Graduand Biographies

Class of 2017


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Aimee Barwick
Advisory Sector Lead, Mott MacDonald

Skills offered: Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, Northern Football Federation Board.
Current community involvement: Change management, facilitation, governance, organisational development, project management, strategic planning, mentoring, relationship management, people development, process improvement, coaching, risk management.
Location: Auckland

Alice Montague
Executive Director, Nikau Foundation

Skills offered: Environmental campaigns.
Current community involvement: Fundraising, strategic planning, relationship management, communications.
Location: Wellington

Andrew Jary
Head of Production and Experience Services, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Skills offered: Project management, relationship management, process improvement, technical production, experience design.
Location: Auckland

Anjum Rahman
Trustee, SHAMA (Hamilton Ethnic Women's Centre)

Skills offered: Chartered accountant (tax, financial and business advisory skills), governance, media spokesperson, public speaking, community engagement.
Current community involvement: Governance Board Member of Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand; Shama (Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre); Waikato Community Broadcasting Charitable Trust and Women of the Waikato Muslim Association; Member, Waikato Interfaith Council; media spokesperson, Islamic Women’s Council. I have worked on sexual violence prevention, and stood for both central and local government.
Location: Hamilton

Anna Palmer
Corporate Services Manager, Foundation North

Skills offered: Relationship management, organisational review, fundraising, project management, event planning. 
Location: Auckland

Avinash Murthy
Operations Manager, North Tugz Limited

Skills offered: Project management, organisational review, training, mentoring, operations management.
Location: Auckland

Brook Turner
General Manager of Supportive Housing, VisionWest Community Trust

Skills offered: Change management, strategic planning, public speaking, fundraising, organisational development.
Current community involvement: Board Member, Zeal Education Trust (National) and the Bishops Community Trust (Wellington).
Location: Auckland

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Candice de Villiers
Marketing and Communications Manger, Q Theatre

Skills offered: Communications, audience development, arts marketing, digital marketing, community engagement.
Current community involvement: Plunket Volunteer.
Location: Auckland

Cornelia Walker
Contractor, The Earthquake Commission

Current community involvement: Relationship management, strategic thinking, people development, partnership, commercial negotiation, stakeholder engagement.
Location: Lower Hutt

Curtis Tohiariki
Senior Advisor, Government and Executive Team, The Earthquake Commission

Skills offered: Policy development, governance, stakeholder management, coaching/mentoring, organisational culture.
Current community involvement: Junior Golf Coach.
Location: Wairarapa

Dylan Newbold
Area Manager, Kiwibank

Skills offered: Change management, sales, relationship management, process improvement, coaching.
Current community involvement: Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust and local school boards for Primary and Middle schools.
Location: Cambridge

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Edna Novak
Senior Director, Partner Engagement, Asia Pacific, Teach for All

Skills offered: Coaching, facilitation, leadership development, organisational development, strategic planning, fundraising.
Current community involvement: Advisor to Teach First NZ.
Location: Auckland

Greg Hartwell

Location: Auckland

Helen Goldstraw
Clerical Operations Manager, Counties Manukau Health

Skills offered: People management, process improvement, recruitment, people development, communication.
Current community involvement: I continue to host homestay students from overseas to settle in New Zealand, providing a safe, caring environment to learn and grow.
Location: Auckland

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Ian Williamson
Director, Management Consulting, KPMG

Skills offered: Strategy and operations, digital and analytics, process improvement, project management, business and financial planning.
Location: Auckland

John Hodgkin
Regional Manager, Ravensdown

Skills offered: Event planning, change management, relationship management, coaching, culture change.
Current community involvement: Coach junior football.
Location: Christchurch

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Jolie Wills
Director, McNaughton & Wills Ltd

Skills offered: Staff wellbeing and resilience, psychosocial support, disaster recovery, storytelling, community development.
Current community involvement: Mentor and support for personnel within the areas of disaster recovery, preparedness and community development.
Location: Christchurch

Kaan Hiini
Senior Designer, Curative

Skills offered: Event planning, communications, community engagement, content creation, creative direction and design.
Current community involvement: Contributing writer for Design Assembly, organiser of CreativeMornings, a monthly creative inspiration lecture series.
Location: Auckland

Katherine Short
Partner, Terra Moana

Skills offered: Conservation and sustainability, governance, community engagement, mentoring, public speaking.
Current community involvement: Member of Wellington Potters Association, volunteer at conservation events.
Location: Wellington

Keryn Bristow
Team Leader, Attendance Services, Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services

Skills offered: Relationship management, people development, community engagement, event planning, facilitation, governance.
Current community involvement: Trustee, Tauteihiihi Marae in Hokianga; Board Member, Te Runanga Nui o Te Aupouri; represent our interests on the Te Hiku Iwi Development Trust; Trustee at my son’s Kura Kaupapa.
Location:: Mangonui

Kirsty Marlow

Infrastructure Alliance Manager, Downer Group

Skills offered: Facilitation, project management, strategic planning, public speaking, people development.
Current community involvement: Chairperson, Te Rapa Junior Rugby Club.
Location: Hamilton

Manoj Ragupathy
Privacy and LGOIMA Manager, Auckland Council

Skills offered: Change management, community development, legal, policy, project management, advocacy.
Current community involvement: Coaching soccer and cricket at local sports clubs.
Location: Auckland

Mark Langdon
Director Business Assurance, NZTE

Skills offered: Governance, organisational review, coaching, risk management.
Current community involvement: Junior cricket.
Location: Wellington

Mele Wendt
Consultant, Director, Governance Facilitator

Skills offered: Governance, Pacific development, diversity, scholarships, organisational capacity building, community engagement.
Current community involvement: Member, P.A.C.I.F.I.C.A.; organiser of monthly breakfasts for Pacific women’s professional development; mentor; Member, Wellington Pasifika Business Network; Chair, Pasifika Education Centre Board; board member, Te Kura and the ASH Foundation.
Location: Wellington

Natalie Morris
Continuous Improvement Manager, Airfield and Emergency Operations, Auckland Airport

Skills offered: Financial, project management, process improvement, strategic planning, mentoring.
Current community involvement: Forest and Bird Volunteer – Central Auckland.
Location: Auckland

Nicky Vella
Producer, Last Tapes Theatre Company

Skills offered: Project management, producing, strategic planning, training, people development.
Current community involvement: Member, Stimmung choir.
Location: Auckland

Nigel Thomson
General Manager Corporate Services, Landcare Research

Skills offered: Financial, governance, strategic planning, mentoring, relationship management and risk management.
Current community involvement: School Boards and sports organisations centred around our kids.
Location: Christchurch

Peter Thomas
Chief Credit Officer, Bank of New Zealand

Skills offered: Accounting, corporate finance, strategic planning, risk management.
Current community involvement: Board Member and Treasurer, MPHS Community Trust in West Auckland.
Location: Auckland

Pieter Tuinder
Acting Director of Partnerships, Department of Conservation

Skills offered: Environmental sustainability/conservation, relationship management, coaching, change management.
Current community involvement: Conservation volunteering - various locations.
Location: Auckland

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Richard Small
Manager Client Services, Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation

Skills offered: Change management, governance, organisation development, strategic planning, mentoring, people development, process improvement.
Current community involvement: I lead a church management team as chair of the board and music leadership, and the manager of client services for Laura Fergusson Rehabilitation.
Location: Auckland

Rui Peng
Co-Founder and Creative Director, Critical Design

Skills offered: Architecture, industrial and systems design, entrepreneurship, robotics and digital fabrication, community development, storyteller.
Current community involvement: Co-Founder, Critical. - the social enterprise design studio operating out of Wesley Intermediate school; Board Member, Project PETER - A collective impact organisation focused on solving education, training and employment readiness in Mount Roskill.
Location: Auckland

Sarah Anderson
Manager Customer Experience and Engagement, Licensing and Compliance Services, Auckland Council

Skills offered: Change management, communications, facilitation, organisational development, strategic planning, training, mentoring, leadership development, public speaking, relationship management, people development.
Location: Auckland

Shona Meyrick
Service Delivery Advisor, Pacific Radiology

Skills offered: Strategic planning, organisational review, process improvement, relationship management, people development.
Location: Wellington

Sonia Isaac
Partner, KPMG

Skills offered: Financial, people development, process improvement, risk management, mentoring.
Location: Wellington

Sue Quirk
Head of People and Culture, Te Papa Tongarewa

Skills offered: HR, organisational development, mentoring, coaching.
Current community involvement: Board of Proprietors, St Mary’s College.
Location: Wellington

Tim Jones
Manager in Performance/Advisory, KPMG

Location: Wellington

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