Head of Centre
Karinia is an experienced chief executive and board member in the not-for-profit sector. Her most recent role was chief executive of New Zealand Asian Leaders where she managed the successful launch of SUPERdiverse WOMEN and subsequent membership growth of both organisations.
During her career she has held a variety of roles across a range of not-for-profit and community organisations including business development manager for Piha Lifesaving Club, general manager of Stellar Trust and fundraising manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ.
A member of the Institute of Directors, Karinia is President and Board Member of YWCA Aotearoa New Zealand and is a mentor with Business Mentors NZ. Volunteer experience includes providing counsel on fundraising and grant applications to the Disabled Surfers Association, and fundraising support to Makaurau Marae.
Over 30 years in the charitable and business sectors Karinia has become known for her strong commercial acumen, agile strategic thinking, innovative leadership, and her ability to create inclusive environments that celebrate diversity.
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.
Caren Rangi ONZM
Caren Rangi works with the Centre’s clients to provide specialist advice on governance. She is currently a facilitator for the Centre’s governance programme for community trusts.
In her work with the Centre, Caren draws on her own extensive experience in governance roles on not-for-profit, government and private boards. She is proud of her Cook Islands Māori heritage and brings that lens to her diverse governance roles. Caren is the Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand and is a member of the boards of Te Papa and Radio New Zealand. She is also the Chair of Pacific Homecare Services, and a director of Pacific Co-operation Broadcasting Ltd and Pacific Inc Ltd (Le Va), and the Cook Islands Investment Corporation.
Caren has a Bachelor of Business Studies in Accountancy from Massey University and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Chloe has over fifteen years’ experience of working in the philanthropic sector.
Chloe was Strategy & Innovation Manager at Foundation North. In this role she had responsibility for strategy and innovation development, while also managing policy development, communications and planning. She has been closely involved in the Foundation’s continuing efforts to become a more strategic grant maker. This has included the development of innovative and targeted funding such as the Foundation’s Catalysts for Change programme, Māori and Pacific Education Initiative (MPEI), GIFT (Gulf Innovation Fund Together), South Auckland Community Innovation fund and participatory grant making approaches.
Chloe brings professional skills and experience across strategy development and innovation approaches, facilitation, research, organisational learning and reflective practice. A graduate of Canterbury University, Chloe has previously worked for Britain’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), where she awarded funding to innovative and pioneering learning projects.
Dan Gerrard has extensive experience in leadership development gained over 20 years working in corporate, government, and local government. A leadership coach, mentor and facilitator, Dan is Programme Director at Leadership New Zealand, and has his own leadership consultancy, Ngākau NZ.
Prior to setting up Ngākau, Dan held leadership roles in KiwiRail, Downer and Fulton Hogan. He started his career as a plant operator and labourer and draws on his ‘learning from the ground up’ experience to inform his approach to leadership development.
David Booth provides specialist advice to the Centre’s investment planning and capacity development programmes. He brings 20 years of experience working across 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.
Duncan has extensive experience in the governance, management, and operations of small non-profit organisations. Rainbow/LGBTIQA+ communities have been the focus of his passion over the last 15 years. He has brought strategic thinking and leadership to the philanthropic sector with roles at Foundation North, Rule Foundation, and the Ministry of Youth Development Partnership Fund.
Duncan's approach is to get alongside people and enable learning and growth through process. He provides capability development, planning, gap analysis, and advisory support through the Centre. A strong generalist, Duncan also has expertise as a facilitator, supervisor, and in Information Technology.
Duncan has recently completed a Masters in Social and Community Leadership.
Emily Garden is a social researcher with strong qualitative analysis and communication skills.
She has worked for NGOs, universities, social sector agencies and research organisations in the health, social justice and sustainability spaces, including the Auckland City Mission, Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab at Auckland Hospital and the Joint Centre for Disaster Research.
Emily synthesises information, shares knowledge and tells stories in fresh and engaging ways, drawing together her qualitative research and graphic design expertise. Emily holds a Bachelor of Design from AUT University and a Masters Degree in Sociology from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Jo Cribb has extensive experience in working with boards, leadership teams, co-design and facilitation, coaching emerging leaders and leading substantial policy, strategy and gender projects.
Jo’s previous roles include Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women, Deputy Children's Commissioner and leader of the Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. Jo is a director on a number of Government and NGO boards (including the New Zealand Media Council, Literacy Aotearoa, Royal New Zealand Navy Leadership Board and CORE Education Ltd). She has a Doctorate in Public Policy, and is the author of 'Don't Worry About the Robots: How to Survive and Thrive in the New World of Work' on the future of work and Take Your Space: Successful Women Share their Secrets; a book to empower women. In 2016 Jo was a finalist in the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.
Judy Whiteman provides the Centre with specialist advice for capacity development programmes. A facilitator, mentor, executive coach and consultant in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Judy is passionate about helping people achieve success for themselves, their people, and their organisations.
Judy 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. Her governance experiences are deep, diverse and over many years. She is currently an Independent Director with the Bank of India (New Zealand) Ltd and a Trustee of the New Zealand Housing Foundation. Previous roles include Presbyterian Support Northern (Independent Trustee, Deputy Chair, Chair of Investment Committee) and Te Waipuna Puawai (Independent Director, Chair).
Kat Dawnier provides specialist advice to the Centre on the design, implementation and evaluation of philanthropic strategy.
Her role with the Centre is largely focused on ‘design for impact’ - supporting philanthropic partners with the development and implementation of new impact-focused models of grantmaking. Kat also provides organisational capacity development support to grantee organisations through the Centre.
Kat has worked in the not-for-profit sector in New Zealand and the UK for over 10 years. She has professional experience in philanthropy, community development, research and evaluation, and non-profit governance. She has background in the community, youth and refugee sectors, as well as in private philanthropy.
Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai, Kapotai, Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Pākehā
Kate Cherrington's roles at the Centre include relationship manager, organisational capacity builder and advisor on strategy development and implementation. Kate specialises in working with groups with a kaupapa Māori focus in education and community strategy, and advancement projects. Her passion is nurturing emerging community leaders and values-based leadership practice.
Kate has experience in education management and policy development, quality assurance management, Māori language programme development, and wānanga development. Kate is a trustee of Miria Marae in Waiomio and is Northland Polytechnic council member. She also serves as a board member on the USA-based NGOs; Ka Honua Mōmona International ( Moloka'I, Hawai'i) and Americans for Indian Opportunity (New Mexico).
Kathryn Nemec provides research and evaluation, and project management and coordination support for CSI clients. She has a broad range of experience and has particular interest in community development, mental health promotion, sustainability and innovation.
Kathryn has consulted extensively in the not-for profit, local government and philanthropic sector in New Zealand, and worked as an evaluation specialist in the United Kingdom. A community psychologist, Kathryn brings a strong values-based approach to her work, and has a particular interest in working collaboratively with organisations to help them demonstrate their impact.
Kevin Prime is the Centre’s 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.
Louise Marra provides specialist advice on the development of leadership, systems work and social innovation.
Louise has capabilities in strategy development, social innovation and innovative thinking, general leadership development, executive coaching and mentoring, and creating effective cultures. Louise has many years’ experience 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 former Prime Minister, Sir John Key.
She is currently Director of the Leadership New Zealand programme, and runs her own business, Unity House. Louise holds post-graduate qualifications in environmental management, public policy, Jungian and transpersonal psychology and has trained and worked extensively in the healing and integration of collective and intergenerational trauma to help create new worlds from new places.
Mata brings to the Centre a varied set of skills developed in different employment settings and experiences including the military, corporate, community and the public sectors.
She provides research and evaluation, management support and solutions to not for profit organisations in the health, social and early childhood education sectors. Through her experience of sitting on a number of governance boards Mata is able to provide sound governance and strategic advice to start up and organisations seeking transformational change. Mata has a keen interest in initiatives that impact on communities and enjoys working with those that share the same vision for improved well-being for whānau.
Tribal affiliations: Ngati Hine, Te Kapotai, Ngapuhi, Ngai Pakeha
Mele Wendt MNZM
Mele has extensive experience in leadership, management and governance. During her career she has been a high school teacher, the founding Pacific Islands liaison officer and manager of the student recruitment office at Victoria University, and executive director of Fulbright New Zealand. In recent years, Mele has been doing a mix of consultancy and governance.
A certified member of the Institute of Directors, Mele currently serves on the boards of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Correspondence School),Toi Mai Workforce Development Council, the Real Estate Authority, and the Wellington Community Trust. She also chairs the Steering Group implementing the National Action Plan for Community Governance. Recent past chair roles included Massey University's Pacific Student Success Working Group, and the Pasifika Education Centre in Auckland.
Mele also provides consultancies in various areas including governance, Pacific peoples’ development, community engagement, organisational capacity building and scholarships. She is an experienced facilitator.
Mele is Samoan (Malie, Vaiala, Lefaga) and palagi (New Zealand, Britain). In January 2019, she was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to governance, the Pacific community and women.
Miranda brings specialist advice to the Centre on environmental issues and how we can collectively act for regenerative and positive impact. She has extensive experience in creating conditions that enable diverse voices to reach common ground.
Over 25 years, Miranda has worked with multiple stakeholders spanning policy analysis, project management, collaboration training, facilitation, and large group planning. She has especial experience in Māori rights and interests in environmental issues, including fisheries and coastal management. Miranda has worked for iwi, not-for-profit, government and private sectors and is currently director of her own consulting company, FOLKUS Ltd.
Miranda holds a BA (Sociology), a MSc (Hons) in Resource Management and qualifications in neuro linguistic programming and regenerative development. She aims to continually learn ways of enabling and inspiring people to work together to build a sustainable society.
Rachael works with the Centre's clients to translate ideas into action. She works collaboratively to develop strategic intent and explore and design pathways for successful development and delivery.
She is skilled in policy and strategy development, funding and investment models, innovation, delivery and programme implementation.
Rachael brings 20 years experience working in local government, agencies and communities in New Zealand and the UK on large scale transformational change initiatives. Her experience expands across economic and community development, education transformation, children and families. She has a Masters in World Space Economy and has applied knowledge of the creating the conditions for the innovation economy, and led the strategic development of Auckland's Innovation Precinct, GridAKL.
Rachael Trotman provides the Centre with research and evaluation expertise.
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. Her passions are supporting people to know and show the difference they make and undertaking applied research and evaluative work that effects positive change in the world.
Rachael is the Coordinator of Ngā Tau Tuangahuru - the Maori and Pacific Education Initiative Longitudinal Study and Lead Evaluator for the Gulf Innovation Fund Together (GIFT). She is also involved in diverse CSI programmes of work with a range of funders and organisations.
Rachael holds an MA (Hons) and a post-graduate diploma in Human Ecology.
Robin Hickman provides strategic communications advice, to the Centre and its partners, to help them engage with diverse stakeholders, and capture their stories and bring them to a wider audience.
Robin has consulted on communications for corporates in New Zealand and Australia. She has won an International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill award, and New Zealand’s supreme Kiwi Quill award.
Her involvement in the not-for-profit sector has included both consulting and governance roles.
Dr Sara Bennett provides leadership and specialist advice to the Centre’s Design for Impact programme and the design and delivery of the Centre’s framework services.
Sara co-ordinates and leads the Centre’s team of specialist advisors and associates to support philanthropic funders with design of funding strategies, and implementation of funding frameworks and processes.
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 has a PhD in Community Health from the University of Auckland.
Sarah is an experienced evaluator and researcher in the community, not-for-profit and academic sectors. She works alongside funders, leaders, organisations and communities to draw on diverse sources of evidence to inform decision-making.
Sarah has a pragmatic approach to monitoring and evaluation and also using design-thinking techniques. She also has experience in public health, mental health and addiction.
Over the last six years, Sarah has developed an in-depth understanding of homelessness and housing issues in Aotearoa through her work at Lifewise, Housing First Auckland and the Inner City Auckland Homelessness Initiative.
Sarah has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Auckland.
Sue Zimmerman has worked in health and social sector agencies, NGOs, collectives, research organisations, philanthropy, and local government. Her roles during her career have included governance, strategic planning, policy, service design and commissioning, management, advocacy, implementation, and evaluation.
Sue’s background reflects her interest in finding ways to work effectively with others to increase equity and wellbeing in Aotearoa/New Zealand by challenging and transforming systems that prevent us from flourishing, individually and collectively.
Sue has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Auckland.
Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Pukenga, Te Arawa, Ngāi Pākehā
Tuihana Ohia has been involved in the design and implementation of a number of significant wellbeing initiatives including Vodafone’s Manaaki Support Network and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s wellbeing programme Tau Ora.
Tuihana brings a wellbeing perspective and expertise to project management, programme design, capacity building, strategy development, relationship liaison.
Tuihana’s passion for nurturing emerging wellbeing leaders and embedding wellbeing within communities and corporate spaces led her to create Rāngai – The Wellbeing Collective. This provides a space for those working with or who have an interest in wellbeing to meet, exchange knowledge, creativity, and support innovation. She also the founder Woo Table Kōrero, a community-based initiative that brings people together to hear from their community superstars.
Programme Director, National Action Plan Community Governance
Rose Hiha-Agnew is programme director for the National Action Plan for Community Governance, supporting the detailed design, planning, development and roll-out of the plan. Rose brings to this role extensive experience in management and governance across iwi, community and governance organisations.
During her career in local and central government Rose has led environmental, Te Ao Māori, sustainability and infrastructure large-scale transformational programmes. This has included management of around $20 million in partnership investments with iwi and communities across New Zealand.
Rose’s governance experience includes chairing Keep New Zealand Beautiful and co-chairing the Endangered Species Foundation.
She is passionate about sustainable, economic, cultural and environmental opportunities that enable cultural perspectives and inclusiveness which lead to positive community outcomes.