Arron’s experience spans the NZ charity, philanthropy and commercial sectors over the past 30 years. He holds a number of governance roles, all of which contribute to the wellbeing of everyday kiwis, including currently sitting as an independent Board member with The Salvation Army of NZ, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
Proud of his Rongowhakaata descent, Arron joined Community Foundations of NZ from his most recent role as CEO of Cholmondeley Children’s Centre in Canterbury. He is based in Christchurch, is a keen trail runner, a musician and is a very proud koro/grandfather to his 4 mokopuna.
“At CFNZ we are all about purposeful partnerships that together bring influence, grow generosity, and help shape the future of NZ communities. This is where my passion resides, and I’m proud to be serving the wellbeing of Aotearoa NZ through the successful growth and strategic focus of our collective regional endowment funding. In partnership with generous locals we can together grow strategic and impactful funding in communities. Ngā mihi."
Marketing and Membership Services Director
With a background of 25 years in marketing and communications, Eleanor has spent the past 15 years working for purpose and impact, marketing for causes, national charity fundraising, coaching and mentoring. Formerly an elected Trustee in her home city of Porirua, she remains as a grantmaker on two local boards.
Eleanor believes in the strength of local communities and sees huge potential in local people being changemakers. "Our communities across Aotearoa NZ need the means to drive their own future. Our mahi helps to empower generous, insightful people to build permanent funds that will make an impact and provide for future generations. Community Foundations are encouraging generosity and strengthening our communities and I’m honoured to be a part of the great work and passion that is happening across the country. Ka pai rā tēnei mahi.”
Ray brings strong commercial and governance skills to the board from his background in the global commodities market, with 20 years’ experience in building and leading successful global businesses. This includes a track record of building partnerships and alliances, both internally and externally.
Ray has a strong desire to help improve our community outcomes across New Zealand. He is based in Queenstown and chairs the Wakatipu Community Foundation and is also involved in a wide range of local community not-for-profit organisations including the Queenstown Community Hub Charitable Trust, Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust and Queenstown Alpine Ski Team.
A passionate Cantabrian, Amy says she was thrilled to return to the not-for-profit sector in a full-time capacity when she joined The Christchurch Foundation as the founding Chief Executive.
Amy's early career was in the not-for-profit sector where she worked for organisations including St John, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Swimming New Zealand, and the University of Canterbury Students Association.
More recently she has worked as a consultant specialising in communications and stakeholder engagement, as well as holding a number of directorships in both not-for-profit and commercial entities. Amy is also part-owner of three Christchurch-based SME’s.
Lori moved to New Zealand from the US in 2009 and is a dual citizen of both countries. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, majoring in Economics and German Studies, and has a strong background in marketing for large corporations in the US.
Lori is CEO at Acorn Foundation in the Bay of Plenty, a Board Member for the Live for More Charitable Trust and is on the organising committee of TEDx Tauranga. She is well entrenched in the Tauranga community and is excited to be working alongside both donors and organisations alike to build a healthy and vibrant community.
Holly has been active in the community and social service sector for over 15 years. She has worked in grassroots community organisations in the Waikato region and is currently the Chief Executive of Community Waikato (a capacity building organisation for the not-for-profit sector). She has extensive experience in governance and is presently a board member of 4 community organisations, including a Trustee with Momentum Waikato Community Foundation.
Holly has a great passion for people, animals and social justice. She believes that community wellbeing is enhanced by a collective response to social, cultural economic and environmental needs. Holly says, ‘’being informed about what is impacting our community enables us to apply creative solutions to local problems’’.
Gabrielle is a Major Gifts Specialist at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. Prior to that she was the Senior Development Manager at The London Community Foundation UK, where she focused on family philanthropy and developing place-based corporate social responsibility initiatives, in various roles over the past decade.
Gabrielle is passionate about the benefits and joys of philanthropy, and the impact that Community Foundations can have. She lives in Wellington with her husband and three young children.
As an experienced marketer with a PhD in branding, Nick has a career focused on strengthening brands through effective communication. Having previously worked with a number of national brands, Nick currently leads the marketing and communications team at Physiotherapy New Zealand.
Nick is most passionate about building brands that strive to do good for their communities. He lives in Wellington with his wife and three small boys, who he says keep everyday exciting and are a reminder to work towards a better future for all of Aotearoa.
Dame Fran, Chair of Wellington’s Nikau Foundation, has a wealth of leadership experience in business and politics. Currently a professional company director, she chairs the boards of Te Papa Tongarewa, the Royal NZ Plunket Society, the Asia NZ Foundation and the Remuneration Authority. She is also a director on privately held boards. Previously Fran was a Member of Parliament, Cabinet Minister, Mayor of Wellington and Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Apart from serving on many boards in the private and public sectors, she has also been Chief Crown Negotiator for three Treaty of Waitangi Claims, CEO of the NZ Trade Development Board for six years and has provided strategic advice to a variety of senior leadership teams.
Dame Fran is a passionate Kiwi and Wellingtonian and is deeply involved in philanthropy, particularly in the Wellington region.
Ranei is the Executive Cultural Advisor for the New Zealand Health Group and understands the barriers and struggles to staying healthy in Aotearoa is influenced by so many other determinants.
She is a passionate community leader and supports numerous community development projects. She is Chair of Porirua's Mana College, Ora Toa PHO, Te Roopu Awhina ki Porirua, The 502 Youth Service, Te Pae Regeneration Project, the Youth2Work movement and President of the Māori Women’s Welfare League Ngāti Toa Branch. She is a trustee on Partners Porirua, Porirua Foundation, and with Nikau Foundation's Porirua District Fund.
Ranei enjoys using her skills to support people to reach their potential and has seen first-hand the difference and the value of effective grant-making in communities.
Bill helped establish the Acorn Foundation in 2003 and Chaired the Foundation for its first eight years. When the Community Foundations of New Zealand was established in 2013 he was elected as founding Chair and remained as a Board member for eight years.
Bill is a lawyer and consultant with Holland Beckett Law in Tauranga and has extensive experience in a wide range of community organisations and activities. He is currently the Chair of the Tauranga Energy Consumer Trust and has received a number of community leadership awards, including in 2012 being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community.
Bill has been awarded a Life Membership for his immense contribution and services to Community Foundations across New Zealand, and in 2021 has been appointed as CFNZ's first official Ambassador.