Our staff


Tony Paine – Chief Executive (starting 16 January 2017)

Tony Paine has over 30 years’ experience in not-for-profit leadership and management working in the health, social service and cultural sectors in New Zealand. Tony’s career began as a psychiatric social worker and includes work with the NZ AIDS Foundation, the Christchurch Methodist Mission, and as CEO of the Comcare Trust, the Christchurch Arts Centre and Victim Support NZ. He took up the role of Secretary General (CEO) New Zealand Red Cross in September 2013. Tony served on the Board of Housing New Zealand Corporation for five years and has a Masters in Management Studies from Waikato University. He is married with two daughters.

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Yvonne Trask – Relationships and Events Manager

Yvonne joined Philanthropy New Zealand in 2010. She runs events for Philanthropy New Zealand – she is now coming up to conference No 4 – and works with members, searching out information for them and providing resources.

Yvonne has worked in a wide range of jobs from retail to international relations. She loves to travel and she also studies both Taekwondo and Karate. When she gets the chance she writes detective novels and she also enjoys spending time with her family – and her two dogs.


Kate Creagh – Membership and Events Advisor

Kate works with Yvonne Trask, running events for Philanthropy New Zealand and liaising with our members. Kate has a background in events management and comes to Philanthropy New Zealand after four years working for an events agency – her first job after  graduating with a post-graduate diploma in events management.

Kate is a big rugby fan and passionate about animals and their welfare. She likes to practice photography, get out and about for walks and spend time with friends in her spare time.


Angie Barrett – Projects and Executive Support Manager

Angie provides both project management and executive support to the CEO and Board.  Angie has worked in similar roles for Save the Children New Zealand, MOE – Special Education and Te Rau Matatini.

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Olivia Lacey – Marketing and Communications Advisor

Olivia joined PNZ in October 2016 as the Marketing and Communications Advisor at PNZ on a part–time contract. She holds a BA in Linguistics and Literature and PG-Dip in Business Administration and Communication Management. Olivia also works part-time at City Gallery Wellington and prior to that has worked in a number of communication and marketing roles as well as a teacher and a journalist.

Olivia runs a hobby-business, clothing label Now or Never in her spare time and loves to spend time at home with her partner and their pets.