Four independent directors have been appointed to the board of Centre for Social Impact.

“The decision by our parent, Foundation North, to reduce the number of board members appointed from amongst  the Foundation’s trustees and increase the number of board members from the wider community is a significant step in the evolution of the Centre as a social business,” says CSI Chair, Mel Hewitson . “The Foundation’s goal is to bring a more diverse range of perspectives and experiences to the Board to support the next stage of the Centre’s development.”

The new directors, Susan Huria, Dan Walker, Rachael Child and Brian Steele, were selected through a competitive process from a range of experienced candidates who applied for the roles.  More information on each board member is attached. 

Susan, Rachael, Dan and Brian will join Mel and CSI’s existing independent director, deputy chair Paul Cook.  Kim Wright, steps down at the end of the month after serving five years on the board.


Meet our new directors

Susan Huria ONZM

Ngāi Tahu,  Ngāi Tuahuriri

Susan is a director and a chartered fellow of the Institute of Directors.  She is currently Deputy Chairman of Ngāi Tahu Property and director of Connexis, Construction Health and Safety NZ and Your Heart’s Home (a community housing provider). Her previous directorships include chairman of Veterinary Enterprises Group, deputy chair of AgResearch, and a director of Marsden Maritime, Radio New Zealand, Housing New Zealand, Watercare Services and Airways.  She is a partner at Huria Anders and specialises in governance work with a range of boards including iwi.

Daniel Walker

Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Ruahine Rangi, Tāngahoe, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Tūhourangai, Tainui, Te Arawa, Te Atiawa

Dan has many years’ experience as a senior manager in enterprise IT and tech leadership companies, specialising in helping clients on their digital transformation journey. Dan has a passion for Māori success in business and the growth of leadership capacity within iwi, hapū and whānau. He is deputy chair of New Zealand Māori Tourism (NZMT), Deputy Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui, and Chair of Whānau Mārama Parenting. He also sits in various advisory roles with community and tertiary organisations.

He holds an MBA from the University of Auckland, a Masters in Advanced Leadership Practice from Massey University, and a Diploma in Management and Te Reo Māori.

Rachael Child

Rachael, is the strategic lead for the development of Auckland's Innovation Precinct, GridAKL.

She is passionate about driving social and economic impact, with over 20 years experience of leading and co-designing large scale change initiatives in economic and community development, education, children and families and transport both in New Zealand and the UK. Previous governance roles include Grow North Innovation District Steering Group, GridAKL Programme Governance and others such as the Future Schooling in Knowsley Programme Governance Board, and Knowsley Schools Safety Forum (Chair).

Rachael brings a wealth of experience in strategy design and implementation, innovation, and commercial acumen. Highlights include the development of a social innovation hub, future education systems strategy and the Te Haa Manukau initiative. The first innovation hub to launch in the centre of Manuku with a special focus on inspiring and growing the next generation of Maori and Pacific entrepreneurs

Brian Steele

Brian is the executive director of Shoreline Partners Limited which works with companies that utilise technology to provide improved customer experiences. In 2017, Shoreline Partners launched to guide business to work strategically with aligned community partners. A company director since 2006, Brian’s commercial board roles span technology, education, culture and finance. He is a director of Massey Ventures-owned MUSAC (student management software) and the commercial board of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō.   Previous roles include director of Axon Computer Systems, Araneo, and Chair of LifeDirect.  

His charitable roles include sports, arts, institute governance and taxation.    Brian is also an angel investor and a member of AngelHQ within the Wellington investment community.