Our staff

Tony Paine – Chief Executive

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Tony Paine has over 30 years’ experience in not-for-profit leadership and management working in the health, social service and cultural sectors in New Zealand. Tony’s career began as a psychiatric social worker and includes work with the NZ AIDS Foundation, the Christchurch Methodist Mission, and as CEO of the Comcare Trust, the Christchurch Arts Centre and Victim Support NZ. He took up the role of Secretary General (CEO) New Zealand Red Cross in September 2013. Tony served on the Board of Housing New Zealand Corporation for five years and has a Masters in Management Studies from Waikato University.

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Yvonne Trask – Relationships and Events Manager

Yvonne joined Philanthropy New Zealand in 2010. She works alongside PNZ’s members, learning more about their work and connecting them with others who share their mission. She also manages content for all PNZ events. Yvonne has connections with funders all over the world and wherever possible brings their knowledge and experience to bear in her work.

Yvonne is an avid traveller, writer, mother and dog owner. She is currently working toward her Honours in History at Victoria University and she volunteers for the UN on a project mapping rural Tanzania with the aim to eliminate FGM and child marriage in East Africa.

Wiebke Ashby – Events and Engagement Coordinator

Wiebke joined the PNZ team in March. She joins us from an events management role with the New Zealand Nurses Association. Before working in events, Wiebke trained as a Radiographer, working in Nuclear Medicine at Wellington Hospital for 13 years.

Wiebke enjoys travel, flying lessons and going to the gym.


Angie Barrett – Projects and Executive Support Manager

Angie provides both project management and executive support to the CEO and Board. Angie has worked in similar roles for Save the Children New Zealand, MOE – Special Education and Te Rau Matatini.

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Olivia Lacey – Marketing and Communications Manager

Olivia joined PNZ in October 2016 as the Marketing and Communications Manager at PNZ on a part–time contract. She holds a BA in Linguistics and Literature, and PG-Dip in Business Administration and Communication Management. Olivia also works part-time at City Gallery Wellington and prior to that has worked in a number of communication and marketing roles as well as a teacher and a journalist.

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Wendy Sheedy – Accountant

Wendy joined PNZ in 2015. She has worked part-time as an accountant for the last 25 years, while being a full time mum. Alongside PNZ, Wendy works for other not-for-profit organisations including as a trustee of Orphans of Nepal. She loves spending time with her family, travel and the outdoors.