News

04 April 2019

Southland Leadership Academy Graduation

The first of our Southland Leaders are set to graduate on Friday, 12 April.

The purpose of the Southland Leadership Academy, which is completed over eight weeks, is to provide leaders with the opportunity to build leadership capabilities through their own personal development and by learning from the experience of others.

Each two-hour session is led by a senior executive from significant Southland - Otago based businesses or other organisations. The programme included:

Presenters Topic
Dougal McGowan Chief Executive Ethical & Moral Leadership
Otago Chamber of Commerce
Robert Boekhout General Manager Leading through Change, and Growth
Blue River Dairy
Penny Simmonds Chief Executive Resilience in Leadership
Southern Institute of Technology
Errol Millar Chairman Governance vs Management
Philips Search and Rescue Trust
Geoff Finnerty General Manager Leading in Crisis
South Port NZ Limited
Stewart Hamilton General Manager Art of Influence
New Zealand Aluminium Smelter
Jason Tibble Regional Commissioner Strategic Leadership & Culture
Ministry of Social Development
Clare Hadley Chief Executive, ICC Government Engagement
Lesley Soper Councillor, ICC
Richard Roberts Chief Executive Officer Values Based Leadership
Dunedin Airport
Shaun Drylie Chief Executive Officer Leadership in Business
SBS Bank


Southland Chamber of Commerce CE Sheree Carey said “At the completion of the experiential and reflective learning sessions, participants will be better equipped and have a good understanding of what is required to be a significant leader in their own organisation and in the wider business community.

Following graduation, participants will be invited to become a member of the Southland Leadership Academy Alumni, and will benefit from ongoing connections with our presenters, and other participants. The Chamber will also provide additional learning opportunities to our Alumni to assist them in their journey of ongoing professional development.”