Meet the board
The KidsCan team is made up of passionate and talented people who believe in making a difference to the lives of New Zealand children. We have a team of office staff, board members, health champions and volunteers who all make our work possible.
Bill Birnie - Trustee
Based in Auckland, Bill Birnie is the Chairman and Managing Director of private equity firm, Birnie Capital Limited. Bill holds a Bachelor of Laws and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. In addition to being a Director of all the Birnie Capital investment companies, Bill is a Trustee of the James Wallace Arts Trust, Deputy Chairman of Sport New Zealand and a Director of High Performance Sport New Zealand. He is the former Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Film Commission, past Chairman and Director of New Zealand’s largest fruit exporter, ENZA and formerly held the positions of Director of the Screen Council of New Zealand, Director of New Zealand Equestrian Sports and Commissioner of the Hillary Commission. Bill was also a Founding Trustee of the Wellington Stadium Trust and was Deputy Chairman of the then government owned Post Office Bank, prior to its sale to the ANZ Banking Group.
Julie Chapman (nee Helson) - CEO & Trustee
Julie is the CEO and Co-founder of KidsCan with over ten 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 in order 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.
In 2008 Julie was recognised as a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader and in 2015 was named as a finalist for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year – the second time her contribution has been recognised by the national award.
Nigel Hampton QC - Trustee
Nigel graduated LL.B in 1964 from Canterbury University being awarded the Gold Medal for top graduate for the year, and was admitted to the bar in 1965. Since then he has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and served as President of the Canterbury Law Society; and Vice-President of the NZ Law Society. Nigel was the Chair of the NZ Lawyers’ Disciplinary Tribunal; the first Disciplinary Commissioner for International Criminal Court based in The Hague, Netherlands; and was the Chief Justice of Tonga, 1995-97. He serves as a Judicial Officer for NZ Rugby Union, SANZAR and International Rugby Board. Nigel was awarded the OBE (1988) and CM (1990).
Glenda Hughes - Trustee
A former sportswoman, Glenda is a National Championship shot put record holder, a Commonwealth Games Representative and holder of four New Zealand power lifting records. She has worked with the NZ Olympic Games Committee and is still involved in sport today as advisor to many of our top athletes, in media relations and other management support programmes. Glenda's spent 18 years in the New Zealand Police force, 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 is a guest lecturer in marketing, communication and managing change at several universities.
John Kensington - Trustee
John joined KPMG Auckland in January 1986 and has 20 years audit experience across a wide range of clients, including banking and finance, television and pharmaceuticals. John's principal client responsibilities are in the audit of financial institutions. John is also responsible for the delivery of treasury services work in our Auckland office, the Partner-in-Charge of the Cook Islands office and the Partner-in-Charge of Audit Quality.