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 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.


Barry Baker

While Barry Baker 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 Cuplan is the Founder of Torokaha—a for-purpose business that works alongside philanthropic organisations, businesses and individuals who wish to give well to maximise social and/ or environmental impact.
Annette has a background in strategic philanthropy, business and the not-for-profit sector. Recent projects include: crafting impact case studies, developing philanthropy strategy and researching and analysing needs on the ground.

Annette managed the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation for nine years; sits on the Board of Philanthropy New Zealand and the Grief Centre Auckland; and co-leads an advisory group for the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation. She was on the working group for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum. She is passionate about impact via philanthropy, sustainable business, individuals investing for impact and collaborative approaches. She believes in the ability of ordinary people to achieve extraordinary outcomes through generosity and action.

‘Mā te rangitāmiro i ngā weu e torokaha ake ay/  By twisting the fibres together they are strengthened’

Seumas Fantham

Seumas Fantham is Programme and Relationships Lead at the Todd Foundation. He has over 18 years’ experience working with young people and community groups.  He holds a degree in Education and Sociology and for the last five years has been on the Māori Advisory Committee for Philanthropy New Zealand.








Christina Howard

Christina is the Executive Director of the Todd Foundation, a family foundation which resources communities to create sustainable, long-term social change for children, young people and families. She spent 20 years working in community, academic and government roles before joining the Foundation in 2010. She holds a PhD in social psychology.

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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.

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Rongo Kirkwood

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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.