Meet the FINZ Board

John Godfrey

John Godfrey, CFRE (Christchurch)
Chair, FINZ Southern Board Rep

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.

Alice Montague

Alice Montague (Wellington)
Committee Member

Alice has worked in fundraising and marketing for more than fifteen years, in Australia, the UK, and New Zealand. She has worked for a range of organisations and sectors, including politics, NGOs and the arts. Alice arrived in New Zealand in January 2011 to work for New Zealand Red Cross and spent her last three years there as the General Manager, Marketing, Fundraising and Communications. She left in December 2017 to do a contract role at Creative New Zealand delivering capability building initiatives for their clients. That contract has now finished, and Alice has joined Experience Wellington as their Strategic Fundraising Manager. 

Dominique Leeming

Dominique Leeming
Committee Member

Dominique has 20 years’ experience as an award winning professional fundraiser and marketer, preceded by many years of voluntary service in the charitable sector.

Currently she is working as General Manager – Marketing & Fundraising for SPCA. Prior to that she held national roles with Coastguard New Zealand and Relationship Services Whakawhanaungatanga. Dominique has a long record of commitment to FINZ, serving at one time as Vice President she currently sits on the Ethics Committee. She is also a Fellow of the Institute.

Ellie Gray

Ellie Gray (Auckland)
FINZ Northern Board Rep, Committee Chair

Ellie is a senior fundraising professional with 23 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 has served on the Northern Committee since 2014, currently as Chair.  She recently joined the New Zealand Chapter Committee of Educate Plus.

Katie Martin

Katie Martin (Wellington)
FINZ Central Board Rep, Committee Member

Katie is the Fundraising Manager for WWF-New Zealand. She has worked in the charity sector for over a decade in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, with 8 years specifically in fundraising. Katie has fundraised for a range of causes including health, arts, and environmental charities. She is co-chair of the FINZ Central committee, representing Central on the FINZ National Council. 

Nicki Sayers

Nicki Sayers (Wellington)
Committee Member

Nicki has worked in fundraising in New Zealand since 2001 and is currently the Manager, Donor and Prospect Research with Victoria University of Wellington.  She has experience in both small and large organisations and across a broad range of fundraising disciplines including direct mail, database management, communications, street and telephone appeals, and sponsorship.

Nicki is also an experienced prospect researcher and currently supports a team of seven major gift officers with research and portfolio management.

Peter Bain

Peter Bain
Co-Opted Board Member

Peter is the Chief Financial Officer for The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory. Peter is a Chartered Accountant with 26 years experience. He has spent over 15 years in the not for profit sector as well as roles in Public Practice, corporate and the public sector in New Zealand and the UK.

Shane Chisholm

Shane Chisholm (Wellington)
Committee Member

Shane is the General Manger of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications for New Zealand Red Cross. Shane previously worked for the Salvation army as Public Relations Director for New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. Shane is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operational delivery of a wide variety of successful national and regional fundraising programmes and activities. He has considerable governance experience including chair of the Dunedin Kindergarten Association, Te Aro Health board member, North Wellington Rotary board member (current), The Salvation Army Social Housing committee member (current) and assistant chair of The Salvation Army Johnsonville board (current).