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Board

Hon David Cunliffe QSO (Chair)

(BA (Hons), MPA., Dip. Soc. Sci., M.Inst.D, HFIITPNZ, HFCSNZ)

Appointed as Chair early 2020, David has significant expertise in strategic development and in building the capability of organisations to deliver sustainable growth. He has extensive consulting and leadership experience across a wide range of industry sectors, with his skills and networks uniquely spanning central and local government in addition to the business and commerce arenas. David has considerable policy and governance expertise and has held governance roles with The Asia New Zealand Foundation, the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust, and the Anglican Church.  He was a former Minister of the Crown (Health, Immigration, ICT, Assoc Finance, Assoc SOEs) and Leader of the Opposition and Opposition Finance Spokesperson.  David is a partner in a leading NZ management consulting firm and was previously at The Boston Consulting Group, a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University, and a NZ diplomat.

Peter Huggard

(JP EdD MPH MEd(Couns) DipMgt ACIS)

Acting Chair, Peter Huggard is an honorary senior lecturer in Social and Community Health, in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland; and an Affiliate Professor at Idaho State University. His teaching and research interests are in therapeutic communication and counselling, vicarious trauma of health professionals, and health professionals’ support and self-care. He has served in a variety of management and governance roles of health and education organisations.

Helen Melrose 

Property Committee Chair (LLB)

Helen Melrose practised as a lawyer specialising in retirement villages and elder law for over 20 years. Other areas of legal practice included property and construction law. After her time as a partner at a major national law firm, she established her own law firm. Helen led the Retirement Villages Association (an association of for-profit and not-for profit industry representatives) for four years as President. More recently, Helen was the founding Chair of Haumaru Housing, the partnership between the Selwyn Foundation and Auckland Council. Helen has served as Chairperson of the National Council of the Muscular Dystrophy Association as well as contributing to many other not-for-profit community organisations.

 

Vicki Sykes

(BA, Dip Tchg, Grad. Dipl. NFP Management, MSocP, MInstD)

Vicki has extensive experience as a CEO and in governance across a range of human services and community sector organisations. She has also worked in education and for the Anglican Church. She works currently as a Director, Consultant, and Management Coach. Her governance roles include organisations in the community services, retirement, and financial services areas. These include the Public Trust, Haumaru Housing, Anglican Trust Board, Anglican Financial Care, and The Butterfly Trust. Vicki brings a particular focus on quality customer service, especially in diverse communities, and a commitment to meeting multiple bottom lines.

Clement Chia

(BMS (Hons), CA)

Clement Chia is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in corporate financial management.  He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Sanford Limited (an NZX listed company), NZ’s largest integrated seafood company where he is responsible for all financial aspects of the company including financial management and reporting,  legal, risk, treasury and information technology.  A commercially focused CFO with extensive experience in business transformation, Clement has a diverse background having worked in FMCG, timber, forestry and service industries for companies like Griffin’s Foods Limited as CFO and various senior financial management roles in Carter Holt Harvey and Fletcher Challenge Forests. 

Peter Macaulay

Information Technology and Innovation Committee Chair  (ITCP)

Pete is the founder and Director of the No1 IT Group, an ICT consultancy that provides strategic, innovation and governance advice. He is passionate about the ability of technology, and specifically high-speed connectivity, to enhance many aspects of our lives. Pete has held several roles in the New Zealand IT industry: he has been President (Board Chair) and Chief Executive of InternetNZ, Chair of ITANZ and Program Manager for the NZ Digital Strategy. In addition to his role on The Selwyn Foundation Board, Pete is a core group member of Accelerating Aotearoa, and was a founding trustee of the Liz Dengate Thrush Foundation, which awards funding grants for use in the practical educational advancement of individuals in Internet entrepreneurship.
Elizabeth Niven 

Services Committee Chair (RN, PhD)

Elizabeth Niven has extensive experience in clinical nursing practice and in teaching in the health arena. She has retired from her career of teaching and is still invited to examine masters theses. She is chair of the Villages Committee and of the Succession Committee, and a member of the Risk Committee.  Her research interests include the health of older people, including long-term conditions, and ethical aspects of health. She is a member of Holy Trinity Cathedral community and works with disadvantaged women as a volunteer. Elizabeth has undertaken a joint research project at Selwyn Village, which looked at issues surrounding the introduction of technology into the lives of older people.
Jan Nichols

Jan Nichols is Chief Executive at Hospice North Shore. Prior to this, she was Chief Executive at Mercy Hospice Auckland for seven years, having worked in various management roles in that organisation. Jan trained as a registered nurse and spent much of her career as a cancer nurse and has a Masters in Public Health. She has been involved in a number of strategic projects at local and national levels. She was a member of the Working Party that developed the New Zealand Palliative Care Strategy (2001), and of the NZ Cancer Control Strategy and Action Plan Taskforce and the ADHB Palliative Care Steering Group. She is a past member of the Genesis Oncology Trust Assessment Committee. Jan has also been involved in hospice and palliative care education over many years. She was a part time Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, having co-developed and introduced a post graduate multidisciplinary programme.

 

Ben Green

(MCom (Hons))

Ben Green has spent 20 years working in the technology sector in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. He has held a variety of leadership roles through his career in the IT and Telecommunications sector with companies such IBM, Microsoft and Vodafone. Ben is highly experienced in the application of technology to business and leading complex businesses. He brings to The Selwyn Foundation his passion for business, faith and family, as well as the practical experience of starting and growing businesses. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and also serves on the board of the Parenting Place (NZ’s largest parenting charity). He holds a Master of Commerce Degree and is also a Provisional Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ben is married to Jo, a Marketing professional, and they have three boys aged 5, 11 and 13.

 

Stephen Titter

(MInstD, BCom, CA)

Stephen Titter has a background in property, finance, accounting, business transactions & structuring, and taxation. He was a senior partner with EY (formerly Ernst & Young), practicing in New Zealand, Singapore and Australia. He advised clients’ management and Boards, helped develop EY’s senior personnel & partners, and was engaged in both management and governance roles for the firm, including risk & quality management. Stephen is now an independent director and business & strategy mentor to corporate and not-for-profit organisations currently including BRANZ Inc, Jennian Group Limited, Sargon (NZ) Limited, The Woolstore Group, and The American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand. He chairs the Group Risk Committee and is a member of the Finance and Commercial Committee.