Our Board of Directors

Our board steer our strategy and determine our vision and direction, review business plans and budgets, and ensure we stay focused on providing top quality care and support to New Zealand children.

Members of our board are appointed by the Society of Barnardos for their experience, expertise and professional standing in New Zealand.

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James Te Puni

James joined the Board in 2014 and has been Board Chair since 2015. He has held senior management roles in the Retail, Culture and Heritage, and Postal sectors, and was also Chief Executive of the Hurricanes and Wellington Rugby from 2011 to 2015. His broad experience includes time with New Zealand Post as a Marketing and Commercial Director, as National Retail Manager for Hallensteins, and for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa as General Manager Māori.  James is of Ngati Porou descent, and  leads his own commercial consultancy

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Andrew Kissling

Andrew joined the Board in 2014. He 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 start-up 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 start-up business in the legal services space

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Graeme Mitchell

Graeme joined the Barnardos Board in 2008 and is Deputy Board Chair and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. 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


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Katherine Rich

Katherine joined the Board in 2014. She is Chief Executive of NZ Food and Grocery Council and has a range of governance roles. She also served three terms as a Member of Parliament between 1999 and 2008 and has a wealth of experience in marketing, economic development and the not-for-profit sector

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Matt Reid

Matt joined the Board in 2013. He is currently General Manager Community Services at Hutt City Council. Over the last 20 years, he 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 the wider areas of community development and corporate services including HR, Marketing, IT, Facilities and Event Management

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Rachel Enosa-Saseve

Rachel joined the Board in 2013. She is a Chief Executive of the 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

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Ruth Payne

Ruth joined the Board in 2008. She 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 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

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Shannon Pakura

Shannon 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. Prior 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 the public service, on Crown Entity Boards, and with 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

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Dr Yvonne Crichton Hill

Yvonne joined the Board in 2013. She a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at the University of Canterbury, 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

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Jeff Sanders - CEO of Barnardos 2011- current

Jeff has spent his working life in the not for profit sector. His early working life was spent in the Departments for Forestry, Health and Education. During this time he worked Parliamentary Private Secretary for the Minister of Education. Jeff is a Presbyter of the Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Hahi Weteriana O Aotearoa and supports the work of the Church in a number of capacities.

He has worked for IHC New Zealand Inc. as a General Manager of operations and also service development and training. He is committed to ensuring that people with an intellectual disability are supported to be full and contributing members of society.

Jeff was also Director of Wesley Community Action (Methodist Social Services), an agency providing services to older people, youth at risk and those who are live on the margins of the community. Before being appointed to his current position Jeff was Chief Executive of Relationship Services and is committed to a vision of 'healthy relationships, healthy communities'