Our Board

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Ken Brophy

Chairperson

Ken is a specialist in organisational design and change and was until recently Managing Partner for a NZ-based consultancy. He currently acts as the Asia Pacific lead for organisational design consultancy AlignOrg Solutions and is a frequent speaker at development programmes.
Ken is motivated by variety and challenge, both at work and after hours - where he scales some of New Zealand’s highest peaks for charity.

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Nicola Harrison

Board Member

Nicky is a recently appointed director at PWC Legal with a focus on land development and property law. Nicky looks after government entities, social housing providers, commercial property investors and developers, commercial landlords, franchisors, and various high profile small medium enterprises.  Whilst helping clients navigate legal issues and contractual negotiations, she is especially enthusiastic about the need to ensure developments, especially residential ones, create a sense of place and community that people can thrive in. Outside of work, Nicky enjoys endurance events involving mud, CrossFit, boxing and surfing.

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Brett Johnstone

Secretary

Brett is a Prison Chaplain with the Prison Chaplaincy Service at Mt Eden Correction Facility. He works alongside other chaplains to provide a range of services to the prisoners meeting their religious and spiritual needs.  He has served as a senior Presbyterian minister within the Presbyterian Church. He has extensive governance experience.  He volunteered at Monte Cecilia for 2 months in 2013, assisting the Trust with its application for Social Housing Unit registration. 

His interest is in good governance and in helping Monte Cecilia see its focus of Helping Homeless Families within the larger mission of the Christian Church towards the disadvantaged in society. 

 

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Craig Brown

Treasurer

Craig is a qualified Chartered Accountant and runs his own business, Surestart Consulting, which offers strategic advice on business growth and fundraising and for high growth companies.
Craig is a Rotarian and is involved in the Presbyterian church where he has served as a youth leader and Sunday School teacher for many years. Craig is married to Gillian and has three teenage girls. 


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Kathleen Lynch

Trustee

Kathleen is a registered general and obstetric nurse and has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Mercy Hospice in Auckland since 2010. Previous board experience includes the Waitarua Mercy Parklands Rest Home and Sisters of Mercy Wiri. Kathleen has Master's degrees in Sociology from Massey University and Health Science from Auckland where she wrote her thesis on the impact of state house rentals on health.

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Tiumalu Peter Fa'afiu

Trustee

Born in Samoa and raised in Glen Innes, Peter is a former diplomat and trade negotiator. Peter currently co-owns the management consultancy Navigator Limited, providing strategic and operational advice to agencies, charities, private sector and philanthropy entities. He has served as the Interim CEO of the Tamaki Regeneration Company, Global Director of Amnesty International Limited, Non-Executive Director of CORE Education Limited and Chair of the Pacific Media Network. 

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Shannon Scown

Trustee

Shannon is a contractor in the technology investment space and is involved with several organisations across the innovation ecosystem. 

She has an interest in strategy and governance and is a happily vocal advocate for the value of diversity of thought and representation in leadership and strategy planning. 

Shannon is also incoming Chair of the House of Science Auckland board, which has a vision of every child in New Zealand being scientifically literate. 

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Bourke O’Connor

Trustee

A trustee since 2012, Bourke is also Director of Rothbury Life Ltd and has extensive experience in the insurance and real estate industries. Bourke is actively involved in many professional and community organisations including  Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Education, Trustee of the Spoonless Trust and he was previously Founding Chairman of Board of Trustees St Joseph's School, Takapuna. He enjoys sailing and golf in his spare time.

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Michele Elsmore

Trustee

Michele manages the Catholic schools property portfolio for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland requiring strategic input to the acquisition, development and ongoing management of buildings across more than 50 school sites.  This position allows Michele to combine her previous experience in senior finance roles, which includes roles within the banking, tourism and philanthropic sectors, with her property skills.  Michele is particularly passionate about engaging with communities to create sustainable outcomes that make a difference to people’s lives.