Meet the Team

Michelle smiles in the office, she has bright pink hair in a mohawk

Michelle Berriman
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.

Work Hours: 8am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday

Karen smiles in the breeze, she is in a bright pink shirt

Karen Laverde
Membership and Education Coordinator

Karen is thrilled to have recently joined the FINZ whanau as the Membership and Education Coordinator. Karen has experience working in membership based organisations as well as delivering education programmes within those. Karen is also a mother of two, a hypnotherapist and hypnobirthing coach when she’s not at FINZ and has just been appointed the Wellington consumer representative for the New Zealand College of midwifery (NZCOM). Karen looks forward to engaging with FINZ members as she gets up to speed with FINZ, the education plans for 2019 amongst a variety of other things!

Work Hours: 8am - 4pm, Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Minnie Finlayson
Digital Manager

Minnie is responsible for everything digital at FINZ; social media, the website, eDM, and in-house tech support. In the last year she has been fine-tuning her design skills to be able to support FINZ output even further. Outside of FINZ, she is a reader, a screenwriter, and a cup-of-tea maker.

Work Hours: 8am - 4pm, Monday & Wednesday

Tamla Klinac

Tamla Klinac
Administrator and Finance Assistant

Tamla joined FINZ in 2018. She has a gorgeous dog called Ace.

Work Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday-Thursday

Linda Niven

Linda Niven
Finance Manager

Linda joined FINZ in January 2020.

Work Hours: 11am - 2pm, Monday & Tuesday


I am singularly impressed by FINZ leadership

I’m consistently impressed with how much FINZ accomplishes for the sector. Including the excellent conference which was one of the major inspirations for our WCFC conference. 

— David Kravinchuk, Philanthropy Firebrand at Common Good Fundraising based in Canada

The vibe was electric!

"Thank you for a wonderful couple of days of all things Fundraising you and your committee brought a fantastic conference to life.

The vibe was electric and everyone was commenting on how good the conference had gone.  

Blackbaud is proud to sponsor such a great organisation."

— Kristine Ash, Blackbaud

Thanks for your support!

Thank you to the FINZ team for all the support we got this year. Really appreciate everything you guys did to help us out for the conference and on the digital marketing side of it. 

— Marie De Silva, Digital Marketing Consultant at Giving Arcitects based in Auckland

First time I've seen new concepts in a fundraising magazine - very exciting!

I have over 10 years fundraising experience here and in the UK, and this is the first time I have seen a few new concepts in a fundraising magazine that I genuinely wasn’t aware of – and that is actually very exciting!

— Laura