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 has a background in business, philanthropy and the for-purpose space.
She is the Acting Donations Programme Manager at The Tindall Foundation; and is the author of various NEXT Foundation publications, including the NEXT Stories, and Lifting our Aspirations. Annette managed the Vodafone NZ Foundation for nine years and led the development of the high engagement approach; was on the design working group for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum; sits on the Board of Directors for Philanthropy NZ; and was a trustee of the Grief Centre from 2015 to 2018. She has been a volunteer at Youthline for over ten years, is a level one iRest meditation teacher and is passionate about advocating for the rights of those less privileged .
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.
Leighton Evans is the Chief Executive of the Rātā Foundation, the South Island’s largest philanthropic organisation and one of the largest in New Zealand.
Rātā has a putea of $600 million and grants over $20 million a year through its community investment programme, across its four funding regions of Canterbury, Marlborough, Nelson and the Chatham Islands. Prior to his tenure at Rātā, Leighton was Chief Executive of the Eastland Community Trust in Gisborne. During his time at ECT the organisation distributed over $26 million to strengthen local organisations, support events, and develop community assets, as well as $16 million in job creation for the region. He has also held senior leadership roles at the Gisborne District Council and civil construction company, Quality Roading and Services.
Leighton is a member of the Institute of Directors and has wide-ranging governance experience. He recently completed a one-year term with Christchurch City Holdings Ltd, the commercial arm of the Christchurch City Council. Leighton is looking forward to growing his governance experience and believes that engagement and relationship building are a key component of philanthropic organisations better understanding the needs of the community and forming partnerships that provide inter-generational social change.
Jeremy is an experienced Navigator/Communicator, Care Planner, Motivational Speaker and Public Relations Consultant throughout New Zealand and in Samoa. Much of Jeremy’s work focuses on young Tamariki, specifically those living in Maori and Pasifika communities in Aotearoa and in Samoa. He is passionate about shaping the culture around him by giving voice to the things he values. He honours his own cultural context and brings to life hopes and dreams for those around him. This is evident in the work he is very proud of.
Tupe Solomon-Tanoa’i is a Samoan/Fijian New Zealander with a passion for social justice. She is the Chief Philanthropic Officer of the Borrin Foundation which funds legal research, scholarship, and education in its strategic focus areas of the criminal justice system and family law.
Tupe has worked on a range of trade, economic, and policy issues in the public sector, and has worked on development cooperation in the Pacific. She is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion, has produced a webseries on unconscious bias, and hosts a chat show highlighting Pasifika success.