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IoD honours Bay of Plenty project manager as an emerging director with strong leadership potential

Media release
By Institute of Directors
21 Sep 2020
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Pukehina’s Frances Bates-Crisp has been named the Institute of Directors (IoD) Bay of Plenty branch emerging director for 2020.

Frances is a programme director for TRILITY, a trans-Tasman water and environmental services company. She is an award-winning project manager with a background in engineering, commercial development and management.

An Associate of the IoD, she has experienced professional governance through her executive roles reporting to boards and working with board subcommittees. In the community, Francis is a member of beekeepers association the Rotorua Honeybees Club and a former treasurer of the Paturoa Bay Ratepayers and Residents’ Association.

In choosing Frances for this award, the Bay of Plenty judges said she has a well-rounded background in business and demonstrable evidence of self-motivation, enthusiasm for challenge and leadership skills. They also singled out her commitment to understanding cultural values as an important ingredient of good governance.

“Frances responded well to questions about Te Ao Māori and provided a relevant water sector example, with a strong sense of community and societal impact. This comes from her strong belief that recognising cultural values is integral to business and that this should be ‘ingrained’ at board level,” the judges said.

“She is articulate, clear-headed and justifiably confident. Frances has the attributes to be an excellent director and with the right opportunities could become a significant contributor to governance.”

As the BoP emerging director 2020, Frances will have the opportunity to sit on the board of the Acorn Foundation charitable fund for 12 months and become a member of the local branch committee of the IoD.

She says she relishes challenges that require creative and flexible thinking and looks forward to bringing her practical project-based perspective to board discussions.

“The emerging director award is an unparalleled opportunity to receive mentoring from an established director, acquire invaluable knowledge and examples of good governance, and has the potential to open opportunities to positively contribute in the governance arena,” Frances says.

“I aspire to contribute at director level, acquire skills, experience and knowledge to confidently fulfil governance responsibilities, and positively contribute to business and the community. The award is an extraordinary opportunity to support this next step in my career.”

The Institute of Directors (IoD) Bay of Plenty branch emerging director 2020 award is presented in association with board software and enterprise solutions company Stellar Library.

Frances Bates-Crisp receiving her award with Johnny Louie and Dee Desai from award sponsor, Stellar Library.

Frances Bates-Crisp receiving her award with Johnny Louie and Dee Desai from award sponsor, Stellar Library.

About the IoD

The IoD is a not-for-profit organisation and New Zealand’s leading professional body for directors, at the heart of the governance community. We believe in the power of good governance to create a strong, fair and sustainable future powered by best practice governance. Our role is to drive excellence and high standards in governance. We provide governance resources and tools to support and equip our members who lead a range of organisations – listed companies, large private organisations, state and public sector entities, small and medium enterprises, not-for-profit organisations and charities.

Media contacts

France Bates-Crisp
027 443 2251

Laura Gaveika
IoD BoP Branch Manager 
027 588 8118

Vanessa Glennie
IoD Corporate Communications Manager
027 957 0315