Future directors

Gain first-hand experience on a board and learn from an experienced mentor.

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Background

The Future Directors programme aims to develop the next generation of directors and prepare them to positively transform their organisations, communities and New Zealand.

The programme provides people with governance potential and ambition the opportunity to participate on a board. It also provides boards with exposure to new talent, ideas and experiences.

Future Directors was founded by Sir Stephen Tindall (The Warehouse/Tindall Foundation), Michael Stiassny (past IoD President) and Des Hunt (NZ Shareholders Association) in 2013.

Today, Future Directors provides opportunities for aspiring directors on a wide range of boards including NZX and non-NZX listed companies, state sector boards and not-for-profit organisations.

See our current Future Director opportunities

How to register

Register your interest in becoming a Future Director if you are:

  • a talented executive, professional or business owner
  • interested in furthering your governance skills
  • able to add value at the board table through your unique skills or perspective
  • able to commit to a board for a minimum of 12 months.

If you are selected to become a Future Director, you will:

  • attend all board meetings
  • be assigned an experienced mentor
  • participate as a board member in all aspects but will have no voting rights and will not form part of the quorum of a board meeting.

If you are on a board and interested in hosting a Future Director read more

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Stories from past Future Directors

Future Director board placements

2020 placements

Cooperative Business New Zealand – Melanie Beattie, Head of Strategic Partnerships, ASB Bank

Deer Industry New Zealand – Rob Kidd, Operations Manager, Duncan NZ Limited

Education New Zealand – Shruthi Vijayakumar, Coach, facilitator & strategist, co-founder Emerge Institute

Financial Markets Authority – Tia Greenaway (Principal Analyst at Climate Change Commission)

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare – Toni Moyes, COO Montoux

Halberg Foundation – George Bridgewater, Managing Director, Nano Clear, South Island

Investore Property Limited – Emma McDonald, Director/ owner, Pragmatix

Just Life Group Limited – Karla Mangos, Project Manager/Evans Randall

Kordia – Nicola Mitchell, Head of Digital Audience Growth

NZX – Hayley Buckley, Partner Wynn Williams

Radio New Zealand – Mihimaraea Parata Gardineras

Spark – Ana Wight, Chief Financial Officer, Vend Limited

Spidertracks – Emily Blythe, CEO and Founder of Limpidity

The Lines Company Ltd – Chelsea Smith

2019 placements

Aktive (Auckland Sport & Recreation) – Paige Paterson,Corporate Finance Analyst PWC & cycling commentator/ TV presenter

Auckland International Airport – Michelle Kong, GM Digital Ventures, Fletcher Distribution

Lion Foundation – Debbie Sew Hoy

Naylor Love – Charlotte Sullivan, CEO Auburn Marketing Limited

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei – Otene Hopa, Māori advisor - Pou Hononga Māori at Tuputoa / Faiz Salim (Project Manager Watercare Services)  

NZQA – Scott Tambisari

NZX – Anna Scott, Development Director Hobson Wealth Partners

Ports of Auckland – Claire Neville, GM Operations NZ Bus

Port Taranaki – Marie Collins, Founder Rite Executive Partners

Royal New Zealand Ballet – Liora Bercovitch, Senior Solicitor, Chapman Tripp

Scales Corporation – Jemma McCowan, Head of branding and sustainability at NZ King Salmon

Simplicity – Alexia Hilbertidou, Activist and Entrepreneur

Television New Zealand – Aliesha Staples, Hatch, Creative Technologist

Tennis Auckland – Thiem Nguyen, Participation and Insights Manager at NZ Golf

The Warehouse – Renee Mateparae, Agile Tribe Lead for Mobile at Spark New Zealand

Wel Networks Ltd/ Ultrafast Broadband – Nicole Buisson, Small Business Director Xero

2018 placements

AgResearch – Natasha Tere, Senior Consultant, McCauley Consulting Group

Chiefs Rugby Club – Sharleen Nathan, Deputy Principal, Hamilton Girls' High School

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare – Dr Claudia Wyss, CEO, Healthvision

Karori Sanctuary Trust (Zealandia) – Glen Scanlon, Head of News & Digital, RNZ

Lotto NZ – Jessica Smith, Business Development Manager, Te Tumu Paeroa

Mercury – Anna Lissaman, Director of People & Talent TVNZ

MetService – Kim Dirks, University Academic

National Advisory Council on Employment of Women (NACEW) – Ariana Paul, Business Owner AKA & Assoc Ltd

Northpower – Rangimarie Price, Strategic Advisor, Amokura Iwi Consortium Limited

Scales Corporation – Teresa Steele-Rika, Head of Marketing, Tru-Test Group

ServiceIQ – Kirikaiahi Mahutariki, Executive Manager, Maori Financial Solutions, ASB Bank

2017 placements

Argosy – Amanda Smith, independent director, Castle Point Funds Management

Augusta Capital Limited & Augusta Funds Management Limited – Michael Jefferies, Leasing Manager, Todd Property Group Limited

Department of Corrections – Sara Brownlie

Experience Wellington (Wellington Museums Trust) – John-Paul Tocker, PrimeQ Ltd, Practice Manager

Financial Markets Authority – Carol Cheng, Founder, Hong Consulting Ltd

New Zealand on Air – Linda Clark, Special Counsel at Kensington Swan

New Zealand Geographic Board (LINZ) – Rachel Pinn

NZX – Anna Molloy, Analyst Masfen Securities

Ports of Auckland – Siobhan McKenna, Partner, Daum & Co Management Consultants

Scales Corporation – Jen Bunbury, Investment Banking Director, Deutsche Craigs

Spark – Nagaja Sanatkumar, GM Global eCommerce, Icebreaker

Sport New Zealand – Chelsea Grootveld

Te Māngai Pāho – Kirikowhai Mikaere 

Transpower – Jennifer Moxon, Beachhead Advisor, NZTE

The Warehouse – Vena Crawley, Chief Customer Officer, Contact Energy

Worksafe New Zealand – Ruth Smithers

2013 -2016 placements

2016 

Auckland International Airport – Kiriwaitingi Rei, CEO Maori Investments Limited and MD Tarawera Land Company

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare – Rachael Newsome, General Counsel and Strategist, Icebreaker

Meridian – Megan Matthews

Mercury – Nicky Ashton, GM Brand and Marketing, Kiwibank

Scales Corporation – Liz Muller, Director, Global Food Alliance

2015

Auckland International Airport – Nicola Greer 

AWF Madison Group Limited ­– Rachel Hopkins, GM Marketing and Communications, Competenz

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare – Nicky Bell, CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi

Kordia – Simon Tong, Managing Director, Fairfax Media

ServiceIQ, – Mele Wendt, Director, Scholarship Services Aotearoa

The Warehouse – Malcolm Phillipps, Managing Director, Phillipps Consulting

Vector ­– Nick Astwick, COO, Kiwibank

2014 

Auckland International Airport – Shelley Cave, Consultant, Simpson Grierson

Canterbury Scientific – Clive Seymour, Founder/MD/Director Biodirectionz, Science Directions

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare ­– Franceska Banga, CEO, NZVIF

Mercury – Carolyn Luey, GM Strategy, NZME

Northpower – Colin Finnegan, Petrovac Facilities Management

The Warehouse – Bindi Norwell, TNS Director

Vector – Tony Arthur, Head of Retail Network, BNZ 

2013 

Dunedin Airport – Tony Allison, CEO, Night n Day Foodstores

Northpower – Deborah Harding

The Warehouse ­– Robbie Tindall

2012

Auckland International Airport – Sheridan Broadbent, GM Strategy, Genesis Energy