FINZ

Meet the FINZ Board

FINZ is governed by a Board comprised of FINZ members. The Board is elected and new officers appointed before the AGM. FINZ Head Office in Wellington is run by a full-time Executive Director who manages a small team of  part-time staff.

Access the FINZ Board Meeting Minutes in the Member's Area: Here

John Godfrey

John Godfrey, CFRE (Christchurch)
Chair

John Godfrey has had a three-decade-long career around the globe as a fundraiser and fundraising consultant. He has a PhD in philanthropy. John is the current Chair of FINZ.

Ellie Gray

Ellie Gray (Auckland)
Deputy Chair

Ellie is a senior fundraising professional with over 25 years’ experience. Her principal strengths are in major gift fundraising, donor relations, strategy development and implementation. Ellie has knowledge and experience of establishing and managing all forms of voluntary sector income from major philanthropic campaigns to commercial enterprises.  She has worked as a director with prominent UK charities and is currently Manager, Strategic Donor Relations at the University of Auckland.  Ellie joined FINZ on arrival in New Zealand in 2013 and chaired the Northern Regional Committee for six years. She became a Fellow in 2020 and is now Deputy Chair of the FINZ board.

Michelle Berriman

Michelle Berriman (Wellington)
Executive Director

Michelle comes to FINZ after 20 years working in a variety of roles within the charity sector - the last ten in fundraising and development. Prior to joining the sector’s commercial side, she was a youth/community development worker supporting children looked after by the state, running community-based youth projects and working in juvenile lock-down. Michelle is motivated by creating change and making a difference to those facing adversity and wants everyone to be given the chance to be the very best version of themselves. Originally from the far North of Scotland, she is proud to call NZ her home. She also grew 5 human beings (two of which are now fully grown Human adults !), loves reading and cooking.

Earle Wilkes

Earle Wilkes (Auckland)
Treasurer

Earle has over 25 years’ experience working internationally as an equity, wellbeing and culture - people specialist, including several years working as an independent government advisor. Earle is currently a director and principal consultant at Equity Matters Limited, sits on the board of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FNZ) and Chair of WEST education scholarship charity. Earle has significant consultancy experience working with a diverse range of client organisations in New Zealand, USA, Africa, UK and mainland Europe, supporting them to embrace and embed equity, wellbeing and culture best practice, engage more effectively with diverse stakeholders as well as creating and sustaining inclusive work place cultures. Earle also has extensive boardroom experience gained from his numerous non-executive, regulatory positions and Secretary of State Public Appointments with, for example, the Advertising Standards Authority, Learning Skills Council, and the General Teaching Council.

Sarah Berman

Sarah Berman (Auckland)
FINZ Northern Board Rep, Committee Chair

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in fundraising and organisational development. Sarah is currently Fundraising Manager at Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ), where she has successfully developed MDNZ’s fundraising through growing existing programmes and introducing new income streams. Previous fundraising roles include positions at large organisations such as IHC as well as small start-ups.  Sarah has a keen interest in developing and strengthening the fundraising sector. She brings extensive governance experience from education and sports directorships to the FINZ Board role. Sarah is the Chair of the FINZ Northern Region Committee and represents the Northern Region on the board. 

Katherine Richards

Katherine Richards (Wellington)
FINZ Central Board Rep, Committee Chair

Katherine is currently the Donor Development Manager at Save the Children New Zealand. As a direct marketing specialist, she is skilled at developing, planning, implementing and measuring success in direct marketing appeals and retention campaigns. She enjoys developing strategy to maximize retention and income growth of charity supporters throughout their donor journey. Katherine is co-chair of the FINZ Central committee, representing the central region on the FINZ board. 

Laura Coleman

Laura Coleman (Christchurch)
FINZ Southern Board Rep, Committee Chair

A Canterbarian that grew up in Western Australia, Laura developed a strong desire for creating positive social change and solidified this by studying Psychology and Psychiatric Disability at Massey University. Ten years later, she manages the fundraising and communications at Brackenridge, a disability support provider in Christchurch. Previously, Laura has been involved in event and volunteer management, digital marketing and communications, and has held several roles at the CDHB. Laura is the Chair of the Southern FINZ Committee and draws deeply on her social and cultural experiences to understand the value of community collaboration and partnerships. She is thrilled to be a part of an organisation raising awareness of diversity and inclusion of all people.

During the weekend, Laura can be found biking around Hagley Park, exploring the farmer markets, listening to the local tunes, or checking out the creative talent at the art galleries. 

Gwen Green

Gwen Green (Auckland)
Board Member

Gwen has over 20-years fundraising and communications experience with a passion for developing new income opportunities and shaking up existing fundraising strategies, to maximise income generation. With fundraising experience in the UK and New Zealand, and globally as part of the Oxfam International Income and Growth Leadership Team, Gwen advocates the benefits of changing things up!

Launched in 2019, Gwen is the CEO of “Your Philanthropy Coach”, working with not-for-profit organisations and individuals to develop and hone winning fundraising, communications, and marketing strategies. Delivering best practice techniques, tailored uniquely with each organisation’s donors and beneficiaries in mind.

Jim Datson

Jim Datson
Board Member

Jim is no stranger to governance in general and FINZ in particular. He was a Founding member and inaugural Secretary of TAIF Chapter 6 New Zealand (the forerunner to FINZ) followed by Northern representative and then President of FINZ in the 1990s. Jim has been actively involved in constitutional reviews and author of a number of FINZ submissions to government on a range of issues. He also co-authored the first formal fundraising training modules (Skills 1, 2 and 3) used by both FIA and FINZ and became the first in New Zealand to be granted CFRE status.

Zebedee Stone

Zebedee Stone
Board Member

Zebedee (Zeb) has over 15 years of wide-ranging experience in fundraising – from frontline face-to-face and telefundraising to the strategic development of fundraising programmes and portfolios. Zeb has led fundraising teams at a variety of for impact organisations and is currently the Fundraising and Marketing Director at Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand. Zeb is a big advocate of the power of ongoing learning and completed a Master of Business Administration to further grow his commercial knowledge and support the development of the charity sector in this space. Alongside work and study, Zeb is an avid runner who competes in marathon and ultra-marathon distances. You'll likely see him out and about running around Auckland far too often!