Strengthening New Zealand's
director pool

Delivering board diversity, new talent and fresh perspectives

Welcome to Future Directors

Founded by Sir Stephen Tindall (The Warehouse/Tindall Foundation), Michael Stiassny (past IoD President) and Des Hunt (NZ Shareholders Association) in 2013, Future Directors is about developing the next generation of directors and ensuring the director pool is wide enough to support New Zealand's economic growth.

Future Directors aims to give young talented people the opportunity to observe and participate on a company board for a year while giving the company exposure to this talent and the benefits a young mind can bring.

In June 2016 Future Directors was extended to State Sector boards allowing public sector boards and committees to benefit from the programme, as well as develop a larger and more diverse pipeline.



A win-win for both parties

Future Directors get:
  • a real head start in gaining top level governance experience early in their career
  • first-hand experience of what it is to operate at large company board level
Apply now to become a Future Director

Host boards get to:

  • bring a young and fresh perspective to their boardroom
  • tap into the skillsets of a generation that does things differently
  • see how age diversity can impact board dynamics
  • help develop the talent for tomorrow's boardrooms
  • demonstrate their company's commitment to diversity
Find out more about becoming a Host Board

Future Directors Private and Public Sector Programme placements

Dec, 2018- Natasha Tere (Senior Consultant, McCauley Consulting Group)

June, 2017 – Amanda Smith (independent director, Castle Point Funds Management)

Auckland International Airport
Nov, 2012 – Sheridan Broadbent (GM Strategy, Genesis Energy)
July, 2014 – Shelley Cave (Consultant, Simpson Grierson)
Sept, 2015 – Nicola Greer 
Oct, 2016-2017 – Kiriwaitingi Rei (CEO Maori Investments Limited and MD Tarawera Land Company)
Feb, 2019 – Michelle Kong, GM Digital Ventures, Fletcher Distribution

Augusta Capital Limited & Augusta Funds Management Limited
Dec, 2017 – Michael Jefferies (Leasing Manager, Todd Property Group Limited)

AWF Madison Group Limited
May, 2015 ­– Rachel Hopkins (GM Marketing and Communications, Competenz)

Canterbury Scientific
Feb, 2014 – Clive Seymour (Founder/MD/Director Biodirectionz, Science Directions)

Chiefs Rugby Club
Aug, 2018 – Sharleen Nathan (Deputy Principal, Hamilton Girls' High School)

Department of Corrections
2017 - Sara Brownlie

Dunedin Airport
Dec, 2013 – Tony Allison (CEO, Night n Day Foodstores)

Experience Wellington (Wellington Museums Trust)
Dec, 2017 – John-Paul Tocker (PrimeQ Ltd, Practice Manager)

Financial Markets Authority
Aug, 2017 - Carol Cheng (Founder, Hong Consulting Ltd)

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Oct, 2014 ­– Franceska Banga (CEO, NZVIF)
March, 2015 – Nicky Bell (CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi)
Oct, 2016 – 2018 – Rachael Newsome (General Counsel and Strategist, Icebreaker)
June, 2018 – Dr Claudia Wyss (CEO, Healthvision)

Karori Sanctuary Trust (Zealandia)
Aug, 2018 - Glen Scanlon (Head of News & Digital, RNZ)

Dec, 2015 – Simon Tong (Managing Director, Fairfax Media)

Lotto NZ
Oct, 2018 – Jessica Smith (Business Development Manager, Te Tumu Paeroa)

Dec, 2016 – Megan Matthews

2014 – Carolyn Luey (GM Strategy, NZME)
June, 2016 – Nicky Ashton (GM Brand and Marketing, Kiwibank)
July, 2018 – 
Anna Lissaman, (Director of People & Talent TVNZ)

June 2018 – Kim Dirks (University Academic)

National Advisory Council on Employment of Women (NACEW)
Aug, 2018 Ariana Paul (Business Owner AKA & Assoc Ltd)

New Zealand on Air
Dec, 2017 - Linda Clark (Special Counsel at Kensington Swan)

New Zealand Geographic Board (LINZ)
2017 - Rachel Pinn

2013 – Deborah Harding
June, 2014 – Colin Finnegan (Petrovac Facilities Management)
Aug 2018, Rangimarie Price (Strategic Advisor, Amokura Iwi Consortium Limited)

May, 2017 – Anna Molloy (Analyst Masfen Securities)
Jan, 2019 – Anna Scott, Development Director Hobson Wealth Partners

Ports of Auckland
Nov, 2017 – Siobhan McKenna (Partner, Daum & Co Management Consultants)
March, 2019 – Claire Neville (GM Operations NZ Bus)

Royal New Zealand Ballet
July, 2019  – Liora Bercovitch (Senior Solicitor, Chapman Tripp)

Scales Corporation
June, 2016 – Liz Muller (Director, Global Food Alliance)
June, 2017 – Jen Bunbury (Investment Banking Director, Deutsche Craigs)
August, 2018 – Teresa Steele-Rika (Head of Marketing, Tru-Test Group)
August, 2019 – Jemma McCowan (Head of branding and sustainability at NZ King Salmon)

Feb, 2015 – Mele Wendt (Director, Scholarship Services Aotearoa)
March, 2018 – Kirikaiahi Mahutariki (Executive Manager, Maori Financial Solutions, ASB Bank)

Feb, 2019 – Alexia Hilbertidou, Activist and Entrepreneur

Oct, 2017 – Nagaja Sanatkumar (GM Global eCommerce, Icebreaker)

Sport New Zealand
2017 - Chelsea Grootveld

Nov, 2017 - Jennifer Moxon (Beachhead Advisor, NZTE)

Television New Zealand
July, 2019 - Aliesha Staples (Hatch, Creative Technologist)

The Warehouse
2013 ­– Robbie Tindall
Sept, 2014 – Bindi Norwell (TNS Director)
Feb, 2015 – Malcolm Phillipps (Managing Director, Phillipps Consulting)
Aug, 2017 - Vena Crawley (Chief Customer Officer, Contact Energy)

Dec, 2014 – Tony Arthur (Head of Retail Network, BNZ)
Aug, 2015 ­– Nick Astwick (COO, Kiwibank)

Wel Networks Ltd/ Ultrafast Broadband
June, 2019 - Nicole Buisson (Small Business Director Xero)

Worksafe New Zealand
Jan, 2017 - Ruth Smithers

* Executive Position at time of appointment is in brackets

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05 Feb 2015
320 people signed up in Future Directors database

04 May 2015
AWF Madison Group Limited announces Future Directors appointment

07 Sep 2015
Auckland Airport participates in Future Director programme

12 Oct 2015
Future Directors programme the way forward for Kordia

27 Oct 2015
NZX gender diversity stats show women directors up, senior managers down

02 Nov 2015
Top executives taking up practice directorships

17 Dec 2015
FPH announces second Future Director appointment

03 Feb 2016
Breakfast: Fighting the lack of diversity in boardrooms

01 Mar 2016
Kordia announces Future Directors appointment

31 Oct 2016
FPH announces new Future Directors appointment

31 Oct 2016
Notes from the Future Directors’ Programme - Directors of the Future

29 Jun 2016
The Institute of Directors welcomes Future Directors expansion

22 Dec 2016
Worksafe leads the way in "Future Directors" Programme

13 Jun 2017
Argosy appoints Future Director

29 Aug 2017
The Warehouse Group announces new future director

30 Nov 2017
Ports of Auckland promoting new talent

25 Jun 2018
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare announces new Future Director appointment

27 Jun 2018
MetService welcomes ‘Future Director’ Kim Dirk to the table

25 Jul 2018
Mercury appoints Future Director, Anna Lissaman

08 Aug 2018
Scales appoints Future Director Teresa Steele-Rika

26 Sep 2018
Spark extends appointment of Future Director

05 Dec 2018
Sharleen Nathan, Chiefs rugby

04 Dec 2018
NZX appoints next future director

30 Jan 2019
AIA welcomes Michelle Kong into 'Future Director' Programme

16 May 2019
TVNZ appoints Future Director Aliesha Staples

19 Jun 2019
Appointment of Jemma McCowan as Future Director