Collaboration, learning and thought leadership for social change

The Centre combines Foundation North's high engagement expertise with the skills and experience of our expert associates.  This allows us to work in collaboration with a range of specialists who bring both expertise and a passion for building and delivering effective services at a community level.

Board

Alastair Bell

Alastair Bell

Chair

Alastair runs a consultancy specialising in stakeholder relations, business development and change management for commercial and not-for-profit clients. A Chartered Accountant and member of the Project Management Institute, he also has considerable experience in leadership roles within the community. Alastair is a JP and a member of several community groups, including the Motutapu Restoration Trust, Parnell Heritage and Communities and Residents. Alastair is currently a Director of the New Zealand National Party.

Kim Wright

Kim Wright

Director

Kim was born and raised in Auckland and is of Cook Island and European parentage. Kim works as a consultant to welfare and health care agencies in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. She has had senior management roles in Primary and Pacific health care and the pharmaceutical industry. Key areas of focus include Pacific peoples welfare, workforce development, economic research and labour force efficiencies. Her qualifications are based in science, business and health economics. Kim is an executive for the Cook Islands Health Network Association, is a member of the Pasifika Medical Association, the International Health Economists Association and is also an inaugural ANIVA Fellow.

Mentoring medical students and young business leaders, farming in Drury, and a family of five keep Kim and her partner Doug very active.

Toni Millar JP

Toni Millar JP

Director

Toni is a former Auckland City Councillor and Eastern Bays Community Board Deputy Chair and
Chairman.  A business mentor and consultant, Toni has had extensive experience in the not-for-
profit sector and in 2009 she was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for her contribution to the
community.

Her contributions include the deputy chairmanship of the Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee for Auckland City Council, and chairing the Auckland City Creative Communities Arts
Fund. She is also a trustee of the Auckland Arts Festival, Metrowater Community Trust and the Great Kiwi Anzac Day Breakfast.

Jonny Gritt

Jonny Gritt

Director

Jonny has worked on both sides of the not-for-profit sector, as both a funder and not for profit leader.  He has been involved with the distribution of multi-million dollar levels of funding targeting community led development and social impact and has worked at governance and CEO level with a comprehensive mix of charities and community groups internationally and across New Zealand.

Following 10 years’ service as an Officer in the British Army he developed commercial expertise before building his own successful company in the private sector.  Jonny subsequently began supporting the not-for-profit sector in the United Kingdom, developing organisations such as the youth charity Skill Force, to become a successful national entity before moving to NZ in 2009.

A former Chief Executive of WaterSafe Auckland and General Manager for Grants and Marketing at The Lion Foundation, Jonny has contributed to Maritime NZ’s Safer Boating Forum and Water Safety NZ’s Cross-sector Reference Group, publicly acknowledged for his contribution to the development of the Sector Plan.  He is a Board member of Philanthropy New Zealand and chairs the Strategy Group.  Jonny has as extensive background in organisational and business development, providing independent advice through his G2 consultancy. He is an Independent Director of The Centre for Social Impact.

Paul Cook

Paul Cook

Director

Paul is a director of NZX-listed Finzsoft Solutions and chair of The Hearing House.  He has held Partner roles in Coopers & Lybrand (subsequently PriceWaterhouseCoopers), and Ernst & Young where he led the EY New Zealand Consulting Practice.  A founding director of EY’s Asia Pacific Regional Practice, Paul was responsible for the Hong Kong and China practice and he established specialist practices within the Australian and Malaysian firms. Paul was a director of Capgemini New Zealand prior to its acquisition by Hewlett-Packard.

He has an MA from Oxford University, and is a chartered member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Our Team

Alison Taylor

Alison Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Alison Taylor is Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Impact.  The Centre helps philanthropic and community grantmakers and funders develop their strategies and invest for impact, and it enables community organisations to design, implement and evaluate social change programmes. The centre’s goal is to improve social impact for both philanthropic funders and community sector agencies and enable successful social change initiatives can be replicated and integrated into mainstream policy and practice.

Alison was appointed to head the Centre when it was established as a social business by Foundation North, New Zealand’s largest philanthropic trust. She had previously managed the Foundation’s pioneering high engagement funding and capacity support programmes.

Resident in New Zealand for twenty years, Alison was born in the United Kingdom.  Her career has involved developing innovative models of practice in the public health, mental health and youth development sectors.  Her previous roles include Chief Executive of the Ministry of Youth Development, and the Mental Health Foundation.  She has been a trustee of Philanthropy New Zealand and the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation. 

Aggie Makuati-Afitu

Aggie Makuati-Afitu

Support Manager

As Support Manager, Aggie Makuati-Afitu is the ‘hub’ of the Centre. She provides executive assistance to Centre Head Dr Alison Taylor, and manages administration support services for the leadership team.

Aggie has extensive experience in administration, project and event management and, more recently, human resources. Over the last 20 years she has worked in local government and for international corporates in the shipping and mining sector.

She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and is excited about adding value, supporting the Centre’s principles of practice, and seeing clients achieve their goals.

Tom Ah Fook

Senior Administrator

Tom Ah Fook is the Senior Administrator for Centre for Social Impact. Prior to joining the Centre, he worked with the Auckland Co-Design Lab based in South Auckland. The Lab was established to provide a neutral space to explore the use of co-design and other innovative approaches to address complex social issues.

 Tom has extensive experience in working with central and local government agencies. He has worked with many people from different walks of life and has learnt a lot on the journey. He has enjoys overcoming difficult challenges and achieving a positive outcome.

Sara Bennett

Sara Bennett

Design for Impact

Dr Sara Bennett leads the Design for Impact Pou and the design and delivery of the Centres core services. Sara leads the programme which supports philanthropic funders with strategic design for greater impact. Sara co-ordinates theCentre’s team of specialist advisors and associates.

Sara has assisted health and social sector agencies with organisational and strategic development, capability and capacity development, evaluation, mentoring and coaching, and research support.

She works collaboratively with organisations to strengthen them and support their sustainable growth and development.

Sara previously designed and delivered a long-term capacity development programme to 11 diverse youth health agencies, funded by the ASBCT (Foundation North) Youth Health and Development Fund..

She has a PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland.

Andrea Black

Andrea Black

Associate

Andrea Black provides business process management and work-flow process support to the Centre.

She has a proven track record in project management, work-flow process and organisational design, implementation and delivery. Her career has spanned HR, executive search, operations and project management, both domestically and overseas.

Andrea works with organisations to review task, workflow, responsibility and structure to ensure they support business objectives. This generates better workplace understanding and communication, improves productivity and innovation, and creates more effective working environments.

In the last few years Andrea has been working in the NGO and not-for- profit sector, where she has enjoyed supporting organisations in the opportunity for change and success.

Felicity Bollen

Business Development Manager

Felicity Bollen is the Business Development Manager for the Centre.  Felicity has an impressive track record in capacity building, community and economic development in the public and NGO sectors.  

She has worked extensively throughout the Pacific region in senior management roles building the capacity and capability of Pacific NGOs, business delivery agencies and national tourism offices. In New Zealand she has held senior skills and labour market development roles in the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  In these roles she worked with organisations, communities and industry groups to support their sustainable growth.

David Booth

David Booth

Associate

David Booth provides specialist advice to the Centre for investment planning and capacity development programmes.

He brings 20 years of experience in a variety of areas and cultures, and a background as a successful entrepreneur. David was a co-founder of iwantoneofthose.com, a gifts and gadgets website with annual sales of $25 million. The company was sold in 2004, freeing him to focus on supporting social and commercial entrepreneurs.

David provides consultancy and management to not-for profit organisations through the Scope Project and commercial start-up ventures at the Ice House Accelerator Programme. He is also an active Business Angel performing due diligence and investing in a variety of start-up companies.

Kate Cherrington

Kate Cherrington

Programme Facilitator

Kate Cherrington's roles at the Centre include relationship manager, organisational capacity builder and advisor on evaluation framework development and implementation. She specialises in working with groups with a kaupapa Māori focus.

Kate works in education and community strategy, and advancement projects. Her passion is nurturing emerging community leaders and values-based leadership practice. She has experience in education management and policy development, quality assurance management, Māori language programme development, and wānanga development.

She helped developori education provider Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and is a facilitator in the Indigenous Leaders Interactive System(ILIS), a tool that assist community groups with planning and problem solving

Kate holds a variety of roles for non-profit organisations. She supports young iwi leaders in the Advancement of Māori Opportunity (AMO) network and was a Kōhanga Reo teacher, a Māori cultural ambassador and has performed traditionalori performing arts.

Kat Dawnier

Kat Dawnier

Associate

Kat Dawnier provides specialist advice to the Centre on design, implementation and evaluation of philanthropic strategy, and capacity building.

Her work has included research into emergent models of philanthropy, the design of strategic models of grantmaking, and assistance to the Centre’s partners with the refinement of impact strategy.

Kat has worked in the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand and the UK for more than 10 years. She has professional experience in community development, project management, organisational capacity building and philanthropic strategy.  She has strong roots in the South Auckland community through her work enabling youth-led change in Manurewa. She also supports refugee communities with social change, and is Chair of the Auckland Refugee Community Coalition.

Kat is able to draw on her background in community development and not-for-profit leadership and governance roles, to offer strategic advice that supports organisational development. 

Adrian Field

Adrian Field

Associate

Dr Adrian Field supports the Centre’s clients to make decisions about service funding, development and delivery.

Adrian brings to the Centre substantial expertise in evaluation design and implementation. He is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative analysis and his evaluation work integrates multiple data sources to explore experiences, impacts and learnings.

He has worked extensively with the Centre in research and evaluation in the philanthropic and community sectors, building on more than 25 years of experience in public, private, academic and not-for-profit sectors.

Adrian has a PhD in Public Health from Massey University. He is a board member of the Aotearoa-New Zealand Evaluation Association and an Honorary Academic at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland.

Dain Guttenbeil

Dain Guttenbeil

Capacity Development

Dain Guttenbeil leads the Capacity Development Pou for the Centre and provides expertise in capacity building and organizational development. Dain’s primary focus is in the design and development of the Catalysts for Change programme and working with the Centre’s corporate partners.

He has a passion for finding meaningful ways to engage high-need communities and to work with them in collaboration with funders and policymakers to create and manage social change. Dain has worked in community organisations and capability development for over 16 years in teaching, youth development, management and executive roles. Through his consultancy Totem Value, he provides holistic business development and support services in the public and private sector.

Dain has an MBA in Social Value Creation and Measurement. He is of Māori (Nga Puhi), Tongan and European descent.

Lisa Hickling

Lisa Hickling

Associate

Lisa Hickling provides the Centre with specialist advice and support in strategic planning, performance measurement, and evaluation.

Lisa has worked across all sectors on evaluation, policy development and review, performance monitoring systems, and project management. Her particular interests are in community development, law enforcement, and the development of evaluation capability within organisations.

Through her company, Calibrate Consultancy, Lisa works collaboratively with clients to ensure delivery of utilisation-focused results. She facilitates effective decision-making for service and organisational improvement, and development of evaluation capability.

Lisas practice is informed by her life-long commitment to volunteering in both hands-on and governance roles.

Robin Hickman

Robin Hickman

Strategic Communications Advisor

Robin Hickman provides strategic communications advice, to the Centre and its partners, assisting them in bringing their stories and experiences to a wider audience.

Robin has consulted on public relations and internal communications for corporates in New Zealand and Australia.  She has won an International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill award, and New Zealands supreme Kiwi Quill award. 

Her involvement in the not-for-profit sector has included both consulting and governance roles. 

Louise Marra

Louise Marra

Leadership Development

Louise Marra leads the Centre's Leadership Pou, and provides advice on the development of leadership and social innovation programmes. Louise designs and delivers the leadership development programme for Catalysts for Change and provides strategic advice to emergent initiatives including environmental and leadership development programmes.

She has capabilities in strategy development, social innovation and innovative thinking, general leadership development, executive coaching and mentoring, and creating effective cultures.

Louise has many yearsexperience working both in and on leadership at senior levels in the not for profit, government and private sectors. She was previously the Executive Director for the Auckland Policy Office (a cross-government initiative), and has also worked as an advisor to the Prime Minister. 

She is currently Director of the Leadership New Zealand programme and is a WWF board member. She is also a co-director of Spirited Leadership. Louise holds post graduate qualifications in environmental management, public policy and Jungian and transpersonal psychology.

Kathryn Nemec

Kathryn Nemec

Programme Developer

Kathryn’s primary focus is the Catalysts for Change programme. Working alongside Centre for Social Impact staff and Associates, she assists with the delivery of capacity development, particularly in the area of evaluation, along with providing programme support and coordination for CSI and the Catalysts for Change organisations.

For more than 20 years, Kathryn has consulted in the NGO, local government and philanthropic sector in New Zealand, and worked as an evaluation specialist in the UK. Her experience includes a range of project and relationship management, research and evaluation, and community development roles.

A key motivation for Kathryn is making a positive difference for people and communities. As a community psychologist, she brings a strong values based approach, and has a particular interest in how organisations demonstrate their impact.

David Osborne

David Osborne

Associate

David Osborne provides advice to the Centre and its clients on financial strategy, systems and management.

David is a chartered accountant and member of the Institute of Directors. He provides consultancy services to clients in the not-for-profit sector, focusing on business change and improvement, and financial reporting. David also operates as a professional director for commercial organisations.

Prior to establishing his consultancy, David spent 18 years at Westpac NZ in senior business and accounting roles. Earlier in his career David worked for accountancy firms KPMG and PwC in London and New Zealand.

“It’s satisfying being able to use my skills to make a difference, both for the clients of the Centre for Social Impact, and more widely in my area of particular interest, social housing.”

Shalini Pillai

Shalini Pillai

Associate

Shalini Pillai supports organisations with capacity building, evaluation, policy development, funding and strategic planning. She was previously the senior advisor for the Catalysts for Change at Foundation North, where she led this high engagement funding programme and supported the development of strategic approaches to grantmaking.

Shalini has also worked on various community projects in New Zealand and overseas. She was an instructor on a rural development programme in India and coordinated a street children’s programme in Vietnam.

She was a volunteer in a refugee resettlement in Auckland and more recently was on the board of a women’s centre. Her involvement in the community sector has given her a strong appreciation of working in partnership with high-need communities, and the role of women in development.

Kevin Prime

Kevin Prime

Kaumatua

Kevin Prime is the Centres kaumatua.

Kevin is a commissioner with the Environment Court, as well as being a beef farmer, forester, beekeeper and conservationist.

Prior to his appointment to the Environment Court, Kevin worked with a variety of  organisations in the profit and non-profit sector in the areas of philanthropy, health, conservation, justice, Maori development, education, environment, forestry, farming and sport.

Kevin is of Ngatihine, Ngati Whatua, Tainui and Welsh descent. He is married to Margaret with 13 children and 19 grandchildren. His hobbies are family, sport, golf, bee keeping, learning new things, and his favourite holiday spot is at home on the farm in Motatau.

In 2016, Kevin was recognised in the Queens birthday honours list receiving an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to conservation and Maori. 

Caren Rangi

Caren Rangi

Associate

Caren Rangi’s contribution to the work of the Centre for Social Impact is specialist advice on governance. She is passionate about helping communities and organisations develop strong leadership.

Caren is an experienced governance practitioner, having held positions on a range of not-for-profit, government and private boards over fourteen years. She is proud of her Cook Islands Maori heritage, and brings that lens to the range of board tables that she serves at. As a qualified accountant and auditor, her career includes roles in the public sector, and as a consultant on public service and financial management reform overseas.

Caren is active in the philanthropic sector as a trustee of the Eastern and Central Community Trust, and brings governance experience from a range of funding organisations including Creative New Zealand and New Zealand Air. As the current National President of P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A (Pacific Allied (Womens) Council Inspires Faith in Ideals Concerning All), Caren’s focus is on mentoring and supporting other Pacific women into leadership roles.

Caren has a Bachelor of Business Studies in Accountancy from Massey University, and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Rachel Trotman

Rachel Trotman

Associate

Rachel Trotman provides the Centre with specialist advice on understanding impact and evaluation. She is a social researcher and evaluator whose work includes facilitation, mentoring, writing and advisory work for a range of organisations, from grass roots community groups to philanthropic bodies and government agencies.

Rachel’s key passions are supporting people to know and show the difference they make and undertaking research and evaluative work that effects positive change in the world. Rachel holds an MA (Hons) and a post graduate diploma in Human Ecology. She is a pakeha New Zealander, living in West Auckland and is Mum to two daughters.

Judy Whiteman

Judy Whiteman

Associate

Judy Whiteman provides specialist advice to the Centre for capacity development programmes.

As an executive coach, mentor, facilitator, and consultant in both the profit and not-for-profit sector, Judy is passionate about helping people achieve success for themselves, their people, and their organisations.

She has many years experience in senior management and executive positions in the global financial services industry, both in New Zealand and abroad. She has also been involved for over 30 years in the not-for-profit sector in several countries as a volunteer, board member and consultant.

Judy has been a director (executive and non-executive) on various boards and currently holds governance roles with the Bank of India (New Zealand) Ltd, Presbyterian Support Northern and Te Waipuna Puawai.

She has a BA in Accounting, a Diploma International Company Director and is an approved MSD Capability Mentor.

Impact Network

International Collaborators

International Collaborators

The Centre aims to develop and learn from effective practice in venture philanthropy and social impact. To support this we have developed relationships with a number of leaders and organisations aligned to this emergent practice.

Liz Gillies is International Advisor to the Centre for Social Impact.  Liz was instrumental in establishing the Asia Pacific Social Impact Leadership Centre and the Centre for Ethical Leadership at Melbourne Business School.  In 2011 Liz was selected to be the inaugural Trust Company Fellow to lead a three-year research partnership between APSILC and The Trust Company focusing on strategic impact and theories of change in philanthropy.

MJ Kaplan based in Providence, Rhode Island, was 2013 Ian Axford Fellow sponsored by MSD and Foundation North.  She researched social enterprise in New Zealand with a focus on start-ups and growing the youth pipeline.  MJ launched Kaplan Consulting in 2000, engaging exceptionally diverse clients, focused on partnerships, strategic alignment, leadership, and culture change.  Prior to starting the consultancy she played organization development roles in the public, private and non- profit sectors. Currently, MJ is Adjunct Professor at brown University, teaching social enterprise and strategy.  She was recently honored with the Cordes Innovation Award by Ashoka U.  MJ also works with a New Zealand based social venture, Loomio, a tech platform for collaborative decision making that has grown to 45 countries.  MJ was honored in 2011 as Outstanding Mentor in Rhode Island.   MJ has served as a trustee at The Miriam Hospital and Moses Brown School.  MJ earned her M.Ed. from Harvard University and B.A. from Brown University. 

KPMG

KPMG

KPMG’s CSR Strategy is to fuel the prosperity of New Zealand for all New Zealanders, and show its support for its communities by donating the time, knowledge and skills of its people, to charitable trusts and not-for-profits throughout New Zealand.  KPMG will offer support to organisations involved with the Centre for Social Impact to improve the financial and governance skills of leaders, help evaluate strategic decisions and other professional business advisory services.  
 
“One of KPMG's Values is our commitment to our communities. It’s a Value that’s about us acting as responsible corporate citizens and broadening our skills and experience in the support of our communities.  In New Zealand, our involvement with the communities in which we operate is interwoven across everything we do. We have a great deal to be proud of. Each year the firm contributes more than $1.5m through pro-bono work, trustee roles, volunteering and donations. We make the best use of our expertise to help New Zealand's non-profit sector really prosper.”  

Paul Herrod - Chief Executive  

Vodafone

Vodafone

Vodafone invests in the development of New Zealand youth through the Vodafone Foundation and has a pro-active business strategy for social responsibility. In association with the Centre for Social Impact, Vodafone will bring its experience in helping organisations develop networks and relationships that improve their connection to their communities.

“Vodafone invests in the development of New Zealand youth through the Vodafone Foundation, and uses Vodafone’s capabilities, skills, funds and relationships to help the youth in our communities to be the best they can.  Each and every one of our people has something to offer and we ask them to think about how they can make a difference. Our relationship with CSI creates a platform for our people to use their professional skills to do just that.”

- Antony Welton, Chair, Vodafone NZ Foundation

Philanthropy New Zealand

Philanthropy New Zealand

Philanthropy New Zealand provides thought leadership and practical help to private philanthropists; family, community and corporate foundations; and iwi and community trusts. The Centre for Social Impact’s association with Philanthropy New Zealand connects the Centre to the wider philanthropic sector and its needs.

“Philanthropy in New Zealand is vibrant and growing. Philanthropy New Zealand welcomes the arrival of the ASB Community Trust’s Centre for Social Impact which will bring more innovation, growth and learning to our sector. This is a fantastic initiative that will lead the way for the next phase of philanthropy’s growth in New Zealand, thanks to the generosity of ASB Community Trust.”
Liz Gibbs

http://www.philanthropy.org.nz/

Spirited Leadership

Spirited Leadership

Spirited Leadership is excited to partner with CSI to help bring leadership development into the centre’s clients. Spirited Leadership helps organisations and individuals achieve mastery in leadership, personal development, creating coaching cultures and in helping to create a more whole society.

Our core model Holistic Intelligence® (HI) develops a holistic competency based approach that helps build sustainable ecosystems of leadership development within and across sectors. The not for profit sector is constantly resourcing those it aims to support so the resilience of Leadership within it, is paramount.

We work collaboratively with organisations to align the best methods with the needs of each organisation that enables them to thrive.

Inherent in our work is also the creative process as innovation is a key to helping resolve our huge wicked problems and adaptive challenges. We have created these problems by the way we think and need to think differently and be different to make real progress.

We help lead processes for change, both for individual leaders and for individuals and groups.

http://www.spiritedleadership.co.nz/ 

 

Health Connections

Health Connections

Health Connections improves outcomes for young people by up-skilling the youth health and development workforce and delivering youth health services.

Our approach to service transformation starts with supporting organisations to reflect on how they contribute to improving outcomes for young people. Our service development methodologies include co-design and client experience journeys.  We collaborate with organisations to up-skill their workforce by helping them understand their teams’ strengths, and identify areas for further development. Using a mentored approach to learning, Health Connections design, develop and deliver workforce development programmes.

Health Connections are privileged to partner with the Centre of Social Impact and join an innovative network that shares a commitment to improve outcomes for our communities.

http://www.healthconnections.co.nz/

 

Katoa Ltd

Katoa Ltd was established in 2003 by Fiona Cram to provide Kaupapa Māori (by Māori, for Māori) research, evaluation and training services. Katoa Ltd works with a number of government agencies, local councils, philanthropic organisations, and Iwi and Maori organisations. Katoa Ltd has research relationships with CRESA and the Women’s Health Research Centre, University of Otago. Katoa Ltd is also affiliated with CREA, the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More information is available at www.katoa.net.nz

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