“KidsCan was my saviour when I had four children at primary school. Times were tough and buying four pairs of shoes at the same time was near impossible. You helped us out in such a tough time. I thank you from the bottom of my heart - we well and truly appreciate it.”
Guy is General Manager of Development for Meridian Energy, with over 30 years’ experience in the electricity sector. He has led a number of Meridian Energy projects to enhance the KidsCan Partnership, from fundraising drives to a surf camp for KidsCan children. Guy joined the KidsCan Board in 2018 and took over from Bill Birnie as Chair at the end of 2021.
Julie is the CEO and Founder of KidsCan with over fifteen years’ experience in not-for-profit management. She is responsible for providing leadership, direction and the coordination of all activities of the Trust in accordance with the goals and objectives of the organisation. Julie's role is to direct strategy and create sustainability to grow the activities of the Trust to meet its charitable objectives. Julie is also responsible for programme development, key partnerships, Government relationships, public relations and the overall day-to-day management of the Trust.
She regularly speaks about leadership and innovation in the not-for-profit sector at business and community forums. Julie also the Founder and Trustee of the Pet Refuge Charitable Trust which will provide temporary shelter for pets affected by domestic violence, keeping them safe while their owners escape abuse. In 2008 Julie was recognised with a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, and in 2013 she was named Next magazine’s Woman of the Year. In 2015 she was named as a finalist for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year – the second time her contribution has been recognised by the national award.
Born in Waipawa, New Zealand, Waimarama attended Canterbury University between 1981 and 1983 graduating with a Bachelor's degree in history. During that time she was also a member of New Zealand's national netball team, the Silver Ferns, her career spanning from 1981 to 1991. She played in the Silver Ferns team that won the 1987 Netball World Championships, and was also captain of the team in the last three years of her international career.
Waimarama has experience in sport management and governance spanning many years and two countries. In 1998 Waimarama was appointed as National Performance Director for All England Netball, and remained in that role until 2003. During that time she was the assistant coach for the England national team in their 2003 Netball World Championships campaign. Whilst resident in the United Kingdom, Waimarama was appointed as one of the Establishment Board members for the English Institute of Sport and was a Board member of the UK Sports Lottery Awards panel.
Returning home in 2003, Waimarama worked for the State Services Commission in the Chief Executive Employment and Development unit. In 2008 she accepted the position of assistant coach for the Silver Ferns, under head coach Ruth Aitken and in October 2011, took over as head coach for the Silver Ferns. In New Zealand Waimarama’s governance roles have extended across a diverse range of interests including The Correspondence School, The Broadcasting Standards Authority, the Alcohol Advisory Council and Sport New Zealand.
Of Ngāti Porou and Ngāi Tahu descent, Waimarama was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Māori Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. For services to sport she was awarded an MBE in 1992 and the ONZM in 2016. Waimarama currently works for Te Wananga o Raukawa Pulse as the High Performance Director.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of corporate, commercial and professional services experience. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce.
Mark has delivered in senior executive positions both in NZ and the UK. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Mark has earned the C.A. qualification from New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1996.
A former sportswoman, Glenda is a National Championship shot put record holder, a Commonwealth Games Representative and holder of four New Zealand powerlifting records. She has worked with the New Zealand Olympic Games Committee and has managed many of New Zealand's top sporting representatives. Glenda spent 18 years in the New Zealand Police department, in a variety of roles including the riot squad during the 1981 Springbok Tour and has a BA with a double major in Sociology and Criminology. Glenda has an incredible ability to deal with people at all levels and to understand what motivates them, and how people function and communicate. She has been a guest lecturer in marketing, communication and managing change at several universities.
She was a member of the New Zealand Parole Board for 9 years, Chair of the New Zealand Racing Board for 7 years, Chair of the Wellington Netball Franchise, and on the Board of Sport Wellington. She is currently Chair of the Pet Refuge, on the Board of Trustees for Tapu te Ranga Marae and on the Board of Trustees for Sky Stadium. In 2016 Glenda became a finalist (Board & Management category) in the prestigious New Zealand Women of Influence programme which aims to identify, recognise and celebrate influential women shaping New Zealand. Glenda is also a newly elected Councilor for Wellington City, Greater Wellington Regional Council.