Network Waitaki chair receives award

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Network Waitaki chairwoman Clare Kearney has been named as the winner of The Otago Southland branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) 2014 Aspiring Director Award.

Otago Southland branch chair Geoff Thomas was impressed with the effort Mrs Kearney put into developing herself for board roles.

“Clare brings a strong suite of skills to the board table, developed through a conscious focus on governance. Not only has she undertaken mentoring and professional
development, but she has also gained practical experience in the boardroom, which is important,” he said.

As the 2014 Aspiring Director, Mrs Kearney receives a year’s complimentary membership of the IoD, $1,500 towards IoD director development courses, complimentary attendance at four Otago Southland events, and mentoring from an experienced director.

Mrs Kearney said she was thankful for receiving this award.

“The challenges of governance demand the best I can give and it is my responsibility to do all I can to enhance that,” she said.
Mrs Kearney currently serves as chair of Network Waitaki Ltd, deputy chair of Sport Otago, as well as being on the board of Waitaki Community Garden Trust.
Paul Moodie, of Crowe Horwath in Dunedin, was announced as the runner-up and will also receive mentoring from an experienced director.
He serves as a board member at the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, Otago Rescue Helicopter Ltd, and The Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust.

Geoff Thomas congratulated both Mrs Kearney and Mr Moodie on their selection.

“Both have promising futures as directors and we look forward to working with them over the next year.
“And overall, the high calibre of our shortlisted applicants shows that the future of governance in the Otago and Southland regions is in good hands.”