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$464,878 DISTRIBUTED TO OUR COMMUNITIES IN 2022
$10,615,458 TOTAL DISTRIBUTED TO OUR COMMUNITIES

Our People.

Our Team.

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

Melody Mobsby

General Manager

Melody has senior level leadership experience across private and not-for-profit sectors and in addition to being General Manager of Auckland Foundation is a Trustee of Littlemore Trust and The Kindness Collective.

She is enthusiastic about working with organisations who work sustainably and collaboratively across sectors to support long-term multi-faceted solutions for our communities - which perfectly aligns with the role of the community foundation for Tāmaki Makaurau.

'Being part of an organisation that creates long-term impact for both the givers and receivers of generosity is a privilege and there is a wonderful opportunity for philanthropy to play a role in achieving transformative change.' 

melody@aucklandfoundation.org.nz

Tim Kay

Philanthropy Director

I have worked in the charity sector for over 30 years and I am a strong believer in philanthropy and giving back to your community. Back in the 1980's I founded the Children's Charity Variety which then led me into a career of raising funds for some of New Zealand's major charitable organisations.

As Philanthropy Director for Auckland Foundation I am extremely excited at the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in supporting projects that will create a lasting impact for the people of Tāmaki Makaurau.
My personal vision and aspiration is to make both a difference and a valuable contribution for the benefit of our current and future generations.

tim@aucklandfoundation.org.nz

Connor Cahill-Fahey

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

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.

connor@aucklandfoundation.org.nz

Don Ruxton

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION OFFICER

Don joined Auckland Foundation recently following a successful career as CFO and GM of a number of domestic and off-shore companies. Starting his career in the auditing profession he then moved into property finance. Subsequently, he was a key member of a team that developed and listed a group of industrial companies. Twenty-five years in the agri-sector followed - primarily focused on financial and risk management and corporate governance.

In recent years, he has reduced his commercial activities although he has retained an interest in two small businesses and is the director of a few companies.

Don is excited about being part of Auckland Foundation and making a meaningful contribution to its success.

don@aucklandfoundation.org.nz

Joy Marslin

Consultant

Joy has 30 years’ experience within the financial services sector and holds a number of governance and investment roles including chair of Simplicity NZ Ltd, Independent Director of Strategi Group, independent member of Metis investment committee and director of two Impact Enterprise Funds.

Joy supports organisations looking to maximise their strategic, financial and impact outcomes. Her work with Auckland Foundation is a passion for the model and belief we can be more impactful when we are strategic with our giving.

joy@aucklandfoundation.org.nz

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

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

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

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.

Jada MacFie

Jada

Jada is the GM Connections & People Experience at Tāmaki Regeneration, a Crown/Council organisation responsible for the delivery of the regeneration programme within Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure.

She is an elected trustee on the Post Settlement Governance Entity for Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, and has served on its pre and post settlement boards since 2017. She is currently a nominated representative of Waiohua confederation on the Tūpuna Taonga Authority, and was appointed by her iwi as a director on the Highbrook Regional Watersports Centre Trust.

Jada’s background is in HR and transformation in the infrastructure/construction and education sectors, and is a co-founder of her own small business.

     

Garth Sinclair

Garth

Garth joined Auckland Foundation as a Trustee in 2022. He is also a member of the Fundraising Committee.

Garth is a commercial lawyer and a senior partner at Webb Henderson, a boutique trans-Tasman law firm with an Auckland based office that Garth played a lead role in establishing. He was a partner for many years at a large New Zealand law firm, including a period as Board Chair, and was previously a Board Governor of Kristin School.

Garth has enjoyed living in Auckland for many years with his wife and three children. He has joined Auckland Foundation as he believes that it is well placed to have a lead role in facilitating and providing support for the region’s communities and in the enhancement and preservation of the region’s assets on a long-term sustainable basis, and he would like to support its endeavours.