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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Worksafe New Zealand
Jan, 2017 - Ruth Smithers

* Executive Position at time of appointment is in brackets

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