Shelley Mallett

Shelley Mallett combines the role of Professorial Fellow of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne with the position of General Manager of the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. In this capacity, she directs the organisation’s research effort and helps lead policy development.

Shelley’s diverse career has spanned service delivery, service development and research and teaching at the Australian National University and La Trobe University. She has also had senior management roles at Melbourne City Mission and Hanover Welfare Services (now Launch Housing). Shelley has particular expertise in homelessness and housing research. Shelley did her PhD in anthropology.

We stand at a crossroads. From Westminster to Wellington there is an emerging consensus that the political and economic order that has dominated the social service landscape for the past forty years has run its course. We have learnt from experience that markets cannot satisfy complex human needs, and government has neither the will to address the root causes of disadvantage, nor the capacity to tackle multi-faceted social problems. Increasingly, governments are relying on the expertise of the community sector and seeking access to the social capital of NFP organisations embedded in their local communities. But how should we navigate this ‘turn’ to community? How can community-based organisations drive progressive change while also avoiding ‘capture’ by governments wedded to actuarial investment thinking?

In this address Professor Mallett will argue that community-based organisations must renew their vocation; strengthening their ties to local networks, deepening their commitment not merely to provide services, but to serve. In all, working with communities to develop the resources and capabilities they already possess, in a radical, alternative form of social investment.

Trevor J Moeke

Trevor is of Ngati Porou Ngati Awa Ngati Kahungunu descent.

He has worked extensively to promote Māori and indigenous development in governance, operation, and policy-making. His leadership experience across the public service, private sector and Iwi includes roles in Te Reo Maori revitalisation, wananga, education, international indigenous networks and trade, Maori broadcasting, and Maori business, Iwi and economic development.

Trevor is currently Principal Advisor Crown Maori Capability at the New Zealand Treasury, working from the Office of the Executive, since October 2014; on building Māori capability and leading Crown Māori engagement, relationships and policy. He is committed to making contributions of significance (such as lifting living standards for New Zealanders). He actively supports Crown Maori partnerships and collaborations in tackling “BIG” challenges and building prosperity. He also serves as a Director of the Ngati Kahungunu Asset Holding Company which manages fishing quota and other assets and relationships including seafood exports to key markets.

Brian L Smith

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a global nonprofit that teaches, coaches and inspires people and organisations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. Founded by Rich Harwood in 1988, its tools and frameworks have spread across the USA, Australia and Canada, and are used by individuals in more than 40 countries worldwide. The Institute provides people and organisations with the orientation, practices and tools they need to make choices and work with others to create change. Public innovators “turn outward” to their communities, keeping the community, not their organisation as the focus of their attention and action.

Brian has been the Asia Pacific Representative for the Harwood Institute since July 2016 and is a Certified Coach of the Institute. Prior to that he was Executive Officer of the Local Community Services Association, the peak body for neighbourhood centres in New South Wales. Brian has held various leadership positions within the Uniting Church in Australia with a focus on social justice and community and organisational change. He is also an experienced Results Based Accountability practitioner and trainer.

We want our work to make an impact, to have real achievement and create change for the good, but in a world fixated on data and outcome measurement the real lives of people in their communities can lost. Yet only if the aspirations and energies of actual communities are understood and harnessed can sustainable change take place. Brian will provide a glimpse into the way the Harwood Institute enables individuals and organisations to reconnect and work with their communities for real change.

Iain Hines

Iain Hines works at the J R McKenzie Trust. His main role is in a project attempting to reduce the number of children and families in poverty. Earlier this year he stepped down from the role of Executive Director, which he held for more years than you need to know. Prior to that he was a social worker, and manager of a community organisation working in the mental health field. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2002 to study aspects of philanthropy. He was on the Ngāi Tahu Fund Committee, and a Board member of Philanthropy New Zealand, each for ten years.

Iain strongly supports the J R McKenzie Trust’s vision of ‘a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand’, and is both curious and determined about how philanthropy can help achieve that.

Iain lives in Wellington. His wife and four children delight him. Almost always.

Fred Astle

Fred Astle is currently working as Te Tumu Arataki Maori (Head of Maori Development) for VisionWest Community Trust. Fred is highly qualified with over 25 years’ experience in Maori Development in Mainstream, Local Iwi and Maori Service Provider Groups. This extensive experience includes assisting new Kaupapa Maori Frameworks, Policy development, Project Management (new Mental Health and Social Service startups), Chief Cultural Advisor, Maori academia including leading Maori academic and education development and lecturing Maori studies. Support for various sectors, clients, service providers and institutions include: Auckland District Health Board, University of Auckland, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, NZQA, IRD, Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu/Correspondence School, Auckland Goldstar Institute, Vision West Community Trust, Ngati Whatua Orakei, Tainui, Challenge Trust, Emerge Aotearoa.

Fred has written extensively including several papers on: Kaupapa Maori research, Treaty of Waitangi in Healthcare, Treaty of Waitangi in Education, and Understanding Kaupapa Maori in mainstream NZ.

He has also been involved in reviewing mainstream healthcare manuals in a Maori context as well as recently assisting NZQA reviewing and redeveloping up to 60 Health domain Maori unit standards for NZQA. Fred’s voluntary work includes Te Haahi Iriiri Baptist Maori Ministries Board Chair, Autism NZ Maori Board Member and Ngati Naho Iwi Development Chief Development Consultant.

Fred’s passion broadens between education and healthcare compliments his passion for music and his love for his whanau.

Holly Snape

Holly Snape, Chief Executive of Community Waikato, has worked in the community sector since leaving the University of Waikato in 2004. Her first community role was as manager of a community house in Melville, Hamilton.  In this role she was committed to engaging the community, seeking their input to develop programmes and initiate services that promoted community wellbeing. Since then all her work – both voluntary and paid – has been in the community sector in various capacities, from training dogs to digital literacy, from mental health to access radio. Holly has also continued to provide guest lectures at Waikato University because she sees real value in informing students about the value of the work we undertake in this often invisible sector. Community wellbeing has been Holly’s driving force for more than a decade. She believes in being informed about what is impacting our communities so that we can apply creative solutions to local problems.

Tess Casey

Tess Casey is the chief executive of Inclusive NZ, an umbrella group for organisations and individuals supporting disabled people into employment and to participate in their communities. Tess is also lead facilitator for organisation development service One Fish Solutions, a member of the Disability Employment Forum and the Education for All Network. Tess previously worked in the areas of communications and community development for over 20 years.

Dorothy Adams

Social Investment Agency‘s Acting Chief Executive Dorothy Adams previously headed the Social Investment Unit since its establishment in July 2015. Before taking up this role she was GM Insights, Ministry of Social Development (MSD), responsible for leading their data, analytics and evidence hub.

Prior to joining the Ministry in 2008, Dorothy worked in local government for 10 years specialising in policy and governance, with her most recent role being Manager, Strategic Development at Hutt City Council. Dorothy has also held senior roles in the Department of Labour, NZ Employment Service and was an advisor to the Minister of Employment.

Dorothy has a Master of Public Administration from Monash University and an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington. She is an Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Wellington.

Dan Ormond

Dan is a director of Latitude Strategy and Communication. He is an experienced communications and strategic adviser to leading government, business and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand and the UK.

Working as a trusted adviser to leaders, Dan has the experience to ensure that their most challenging business and communications problems are managed and solved. Dan has a Bachelor of Commerce in Services Marketing and Market Research and is skilled in communications, business strategy and advocacy.

He was the founding partner at Ideas Shop before starting Latitude in February 2016. During his career he has worked with a large number of organisations to build their profile on a limited budget.

Dan has received a number of awards for public information and behaviour change campaigns. He is currently a trustee of the Surgical Research Trust and the Brooklyn Primary School Board of Trustees.

Garth Nowland-Foreman

Garth Nowland-Foreman has had a not-so-secret love affair with community organisations, since he inadvertently started an environment group with some high school mates almost 45 years ago – because the other school groups “didn’t deal with the really important issues”. Familiarity has not bred contempt and ever since he has worked in, with and for community organisations of various sorts. He has held senior positions in a public sector policy unit, in managing a national umbrella organisation in Australia, in funding and in chasing funds for NGOs. He has run his own consultancy business helping to build stronger non-profits and working with those who fund them since 1993, and now is a director of LEaD Centre for Not for Profit Leadership, after teaching part-time in graduate programmes in not for profit management for 18 years. Garth was the chair of cross-sector efforts to first measure the size and economic impact of the Sector in Aotearoa New Zealand, and has researched and written widely on the sector, especially on funding and accountability.

Twenty-five years ago a new funding system burst into the lives of all us involved with NGOs. While first seeming innocuous, it has been slowly poisoning our collective soul – mostly because we have allowed it to. ‘Public choice’ and ‘Agency Theory’ – the hidden pillars behind the New Public Management rapidly reduces us to commodities in the social services supermarket. We need to lift our horizons above seeing survival as ‘success’. There is a time for cooperation, a time for cooption, a time for complementarity, and a time for confrontation. We can find a positive path forward for the sector, but it will require a big vision for who we are, a big view of accountability, and a big appetite to really make a difference, rather than just survive.

Kerry Dalton

Kerry has been in her role as Chief Executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau for twelve years.  During that time she has led the organisation from being a largely paper based organisation to one that has embraced digital technology to make its service more responsive and accessible. Kerry is passionate about the important role  community organisations play in creating a socially just and inclusive society and has an extensive background of working in the community and voluntary sector in New Zealand, for both grass roots organisations and national organisations. Kerry’s last job before coming to work for the CAB was that of Chief Executive of Age Concern NZ.

Julian Moore

Julian Moore is Australasia’s foremost nonprofit sponsorship practitioner with extensive experience in charities, associations and other non-profits. He specialises in training, motivating and up-skilling boards and staff to improve sponsorship performance. Julian draws on his extensive experience in both Australia and the United Kingdom to deliver sponsorship outcomes for his clients.

Julian is also an accomplished and entertaining speaker who regularly presents at events around the world. Throughout his presentations he gives real world examples and case studies that inspire and motivate attendees. He focuses on providing practical and useful ideas that can be implemented immediately to start benefiting your organisation.

Sharon Torstonson

Sharon Torstonson is the longstanding Kaituiora/Executive Officer of SEWN and a former member of the Community Networks Aotearoa Executive. She currently has volunteer roles on the boards of Q-topia and Christchurch Community Accounting.

Originally from Upper Hutt, Sharon first became involved with the non-profit sector as a volunteer at Catacombs, an initiative of the Inner City Ministry in Wellington. Following that, she became involved with early childhood groups such as kindergarten and the community crèches, and went on to serve on the Board of Trustees at her sons’ school. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree as an adult student, Sharon was employed by the Council of Social Services in Christchurch, which recently renamed itself as Social Equity & Wellbeing Network.

As well as leading the ongoing mahi of SEWN, Sharon is currently a participant in the South Island Public Health Service Level Alliance co-design work; and part of a project of the Deep South Challenge (one of government’s National Science Challenges) to explore the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities.

Sharon’s workshop is about planning for disaster or emergency in your community.

Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon has been a social worker for 27 years. He qualified in the UK in 1990 and has always worked in statutory settings with children. Paul is from Conwy in North Wales and has three children Carys, Haydn and Rhianna.

Paul has worked as a social worker, supervisor and senior manager in social work for a number of Government authorities. He was previously Head of Social Work for North Yorkshire County Council.

Paul has written a number of books and articles on children’s rights, empowerment, working with children and families, FGCs and kinship care. He has delivered training, consultancy and evaluations around the world.

Paul is the Chief Social Worker/Director of Professional Practice for Ministry for Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki

Tony Paine

Tony is the CE of Philanthropy New Zealand. He has over 30 years’ experience in not-for-profit leadership and management working in the health, social service and cultural sectors in New Zealand. Tony’s career began as a psychiatric social worker and includes work with the NZ AIDS Foundation, the Christchurch Methodist Mission, and as CEO of Comcare Trust, Christchurch Arts Centre, and Victim Support NZ. He was Secretary General (CEO) New Zealand Red Cross from 2013–16. Tony served on the Board of Housing New Zealand Corporation for five years and has a Masters in Management Studies from Waikato University.

Abstract: “The ways we resource social good are being transformed. While traditional philanthropic grantmaking is probably here to stay, the growth of social enterprise and entrepreneurship, impact investing, and venture philanthropy presents great opportunities for NGOs seeking new ways to become more sustainable. This workshop will explore these opportunities and the practical implications for your organisation.”

Jo Cribb

Jo has a portfolio that consists of three platforms focused on increasing social well-being.  She is passionate about increasing the impact and profile of the NGO sector. She is a current NGO Chief Executive with a decade of experience as an NGO director.  She has undertaken research into NGO governance and contracting with government and works with NGO boards to increase their capability and government agencies to improve their relationship with NGOs.

She is working to increase New Zealand’s literacy rates. As the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council,  she leads a range of initiatives to
increase reading for pleasure and literacy rates in children, particularly vulnerable children and young people.

She aims to increase gender diversity through her consultancy and coaching women to support them to achieve career success. Through a recent Tedx talk she promotes practical strategies for reducing the gender pay gap.


Jo Nicholson

Jo is the Director of Social Value Aotearoa Network and enjoys connecting people and organisations working to tell the story of and measure their social impact.

Social Value Aotearoa, (SVA) a membership network, is building a community of practice for organisations across all sectors who want to understand, communicate and manage the impact of their work.  As the NZ National Member of the global Social Value International network, we promote the Principles of Social Value, and support our members to build their capacity, share and refine best practice

She is also the Project Lead of Nga Pou o Te Whare o Waipareira a placed based Collective Impact initiative known as #tātou in West Auckland supporting whānau to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle (focus on weight and wellbeing and improving their health literacy).  Key to #tātou is the ability to measure and share the story of progress towards long term behaviour change for #tātou whānau and reporting on the initiative’s overall outcome progression and impact.

She brings 20+ years’ experience in Change and Transformation, Workforce Development, Tertiary Teaching and Management and implementing and embedding evaluative frameworks.    She believes in leading by example and is passionate about preparing people to manage and react to change positively.


Therese Lanigan-Behrent

In her role as New Zealand Grants Strategist, Therese provides mentoring, training and advice to Strategic Grants’ non-profit and community organisation partners on their grants programmes. Therese’s experience as the Foundation Manager for the Vodafone NZ Foundation has given her invaluable knowledge of grant making, capacity building and establishing sector networks. With Honours in Marketing and a degree in Social Work, Therese has worked extensively in senior marketing roles with corporations including ASB, GE Money and Vodafone, and as a marketing consultant. Her passion for social responsibility and working with the community has seen Therese often working alongside non-profit organisations, and with entrepreneurial start-ups. Therese also has an appreciation and understanding of Tikanga Maori and Te Reo Maori.


Gill Genet

General Manager Business Development, Careerforce, Gill is passionate about developing a competent, qualified and valued workforce. For over a decade she has been with Careerforce providing the expertise and momentum behind positive change in how workplace training is delivered and advanced, a pivotal driver of the Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan, and a ‘voice for progress and action’ behind many national taskforces and projects which are all committed to improving health and wellbeing.