Meet the Team

Gwen Green

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 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. 


Nicole Paterson
Admin and Engagement Support

Nicole is a Wellington local and our Admin and Engagement Support here at FINZ. She is new to working in the non for profit and fundraising sector, ready to explore the position. Her background in hairdressing transfers many skills including creativity and communication needed in this environment. Nicole is the point of call when contacting FINZ for admin support.

Work Hours: 8.30/9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday-Thursday


Dianne Armstrong

Accounts and Finance





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. 

23 Mar 2020

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."

12 Jun 2019

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. 

6 Nov 2019

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!

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