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.
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 and is a Board Member and a member of 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.
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.
Taranaki born-and-bred, Josh comes from a finance background and his involvement with local and national charities, coupled with a passion for community, made him a natural choice to lead Taranaki Foundation. A fellow chartered accountant, Josh has worked at PwC and TSB locally and sits on the NZ Council for CA ANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand).
After winning his personal battle with cancer, Josh chose to give back — becoming involved with Cancer Society of NZ locally, regionally and nationally in various governance and project management roles. He is also a co-founder of Ripple‚ a cancer support app for New Zealanders. He was recognised in the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards as a 2021 Local Hero Medallist and Semi-Finalist.
Passionate about Aotearoa NZ Inc, Josh understands the power of grass-roots community initiatives and believes community engagement and collaboration is essential to communities and their long-term vibrancy, resilience and prosperity. “Community Foundations give us the opportunity, now, to create an even better community for our children, grandkids and all those who follow. Me hoki whakamuri, kia anga whakamua: look to your past experiences in order to forge the future”.
Emma is Executive Director at Wellington's Nikau Foundation. Born in Eastbourne, in the UK, Emma has an extensive background in fundraising, marketing and strategic growth, holding senior development and philanthropy management positions at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, the UK’s National Autistic Society and Tate Museums, and advisory positions at local community organisations, including Women of Worth and Rotary Club of Wellington.
"Nikau Foundation has offered me the opportunity to play a part in making a difference to the people and places I love, and doing that in a way which is meaningful, sustainable and lasting".
"I've worked across many sectors throughout my career, helping them to raise funds to grow their reach, support their aspirations and be impactful, but something in me changed when I became a mum. I felt an innate responsibility to be part of an organisation that focused on the long-term, not just the here and now".
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’’.
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.
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, The 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. She is proud to be a passionate advocate for funding for equity and impact.