Snapshots 2016

Class of 2016


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Damon Birchfield
CEO, EcoMatters Environment Trust

Skills Offered: Facilitation, fundraising, governance, strategic planning, community engagement
Current Community Involvement: Trustee on the board of Environment Hubs Aotearoa, founding trustee He Tohu Aroha.
Location: West Auckland

Darren Lee
Continuous Improvement Manager (Quality), ACC

Skills Offered: Process improvement, people development, governance, coaching, change management
Location: Wellington

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David Hall
Infrastructure Reliability Manager, Auckland Airport

Skills Offered: Change management, facilitation, strategic planning, mentoring, relationship management
Current Community Involvement: Board Member, EcoMatters
Location: Auckland

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Dayne Farley
Head of Medium Business, Spark

Skills Offered: Sales, leadership, change management, coaching, process improvement
Current Community Involvement: Junior tennis, Rippa rugby
Location: Tauranga

Di Taylor
General Manager Technology, New Zealand Racing Board

Skills Offered: Change management, leadership development, strategic planning, people development, organisational development
Current Community Involvement: Local sporting and school organisations
Location: Wellington

Eli Tagi
Owner and Director, WE Accounting and Business

Location: Auckland

El-Shadan Tautolo
Senior Research Fellow / Director of Centre for Pacific Health & Development Research, AUT South

Skills Offered: Academic research and evaluation, strategic planning and community development, project management, mentoring, community engagement
Current Community Involvement: Member of Pacific Health & Welfare Network, Cook Islands Health Network, and involved in various activities with local Glen Innes Seventh Day Adventist Church and local community agencies
Location: Auckland

Hayley Shields
Director Student Experience, Education New Zealand

Skills Offered: Business development, coaching, relationship management, public speaking, leadership development
Current Community Involvement: Fundraiser for Auckland City Mission, YWCA Board sub-committee, youth mentoring
Location: Auckland

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Helen Peters
Tax and Treasury Manager, Tait Communications

Skills Offered: Tax compliance and consulting services, accounting, training, mentoring and coaching
Location: Christchurch

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Hillary Palmer
Head of Culture and Leadership, Kiwibank

Skills Offered: Culture development, mentoring, coaching and leadership development
Location: Wellington

Imogen Parry
Communications Advisor, Be. Accessible

Skills Offered: Writing, storytelling, public speaking, event planning and hosting
Current Community Involvement: My role as Fail Club failer and champion is ongoing. I am a Creative Mornings Auckland volunteer. And I am also the founder and host of the Needs A Name Tea-Drinking Goddess Gang – a small group of women who gather monthly to drink tea and talk life. Our conversations explore courage, pain, fear, joy, gratitude, sex, selfcare, and All The Rest. I am drawn to small groups and events that nourish wellbeing and connectedness.
Location: Auckland

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Jen Linney
Strategic Advisor - Operations Group, ACC

Skills Offered: Relationship management, facilitation, integration, strategic planning, governance, people development, organisational review
Location: Wellington

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Justin Maddock
Manager, Commercial Relationships, Ports of Auckland

Location: Auckland

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Kathy Stirrat
Programme Operations Lead, Transformation Programme, ACC

Skills Offered: Relationship management, strategic and systems thinking, organisational change management, communicating, leadership and people management, governance
Current Community Involvement: I have been taking a break after decades of community and church involvement but am ready to play my part again and am currently exploring options for future community involvement.
Location: Wellington

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Kelly Bewley
Project Manager - Exhibitions, Auckland Museum

Skills Offered: Project Management
Location: Tamaki Makaurau - Auckland

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Kelly Bleakley
Leadership Programme Director, Sir Peter Blake Trust

Skills Offered: Education, youth leadership, communications, organisational development, community engagement, public speaking, relationship management, people development
Current Community Involvement: I have made a commitment throughout my life to contribute to the community through volunteering, primarily as a leader and national team member with SCOUTS New Zealand, and also in community theatre as a performer and choreographer for both youth and adult productions.
Location: Auckland

Keren Ross
Lead Advisor - Official Correspondence, Regulatory Services, The Department of Internal Affairs

Skills Offered: Relationship management, facilitation, communications, coaching
Location: Wellington

Ketan Panchal
Financial Controller, Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi

Skills Offered: Change management, financial, organisational development, project management and strategic planning
Current Community Involvement: I continue to develop interest in the employees of my organisation and its subsidiaries in self-financial management.
Location: Kaikohe, Far North

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Maraea Rakuraku
Founder, Native Agency

Skills Offered: Creative writing, media, broadcasting, research and evaluation, theatre, performance poetry, playwriting, Kaupapa Maori, restorative justice, justice advocate, communication, mentoring
Current Community Involvement: Reviewer for online review site theatreview, involvement in theatre and writing, lifetime hapu and iwi obligations and responsibilities.
Location: Wellington/Bay of Plenty/Te Urewera

Marion Schrama
Leadership Capability Manager, NZ Post

Skills Offered: Change management, communications, sales, people development, process improvement, coaching
Current Community Involvement: I am currently a reader/writer for NCEA as well as a contributor for BellyFull.
Location: Wellington

Mary Camp
Business Development Manager, Education New Zealand

Skills Offered: Stakeholder engagement, facilitation, training, writing, relationship management, project management
Location: Wellington

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Mat Stone

Skills Offered: Enjoys people and problems. Establishes purposeful connections and trust. Manages situations for the bestall round outcome. Good in a crisis. Loves systems. Moderately strong work ethic but excellent loyalty.
Current Community Involvement: Currently making new connections in Paris, France, after 20 years in Newtown, Wellington.
Location: Paris

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Megan Hurnard
Director - Performance, NZTE

Skills Offered: Event management, strategic planning, performance measurement, process improvement
Current Community Involvement: I am the committee chair for The Tudor Consort, a Wellington choir.
Location: Wellington

Megan Tyler
Planning Manager, Central & Islands, Auckland Council

Skills Offered: Strategic planning, policy development, mentoring, governance
Current Community Involvement: Chair of Finance and Property Board, Massey Community Church
Location: Auckland

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Mini Prasad
Business Development and Social Enterprise Strategist, ConnectSR

Skills Offered: Strategic planning, financial, business development, international business advisory, community engagement
Current Community Involvement: I work in creating Social Enterprises that add value to corporations and give back to society. I also am a qualified fitness instructor and I teach nutritional health and wellbeing practices.
Location: Auckland

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Nazli Effendi
Director & Director of Studies, NZ Academic and Learning Institute

Skills Offered: Training and development, programme development, curriculum design, strategic planning, language acquisition training and development
Current Community Involvement: Member of PACIFICA; Board Member, Ruapotaka Marae
Location: Auckland

Neil Swailes
Deputy Crew Chief, Auckland Airport

Skills Offered: Change management, training, coaching, risk management, emergency management
Location: Auckland

Owen Thomas
Community Services Manager, Whangarei District Council

Skills Offered: Youth leadership development, community engagement, strategic planning, governance, mentoring
Current Community Involvement: My role requires me to be engaged in a large number of community activities and groups across my district. As well as this I am also a Recovery Manager for Civil Defence in Whangarei.
Location: Whangarei

Pania Schwenke
Immediate Past President, PACIFICA and Flight Attendant Manager, Qantas

Skills Offered: Supply chain, people management, mentoring, process improvement, recruitment, facilitation
Current Community Involvement: P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A. Executive member, Professional Mentoring for Pacific Health Students under the “Working & Achieving Together” Program
Location: Auckland

Pauline Hanna
Executive Project Director, Counties Manukau Health

Skills Offered: Project management, process/continuous improvement and implementation, change management
Current Community Involvement: I am involved in several community Trusts however building on what I have gained this year, I am investigating how I can turn involvement into a much more significant contribution.
Location: Auckland

Phil Brewster

Skills Offered: International development, disaster risk management, facilitation, humanitarian training
Current Community Involvement: Civil defence, refugee resettlement
Location: Yangon

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Rebecca Sinclair
Director - Academic, College of Creative Arts, Massey University

Skills Offered: Facilitation, education, public speaking, creative and design thinking, creative governance
Current Community Involvement: Miramar North School Board of Trustees
Location: Wellington

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Rob Kerr
General Manager - Residential Red Zone, Regenerate Christchurch

Skills Offered: Project Management, civil and environmental engineering, community engagement
Current Community Involvement: I am currently fully committed to earthquake recovery
Location: Christchurch

Sanjoy Nand
Service Manager, Pharmacy and Medication Safety, Counties Manukau Health

Skills Offered: Change management, process improvement, organisational culture development, mentoring, relationship management, ideation, co-creation, health sector knowledge, leadership
Location: South Auckland

Sarah Graham
Producer, Q Theatre

Skills Offered: Event planning, relationship management, curation, community engagement
Location: Auckland

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Shaun Greaves
Head of Learning and Delivery, ScoutsNZ

Skills Offered: Not-for-profit management, organisational development, youth development, people and leadership development, community engagement, event planning, coaching
Current Community Involvement: SCOUTS New Zealand, St John, Ara Taiohi, Camp America, Pride Awards Trust, coaching new leaders in other organizations. In 2017 I am taking up a new governance opportunity enabled through Leadership NZ connections.
Location: Wellington


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