Our Board

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 Culpan

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 Fantham

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.

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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.

Gemma Major

A recipient of Hamilton City Council’s 30 under 30 and Waikato125, our newly elected board member Gemma Major is the Chair and Co-founder of Seed Waikato, a charity focused on empowering young people to connect, contribute and grow.

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.

As a proud member of Philanthropy New Zealand’s Youth Advisory Group, she is also passionate about re-defining philanthropy in Aotearoa to foster greater inclusion, innovation, and disruption from young people.