Our Board

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Sandra Kai Fong – Chairperson

Sandra Kai Fong is a trustee of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust. She also spent eight years as Rotorua trustee on BayTrust, where she chaired the Investments Committee. She is also on the board of QE Health, a charitable trust that has been providing health services using Rotorua’s geothermal waters and mud for rehabilitation and chronic pain management since the 1940s.

Sandra was a lawyer for 26 years, and specialised in civil and commercial litigation. She was a partner in the Rotorua law firm McKechnie Quirke and Lewis for 22 years.

Sandra currently works part time as a sponsorship manager for Event Promotions, and is involved in running other local events as well as sending merino fabric all over the world from her online store.


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Terri Eggleton – Deputy Chairperson

Terri is Senior Policy & Community Investment Advisor for BayTrust in Tauranga, where she has been working for seven years. She has formal training in Business Studies, Management, Accounting and Economic Development and is a former trustee of BayTrust having served from 2000–2008.

Terri has held a co-opted position to the Philanthropy New Zealand board in July 2016, and is an active member of the Philanthropy New Zealand Finance, Audit & Risk Committee for the past four years.  She is also the chair of Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty, a member of the Assessment Panel for Ministry for the Environment Community Fund and has served on the Council of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi and School Board of Trustees.

Terri has an active interest in philanthropy, especially in encouraging collaboration in the sector for improved outcomes for the communities BayTrust serves.


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Barry Baker

While Barry has had a traditional financial background but now finds most of his value (and interest) lies with assisting organisations connect with each other, building capability and charting through the ever changing environments. He is particularly interested in the Social Enterprise spectrum and challenges around funding and engaging stakeholders.

Barry currently holds a Board position with YMCA National and various Governance committee roles with other organisations. Barry is a Partner in the Grant Thornton Wellington office and heads up its not-for-profit advisory practice. As lead for its national NFP team advisory specialists, he is responsible for providing clients with a comprehensive, objective and independent view on a wide variety of assignments and guide clients in implementing solutions that deliver sustainable business outcomes.

During the course of his career, Barry has led numerous complex, high value assignments within the not-for-profit sector. He has worked with numerous clients helping these organisations position themselves for success by identifying, developing and deploying the capabilities they need to execute their ‘value proposition’. His area of expertise includes governance support, operational reviews, management information and control systems, improving internal finance teams, structures, operations and rationalisation as well as accounting software and implementation.


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Annette Culpan

Annette Culpan has a background in philanthropy, business and the not-for-profit sector. She managed the Vodafone Foundation for nine years, is currently Philanthropy Manager at Perpetual Guardian, sits on the Board of Directors for Philanthropy New Zealand and the Grief Centre Auckland and co-leads an advisory group for the Vodafone Foundation.

In 2014 she visited India to look at social enterprise models and incubators, and in late 2015 she completed a piece of research exploring the untapped potential of social enterprise in Aotearoa.

Annette is on the working group for the Social Enterprise World Forum. She is passionate about indigenous wisdom and newer models to drive social change. Annette believes in the ability of ordinary people to achieve extraordinary outcomes through generosity and action.


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Murray Jones

Murray Jones is the Managing Director of Dove Electronics Ltd and the Chair of Dove Charitable Trust, based in Christchurch. The Trust primarily funds local charities but also supports international projects. He plays a hands-on role in all parts of the application process, including assessing applications. This has given him a good overview of what can really make a difference.

Murray believes that business owners have a responsibility to those parts of society that do not participate in or benefit from commercial success. Integrating philanthropy with business practice plays an important role in this, particularly by promoting a culture of generosity, such as including staff in funding decisions and encouraging staff giving.


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Rongo Kirkwood

Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Potatau te tangata
Ko Waikato/Maniapoto te iwi
Ko Ngāti Mahuta te hapū
Ko Tūrangawaewae te marae
Nō Ngāruawahia ahau

Rongo Kirkwood is of Ngāti Mahuta descent, and draws strength from her whanau, hapū and iwi.

Rongo Kirkwood is Pouhere Pūtea (Donation Advisor) with Trust Waikato, working closely with community and iwi groups that are seeking Trust Waikato funding. Rongo also delivers marae-based funding workshops throughout the Waikato region.

Having completed her degree in te reo Māori and Māori development, Rongo was drawn to work for Trust Waikato, due to the opportunities it presented for “helping make the Waikato a great place to live, work and play”.

“I’m particularly interested in rangatahi, whānau and kaumātua initiatives that support and future-proof the aspirations of iwi within the region,” says Rongo. 

Outside of work, Rongo is the Chair of the Māori Advisory Committee of Philanthropy New Zealand and is a Ngaruawāhia Community Board member.  She lives at Ngaruawāhia with her whānau.


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Jennifer Walsh

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Ko Waikouaiti te awa
Ko Araiteuru te waka
Ko Ngāi Tahu te iwi
Ko Kati Huirapa te hapū
Ko Puketeraki te marae

Jennifer Walsh is the Manager for the Ngāi Tahu Fund and the Marae Development Fund.

The Ngāi Tahu Fund is an initiative to provide resources to Ngāi Tahu whānui, rūnanga, hapū and whānau groups to support the development of Ngāi Tahu cultural excellence. The Marae Development Fund provides resources to develop Ngāi Tahu marae, in particular large capital works projects and maintenance-related activities.

Jenn’s job involves building and maintaining relationships at both an iwi and Rūnanga level, while providing support to Ngāi Tahu whānau. She is also responsible for providing strategic support to the Ngāi Tahu Fund Committee to meet the Fund’s constitution.

Jenn is passionate about supporting her iwi to meet their aspirations for cultural knowledge, revitalisation and participation.


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Ken Whitney

Ken was a practicing lawyer for over 30 years before retiring to set up a private trust and superannuation fund management company.

He has been a trustee of Foundation North for over seven years and recently retired as Chair after nearly six consecutive years in the role during which time a number of major strategic initiatives, including the Centre for Social Impact, were successfully introduced. Ken is also a trustee of the Chisholm Whitney Charitable Trust which operates at the other end of the scale from Foundation North.

Ken has deep experience of both large and small philanthropic trusts and is interested in strategic philanthropy and, in particular, helping smaller trusts to access best practice in their strategies, policies and administration. Ken is a born-and-bred Aucklander who is keen to contribute to the growth and development of philanthropy in New Zealand at all levels.