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Board and staff

Kate Frykberg - Chairperson

I am Executive Director of the Todd Foundation (, a family foundation established in 1972 which focuses on funding for children, young people, their families and their communities.    I am also active in philanthropy in my personal life, establishing the Thinktank Charitable Trust in 2003 after the sale of the Internet development company my husband and I co-founded.  Our trust focuses mostly on funding that supports young children and their families, reflecting my personal passion that every child should grow up in a family that is at least "good enough" and non-damaging.

My background includes a degree in English Literature and 20 years in the IT industry and business management.  I won the 2000 ASB Business Woman of the Year award and received a royal honour, the NZ Order of Merit for services to business and the community, in the same year.  I have been a volunteer all my adult life and I am married with three sons.


  Annette Culpan

Annette is a trustee, a facilitator, a manager, a researcher and a fierce believer in continuous improvement and equality in partnerships. She is the manager of the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation, a charitable trust with a vision of all young Kiwis engaged in meaningful learning. Annette is also a volunteer counsellor and refugee advocate.

Her background is in commercial, corporate and philanthropy. In 2002 she was one of the inaugural Vodafone Foundation World of Difference recipients. She spent the year managing a health trust in Indonesia that worked with bomb victims and ran mobile clinics.

More recently she visited India to look at social enterprise models and is developing a  paper exploring the untapped potential of social enterprise in New Zealand.

Annette is passionate about insights-led and evidence-based practice.


Candis Craven

 I currently chair the Cognition Education Trust Ltd and am Chair of the Royal NZ Ballet and the NZ Contemporary Art Trust, which runs the biennial Auckland Art Fair.  I am a director of Auckland Council Investments Ltd and the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board.

I have had a 20 year involvement with the NZ Family Planning Association and was on the board of the International Planned Parenthood Federation for many years.

I was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year’s Honours 2001 for services to health education, and have an MA (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Business in Financial Planning.  I was also a trustee of ASB Community Trust for eight years and chaired its Finance and Investment Committee

Alongside my governance roles, I work with health regulatory authorities on performance reviews and professional conduct committees.  I also chair accreditation and approval panels for bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees across many disciplines.


 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 Project Leader 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

Having survived an Honours degree in Business and The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, I served as an Army Officer for a decade with the British Armoured Corps before transitioning to civilian life.  In the private sector I performed sales and marketing roles that helped build a diverse range of businesses before moving into the community sector.  Success here was achieved through projects with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Department for Communities and local government and other charities.  I have been involved in community endeavours linked to community cohesion, racial equality, youth development and national citizenship programmes now delivered across the UK. 

Arriving in New Zealand in 2009, I sought the challenge of continued service to the community of NZ through direct engagement with the charitable gaming sector.  As General Manager for Grants and Marketing, I have first hand experience of the many great projects the Lion Foundation supports.  The diverse nature of my experience, an interest in sustainable development and the fact I am effectively a “poacher turned gamekeeper” quite literally from both sides of the charitable space, supporting organisations on governance, operations and sustainability, means that I offer a unique perspective to Philanthropy New Zaland as it builds a pivotal role for the future.


 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.

 Kim McWilliams

 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.


 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.

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.  

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.