Ken Whitney – Chair
Ken Whitney was a practising 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.
Terri Eggleton – Deputy Chairperson
Terri Eggleton is Impact Investment and Partnership Manager for BayTrust in Tauranga, where she has been working for ten 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 held a co-opted position to the Philanthropy New Zealand board in July 2016, prior to being elected onto the Board. She has been Chair of the Philanthropy New Zealand Finance, Audit & Risk Committee for the past four years. She is also on the Board of Bay Of Plenty Education Trust, the past chair of Hospice Eastern Bay of Plenty, has served as a member of the Assessment Panel for the Ministry for the Environment Community Fund, the Council of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi and School Board of Trustees.
Terri has an active interest in philanthropy, and Impact Investing as a tool to increase impact.
Annette has a background in philanthropy, business and the not-for-profit sector. She is a Trustee of Philanthropy New Zealand (2013 to present) and the GIFT Trust; and was a Trustee with the Grief Centre (2015 to 2018). Annette has championed the formation of the PNZ Youth Advisory Group. Annette managed the Vodafone NZ Foundation for nine years (leading the development of the high engagement approach) and was on the design working group for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum. She volunteered at Youthline for ten years, is a trained level one iRest meditation teacher and believes in the ability of ordinary people to achieve extraordinary outcomes through insight, collaboration and bringing the value of ohaoha (wise generosity that brings life). Annette is the Founder of Torokaha – a for-purpose business that works with philanthropic organisations and charitable trusts and all who care deeply about social change. Annette is the author of several NEXT Foundation publications, including NEXT Stories.
Seumas (Ngāti Porou/Whakatōhea) is Executive Director at the Todd Foundation.
He has over 18 years’ experience working with young people and community groups and holds a degree in Education and Sociology. He is a current Board member of Philanthropy New Zealand.
Gemma is passionate about enhancing youth wellbeing through youth-led change. Her current mission is to enable holistic, integrative, and long-term regenerative change with young people that is inevitably imprinted onto our tamariki. Seed Waikato is her current vehicle for this, an organisation she co-founded in 2017. They create community-based education, facilitate community connection, and support greater youth contribution.
She is also passionate about re-defining philanthropy in Aotearoa to foster greater inclusion, innovation, and disruption from young people, and is a Board member of Philanthropy New Zealand.
Gemma was part of the founding team at Momentum Waikato, the region’s community foundation. In the four years she worked for the foundation, she developed a heart for strategic philanthropy, developing services for donors, strategies to grow the fund, and launched Waikato Vital Signs.
Whetū whakapapa’s to Ngāti Porou, and Ngāpuhi, he is a husband and father. He joins the team, bringing his 22 years’ experience working in the youth and community sector. This includes senior management, providing cultural advice and support, project management, leading personal and social development programmes (using both recreational/outdoor adventure and formal learning environments), as well as facilitation and supervision experience.
Whetū is passionate about Te Reo Māori and tikanga Māori, and assisting people to develop their understanding of Te Ao Māori. His interest include hunting, diving, and fishing, and while not on the hills or in the water he can usually be seen with a coffee in his hand.