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Our People.

Our Team.

The Foundation is run by a small team of experienced professionals.

Joy Marslin


While I would describe my previous charitable giving as being "ad-hoc", being involved with Auckland Foundation has taught me the incredible value and impact of giving more strategically. Creating an endowment to enable every Tāmaki Makaurau community to be strong and thriving is such a wonderful goal, and I love working with the team to support generosity at all levels. I have a huge passion and energy for community foundations and the impact that generosity can achieve.


In addition to my role with Auckland Foundation, I am also the Chair of Simplicity NZ Ltd, a Director of Strategi Group and the Impact Enterprise Fund. I also provide consulting services into selected sectors. Previous roles include Head of Private Wealth Management for Westpac and Head of Wealth for ANZ New Zealand.


Melody Mobsby

General Manager

Having grown up in Auckland, I’m proud to be part of Auckland Foundation and the great work we are doing. It’s exciting to see the difference we are making in local communities, and I look forward to seeing it continue long into the future.



Mandalina Stanisich


I am a South Auckland born Croatian and pleased to call Auckland my home and pleased to be part of Auckland Foundation team. Their commitment to help enrich our communities aligns with my personal values, being part of the positive change is deeply gratifying.


Adele Holmes


The opportunity to join Auckland Foundation and support the communities of Tāmaki Makaurau is one I couldn't help but jump at. I'm thrilled to bring my relationship management experience to help raise awareness and inspire generosity for the important work happening across our city. I'm particularly passionate about the Hauraki Gulf Regeneration Fund, which enables us to accelerate the vital mahi of reducing the impact of sediment and pollution, allowing the jewel in our crown to be bountiful and thrive for generations to come.


Connor Cahill-Fahey


Being a Tāmaki Makaurau local my whole life, I have a keen interest in sharing the stories of our city and using creative mediums to positively impact communities here in Auckland. I have a strong belief there is nothing more important than building strength and knowledge within our own communities, and am proud to work with Auckland Foundation to do so.


Our Trustees

The Trustee board has the specialist knowledge, experience, qualifications and interest to ensure the optimal governance of Auckland Foundation.


Ian Short

Ian Short

Ian has been a member of the Auckland Foundation Board since 2017. He is currently the Chair, and is a member of the Governance and Audit and Risk Committees.

Ian has spent the second half of his career to date helping establish and run organisations delivering innovative solutions for urban development and climate change. The first half was spent in finance in Wellington, London and New York. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants, Australia and NZ and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Amokura Panoho


Amokura is Head of Auckland Council Te Matatini 2021 - Pou Kokiri Te Matatini 2021 ki Tāmaki Makaurau, and an expert in business strategy, governance and relationship management, and fostering social-cultural networks. With a specific focus on Māori economic development, tourism and the creative industries, she has built an extensive network across Iwi organisations throughout the country, as well as Māori businesses and enterprises.

Amokura has been an Auckland Foundation Board member since 2016, and is a committee member of TRAVCOM and a Director of Te Ahi Kaa o Puketapu Limited.



Ken Whitney

Ken Whitney

After practicing as a lawyer for over 30 years Ken established Antipodes Trust Group Ltd, a specialist trust and superannuation fund manager. Ken joined the Auckland Foundation Board in 2017.

A Trustee of Foundation North for 8 years and Chair for 6 years, Ken has deep experience of both large and small philanthropic trust governance. In addition to his role on the Auckland Foundation Board, Ken is currently Chair of Philanthropy New Zealand, and a Trustee of the Auckland Health Foundation and the Chisholm Whitney Charitable Trust.

Kenneth Leong


Kenneth arrived in New Zealand from Malaysia as an international student in the mid 1990s. Upon graduation, he worked at Deloitte and Macquarie, on mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory and capital raising projects. With over 20 years’ experience in international business and corporate finance, he is now director-shareholder of private businesses in education, retail and health technology. He is co-founder / director of the award-winning face mask manufacturer MEO, with production facilities in Auckland and Xiamen. From 2010-2019, he was director of Edenz, a large private export education provider, until the sale to Australian interests. As Director of Tiaki Capital, he works extensively with business people and high net worth investors, facilitating successful business exits, mergers and acquisitions. He was the Chairman of the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council from 2017-2021. He was inducted by KEA as a World Class New Zealander in 2015. He has been an Auckland Foundation Board member since 2016.


Suneil Connor

Suneil Connor

Suneil Connor is the Group Chief Financial Officer for Service Foods. He is a Chartered Accountant, Committee Member & Treasurer of the Auckland Branch of the Institute of Directors, Board Observer to CAANZ Auckland, Director of KiwiHarvest, Director of the New Zealand Food Network and holds the position of Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for KiwiHarvest, Auckland Foundation and the New Zealand Food Network.

Juliet Moses


Juliet Moses has lived in Tamaki Makaurau all her life and is the mother of two teenage sons. She is a partner at TGT Legal, a boutique law firm that specialises in trusts and succession planning. She is the spokesperson for the New Zealand Jewish Council and a trustee of the Astor Foundation, which works to maintain a peaceful and harmonious society in New Zealand, addressing issues arising from extremism and religious and ethnic hatred. Juliet is also on the advisory board of So They Can (a charity that empowers and educates children in East Africa) and a patron of the Hashem Slaimankhel Charitable Trust, and the Honorary Solicitor for various non-for-profit organisations. As an occasional writer and commentator, Juliet has had articles appear in Spectator, North & South, the Spinoff, Newsroom, NZ Herald and Stuff, among others. Juliet believes in the power of education, dialogue, story-telling and public engagement to make connections and transform lives.


Nigel Scott

Nigel Scott

Nigel is a professional director and joined the Auckland Foundation in 2021. He is also a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee. Nigel is a non-Executive Director of Hobson Wealth Ltd, Koura Wealth Ltd and an Independent Director of Syndex Ltd. Prior to his governance career, he was a senior executive with extensive experience in wealth management, banking, investment management and risk. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors and a volunteer for Business Mentors.