Finalists: Kiwi Invest Emerging Leader Award


Nominations closed 8 March. The winner will be announced at the Direct Capital Cocktail and Awards Ceremony, 16 May 2019.


About the Award

The Philanthropy New Zealand Emerging Leader Award recognises the contribution of someone new to the sector who is making a significant impact on philanthropy or grantmaking. The nominee must have less than three years experience in the philanthropic sector and be making a mark as an emerging leader, driver of innovation and best practice, and/or broker of connection and collaboration.

The winner of this Award will be announced at the Philanthropy New Zealand Awards 2019 at the Direct Capital Cocktail and Award party on 16 May, to be held at Parliament.


The finalists for 2019 are:

Cheryl Spain

Cheryl has been the Executive Director of The Gift Trust for two years and came to the philanthropy sector after a career in fundraising and project development for charities in the UK and NZ. Since taking on leadership of The Gift Trust, she’s taken its innovative services from aspiration to real delivery.

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Helen Anderson

Helen has been working with the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation since February 2018. Over the last 12 months she has been the Grants Lead for the foundation’s team. She has helped to transform their grant-making processes.

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Michelle Wanwimolruk

Michelle has been involved in establishing the Borrin Foundation, the latest significant addition to the New Zealand philanthropic sector. Given the Borrin Foundation is constrained to fund only “legal research, education and scholarship”, Michelle drew on sector knowledge to help the Foundation’s leadership board to determine its strategic focus.

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