Developing and growing the next generation of director talent

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 talented people the opportunity to observe and participate on a company board for at least a year while giving the company exposure to this talent and the benefits a different perspective can bring.

In June 2016 Future Directors was extended to non NZX listed companies and 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
  • to gain first-hand experience by participating fully in all aspects of being on a board, but have no voting rights and will not form part of a quorum 

Register now to become a Future Director

Host boards get to:

  • bring a fresh and new perspective to their boardroom
  • tap into the skillsets of a generation that does things differently
  • see how new thinking 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

Host Boards and their Future Directors

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

Aktive (Auckland Sport & Recreation)
June, 2019 – Paige Paterson (Corporate Finance Analyst PWC & cycling commentator/ TV presenter)

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)

Cooperative Business New Zealand
Sept, 2020 - Melanie Beattie, Head of Strategic Partnerships, ASB Bank

Department of Corrections
2017 - Sara Brownlie

Deer Industry New Zealand
Jan, 2020 – Rob Kidd (Operations Manager, Duncan NZ Limited)

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

Education New Zealand
Feb, 2020 – Shruthi Vijayakumar (Coach, facilitator & strategist, co-founder Emerge Institute)

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)
Feb, 2020 – Tia Greenaway (Principal Analyst at Climate Change Commission)

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)
Feb, 2020 – Toni Moyes (COO Montoux)

Halberg Foundation
Jan, 2020 – George Bridgewater (Managing Director, Nano Clear, South Island)

Investore Property Limited
Jul, 2020 – Emma McDonald (Director/ owner, Pragmatix)

Just Life Group Limited
Oct, 2020 – Karla Mangos (Project Manager/Evans Randall)

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

Dec, 2015 – Simon Tong (Managing Director, Fairfax Media)
Feb, 2020 – Nicola Mitchell (Head of Digital Audience Growth)

Lion Foundation
Oct, 2019 – Debbie Sew Hoy

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)

Naylor Love
Nov, 2019  Charlotte Sullivan (CEO Auburn Marketing Limited)

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

New Zealand Geographic Board (LINZ)
2017 Rachel Pinn

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
Nov, 2019  Otene Hopa (Māori advisor - Pou Hononga Māori at Tuputoa)
Nov, 2019  Faiz Salim (Project Manager Watercare Services)  

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

Sept, 2019 – Scott Tambisari

May, 2017 – Anna Molloy (Analyst Masfen Securities)
Jan, 2019  Anna Scott (Development Director Hobson Wealth Partners)
Jan, 2020  Hayley Buckley (Partner Wynn Williams)

Ports of Auckland

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

Port Taranaki
Nov, 2019-2020 – Marie Collins (Founder Rite Executive Partners)

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)
Feb, 2020 – Ana Wight (Chief Financial Officer, Vend Limited)

Feb 2020 – Emily Blythe (CEO and Founder of Limpidity)

Sport New Zealand
2017 Chelsea Grootveld

Te Māngai Pāho
Sep, 2017 Kirikowhai Mikaere

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

Tennis Auckland
Oct, 2019  Thiem Nguyen (Participation and Insights Manager at NZ Golf)

The Lines Company Ltd
Oct, 2020 - Chelsea Smith

Nov, 2017  Jennifer Moxon (Beachhead Advisor, NZTE)

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)
Aug, 2019 – Renee Mateparae (Agile Tribe Lead for Mobile at Spark New Zealand)

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

06 Jan 2020
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is building future leaders

19 Nov 2019
New 'future director' for Spark board

02 Aug 2019
Renee Mateparae appointed a Future Director for The Warehouse Group

10 Jun 2019
New Aktive Future Trustee appointed