Board of Directors
Our board of directors is made up of both One New Zealand employees and independent experts in community, education and philanthropic sectors.
Juliet Jones, Chair
“Fairness, justice and equality are values that have always motivated me. If there is one thing in New Zealand I could change right now it would be to reduce suffering, especially of our children.
Born and raised in Heretaunga (Hastings), Juliet went on to Canterbury University where she studied law and political science.
Juliet is a member of One NZ’s Executive Team leading the businesses corporate governance, legal, privacy, fraud, risk, and regulatory compliance as well as public policy and spectrum. These roles involve Juliet leading all legal responsibilities and managing broad engagements with One NZ’s multiple stakeholders. Juliet is on the board of One New Zealand Limited and has been a Trustee for the Foundation since 2018.
Chris is on the One NZ Executive Team, leading the SME & Consumer business unit.
Chris is leading the delivery of a remarkably simpler sales and service experience for One NZ customers across Aotearoa New Zealand. He has spent more than 20 years helping New Zealand businesses deliver for their customers. Chris was born and raised in Auckland and is a proud father of three daughters.
“Philanthropy can play a unique role in society. It can take risks to support changemakers, those individuals and groups who create innovative responses to the complex issues that are faced by our communities. Philanthropy can be the catalyst for change.”
Jennifer has been involved in philanthropy in New Zealand for over three decades.
After working in the not-for-profit sector in Auckland and Wellington, Jennifer was invited by Sir Roy Mckenzie to work with him on the development of his personal foundation. Jennifer has served as a Trustee and chair of the J R McKenzie Trust and the Nikau Foundation and has been a Trustee of three family grant making foundations. As CEO of Foundation North from 2004 -2019, she led the foundation on a journey into innovative and adventurous philanthropy.
Jenny is currently chair of the newly established MAS Foundation, deputy chair of the Prince’s Trust (NZ) and a board member of Water Safety New Zealand. She was a founding board member of both Philanthropy New Zealand and Generosity New Zealand and continues to play a leading role in the development of the sector.
“Within Aotearoa we are failing in our obligation to ensure our rangatahi’s rights to health, education, and nourishing standards of living. Corporates, charities, philanthropic institutions and individuals need to do more to listen to our children and young people and work together to lift them to realise their full potential. I am proud to be part of a Foundation that has that as it’s intent.”
Jodie is the Chief People Officer, HR at One New Zealand and is responsible for leading the Human Resources team to create an engaging and inclusive workplace.
Jodie is a member of One NZ’s Executive Team leading the people, culture, diversity and inclusion, property, stakeholder communications and health & safety remit areas. Her role here, alongisde her previous experience, and proud parent she is passionate about helping as many rangatahi as possible realise their full potential.
Kirstin Te Wao
“Mā te teina, ka tōtika te tuakana. Mā te tuakana, ka tōtika te teina. By the younger sibling, the elder is kept in line. By the elder sibling, the younger is kept in line”
With Te Arawa and Waikato whakapapa, and raised among the people of Ngāti Whātua, Kirstin is the Co-Chair of the OHI Data Navigator Steering Group.
Kirstin was responsible for the creation and execution of One NZ’s Māori Development strategy which recognises the Māori economy as the fastest growing sector in Aotearoa, the youthfulness of the growing Māori population as a pipeline of our future workforce, customers, business owners and leaders, and a unique part of our nation’s identity.
Born and raised in the Tāmaki community, Kirstin recently completed a Post-Graduate Business Diploma in Māori Development at the University of Auckland. Kirstin comes from humble customer service beginnings and in 2011 led One NZ’s inaugural celebrations for Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week).
Kirstin is passionate about community development and fostering tikanga Māori at work, home and play while pursuing her own te reo Māori journey. Kirstin currently serves as a Trustee on her daughter’s Primary school board, and her appointment to the Board of Directors for the Foundation in 2018 is what she describes as a huge privilege.
“I believe that every individual has a responsibility to contribute to those around them in their given context. 10% of people doing 90% of the work never works, it takes us all.”
David is the Chief Executive of the Billy Graham Youth Foundation
The Billy Graham Youth Foundation resulted from the work of David’s Father who started the Naenae Boxing Academy back in 2005. David has journeyed with Te Rourou since 2008, throughout which the Foundation has contributed hugely to the organisation he leads today as Chief Executive.
David and his wife live in Johnsonville, Wellington, where he spends as much time as possible running, hiking, and investing with his family.
Nicky Preston, Head of Foundation (interim)
“We all have a role to play in creating a more equitable Aotearoa. We need to ensure every young person and rangatahi can reach their potential, so we collectively can thrive.”
Nicky is Head of Sustainability and proud to be a part of the journey of Te Rourou, supporting the team to achieve the kaupapa of the Foundation.
Nicky joined Vodafone NZ in July 2019, as part of the Corporate Affairs team, and has supported the mahi of the Foundation ever since. She became Head of Sustainability in May 2023, leading a strategy that covers ESG – Environmental, Social, Governance – with Te Rourou contributing significantly in the social pillar. Nicky has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Auckland, and is passionate about contributing to thriving communities.
Born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, she now splits her time between Auckland and Kirikiriroa Hamilton. Nicky has one delightful daughter, Julia, and is on the committee of the Waikato Women’s Fund. She also loves swimming, spending time with whānau and friends, travelling and enjoying delicious food.
Sinead Kirwan, Foundation Business Lead
“I believe all young people should have access to the opportunities and choices that enable them to live a fulfilled life.”
Sinead is the Foundation’s Business Lead, and is responsible for finding ways we can utilise the power of technology, tools, products and people to create meaningful change for our rangatahi.
Sinead has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years and in her time with One NZ has worked across various areas of the business including Product Management, Service Design and Agile product squads. Prior to joining the team, Sinead was a Foundation Champion acting as an advocate for the Foundation within the business. Sinead loved the Foundation mahi and vision so much, she wanted to join the team permanently.
In her spare time Sinead loves spending time with whānau especially time at home with her husband, three amazing, full of life girls and son-in-law.
Mandy Smith, Community Catalyst
“I believe we can create opportunities for all rangatahi to thrive through collaboration and innovative approaches that value the voices of our rangatahi.”
As Community Catalyst, Mandy will increase the impact of the community sector in Invercargill by creating connections, fostering co-operation and collaboration, and strengthening partnerships.
Since 2016 Mandy has worked in the not-for-profit sector for a Māori and Pasifika cultural trust. Her passion for supporting community outcomes has seen this role grow from a volunteering beginning in 2009, to a full time Business and Finance Management role. Mandy has a background of working in the finance industry and completed a degree in education in 2016. Through her work, time on boards, and volunteering, she has collaborated and built relationships locally and nationally that have supported positive outcomes for youth, arts, culture, and education.
Mandy’s work is very much her passion, but outside of that she has a busy household with her partner, three children, a cat and bulldog, Boston. Mandy loves local bushwalks, spending time with her wider aiga, and is an enthusiastic foodie always looking for the perfect wine match.
Stacy Hughes, Community Catalyst
“I believe that we all have a part to play in empowering rangatahi to flourish. ‘Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu’ – To adorn the bird with feathers to fly.”
Stacy will increase the impact of the community sector in Invercargill by creating connections, fostering co-operation and collaboration, and strengthening partnerships.
Stacy (Te Rarawa, Ngāti Maniapoto) has spent over a decade working in the Southland community supporting rangatahi. His experiences within the youth sector have been diverse and include: teaching Alternative Education learners; facilitating healthy relationship programmes in Secondary schools; and supporting rangatahi and their whanau to navigate the Youth Justice system. More recently, Stacy had the privilege of leading a team of passionate educators/youth workers for a large youth organisation.
Stacy lives in Invercargill with his partner and teenage son. He is passionate about the environment and sustainability – with a slight obsession with indoor plants! When not at work, he can usually be found in the garden.
Sharon Reece, Developmental Evaluator
“I am passionate about helping our rangatahi to achieve their aspirations by doing my part in creating equal opportunities for their future.”
Sharon is working to build understanding and monitor the efficacy of our work in Murihiku, as well as supporting community organisations to better understand impact and evaluation.
Murihiku has been Sharon’s adopted home for 20 years since moving with her whanau from Australia. Her background is in journalism, having started her career with the local television news, and then moving onto print journalism, which helped to grow her relationship with the wider Murihiku community. Sharon has been working in the education system since 2019, beginning as a teacher aide and soon taking on the role of literacy tutor. This has driven a passion for assisting rangatahi to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Sharon is a trustee of the Kind Women Charitable Trust and has worked throughout Aotearoa as a former member of the New Zealand Army Reserve. At home, Sharon and her partner are kept busy raising two teenagers, while fitting in as much travel as possible.
Joy Woollett, Administrator
“I believe in valuing people, empowering youth to thrive and giving opportunity to all.”
Joy joined the team in 2019 as Administrator and loves being a part of the Foundation, supporting groups in Aotearoa that improve the lives of rangatahi.
Enjoying supporting roles for organisations that improve quality of life for people in New Zealand, Joy has worked in administrative roles for many years, including Government, not-for-profit health and education support and community volunteer roles.
Joy loves being active and enjoys her four wonderful children, three of whom are teenagers.
Kamile Stankute, Secretary
“I believe that all young people deserve equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in life.”
Kamile is the Senior Public Policy Advisor at OneNew Zealand.
Kamile joined One New Zealand in 2021 after moving to Aotearoa from the UK. She works in One NZ’s public policy team, focusing on regulatory and government relations matters. She is proud to be supporting the Foundation’s mahi to help ensure all young people have the opportunities and resources to thrive. Kamile is based in Auckland, and in her spare time she loves exploring Aotearoa’s beautiful beaches and hiking spots.