Emerging Director Award sponsor boards announced

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The Waikato branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) is pleased to announce the sponsor boards for its Emerging Director Award and Emerging Director Award – Disability Sector for 2018 and 2019.

Wintec will be the sponsor board for the Emerging Director Award in 2018, and St John will be the sponsor board in 2019. The sponsor board for the Emerging Director Award – Disability Sector, will be charitable trust Life Unlimited in 2018 and Enrich+ in 2019.

“We are very grateful for the support of our sponsor boards, who provide valuable development and networking opportunities for our winners,” says IoD Waikato Branch chairman Simon Lockwood.

The awards are designed to foster upcoming talent in governance, and winners receive the opportunity to be mentored by an experienced director for one year, funding for governance development, and a complimentary one year IoD membership.

“We are looking to promote a cohort of Emerging Director talent in the Waikato that will want to utilise the award process as their platform for a governance pathway and who understand the opportunity which it brings,” says Simon.

The awards have developed a strong legacy in Waikato, with past winners going on to contribute to boards of significance in the region; as well as; mentor future emerging directors. “The impact of this award and how it energises emerging director talent is without question,” he says.

The Emerging Director Award was first run in 2011, and the Emerging Director Award – Disability Sector was first held in 2016. The Emerging Director Award – Disability Sector is specifically for an aspiring director with a disability, or with a close family member who has a disability.

Last year, Daniel Shore won the Emerging Director Award and Maree Haddon won the last Emerging Director Award – Disability Sector.

Applications for this year’s awards will open on June 4. “All the same criteria and timelines apply to each sponsoring board but by thinking ahead we can attract a significant talent pool that will contribute to the region for years to come” says Simon.

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