Leadership Academy

Developing future Southland business leaders.

The purpose of this programme, 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.

Exclusive to Chamber members, the Leadership Academy is for people looking at developing their existing leadership experience and who have the potential for holding senior positions and governance roles.

The participant, at the completion of the experiential and reflective learning sessions, 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.

Each two-hour session is led by a senior executive from significant Southland - Otago based businesses or other organisations. The participant will benefit from the opportunity to interact with the presenter and build an ongoing connection with them, and other participants.

At the end of the programme, participants will graduate and be invited to become a member of the Southland Leadership Academy Alumni.


04 September 2020

Leadership Academy

Topic This programme will provide leaders with the opportunity to build their leadership capabilities. Click READ MORE to view the Leadership Academy Programme Guide.

Past Events

12 June 2020

Leadership Academy Graduation - Intake Six

Congratulations to our latest Southland Leadership Academy Alumni who graduated today:

  • Breidi McStay, Windsor Architectural Hardware
  • Nigel McClymont, Nind Electrical Services
  • Sian Tarrant, South Port NZ Ltd
  • Robert Bruin, R & A Bruin
  • Tim Driscoll, T & J Driscoll Family Trust
  • Paul Jackson, Blue River Dairy LP
  • Simon Topham, Hedgehope Grazing Ltd
  • Glenn O’Connor, Bonisch Consultants
  • Jenny Donnelly, IFS Growth Ltd
  • Kristina Benipayo, Southland Multicultural Council
  • Lutz Schaefer, Stabicraft Marine
  • Phil Robinson, Back9Design
  • Jock Hale, Southland District Council
  • Kirsty Fisher, Windsor Architectural Hardware

A very big thank you to our eight guest speakers - Geoff Finnerty, Penny Simmonds, Paul Adams, Stewart Hamilton, Todd Grave, Shaun Drylie, Dougal McGowan, and Robert Boekhout.

Once again, thank you to our sponsors Blue River Dairy and BNZ Inverargill. A fantastic programme, and we look forward seeing you at future Alumni events, and watching your leadership journey.