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Board and staff

Kate Frykberg - Chairperson

Kate Frykberg is an independent consultant for the philanthropy and community  sector.  She is also an independent committee member of the Ngāi Tahu fund, a board member of social enterprise Conscious Consumers and is chair of her small family foundation, the Thinktank Charitable Trust.  Additionally, from 2005 until earlier this year, Kate was Executive Director of Todd Foundation.  

Kate’s background includes communications, information technology and entrepreneurship.  She is a former ASB Business Woman of the Year and a recipient of the NZ Order of Merit for services to business and the community.  An active volunteer all her adult life, Kate lives in Wellington and is married with three sons.  

Kim McWilliams - Deputy Chairperson

With 20 years of experience in the fields of public relations, marketing/sponsorship, philanthropy and having owned my own businesses, I have a very broad outlook on life and varied life experience. 

Though I started out in public relations, I moved into the NFP sector for a few years after having children and was then headhunted into the corporate world. My experience is now largely commercial having managed the Westpac Sponsorship Team and Portfolio for three years, and the AMP Group Sponsorship Team and Foundation for five years. I am now working in my dream role, Executive Director for the Auckland Medical Research Foundation - a noble and historic funder of medical research, and the largest independent funder in this area outside the government.

I am passionate about the role and work of Philanthropy NZ, giving, generosity, and corporate responsibility. A particular area of interest is social entrepreneurs and the potential they hold to grow our economy alongside our giving. At the end of the day I really enjoy having experience on both sides of the fence in the philanthropic world, and keeping up with my network of commercial, community, and government contacts. 

Annette Culpan

Annette has a background in the corporate, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. She is passionate about business for good, empowered communities and philanthropy (as one of many enablers) to drive social change.

Annette is a trustee, facilitator and researcher and believes in the ability of ordinary people to achieve extraordinary outcomes - through generosity and action. She managed the Vodafone NZ Foundation for nearly 10 years and currently leads an advisory group for the Vodafone Foundation.

In 2014 Annette visited India to look at social enterprise models and incubators, and sees huge potential in social enterprise within the context of New Zealand. She is completing a piece of research exploring the untapped potential of social enterprise in Aotearoa. Annette has a particular interest in insights-led practice and intuitive leadership.

Jennifer Walsh

Ko Hikaroroa te maunga 
Ko Waikouaiti te awa 
Ko Araiteuru te waka 
Ko Ngāi Tahu te iwi 
Ko Kati Huirapa te hapū 
Ko Puketeraki te marae 

Jenn is the Manager for the Ngāi Tahu Fund and the Marae Development Fund.

The Ngāi Tahu Fund is an initiative to provide resources to Ngāi Tahu whānui, rūnanga, hapū and whānau groups to support the development of Ngāi Tahu cultural excellence.  The purpose of the Marae Development Fund is to assist with the resourcing of the development of Ngāi Tahu marae, in particular large capital works projects and maintenance related activities.

In fulfilling this role, Jenn builds and maintains relationships at both an iwi and Rūnanga level, while providing support to Ngāi Tahu whānau.  Jenn is also responsible for providing strategic support to the Ngāi Tahu Fund Committee to meet the Fund’s constitution.

Jenn is passionate about supporting her iwi to meet their aspirations for cultural knowledge, revitalization and participation.

Jenn has worked for her iwi for 10 years, firstly for her Rūnanga, Kati Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki based in Karitane, and the Ngāi Tahu Environmental Unit.

Jenn lives in Christchurch with her son, Ben. 

 Jonny Gritt

Jonny Gritt is chief executive of WaterSafe Auckland; he was previously General Manager (Grants and Marketing) at the Lion Foundation.

Jonny has worked on both sides of the not-for-profit sector, as both a funder and a grantseeker. After 10 years in the British army he moved into the international training and education arena.  Among the organisations he worked for was SkillForce, a UK  charity that works in schools, drawing on the skills of ex-Forces personnel to inspire young people to succeed. In New Zealand, he supported hundreds of community groups through his work with the Lion Foundation.

As well as working with WaterSafe Auckland Jonny provides advice and support to other not-for-profits when time permits.

Sandra Kai Fong

Sandra is currently serving her second term as a trustee of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust. She also served eight years as a Rotorua trustee on BayTrust, from 2002 to 2010. She was Chair of the Investments Committee for most of that period and also chaired the organising committee when BayTrust hosted the 2004 Community Trusts Annual conference at Taupo.

Sandra spent 26 years as a lawyer, specialising in civil and commercial litigation. She was a partner in the law firm McKechnie Quirke and Lewis for 22 years.

She has also been involved in several business initiatives to promote economic growth in Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty, and was the regional Business Club Co-ordinator for NZ2011 during the Rugby World Cup. She was director of the Forest Industries Expo in 2011, and is currently director for the SICS Sports Health and Lifestyle Expo at the 50th Rotorua Marathon 2014.

She also runs an e-commerce company selling merino fabric around the world.

Rongo Kirkwood

Ko Taupiri te maunga
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 is of Waikato/Maniapoto descent and draws strength from her whānau. She has worked extensively in the community, in particular in the marae, health, education, and community development sectors. In her current role as Pouhere Pūtea (Donation Advisor) with Trust Waikato, she focuses on advancing the holistic well being of all whānau, hapū and iwi. Rongo provides a range of services including specialist funding advice, and is a trained sustainable funding facilitator. Being well connected in the community enables Rongo to broker effective relationships and support iwi with their aspirations.

A fan of life-long learning, Rongo has just completed a Bachelor of Applied Social Science of Te Reo and Māori Development.  Undertaking tertiary study has enabled Rongo to strengthen her knowledge and skill base, all the while complementing her role as Pouhere Pūtea. Currently residing in Hamilton with her partner Harry, Rongo says people are her passion. This reflects not only in her work, but also in her community service and at home on the marae.

Lani Evans

Lani Evans is passionate about innovation and generosity in all its forms. She works for the Vodafone Foundation, is a Director and former CEO of Thankyou Payroll, and as well as being a Philanthrpoy New Zealand board member also sits of the boards of Thankyou Charitable Trust, Malcam Charitable Trust and Action Station.

Lani is a 2015 Winston Churchill Fellowship recipient, and has used her fellowship to explore the efficacy of devolved decision-making models in international philanthropy.

She is also the co-founder of youth transitional housing project Room:Maker and, in her spare time, she likes to run around in the mountains.

Murray Jones

Murray Jones is the Managing Director of Dove Electronics Ltd and the Chair of Dove Charitable Trust, based in Christchurch. Murray started the Trust about 25 years ago. It primarily funds local charities but also supports international projects to help “good people doing good things that benefit society and individuals, especially that part of society that struggles.”

Murray plays a hands-on role in all parts of the application process – the Trust has no staff - including the assessment process. This has given him a good overview of what can really make a difference and he believes strongly that personal relationships and good communication are more important than “figures and pieces of paper”.

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 forms important part of this, particularly promoting a culture of generosity, such as including staff in funding decisions and encouraging staff giving.

 Liz Gibbs:  Chief Executive

Liz joined Philanthropy New Zealand as Chief Executive in January 2013, having spent three years as chief executive at Save the Children New Zealand where she led a significant expansion of services, revenue and profitability.  Until this year, she also chaired the Every Child Counts Coalition, a group of child-focused organisations including Plunket, Barnardos, Unicef and Ririki.

Liz has wide-ranging experience in marketing, fundraising, advocacy and government relations, as well as a keen interest in social enterprise and social finance.

Her interests include competing “rather too slowly for my liking” in duathalons.


Yvonne Trask:  Membership Services and Events Manager

Yvonne runs events for Philanthropy NZ, as well as working with members, searching out information for them and providing resources.

Jo Badham: Membership and Events Assistant

Jo helps run events for Philanthropy NZ as well as working with members, searching out information for them and providing resources.

Ruth Nichol: Communications Manager

Ruth works part-time as our communciations manager, organising our publications and other communications. She is a former journalist who has worked in communications for the last few years. You can contact her on 027 6344722.

Angie Barrett – Projects & Executive Support Manager

Angie joins Philanthropy New Zealand full time to provide both project management and executive support to the CEO and Board.  Angie has worked for Save the Children New Zealand, MOE - Special Education and Te Rau Matatini in similar roles.