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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.



Carolyn Hobson

Strategic Partnerships Executive

Being a keen sailor, I recognise how lucky we Aucklanders are to live in the embrace of the Hauraki Gulf. I'm especially thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with the Hauraki Gulf Regeneration Fund advisory committee to launch the Fund, and so support the vital work being done to restore the health of this special habitat.


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.


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 Board Deputy Chair, and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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.

Qiujing Easterbrook-Wong


Qiujing is co-founder and Director of Borderless, a social change agency that has been operating in Auckland since 2005. She joined the Auckland Foundation Board in 2019, and brings skills in strategy, social change, entrepreneurship and marketing. In 2012, Qiujing was awarded a Blake Leadership Award for her services to social change and was a Finalist in the Women of Influence Awards, social enterprise category (2014). Qiujing is currently a Patron of the Friends of Women’s Refuge Trust and a Trustee of the Minnie Baragwanath Foundation.

Qiujing is of Chinese, English and Scottish descent, and was born in Auckland where she and her husband are now raising their two children.



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.

Mel Hewitson CMInstD

Mel Hewitson

A professional director and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, Mel Hewitson has been on the Auckland Foundation Board since 2015. She is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and chairs the Governance Committee.

Mel is an Independent Director of Fidelity Life Assurance, Simplicity NZ, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia and Domain Name Commission. She is a Trustee of Foundation North. Mel also chairs the Waikato-Tainui Group Investment Committee. Prior to her governance career, Mel held senior leadership roles across investment, risk and compliance in the financial sector, including at the Financial Markets Authority. Mel is a student of Te Reo Māori.


Kenneth Leong

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.

Amokura Panoho 

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.


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, 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. He was previously the CFO for LINK, and ex-KPMG.

Doug Hanna

Doug Hanna

Director at Terabyte Interactive, Doug has a sound background in and understanding of digital technologies across accounting, sales and marketing, e-commerce and customer engagement.

In addition to being a Board member of Auckland Foundation since 2017, Doug also sits on the board of TimeOut Charitable Trust.


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.

Rachel Smalley

Rachel Smalley

An intuitive communications strategist and a creative, influential storyteller, Rachel's journalism career spanned two decades working across every media platform – television, radio, digital and print – in a number of continents including Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America.

Before joining the Auckland Foundation Board in 2020, she was part of the Global Women Breakthrough Leadership programme in 2019 and is now a director of Smalley Communications, a storytelling and strategic communications agency.