Staff

Leadership Unit

Jennifer Gill ONZM

Jennifer Gill ONZM

Chief Executive Officer

In 2004 Jennifer became CEO of Foundation North after 10 years as Executive Director of Fulbright NZ. Her career in philanthropy began in 1985 when Sir Roy McKenzie appointed her as the Executive Officer of his personal foundation, the Roy McKenzie Foundation. She has been a Trustee and Chair of the J R McKenzie Trust and is currently a Trustee of two family grant making trusts. She was a founding member of the board of the Wellington Regional Community Foundation, the Funding Information Service and Philanthropy NZ. Jenny recently retired from the board of Philanthropy New Zealand after twenty years’ service. Recently Jenny has been a member of the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium as well a participant in international meetings on current issues in philanthropy hosted by the Rockefeller and Volkswagen Foundations. Jenny has contributed to the growing literature on philanthropy in Australasia and is frequently asked to speak on philanthropy. In 2017, Jenny received an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to philanthropy.

Liam Sheridan

Liam Sheridan

Chief Financial Officer

Liam joined Foundation North in February 2016 having previously been CFO at ProCare, Auckland’s largest primary care organisation. Prior to that he held senior finance roles at Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs and Lion Nathan. Liam has worked in a number of private and public sector organisations in both New Zealand and the UK. He holds degrees in mathematics and accountancy and is an ACA member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Liam has an interest in organisational performance reporting especially in combining financial with non-financial reporting.

Chloe Harwood

Chloe Harwood

Strategy & Innovation Manager

Chloe oversees strategy and innovation development at the Foundation, while also managing policy development, communications and planning. She has been closely involved in the Foundation’s continuing efforts to become a more strategic and innovative grant maker. This has seen the Foundation adopt a mixed portfolio approach with a continuation of traditional community grants alongside more “venture philanthropy “ approaches. 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) and GIFT (Gulf Innovation Fund Together). These funds have been designed to provide flexible support to grantees seeking solutions to complex and challenging issues in the Auckland and Northland regions. Chloe has developed an evaluation and monitoring framework for the Foundation which aims to demonstrate both the impact of the Foundation's funding as well as share what the Foundation is learning about effective philanthropy. 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.

Nicola Brehaut

Nicola Brehaut

Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive/Acting Community Funding Manager

Nicola joined Foundation North in November 2017 as Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive and is currently the Acting Community Funding Manager. She brings Senior Management experience from across three sectors - private, not-for-profit and public, having held roles with Community Operations - Department of Internal Affairs, Presbyterian Support Northern and Ford Motor Company. Nicola holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from Waikato University and an MBA from Warwick University. A 5th generation New Zealander, passionate about building stronger communities and working in partnership with others, Nicola enjoys making the most of living in the City of Sails and can often be found sailing on the Waitemata with her family.

Funding Unit

Vailoa Milo-Harris

Vailoa Milo-Harris

Advisor

Vailoa brings to Foundation North a wealth of experience from 20 years of working in the public and the private sector. Her recent work as a consultant, project management and community development advocate, is an asset to Foundation North. Vailoa holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree from the University of Waikato, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern Cross, Australia and is an Associate Member of the NZ Institute of Management. She is of Samoan descent and speaks Samoan fluently.

Marilou Sambajon

Marilou Sambajon

Advisor

Marilou has recently changed roles from Grants Coordinator to Advisor. Before joining the Foundation in January 2007 she was Assistant Manager at Student Job Search Auckland, and has also worked as a Forensic Administrator in the Institute of Environmental Science and Research’s Wellington office. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and Administration from Victoria University and a Diploma in Business Studies (Finance) from Massey University. Marilou enjoys volunteering for community projects and initiatives that she believes will make positive changes for future generations.

Lisa Kidwell

Lisa Kidwell

Advisor

Lisa joins the Foundation from the Department of Internal Affairs. Born in Papakura, and of Ngāti Whātua and Ngāti Kahu descent, she has over 20 years’ experience working in the Public Sector in Northland. Lisa has a Diploma in Public Sector Service Delivery for Māori and has worked with the Department of Labour, New Zealand Employment Service, Te Puni Kōkiri and in grant making and community development. She is a proud mother of two children and nana to two mokopuna.

Claire Rosanowski

Claire Rosanowski

Advisor

Having returned from her OE, Claire joined Foundation North in March 2016. Claire is a Nelsonian with experience in the Philanthropic sector in New Zealand and the UK. She is passionate about working with communities to make positive transformations and volunteers with several not-for-profit organisations. She has a degree in Communications from the University of Otago and in her spare time loves being outdoors, cooking and doing yoga.

Audry McLaren

Audry McLaren

Advisor

Audry joined Foundation North in July 2016 and was most recently consulting in the sport and recreation sector. Audry has a broad range of experience ranging from sports facility feasibility assessment to working in high performance sport. Of Samoan/Chinese – Falkland Island descent, Audry is a first generation New Zealander born and raised in Auckland. She graduated from AUT University with a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and from Victoria University (Melbourne) with a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling for Elite Performers (sport). Audry is passionate about yoga, and has a very busy family life with her partner, two fantastic sons and a much loved dog.

Connie Lee

Connie Lee

Advisor

Connie joined Foundation North in May 2016 and was most recently a Community Advisor with the Department of Internal Affairs. She brings a wealth of experience having worked both in the public and private sector. Connie is well connected to her community in the North Shore through various committee roles and is an avid badminton player. Born and raised in Auckland, she graduated from Auckland University with a both a bachelor’s degree and a Post-grad diploma in Science. Connie is fluent in English and Cantonese, and is currently learning Mandarin.

Annie Johnson

Annie Johnson

Funding Administrator

Annie joined Foundation North in 2008 and has applied her extensive administrative experience across several departments during this time. She thoroughly enjoys her current role in the funding team; in particular supporting her colleagues and helping not-for-profit organisations navigate the Foundation’s online funding hub. Of Cook Island descent; Annie was born and raised in Auckland. She now resides in Avondale and is the proud mother of three children and Nana to three mokopuna. Outside of work Annie loves to spend time with her family, listen to music, travel, play touch rugby and participate in church activities.

Strategy & Innovation Unit

Ross Burton

Ross Burton

Information Analyst

Ross is responsible for data management, analysis and reporting plus the evaluation and monitoring of grants after they have been awarded. His background is in administrative and database management, process improvement and project management. Ross has previously worked in central and local government, in the not-for-profit sector and in the private sector. Ross has been with Foundation North since 2005.

Shalini Pillai

Shalini Pillai

Senior Policy, Evaluation & Learning Advisor

Shalini  joined the Foundation in 2006. Originally from Malaysia, she has lived in New Zealand since 1989 and has also worked overseas as a development worker for a street children's programme in Vietnam, a development instructor in India. Shalini worked in the Foundation's Catalysts for Change programme before leaving to work with community organisations supporting young people. She is now back at Foundation North, working in policy development and strategy implementation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Geography, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies. Shalini is particularly drawn to grass roots community development with an interest in women's empowerment and poverty alleviation.

Kim Collins

Kim Collins

Project Manager, Gulf Innovation Fund Together

Originally from Palmerston North, Kim attended secondary school in Auckland and has been a resident of Waiheke Island since 2004. Her academic background is in psychology and sociology where she developed an interest in supporting and inspiring positive community change. Through roles in Local Government and the not for profit sector Kim has over 15 years’ experience in grant making and working with community organisations. Through her work at Foundation North Kim has developed a strong passion for the environment and wants to help create a better planet for future generations. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her high spirited young son, wrangling weeds or experimenting in the kitchen.

Lisa Ridehalgh

Lisa Ridehalgh

Communications Manager

Lisa joined Foundation North after eight and a half years in a marketing role at Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre in Glenfield. Before emigrating to New Zealand from the UK in 2008, Lisa worked in communications and marketing for not-for-profits in the social housing and public film archive sectors in the north-west of England. When not at work, Lisa enjoys running around after her teenage triplets, spending time out in the bush and going to the movies.

Eve Jolly

Eve Jolly

Innovation Catalyst

Eve is responsible for facilitating, designing and delivering innovation activity to achieve the Foundation’s objectives. Eve has experience across the social enterprise, international development and human rights sectors. Prior to Foundation North, Eve worked at the Ākina Foundation and supported social innovators and entrepreneurs in Auckland and Northland. She ran a social enterprise in New York addressing food insecurity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and has worked with government and communities across Eastern Europe to help children and families to thrive. Earlier in her career, Eve was a commercial solicitor at Chapman Tripp in Auckland. Eve has a Masters in Human Rights from Columbia University, and an LLB and BA from the University of Otago. She is motivated by social justice and feminism.

Natasha Penn

Natasha Penn

Strategy & Innovation Co-ordinator

Natasha joined the organisation in October 2015 as the Finance Assistant. She has recently moved into the new role of Strategy & Innovation Unit Coordinator. Natasha is of Samoan descent and resides in South Auckland. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching rugby league and being involved in church activities.

Tui Williams

Tui Williams

Innovation Support

Tui joins Foundation North as a contractor to support the Strategy and Innovation Unit. She has broad range of experience in innovation through incubators and accelerators in the Startup, Social Impact, and GovTech space. She has significant experience running large and small-scale events such as the Festival for the Future 2017 where she was the Event Manager. Tui co-created The Love NZ Land & Water Roadshow, and is a co-founder of The Social Experiment & Director of Unity House. Additionally, she is currently the co-curator of Auckland Global Shapers. Tui is passionate about how personal development, community building, and innovation can create large-scale social impact.

Shared Services Unit

Jenna Keightley

Jenna Keightley

Shared Services Manager

Jenna has an extensive background in insurance administration and has also worked in a number of executive level support roles across many industries. She joined Foundation North in January 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the Leadership Group, and now manages a new Shared Services team of administrators within the Finance, Investment and Shared Services Unit. Jenna was raised in the Bay of Plenty and relocated to Auckland in 2001. She now lives in West Auckland with her fiancé and son, and in her spare time enjoys fishing, camping, rugby league, entertaining and gardening.

Abby Mitchell

Abby Mitchell

EA to CEO, CFO & Board of Trustees

Abby has a varied background as an Executive Assistant in the financial sector and has a strong interest in community health, having completed a BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition through Massey University. In her spare time, Abby enjoys running, hiking, cooking, gardening and spending time with her five siblings and extended family.

Lucy Earnshaw

Lucy Earnshaw

Senior Administrator

Lucy is Foundation North's Senior Administrator based on reception. She has previously worked in administration support roles in hospitality, law and media. Lucy holds a BA (Hons) degree in Criminology and Sociology. Outside of work Lucy is a keen runner and enjoys yoga and travel.

Joanne Clark

Joanne Clark

Administrator

Jo has an extensive background in high level administration, focusing on customer and client liaison. Her experience ranges from media to retail, right through to financial services. Jo joined the Foundation in August 2018 and is conveniently located just around the corner, where she resides with her cat. Outside of work she is involved in acting, on both screen and stage.

Finance & Investment Unit

Craig Innes

Craig Innes

Accountant

Craig has worked as an accountant in the marine, travel and apparel industries. Most of his time has been spent in the marine industry working for a super-yacht management company through two exciting Americas Cup defences. Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Auckland University and is also an ACA member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He grew up in Kaipara Flats, where his family have lived and farmed in the area for five generations. Craig now resides in Mt Albert with his wife and two children.

Jackie Shand

Jackie Shand

Assistant Accountant

Jackie joined Foundation North in 2012 and apart from her finance role is also responsible for all matters related to the payment and monitoring of grants once they have received board approval. Previously she worked in a finance and administration role in the telecommunications industry for a non-profit membership group for almost 10 years. She is South-African born and started her career in the banking industry before immigrating to New Zealand in 1997. Jackie holds a NZ Business Diploma and a Bachelor of Business Degree and is a member of the Accounting Technician College of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. She is married and has 2 adult daughters and lives on the North Shore. She is an avid reader and enjoys keeping fit and tramping.

Matthew Stratton

Matthew Stratton

Investment Administrator

Matt manages the day-to-day relationship with the Foundation's external investment managers, custodian and advisor. Before joining Foundation North in Jan 2001 he spent five years as an investment analyst at Sovereign Funds Management, responsible for all New Zealand asset classes. Prior to that he was the Operations Manager at Citigroup. Matt began his career with a New Zealand-based funds management company in 1985. He has since worked for fund management companies based in Sydney and London. He holds a Diploma in Business Finance and a New Zealand Stock Exchange Diploma.

Genevieve Connell

Genevieve Connell

Finance Assistant

Genevieve joined Foundation North in July 2018 to support the Finance team. She has a BA from the University of Auckland majoring in Politics and International relations and has worked in administration, hospitality and tutoring. Genevieve grew up in Mount Albert and loves cooking, gardening and yoga.

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