NZIS President, Jeff Needham, and Board Chair, Andrew Stirling, are delighted to announce the newly appointed Institute Board, including two independent members: Dr Bruce Anderson and Lynda James, both of Wellington.
Dr Anderson is the Director of Liardet Advisory Ltd, a company providing advice to commercial and not-for-profit organisations in the public and private sectors. Bruce brings to the role a sound governance background gained in senior and executive leadership roles, including Tasmanian Treasury, the Ministry of Health and Maritime New Zealand. His governance roles have included small commercial enterprises, not-for-profit organisations, and a Ministerial-appointed Government committee. Bruce also brings expertise in business growth, strategy development, financial analysis, risk assessment and oversight, and for monitoring organisational performance.
Lynda James, a chartered accountant, is currently corporate support and reporting manager at the Families Commission where she manages the team responsible for human resources, financial, communications, IT, and knowledge management. Lynda brings with her considerable financial and general support management expertise gained throughout her career within government departments and ministries, and not-for-profit organisations. She has previously worked for Sport and Recreation NZ, Internal Affairs, Audit New Zealand, and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
The other board members appointed include: Andrew Stirling, the board chair, who is also the immediate past president of the Institute and director of Axis Consulting in Auckland; current president, Jeff Needham, land development manager at Harrison Grierson in Wellington; Daniel Williams, managing director of the multi-disciplinary professional service consultancy, Woods Ltd, based in Auckland; Simon Jellie, CEO of consulting company e-Spatial Ltd in Wellington; and Mark Allan, consulting surveyor and director of consulting company Eliot Sinclair Ltd, based in Christchurch.
The appointment of a new Board in October 2013 is part of the Council’s aspiration of planning for a strong future as an internationally recognised professional organisation promoting growth, innovation, excellence, and community needs for all facets of surveying and spatial science in New Zealand. This programme has included adopting a new Constitution in 2013, appointing Chief Executive Hadyn Smith in 2012, and developing a five-year strategic plan to drive the organisation forward.
Mr Needham says “The changes adopted by the Institute over the past 12 months are all intended to enable greater benefits and support for members, and to create a greater voice for the profession. For the past 125 years, the Institute has grown … adapted, and … served New Zealand society by fostering a strong sense of professionalism and high levels of on-going technical competence in our members. The Institute continues to have a dominant role to play ensuring the relevance of surveying and spatial science professions in this future.”
Shortly after this announcement, Institute members got their first look at their new membership portal with the launch of Memberconnex and new website. The launch of its one-stop member dashboard and website is a major milestone in a change programme that commenced in May 2013 called the The Way Forward 2013 initiative.