Waikato researcher Megan Campbell has been named the Institute of Directors (IoD) Waikato branch Emerging Director 2019.
Megan is the qualitative research manager at Curia Market Research, a company that provides research services to clients including multi-national, NZX-listed, government and not-for-profit organisations. She is a former lobbyist for Saunders Unsworth with extensive experience in government relations.
She currently sits on the board of Sport Waikato, chairs the Te Kuranui of Rototuna (Rototuna Junior and Senior High Schools) board of trustees, chairs the Home Cycling Charitable Trust and is a trustee of Te Puumanawa o Rototuna (the Peak) recreation centre trust.
Her previous governance experience includes as lay member of the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand, director of the Medical Radiation Technologists Board and a trustee of the Graham Dingle Foundation.
As the Waikato Emerging Director 2019, she will spend time with the board of St John, which provides ambulance, event first aid and medical training services throughout New Zealand.
In choosing Megan for this award, the Waikato judges said she "demonstrated a passion for good governance, with some existing experience in governance roles where Megan had added value and overcome challenges".
"This was combined with a great insight into governance issues facing organisations in New Zealand as well as a strong intellect on how to deal with them.
"The strong legacy of previous Emerging Director winners is in the forefront of the judges' minds and we all felt that Megan would use the award as the platform to advance her governance career and go on to be a talented director of the future.
"The sponsoring board of St John will provide the ideal complexity for Megan to develop and contribute to a board of significance."
Megan says she is excited about working with a large board such as St John because she is passionate about governance of the health, education and wellbeing sectors.
"Good governance helps ensure sustainable and thriving communities and supports people to unlock their potential," she says.
"I have a particular interest in how directors oversee and monitor against strategy while also ensuring compliance and regulatory oversight and am really interested in how the St John Board approach these areas.
"It is a privilege to have the opportunity to see a high performing board in action and how, armed with their strategy, they approach challenges and opportunities."