced director for 12 months from Venture Taranaki Trust (VTT) board and ability to attend VTT Board meetings as an observer

2022 award recipient

Past recipient

  • Loren Anderson (2021)
  • Joe Hanita (2018)
    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 winner. Read more
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.

Emma Bennett

Dr Joanna Godwin 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.

Arun Chaudhari

Arun ChaudhariArun MInstD, MBA, BCom, BSc (Nautical Sciences), is the CEO of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce. Arun was on the board of the Chamber from April 2009 to April 2015 and subsequently the chair until August 2015. His governance experience includes being the chair of the OGST (now EIG or the Energy and Industrial Group), Sacred Heart Girls’ College board and managing director of Elemental Marine.

Having a strong passion for the business community in Taranaki, Arun was a judge for the Business Excellence Awards for 19 years. He is a past President of the New Plymouth Indian Community. Arun is currently on the Taranaki CEO Forum Executive Committee.

Arun’s background is the merchant navy, where he spent 20 years, including six years as a Captain on large oil tankers. He then worked in senior management roles for 16 years in two ports in New Zealand. He is an ex Member of the Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers, London and a member of the Company of Master Mariners of India. Arun holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Massey.

As CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for the past four years, Arun is committed to the Chamber delivering exceptional service to its members and partners, while working closely with the Chamber’s stakeholders, such as the Institute of Directors. Arun is keen to see that IoD members and potential members in Taranaki are able to have opportunities to strive for the highest levels of governance standards.

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.



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.

2022 AGM


Nomination Form

Taranaki Branch nomination form -  Nominations must be received no later than 5.00 pm on Monday 21 February 2022. 

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