The Wellington Branch is the hub for IoD members based in the lower North Island including Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Whanganui, Wairarapa and Wellington regions. Most of our 2000 members live in the greater Wellington region. We are fortunate to be supported by a committee that sets the strategic direction of our branch initiatives and activities and also have great member networks across the region through our subcommittees.
Our branch benefits from its geography. We draw on the expertise of governance experts from the agriculture, horticulture, forestry, farming, and science and technology research sectors. We also keep our finger on the pulse of government and the public sector, the focus of our annual governance in government event series.
We run about 40 events across the region each year. These are a great opportunity for members to network and hear from guest speakers on governance topics.
I’m proud to represent our region and passionate about the opportunity to work with our members and support them at all stages of their governance journey.
Membership engagement is a big part of my role, making sure members know their benefits and how to take advantage of them.
You’ll often find me out and about, meeting members in some of the cool cafes across our region.
I’ll be one of the first faces you meet at a branch event. I look forward to giving you a warm welcome.
The Wellington Branch of the Institute of Directors Emerging Director Award is open to Wellington Branch members in the early stages of governance.
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.
2021 award recipient
Rick Christie MSc (Hons), CFInstD
Rick Christie is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD, Wellington Branch committee chair and a representative on the National Council. He is an experienced professional director and company chairman with appointments in both the private and public sectors. He has had considerable experience as a Chief Executive with extensive involvement in the export sector, including Tradenz (The New Zealand Trade Development Board) where he was Chief Executive from 1990 to 1996. Rick Christie is an MSc (Hons) graduate in chemistry from Victoria University. Rick is a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and in 2003 was made a Hunter Fellow of Victoria University of Wellington. In 2010 he was made a Companion of The Royal Society of New Zealand. He is currently Chairman of Service IQ, ikeGPS and the National e-Science Infrastructure. Rick joined the EBOS Group Ltd Board in 2001 and was appointed Chairman in 2003, a role he held until 2015. He is also a Director of Southport Ltd., Powerhouse Ventures Ltd., and Solnet Solutions Ltd., and a Trustee of the Victoria University Foundation.
Suse Reynolds MInstD
Suse Reynolds is deputy chair of the Wellington Branch Committee and has been on the AANZ Council since its inception in 2008 where she took up the executive director role five years ago, transitioning to executive chair in 2020. Angel Association NZ is the industry representative body for early stage investment. Currently, the AANZ has 47 members including 13 angel networks spanning the country, four funds, two equity crowd-funding platforms and three investor-led tech incubators. In 2005 Suse helped to found AngelHQ, the Wellington region’s angel network and remains on the board. Today AngelHQ has over 90 members and has invested over $45m into 80+ high-growth startup companies. Suse is an active angel investor with about 20 ventures in her portfolio. Suse is on the board of CreativeHQ and a Trustee for Project Crimson Trust. She has a small portfolio of advisory board and governance roles with a handful of startups. Prior to her roles in angel investment, Suse was the chief operating officer and general manager Investment at Grow Wellington. Before taking up these positions, she was the executive director of the Trade Liberalisation Network. This followed a 10 year career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which included working for the Foreign Minister and a posting in London representing New Zealand’s trade and economic interests. Suse has a Bachelor of Commerce and an Honours Law Degree, both completed at Victoria University.
Anne Urlwin CFInstD, BCom, FCA, ACIS, MAICD
Anne Urlwin is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and a representative on the National Council. A professional director, Anne divides her time between Wanaka and Wellington. Her governance experience is in a diverse range of sectors including energy, construction, health, telecommunications, infrastructure, regulation and financial services, and in different organisations including private, publicly listed, Crown and local authority companies and statutory entities. She is a director of Summerset Group Holdings Ltd, Vector Ltd, Precinct Properties New Zealand Ltd and Ventia Services Group Ltd. Her other directorships include Queenstown Airport Ltd and City Rail Link Ltd, and she is also the independent chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s Audit & Risk Committee. Anne is a former director of Tilt Renewables Ltd, Chorus Ltd and Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd, and a former chair of national commercial construction group Naylor Love Enterprises Ltd and of the New Zealand Blood Service.
Rob Campbell MInstD
Rob Campbell has a background that includes leadership and ownership roles in the finance and management consulting sectors, working primarily with commercial and agribusiness SMEs. Rob is chair of the Palmerston North Central Business Improvement District, on the board of the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the IoD Wellington Branch committee. Rob has been actively involved in the Manawatu region promoting the IoD and co-ordinating the local membership which has led to the establishment of a sub branch within the Manawatu region. He is the inaugural chair of the sub branch committee. Rob has a genuine passion for people and a regional focus; his goal is to form durable, successful relationships that foster business capability and positively influence the long-term prosperity of his community. He holds a Diploma in Business (Massey) and an MBA (Otago).
Mike Devonshire MInstD
Mike Devonshire has had an extensive career in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and USA encompassing management, leadership and direction roles across a broad range of sectors including Agri- business, Property, Construction, Wholesale Banking, Sport, Energy and Infrastructure. Upon returning to New Zealand in 2002, Mike established an advisory business focused on Business Strategy, Governance, Restructuring, Acquisitions and Divestments, and Private Equity Investment. He also acts in the capacity of a Professional Independent Director. Hawkes bay based, Mike currently is the Chair of the Hustler Group ( An agricultural exporting group);Chair of Resource Development Consultants Ltd; Chair of Central Districts Cricket Association; Chair of Te Mata Park; a Director of the Te Awanga Estate Ltd and Hawkes Bay Wine Company Limited. Since 2006 Mike has been actively involved in the Hawkes Bay promoting the IoD and co-ordinating the local membership. He has led the project to establish a sub branch within the East Coast region and is the inaugural Chair of the sub branch committee. Mike has since 2009 been a member of the flagship New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Beachhead Advisory Board, the programme is focussed on growing NZ businesses internationally. Mike is also a Young Enterprise Trust Judge and mentor, and serves on the committees of local Cricket and Polo clubs. With three secondary school aged children, it doesn’t leave much time for Mountain biking which he tries to enjoy most days. Mike is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, has a Diploma in Export Management (Institute of Export, United Kingdom) and is a finance alumnus of Insead Business School (Fontainebleau, France). He is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Rachel Farrant CMInstD, CA, B.Com, Post Graduate Diploma – Finance & Management
Rachel Farrant is a partner at BDO Wellington Ltd and has over 20 years’ experience in chartered accountancy and business advisory services. She currently holds the following governance roles: director and Audit Committee chair– Fulton Hogan Group Limited; trustee and Audit Committee chair – Experience Wellington; director and Audit Committee chair – Fairway Resolution Limited, director and Audit Committee chair – The Property Group Limited, cirector – Papa Rererangi i Puketapu Limited (New Plymouth Airport), chair of the Central Region General Practitioners Fees Review Committee.
Dr Areti Metuamate MInstD
Dr Areti Metuamate (Ngati Kauwhata, Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Haua & Cook Island Maori) is the chief executive of Te Kupenga, a new PTE formed by the merger of Good Shepherd College and the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand. He has worked in a number of tertiary organisations in both New Zealand and Australia and also served on boards in the education and health sectors in both countries. Dr Metuamate is currently a Board Member of Ako Matatupu (Teach First NZ), Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, and the Raukawa ki te Tonga Trust. In a personal capacity, Areti is active in his iwi and local Cook Islands community and has experience working on a number of fundraising campaigns with a specific focus on campaign strategy and stakeholder engagement.
David Pilkington, CFInstD
Born in 1954 into a Hawkes Bay farming family background David graduated with a BSc and BE (Chem) from Canterbury University. He then completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology at Massey University, prior to joining the New Zealand Dairy Board in 1976. David began his career in the technical Division of New Zealand Dairy Board before moving into technical sales and market development roles, followed by a wide range of management positions both in New Zealand and offshore. These included President of NZMP (Japan) based in Japan and CEO NZMP (North America) based in California, USA. In 2000, prior to the formation of Fonterra, David was appointed Managing Director of New Zealand Milk Ltd, the dairy industry’s global consumer products business. He continued in this role until May 2004. On leaving Fonterra in 2004, David formed Excelsa Associates Ltd and took up company directorships with a variety of companies including Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd, Zespri Group Ltd, Port of Tauranga Ltd, Restaurant Brands Ltd, Douglas Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Rangatira Limited, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (Chairman) and Prevar NZ Ltd (Chairman). David is also currently a trustee of New Zealand Community Trust and served as an independent appointee to the Wellington City Council Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee for three trienniums. David’s current governance roles include, Port of Tauranga (Chair), Rangatira (Chair), Douglas Pharmaceuticals (Chair), Northport Limited and PrimePort Timaru. David has completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard University and attended London Business School.
Samantha Sharif LLM (Hons), LLB (Hons), Grad Dip CSP, CMInstD
Samantha is a professional director with key strengths in investment, infrastructure, logistics and safety critical industries. She has a background in CEO and leadership roles in the commercial aviation industry globally, as well as previously practising internationally as a commercial lawyer and with post-graduate qualifications in finance and governance.
Her current governance roles include: Director New Talisman Gold (ASX, NZX listed), Deputy Chair NZ Shareholders Association, Director SIL/MFL Mutual Funds, Director Motor Trades Association Group, Director MOTAT, Director Flirtey Ltd and External Member of the Dept of Corrections Audit & Risk Committee.
Sam Robinson CFInstD
Sam, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors lives in Hawkes Bay where he has farmed a Sheep and Cattle hill country block all of his working life. The business is now operated on a share-farming arrangement.
He is currently a director of Silver Fern Farms Ltd representing Shanghai Maling on the operating board. He is also a director of Brownrigg Agriculture and is an independent director of NZ Young Farmers. Previous directorships include AgResearch (chair), Cooperative Bank, AsureQuality, Farmlands, Port of Napier and AgMardt (chair).
The 32nd Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Branch of the Institute of Directors will be held at 7:00am on Wednesday 16 February 2022 at KPMG, Level 9, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington.
Members are invited to join the Wellington Branch Committee and fellow members for a light breakfast from 7am, prior to the Annual General Meeting commencing.
Branch Committee nominations
Our constitution requires that one third of the Wellington Branch Committee shall retire by rotation each year, but shall be eligible for re-election without nomination. Committee members Mike Devonshire (Hawkes Bay representative) and Suse Reynolds are standing for re-election at this year’s AGM. Rob Campbell, (Manawatu representative) has announced he is stepping down from his committee appointment at the AGM.
The committee has a diverse range of experiences and skills representing our broad member base. To ensure that remains balanced, we welcome nominations from members preferably with iwi, sport or legal governance experience. Strong sector and regional networks, along with a good understanding of tikanga Māori are also desired.
If you would like to stand for the 2022 Wellington Branch Committee, please contact the Wellington Branch Manager to obtain a nomination form.
The nominee, nominator and seconder, must all be financial members of the Institute of Directors. Nominations for election must be lodged with the Wellington Branch Manager by midday, Friday 4 February 2022.
If necessary, voting papers and nominee bios will be distributed to all members prior to the Annual General Meeting.
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