Cory Bedford recognised as Emerging Director

Cory Bedford and Helen Andrews have been named the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Canterbury branch Emerging Directors 2019 at a special award presentation on Monday night.

Cory is the managing director of Constructure Ltd, which provides structural engineering services to a variety of public, private and institutional clients. He established the business in 2008. Cory is a qualified structural engineer and has completed a BEng (Hons) from Loughborough University in the UK.

In addition, Cory sits on the high performance subcommittee of the Canterbury United Football Club. He has recently retired from his role as the chair of the Waimairi School Board of Trustees and is a former trustee of the Christchurch Civic Trust.

In choosing Cory for the award, the Institute of Directors judges said that he is thorough and focused.

“Cory knows his stuff and is aware of what’s going on. He takes a measured approach and hears all sides of the story before making a decision,” the judges said.

Cory hopes the award will help him to broaden his governance experience.

The opportunity of a mentoring session with an experienced director to assist me in planning my directorship pathway is extremely exciting and invaluable,” he says.

“The emerging director award provides a fantastic opportunity for me to be exposed to a larger corporate governance board environment, which is a governance career path I ultimately want to head towards.”

Helen Andrews and Cory Bedford showing off their awards.

Helen and her husband Mark own and operate MD and HL Andrews Partnership, a farming business they launched in 2004. Helen is responsible for monitoring the business’ strategic direction, finance and compliance. She has successfully grown the business, which now produces over 10,000 free-farmed pigs and up to 500 head of cattle per year.

She sits on the board of New Zealand Pork, and is chair of its audit committee.

In choosing Helen for the award, the judges said that she is organised, engaging and professional.

“She was able to respect others while also challenging them to get the best result for stakeholders. Helen sees the bigger picture and understands the impact of decisions,” the judges said.

The Institute of Directore is New Zealand’s pre-eminent organisation for directors and at the heart of the governance community.

The IoD drives excellence and high standards in governance, support and equip its members, who lead a range of organisations from listed companies, large private organisations, state and public sector entities, to small and medium enterprises, not-for-profit organisations and charities.