Christina Howard – Executive Director 
Christina was appointed Executive Director in 2015 having previously been one of our Strategic Advisors. She holds a PhD in social psychology, and has 20 years’ experience in community, academic and government roles.


Seumas Fantham – Programme & Relationships Lead  
Seumas has over 20 years’ experience working with young people and community groups.  He holds a degree in Education and Sociology, is a trustee on the Philanthropy NZ board, and for the last 7 years has been on the Māori Advisory Committee for Philanthropy NZ.

Susie Schwartz – Programme & Relationships Lead
Susie has many years’ experience working in social policy, advisory, and community development roles in the community, government, and philanthropy sectors. She holds degrees in Psychology, Criminology, and Education. She also has a Primary Teaching Diploma.

Valerie Williams –  Programme & Operations Lead
Valerie has worked in the community sector since 2000 after being a consultant planner and local government policy analyst. She has a MSocSc (Resource Management Planning/Economics) and a degree in agricultural science.