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 Sector Programme placements

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)

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)

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)

Genesis Energy
2016 – On hold

Dec, 2015 – Simon Tong (Managing Director, Fairfax Media)
2017 - On hold until 2018

Dec, 2016 – Megan Matthews

2014 – Carolyn Luey (GM Strategy, NZME)
June, 2016 – Nicky Ashton (GM Brand and Marketing, Kiwibank)


2013 – Deborah Harding
June, 2014 – Colin Finnegan (Petrovac Facilities Management)

May, 2017 - Anna Molloy (Analyst Masfen Securities)

Scales Corporation
June, 2016 – Liz Muller (Director, Global Food Alliance)
June, 2017 - Jen Bunbury (Investment Banking Director, Deutsche Craigs)

Feb, 2015 – Mele Wendt (Director, Scholarship Services Aotearoa)

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

Ports of Auckland
Nov, 2017 - Siobhan McKenna (Partner, Daum & Co Management Consultants)

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)
2016 - In progress

Future Directors Public Sector Programme placements

Department of Corrections
2017 - Sara Brownlie

New Zealand Geographic Board (LINZ)
2017 - Rachel Pinn

Sport New Zealand
2017 - Chelsea Grootveld

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

Worksafe New Zealand
Jan, 2017 - Ruth Smithers

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

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

 * Executive Position at time of appointment is in brackets