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Wellington Branch

Wellington Branch

The Wellington Branch is the hub for IoD members based in the lower North Island including Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui 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.

Branch team

Pauline PrincePauline Prince

+64 21 577 031
+64 4 470 2673

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.

Suzanne KargarSuzanne Kargar

+64 21 545 013
+64 4 474 7654

Working alongside Pauline, I’m the other half of the Wellington branch.

I enjoy meeting our members and guests at our events. You can’t miss me. I’ll be standing at the front desk, welcoming you in with a name badge and a smile on my face.

I also travel to Manawatu where we hold events. It’s great to get out, enjoy the rural landscapes and connect with our members there.

I look forward to seeing you whether it’s breakfast, lunch or an after-5 event.

Emerging Director Award

The Award, not intended for recognised long-term directors, is for Wellington Branch members of the IoD who are committed to the discipline of good governance, who are seeking directorship appointments and have already taken material steps to advance their career.

2019 award recipient

Chartered accountant Julia Fink has been named the Institute of Directors' Wellington branch Emerging Director 2019. Read more

About the Wellington Emerging Director award

The award is open to members of the Wellington Branch and to non-members who apply for membership. The next applications will be called for in mid-2021.

Application criteria:

  • Must be a Member or Associate Member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand
  • Demonstrates a desire to follow a directorship path and to advance further in corporate governance
  • Must have governance experience through reporting to a board in a senior management role
  • Has already taken personal and material steps to advance a directorship career
  • 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.

The award recipient will receive:

  • $2,000 (GST exclusive) towards an IoD course/s of their choice, to be taken in the following 12 months;
  • one on one interviews with experienced senior directors;
  • mentoring opportunities;
  • one year’s complimentary membership of the IoD;
  • six complimentary attendances for Wellington Branch breakfast, lunch or cocktail functions;
  • 6-12 month apprenticeship with an appropriate board;
  • commitment by the Wellington Branch to keep in touch with the recipient for the following year to ensure they are progressing with their objectives; and
  • an invitation to speak at the following year’s Emerging Director Award presentation.

Past recipients

  • Shaun Twaddle (2018)
  • Michele Frey (2017)
  • Jason McDonald and Melanie Templeton (2016)
  • Sunil Surujpal (2015)
  • Carol Robertson (2014)
  • Dr Megan McKenna (2012)
  • Jackie Lloyd (2011)
  • Karl Wixon (2010)
  • Elaine McCaw (2009)
  • Dr Marie Bismark (2007)
  • Barbara Kuriger (2006)
  • Samantha Sharif (2005)
Branch Committee

Jackie Lloyd BA, BCom, CMInstD

Jackie LloydJackie Lloyd is a Chartered Member of the IoD,  Wellington Branch committee chair, a representative on the National Council and chairs the IoD Human Resource committee.  Having a life-long interest in the relationship between human behavior and business performance led Jackie through an executive career as the global human resources director for the New Zealand Dairy Board and NZMP Fonterra, to consulting and governance.  She is currently Chair of Kiwi Group Holdings Limited, a director of AgResearch, New Zealand Cricket and Naylor Love Enterprises Ltd and a board member of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.  Jackie is also chair of the Wellington Museums Trust (Experience Wellington), and a trustee of the Lion Foundation.  Jackie holds Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from Otago University, is a graduate from the University of Virginia Executive Development Programme and a member of Global Women.

Rob Campbell MInstD

Rob CampbellRob 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 on the board of the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Directors 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. Rob is an Authorised Financial Adviser and an accredited NZX Adviser. He holds a Diploma in Business (Massey) and an MBA (Otago). 

Rick Christie MSc (Hons), CFInstD

Rick ChristieRick Christie is a 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.

Karen Coutts MInstD

Karen CouttsKaren Coutts has senior management and governance experience.  Her current governance roles include being on the board of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (the governing body of Ngāi Tahu), Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, and is a board member Delegated Responsibility with Transparency International NZ. She has over 15 years governance experience across NGO’s, the District Health Board, and Māori Trusts. Her most recent areas of work has been data-analytics-information and ICT impact on our future, and economic development, particularly Māori economic development.  Her career has been about creating transformative change for individuals, services, organisations and now focuses on system level change. Her UK experience brings insight into being a multi-cultural society is now on the New Zealand horizon. Karen holds a Master in Public Policy (VUW) and Bachelor of Arts (Sociology). She affiliates to Ngāi Tahu and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki.

Geoff Dangerfield QSO MSc, CMInstD

Geoff DangerfieldGeoff is a director and consultant. He is deputy chair of the IoD Wellington branch committee and representative on the National Council, an independent director of Payments NZ Ltd, Wellington Water Ltd and Port Nelson Ltd.  He is Chair of the New Zealand Festival, Chair of the Major Outsourced Contracts Advisory Board for the Department of Corrections, and chairs the Risk and Assurance Committee for Oranga Tamariki, and the Risk and Assurance Committee for the Ministry of Primary Industries.  He is the former CEO of the NZ Transport Agency and of the Ministry of Economic Development, and Deputy Secretary to the Treasury.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Mike Devonshire MInstD

Mike DevonshireMike 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

Rachel FarrantRachel Farrant (Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, CA, CAANZ, B.Com, Post Graduate Diploma – Finance & Management) 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 Member – Fulton Hogan Group Limited; Trustee and Audit Committee Chair – Wellington Museum Trust; Director and Audit Committee Chair – Fairway Resolution Limited and Chair of the Central Region General Practitioners Fees Review Committee.  Until recently, Rachel was also Director and Audit Committee Chair – Kordia Group Limited.

David Pilkington, CFInstD

David PilkingtonBorn 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), Hellers (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.

Suse Reynolds MInstD

Suse ReynoldsSuse has been on the AANZ Council since its inception in 2008 and took up the Executive Director role four years ago. Angel Association NZ is the industry representative body for early stage investment. Currently the AANZ has 29 members including 11 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 $15m into 58 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 is the Chair of Callaghan Innovation’s Stakeholder Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Institute of International Affairs Standing Committee. 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.

Samantha Sharif LLM (Hons), LLB (Hons), Grad Dip CSP, CMInstD

Samantha SharifSamantha 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 are Director NZ Shareholders Association, director MOTAT, director and chair audit and risk committee – Motor Trades Association Inc, director and NZ Country lead – Flirtey Ltd, director and former chair – NZ Institute of Safety Management Inc and member – Standards Approval Board. 

Sam Robinson CFInstD

Sam RobinsonSam, 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).

Anne Urlwin CFInstD, BCom, FCA, ACIS, MAICD

Anne Urlwin profile picAnne is a professional director who divides her time between Wanaka and Wellington. Her governance experience is in a diverse range of sectors including 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, Tilt Renewables Ltd, Precinct Properties New Zealand Ltd and Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd.  She is also Deputy Chair of Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd, a director of City Rail Link Ltd and of Cigna Life Insurance New Zealand Ltd.  She is currently the independent chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s Audit & Risk Committee.

Anne is a former director of Chorus Ltd and a former Chair of national commercial construction group Naylor Love Enterprises Ltd and of the New Zealand Blood Service.

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