Ensuring that Christchurch, New Zealand becomes a smart, world-class contemporary city requires the best public and private thinking, experience and expertise.
Board Member (UK)
Stew Whitehead is a kiwi expat, who grew up on a farm in rural Canterbury and subsequently went to school and University in Ōtautahi Christchurch, where he studied law and commerce. He now works for New Zealand based company, Oritain, in its London based office as Global Head of Food Sales. He is a proud and passionate advocate for Ōtautahi, especially as it emerges as a resilient and modern world class city in light of many adversities the city and its people have faced.
Board Member (UK)
Paul was educated in London, also where he established Paul Beare Ltd to help overseas companies set up in the UK. Paul is now Auckland based, having relocated permanently since 2020, following many years of travelling to NZ and where he has extended family. He continues to run his UK practice, from New Zealand.
Nic is chairman, director and adviser in a wide range of organisations and sectors, building on 20 years in senior executive roles at some of world sport’s biggest names, such as the Premier League, Wembley and British Horseracing. Nic still works in sports, chairing national governing bodies England Golf and UK Athletics as well as a committee of the England and Wales Cricket Board, and consulting to sports across the globe, with a focus now on India and the major growth sport, the Pro Kabaddi League. He is an NED of Dunedin based business, Oritain, one of the world’s leading origin and supply chain authentication businesses, and chairs rugby sports tech business Sportable, and manufacturing businesses in the UK, as well the 100 years old UK-based retail motor trade and property businesses in the English West Midlands. He started working life as a solicitor at Freshfields in London.
Board Member (UK)
Sam is a kiwi who was educated in Ōtautahi Christchurch, both for high school and university. He describes his time in the city as his “formative” years. Sam is co-owner of the distinguished landscape architectural practice Exterior Architecture who work across the UK and Europe working on the design of large-scale urban developments, town centre renewal and master planning. The company employs several kiwis. Sam lives in London with his wife and two of his children. His eldest son is studying in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury.
Board Member (UK)
Karen moved from northern England to New Zealand to begin her working life. While in Ōtautahi Christchurch both her and her husband became kiwi citizens. Her career has primarily been in innovation and design, working for some of the biggest brands on the planet around the world. She returned to the UK and is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Ingka Group, a global data insight and business intelligence agency that is owned by the founders of IKEA. Karen lives in the Surrey Hills with her husband and two children. They look forward to bringing the kids to Christchurch in the near future.
Chair (NZ), Board (UK)
Humphry is a Christchurch based businessman. His family company Asset Management Ltd owns businesses involved in the Security, Hydraulics, Tourism, Manufacturing and disruptive technology sectors. He is a fellow of the NZ Institute of Directors and the NZ Institute of Management.
Nicole joined the team as our Endowment & Partners Manager while Julia was out on parental leave.
Nic's focus is on opportunities for business involvement in our community programmes, to grow impact and enrich the organisations participating.
Nicole's career has focused on relationship building and innovation.
A diverse background from the fashion industry, to communications and stakeholder engagement, to civil engineering innovations. Nicole has worked with organisations such as Country Road wholesale division, SCIRT Rebuild team, Fulton Hogan Corporate and the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce.
Individual and Family Giving Manager
Julia works with individual donors and families, forming and maintaining long-term relationships, to assist them to achieve their dreams for Greater Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Julia is well-known for her positive, professional personality and her love for travel means she enjoys experiencing new ideas and cultures. She believes each and every person can play a part in changing our society for the better and is looking forward to making a positive difference in the Christchurch community.
Kaitiakitanga Programme Manager
Hannah studied at the University of Canterbury and spent a lot of her time at the UC Centre of Entrepreneurship where she discovered her passion for social enterprise and not-for-profits. Since graduating Hannah has spent her time starting up multiple social enterprises including Indigo & Iris a beauty brand who gives a damn.
Hannah was born and bred in Christchurch and is excited to work on creating a better Greater Ōtautahi through her work supporting donors with their giving to ecological/ Kaitiakitanga projects.
A passionate Cantabrian Amy was thrilled to return to the not-for-profit sector in a full time capacity when she joined The Christchurch Foundation as the founding Chief Executive.
Amy's early career was in the not-for-profit sector where she worked organisations including St John, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Swimming New Zealand and the University of Canterbury Students Association.
More recently she was a consultant specialising in communications and stakeholder engagement as well as holding a number of directorships in both not-for-profit and commercial entities.
She is a part owner of three Christchurch based SME’s, and a longstanding trustee of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust.