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The Board

Barnardos New Zealand is governed by a board of up to 12 members elected by the Society of Barnardos because of their expertise and professional standing in areas that are key to our activities. The board sets strategy and policy direction, approves business plans and budgets, and ensures the organisation continues to provide high quality services.

The Board members are:


James Te Puni (Chairperson)

Barnardos New Zealand Board - James Te Puni

James joined the Barnardos Board in 2014. He is of Ngati Porou descent and runs his own consultancy business focused on Stakeholder Relations and Commercial Development. 

He has an extensive commercial backround from leadership roles in the Retail, Professional Sport and Cultural Heritage sectors. A former Chief Executive of Hurricanes and Wellington Rugby, 

James has previously worked for NZ Post Group as a Marketing and Commercial Director, as General Manager Māori for Te Papa, and for Hallenstein Glassons as National Retail Manager for their menswear business.

James is married with two young children and as a long time Titahi Bay resident enjoys time at their beachside home with friends and whanau. He has held a number of governance roles and is currently a Director of Waikanae Christian Holiday Park and a member of the MBA Advisory board for Victoria University

Ruth Payne

Ruth Payne joined the Board in 2008, and is Chair of the HR & Remuneration Committee.

Ruth has undertaken senior HR, business planning and general management roles in New Zealand Post and the Ministry of Education, as well as working for multinational computing and consulting organisations. She has wide-ranging experience of corporate management disciplines and processes of organisational change, which she applies in her consulting work and governance roles.

Ruth has developed interests across the range of Barnardos services and activities. In particular, she sees her contribution in strategic planning, organisational development and performance management, with a focus on making the greatest impact on children’s wellbeing.

Ruth is also involved with Barnardos through the Sarah Lilli Fund, which provides grants for children in need to enjoy creative, sporting and social activities. Ruth and her family set up the Sarah Lilli Fund with Barnardos in 2006 in memory of their daughter, who died shortly after her 10th birthday – wanting to give other children the kind of opportunities that she had.

Katherine Rich


Katherine Rich joined the Board in 2015.

Graeme Mitchell

Graeme Mitchell joined the Barnardos Board in 2008.

He is a chartered accountant by profession, now retired, and brings to the Board significant financial accounting and governance experience gained from several other appointments in the private and public sectors. Barnardos is an internationally known organisation which he knew about in Scotland before moving to Aotearoa in 1977, and he is delighted to have the chance to assist the team at Barnardos New Zealand to promote and improve the wellbeing and interests of children here.

Shannon Pakura

Banardos New Zealand Board - Shannon Pakura

Shannon Pakura joined the Board in 2009. She is a Professional Social Work Advisor for the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board, and has worked extensively over the years promoting and advocating on behalf of the social work profession. Previous to joining the Board, she was the General Manager of Social Development and the Chief Social Worker from 1999 to 2007.

Shannon comes to Barnardos with extensive practice knowledge of statutory child protection and youth justice services. She also has experience working in senior management roles in both in the public service, on Crown Entity Boards and as well NGO and Iwi Social Service organisations. She is passionate about advocating that services for Maori children are culturally responsive and supportive to whānau, hapu and iwi. Shannon is committed to Barnardos and supporting with implementing and operationalising the Māori Strategy, Ngā Pou E Whā and the building and maintaining of key relationships with local communities.

Matt Reid

Barnardos New Zealand Board - Matt

Matt joined the Board in 2013. Matt is currently General Manager Community Services at Hutt City Council. Over the last 15 years Matt has undertaken general management roles at Te Papa and Hutt City Council, as well as spending two years as an Assistant Auditor-General and two years as a CEO in the racing industry. Matt is a Chartered Accountant with broad experience in wider areas of corporate services including HR, Marketing, IT, Facilities and Event Management.

Included in Matt’s professional interests and current work is both leadership development and community development. In particular Matt is passionate about ensuring every child in every community is given equal opportunity to discover his or her own special talent. Matt is also on the Board of the Neonatal Trust and Trentham Community Trust, and chairs the Board of his local primary school. Matt’s favourite time is with his family (wife and three young kids), and also enjoys time coaching junior sport, keeping himself fit and some occasional golf or fishing.

Rachel Enosa-Saseve

Barnardos New Zealand - Rachel Enosa-Saseve

Rachel Enosa-Saseve, who joined the Board in 2013, lives in Auckland and is a manager for service development and integration at Alliance Health Plus Trust, a Pacific-led Primary Health Organisation, working with the Ministry of Health, DHBs, primary care and NGO organisations.

Rachel has extensive experience on projects and policy across the health sector having worked in policy, planning and funding roles, and as a consultant for the past 15 years. Specific areas of interest for Rachel are in youth health, community development and public policy. Rachel is mother of two young boys and is involved in her local community.

Yvonne Crichton Hill

Barnardos New Zealand Board - Yvonne Crichton-Hill

Yvonne joined the Board in 2013. She has been a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury since 2001 and has strong leadership and teamwork experience across the health, justice, education and social welfare sectors. She also spent 16 years as a social worker and trainer.

During her time in the social services sector, Yvonne has had a working relationship with Barnardos and has always been impressed with the staff and the work they do. Yvonne is excited to have the opportunity to be on the Barnardos Board and to contribute to a forward thinking organisation that works to benefit children and families.

Andrew Kissling


Andrew is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur and pragmatic change agent with business acumen spanning start-up, mid-stage and global enterprise organisations. In addition to founding several technology based startup businesses, and mentoring others, he has also served as Australasian director of mobile innovation for one of the world’s largest mobile carriers. He is currently leading a startup business in the legal services space.

Andrew has served as chair of a school Board of Trustees for five years, and continues to serve on three community-based charitable trusts. He is married to Gillian, and they have two adult children Justin(23) and Alexandra(22).

Andrew's leisure interests include road cycling and mountain biking, adventure travel, wine collection and any event involving his family. Andrew is a proud Kiwi, with descendants on both sides of his family emigrating to New Zealand in the 1840s.

The executive leadership team

The executive leadership team works closely with the Board, providing advice and ensuring the organisation’s strategic, operational and financial requirements are met.

The team is:

  • Jeff Sanders - Chief Executive
  • Mike Munnelly - General Manager Child and Family Services
  • Keith Newton - General Manager Early Childhood Services
  • John Willis - General Manager Corporate Services
  • Jan Broome - General Manager Marketing & Fundraising
  • Dr Kathie Irwin - General Manager Māori Development
  • Anne Clews - General Manager People & Capability