Our Staff

Sue McCabe – Chief Executive

Sue has a diverse professional and volunteering background spanning public, not-for-profit and private sectors.  She has previously held not-for-profit Chief Executive roles, as well as public sector communication management positions.

She is a co-founder and trustee of not-for-profit the Community Comms Collective; and co-founder and director of social enterprise The Good Registry.


Yvonne Trask – Relationships and Events Manager

Yvonne 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 volunteers for the UN on a project mapping rural Tanzania with the aim to eliminate FGM and child marriage.


Wiebke Ashby – Events and Engagement Coordinator

Wiebke works with Yvonne on our events. She was previously in 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.


Emma Wethey – Policy and Research Manager

Emma has joined PNZ to build a specialised research and policy function that benefits its members and supports a strong eco-system for giving.  She has held a range of public sector research and engagement roles at Stats NZ, Crown Prosecution Service (UK) and the Office of Treaty Settlements.  She also worked in research and evaluation in the UK at the Big Lottery Fund. Emma enjoys volunteering with community organisations and journeying with her family and caravan to hidden corners of  New Zealand.


Terri Petersen – Marketing and Communications

Terri is currently the Marketing and Communications Advisor. She previously worked as an Engagement Assistant at Victoria University of Wellington.

Terri holds a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations and Media Studies. During her studies she interned and contracted at New Zealand Red Cross.  Terri enjoys cooking, running and all things fashion related.


Wendy Sheedy

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.



Ruth Harper – Administration

Ruth works part-time supporting Sue and helping the office run smoothly. She was previously Office Administrator for the National Council of Women of New Zealand. She has a background in IT management and application support.

In her spare time Ruth does a variety of crafts and is learning Te Reo Māori. Her teenage twins inspire and delight her.


Dayna Derbyshire – Youth Champion

Dayna Derbyshire is our newly appointed Youth Champion. This role supports the Youth Advisory Committee to have an influential voice into the philanthropy sector. She has a wealth of experience and, alongside this role she works at The Gift Trust as an administrator. She contracted at Ara Taiohi as an Event Manager running their youth sector conference called Involve. In her spare time, Dayna is Co-Director of Wellington Boxing Gym that collaborates with local community groups and New Zealand based charities.