Staff

 

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Seumas Fantham – Executive Director  
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, has been on the Māori Advisory Committee for Philanthropy NZ (7 years), and is also a trustee on a Family Foundation Te Muka Rau.

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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.
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.

Helen Anderson –  Programme & Relationships Lead
Helen has a wealth of experience through previous roles with the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation and J R McKenzie Trust, and as co-founder of community organisation Film for Change Aotearoa. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology, Psychology and Film) and a background working in the not-for-profit sector.