Our Directors

Meet the Angel Directors of Directors Inc. Each of our team is a member of the Institute of Directors and adheres to the IoD’s ‘Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice.

Please contact us to find out how our capable & committed team can assist with the application of improved governance in your business organisation.

Erica Amon (MInstD)

Erica has over 15 years’ experience working in a variety of roles in primary care. She holds both a bachelor and master’s degree in Clinical Pharmacy from the University of Otago and is currently Area Manager for Healthcare of New Zealand, the country’s largest provider of community-based health services and residential disability services. Erica was instrumental in establishing a Memorandum of Understanding between DairyNZ and the Waikato Branch of the Institute of Directors and continues to work on various initiatives between the two organisations.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Committee of Waikato Branch of the Institute of Directors
  • Waikato Golf Association board member
  • Pohlen Community Trust Board member
  • Member of two director remuneration committees of companies in the Agribuisness sector
  • Waikato Aspiring Director Award in 2011
  • Hamilton Riverview Hotel board (YEAR)

Andrew Bateman (MInstD)

Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry and more than 10 years’ experience of governance across private companies, not-for-profits and the education sector. He holds an MBA from the University of Waikato and has completed the Institute of Directors Regional Director Development programme. Andrew’s core skills include being able to see where organisations need to focus their activity, knowing the boundary between governance and management, thinking strategically and displaying leadership.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Chair of the Cambridge High School Board of Trustees
  • Deputy Chair of Waipa Networks Trust
  • Directorships of two private companies

Tony Begbie (CMInstD)

Tony is a Chartered Member of the IoD and has over 15 years’ experience in financial services, with regional and national roles across the Agribusiness, Franchising and Retail Sectors. Tony has also been involvement in the events industry and property investment for over a decade. He holds a B Agr Sci and is a Licenced (REAA 2008) Business Broker. Tony has completed the IoD Regional Development Program, and various other professional governance courses.

Tony’s strengths include leadership, strategic thinking, business improvement, project management, financial and risk management. He is past Chairman of The Mirage Apartments – Auckland, President of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, and Director of NZ National Fieldays Society.

Appointments, Awards & Memberships

  • Vice Chairman Wintec Student Resident Trust
  • President Waikato Property Investors Association
  • Trustee of WCA (investment) Trust
  • Member of NZ Shareholders Association

Mark Brown (MInstD)

Mark has 20 years’ experience in the health and disability sector. During this time he has taken on senior management roles in several not-for-profit agencies, in a private company, and in government funders. He is currently CEO of Life Unlimited, a locally based regional and national provider of disability support services. Mark has completed the Institute of Director’s Company Directors programme and this, combined with his breadth of experience across the funder and provider aspects of health and social services, enables him to bring critical thinking and awareness regarding effective human service delivery within sustainable business models to board tables. Mark’s interest is in capacity building and transformation towards new models of organisation and thinking about service delivery.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Chairman of the National Association of Needs Assessment Service Coordination agencies
  • Member of the Ministry of Health NGO Council
  • Member of the Board (and Acting Chair) of Gracelands Te Awamutu Trust (Enrich+) 2009 – 2013

Grant Coombes (MInstD)

Grant brings a wealth of business growth experience within the agriculture sector to his governance roles, having grown his start-up dairy business into a large multi-farm operation. He specialises in dairy and dairy support. Grant has completed the Institute of Directors’ Chairing the Board course (2014), Fonterra Governance Development Programme (2014), IoD/DairyNZ Governance workshop, IoD financial toolbox and Coach Approach Navigational Coaching (2010). Grant has strong coaching skills that add value to directing people, extracting information, problem solving and finding resolution.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Managing Director of G & K Coombes Farming Ltd
  • Director of HGC Farming Ltd
  • Director of Pikorua Trust Ltd
  • Director of Directors Inc. and Vice Chair
  • Wintec Student Residents Trust
  • 2014 Institute of Directors Emerging Director award finalist

Michael Crawford (MInstD)

Michael has diverse experience in business and not-for-profits. He is experienced in CFO, GM, and CEO roles encompassing due diligence, start-up, crisis management, business turn-around, effective strategy, implementation of effective governance, international trade, and in sectors including banking, dairy, retail, distribution, property, Iwi, health and IT. He has added in-depth formal governance training including: Post Graduate Certificate in Governance, the Institute of Directors Company Directors Course and the Governance Development Program, to his professional qualifications of BCOM, LLB, Chartered Accountant and Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor.

Michael is forward looking and perceptive and puts a high value on teamwork, integrity, high quality decisions based on insightful analysis, and being financially realistic. His strengths include finance, information technology, strategy, and risk, along with health and safety and legal compliance.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Chairman of Directors Inc.
  • Governance roles in security, health and safety, health, and accommodation

Sarah Morton-Johnson (MInstD)

Sarah has over a decade of governance experience within the not-for-profit sector. A seasoned human resources professional, with experience that spans the resources, manufacturing and services sectors, Sarah brings a unique skillset to the board table that blends a practical understanding of people issues with clear vision, organisational expertise, and a focus on effectiveness and accountability. Sarah is committed to adding value and building capability for the organisations she works with, including being ‘hands on’ when required. Not afraid to ask questions, test assumptions, or to ‘crunch the numbers’, Sarah offers integrity, robust thinking, and a fresh perspective.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Chair of Directors Inc.
  • Chair of Smart Waikato
  • Trustee of Southwell School
  • Winner of IoD 2014 Emerging Director Award, including development role on Wintec Council

Sarah Pratt (MInstD)

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Wintec, a Postgraduate Diploma in Governance and an MBA from the University of Waikato. With over 15 years of governance experience, Sarah brings a diverse range of knowledge and skills to commercial and clinical health management. As a business owner Sarah understands the challenges faced by small-to-medium sized businesses and how good governance plays a critical part in business success. Sarah’s governance strengths are strategy, driving growth, risk identification and succession planning.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand
  • Chairperson for C F Reese and Flow

Aaron Rink (CMInstD)

Aaron is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors with over 15 years governance experience in both executive and non-executive positions.  Aaron currently serves as a member of the Wintec the council – The Waikato Institute of Technology’s governing board and is both an Independent director and Chairman of Code Blue Hamilton, AgFirst Waikato and Waikato Security Services.

Aaron has walked the talk by appointing two independent directors to his family-owned business C F Reese Plumbing and has implemented a succession plan allowing him to step away from the day to day management. He has first-hand experience in understanding what it takes to implement a board in a privately owned business and how good governance benefits an organisation.

As an experienced owner / manager and director Aaron is adept at identifying the opportunities available to an organisation and driving performance whilst navigating business risks and challenges.

Now working as a professional, independent director, Aaron specialises in helping organisations establish their own first board.

Carl Rohrbeck (MInstD)

Carl is a Senior Executive with more than 30 years international experience in Government and the Private Sector with a broad range of professional expertise in Governance as a Director and Business Owner, coupled with Executive Management experience in the construction, manufacturing, commercial, civil and agricultural industries. In addition he has over 18 years of extensive Health & Safety and Quality control experience, which has been fundamental to the industries he worked in. He has experience in start-up ventures in several industry sectors and a good understanding with solid track record of risk identification and management and the governance required for the ventures to succeed.

Carl holds an MBA from the University of Waikato and has completed the Institute of Directors’ Company Directors Course. He is currently is a shareholder, manager and director of varying entities within different industry sectors and has the ability to draw on his experience and knowledge to suit. He operates with integrity and honesty and has a high level of work ethic with the ability to think outside the square, being accountable and holding others to account.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Director/Shareholder of Directors Inc.
  • Directorships of two private companies
  • Trustee of two private Trusts
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the NZ Property Council

Steve Murray (MInstD)

Steve has over 20 years’ business advisory experience during which time he has worked with over 2,000 business owners across all business sectors, and more than 10 years’ experience of governance across private companies and not-for-profits.  As an accomplished business owner Steve has effectively transferred his skills for success into the governance arena and now guides companies of diverse size towards positive results.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Director/Shareholder of Directors Inc. Waikato
  • Director/ Chair of four companies

David Hallett (MInstD)

With over 20 years professional IT experience, David has been an early-adopter and industry thought leader since before the World Wide Web was invented.  A consulting career that has spanned a wide variety of companies in many different industries has exposed David to a range of company cultures, business models, and technologies.  This means David is able to bring a broad knowledge and experience, together with an extensive network, to his governance roles.

Appointment, awards and memberships

  • Member of the Institute of Directors and Institute of IT Professionals
  • Director of four private companies
  • Member of IT industry advisory groups

Malcolm Jensen (MInstD)

Malcolm has extensive experience in both the commercial, not for profit and education sectors, and business ownership, across range of industries including distribution, manufacturing, contracting and construction and professional services.  With experience as a business advisor, coach and mentor, Malcolm offers a clear understanding of the challenges faced by organisations and the knowledge and experience required to improve their performance.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Member N.Z. Institute of Directors/ Waikato Chamber of Commerce
  • Trustee of Forthem Property Trust and Women’s Refuge

Ken Williamson (CFInstD)

Ken is a seasoned governance professional who is passionate about the value a board can add, based on his own experience with the insurance brokerage firm he was part of establishing.  Together with current directorships of several commercial businesses, Ken has extensive experience in governance of community organisations including sporting, educational and service agencies, spanning several decades. Ken has established extraordinary strong networks in business, political, Iwi and community sectors and uses these relationships and linkages to add value to the boards he serves on.

Appointments, awards and memberships

  • Fellow of the Insurance Brokers of NZ and Institute of Directors
  • Queens Service Medal
  • Justice of the Peace

Richard Alderton (MInstD)

Rich has 25 years’ experience of leading change in world-class organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline and TetraLaval. Born in the UK, he transferred to NZ to become the CEO of DeLaval Oceania, a multi-national division of the world’s largest dairy equipment supplier. Rich now runs a high performance change practice, which treats change not as a process, but as a form of intelligence. Rich also brings his wealth of diverse experience to advise leaders on strategy, marketing, operations, and leadership development, including executive mentoring.

 

Appointments, awards, and memberships

 

  • Independent Director of SeaDragon (NZX:SEA)
  • Advisory Board member, Sprout (Agritech start-up Accelerator)
  • Director of ChangeQ Ltd
  • Member of Enterprise Angels