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Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i stares warmly into the camera, her hair frames her face

Key Note Speaker

Hailing from the villages of Mulifanua and Asaga in Samoa, Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i is the daughter of Mau’u Lopeti and Nivaga. She carries the surname Tafuna’i from her late husband Patrick, and continues to walk alongside her son Oliver. Faumuina, an award-winning journalist and ocean voyager, created a wayfinding system that takes the wisdom of Pacific star navigation and ocean voyaging and transposes it into a strategic framework. Guided by navigator Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr (Tainui) from Te Toki Voyaging Trust, Faumuina has been developing wayfinding programmes for strategic planning, business, resilience and suicide prevention. She has worked in media, iwi communications, and development throughout the Pacific Islands, projects developing and running programmes for Oxfam, UN Women and UNDP. She was also the first Pacific Island person to become an Edmund Hillary Fellow.

Find Faumuina online:
Website | Seeds Interview | YouTube | Edmund Hillary Fellowship

Master Class: Change the Sail - Wayfinding in 2021
Event: Fireside Chat, Cuss and Discuss
Workshop: Wayfinding on a Run
Opening Plenary - Wednesday: Change the Sail - Wayfinding in 2021

Shelly Davies, grinning, her short hair and moko kauae feel welcoming and powerful

Key Note Speaker

Shelly Davies is an author, speaker, and coach of Māori descent, known internationally for her unconventional and irresistible work in the field of plain language and clear communications. Shelly has presented at TEDx Tauranga on the death of the formal business voice and has taught plain English at Brigham Young University. Part rockstar, part wordsmith, 100% badass, Shelly teaches others how to break all the rules and give themselves the permission to live their wildest dreams.

Opening Plenary: Lessons in Badassery
Workshop: Plain Language - Writing for Outcomes
Workshop: Boundaries like a Mo-Fo - How to be Sustainably Compassionate

Kaye-Maree Dunn

Managing Director, Kaiwhakahaere

“I te taha o tōku Papa ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka, ko Panguru ki Papata ngā maunga Teitei, ko Whakarapa te awa, ko Ngati Manawa te hapū, ko Ngati Manawa te marae, ko Te Rarawa te iwi. I te taha o tōku Mama, ko Ngāti Mahanga, ko Ngāi Tāmanuhiri rātou ko Ngāti Kahungunu ngā iwi.”

Managing director Kaye-Maree Dunn, along with brother Mita, created MEA in 2010 . Described by various media as a ‘wahine Māori tech entrepreneur’ who has made her mark in the digitech industry, she says she loves what she does within MEA and aspires to ‘use our influence for social and collective impact and to help transform the lives of others.’  Ultimately she would love to see the waka heading to ‘where our team are healthy and thriving, that we are all financially and emotionally wealthy, that we have time to spend on ourselves and our whānau and where inner peace is the ultimate goal for all.’  She is also the Managing Director of Ahau NZ Limited and Indigital Blockchain Limited and currently on the Interim Māori Spectrum Trust Board, North Hokianga Development Trust, Āhau Tātai Hono Trust and is a Sir Edmond Hillary Fellow and a Senior Atlantic Fellow through the University of Melbourne

Specialising in relationship building, strategy, facilitation and human centred design, Kaye-Maree wants to ensure individuals have the right tools and support to govern their organisations with confidence and competence.  She has been working with a range of rangatahi and iwi groups with Te Whare Hukahuka for the past 6 years in the Ka Eke Poutama programme, and loves being involved in lifting the transformative capability of whānau, hapū, and iwi to actively contribute to the growth of New Zealand’s economic potential.

She has worked in the realm of Maori and Community development for over 21 years with a career spanning Child, Youth, and Family, The Department of Labour, The Māori Land Court, and NZ Maori Tourism and Community Housing. Previously she has served on the Board of NZ Tech, Te Paepae Arahi, a Māori mental health provider in Lower Hutt, Hui E Community, The Para Kore Trust and was one of the Wellington Representatives on the New Zealand Māori Council.  She has recently been involved in Social Enterprise Development, Governance Training, E-Commerce Development, and Whānau Ora Planning, particularly with hard-to-reach families. 

Kaye-Maree currently resides in Wainuiomata and grew up in Feilding and loves to sing, eat and hang out with her friends.

Master Class: Powering Up Partnerships with Iwi/Māori Communities
Workshop: Walking Beside Māori Communities: A Case Study
Event: Engage & Experience Fireside Chat

Earle Wilkes smiles warmly, he is in a simple suit and bold tie

Key Note Speaker

Earle has over 25 years’ experience working internationally as an equity, wellbeing and culture - people specialist, including several years working as an independent expert 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), Chair of WEST education scholarship charity and is a governor of a school.

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 workplace 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.

Earle is a qualified and highly respected coach & mentor and sits as an equity, diversity, and culture expert advisor on several international committees and advisory groups, is a member of several professional bodies, such as the Institute for Leadership and Management (IfLM) and has been a Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FIfL) since 2012.

Master Class: Engaging and Attracting More Diverse Donors

Meredith Dwyer

Director, HomeMade Australia

Meredith has worked with leading non-profit organisations across Australia as a fundraiser, consultant and event producer for over 20 years.  A leader in the development of cause related marketing in Australia, she established multi-million dollar, award winning partnerships for Kids Help Line that were showcased and published internationally as examples of best practice. 

In 2011, Meredith joined CauseForce as Managing Director Australia/New Zealand, leading the growth of their blockbusting fundraising events in the region.  In six years The Ride to Conquer Cancer, Weekend to End Women’s Cancers and OneDay to Conquer Cancer raised over $110 million for cancer charities in Australia and New Zealand. 

In 2015 she founded the Australian arm of global agency, HomeMade, helping charities transform their event, individual giving and digital fundraising.  In 2019 Meredith was recognized by the Fundraising Institute of Australia as the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year.  She currently serves as Chair of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Master Class: Future Proof your Digital Fundraising
Workshop: Mind the Gap: Lift your Campaign Performance

BACK TO TOP                              SPEAKERS



Professor Ajmol Ali

Director, Imago Wellness Coaching

Originally from Bangladesh, Ajmol moved to UK at an early age. Aj completed his studies at Loughborough University (UK) and graduated with a PhD in 2002. Aj started at Massey University in 2003 and is currently Professor in the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition.

Ajmol is the Associate Dean International for College of Health, Director of the Centre for Metabolic Health Research and director of Beverage Lab.

Ajmol is also an Honorary Adjunct Associate Professor within the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as Honorary Senior Lecturer within the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences at University of Essex (UK).

Workshop: How Employee Wellness should be the First Stop in Boosting Business

Sue Barker

Director, Sue Barker Charities Law

Sue Barker is the director of Sue Barker Charities Law, a boutique law firm based in Wellington specialising in charities law and public tax law. Since its founding in 2012, the firm has won a number of awards, including Boutique Law Firm of the Year at the New Zealand Law Awards. Sue is a co-author of the text The Law and Practice of Charities in New Zealand, a director of the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the Core Reference Group for the review of the Charities Act. In 2019, Sue was awarded the prestigious New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship Te Karahipi Rangahau ā Taiao, to undertake research into the question “What does a world-leading framework of charities law look like?”. The report Focus on purpose was released in April 2022 making 70 recommendations for charities law reform in New Zealand.

Event: Fireside Chat: Cuss and Discuss
Event: Welcome Cocktail Function

Sarah Barrer

Managing Director, Barrer & Co

Sarah has been working in the not-for-profit industry since 2008 and she has headed Barrer & Co since 2012 with a vision to support organisations to achieve their fundraising goals through developing effective strategy and relationship management.

Sarah’s driving passion is to focus on the individual needs of an organisation and work alongside them to provide solutions within their context. To achieve this, she utilises the skills she has gained with her background working in corporate relationship management and her experience as a member of several Boards – most recently Hagar International and Life Education Trust Canterbury, as well as her extensive not-for-profit specialisation.

Sarah’s fundraising philosophy is based on considered analysis and planning, enhancing stakeholder relationships, meaningful stewardship, and expectation management. Together with this, Sarah utilises traditional methodology and new and innovative ideas to create success; since the inception of Barrer & Co, she has helped 130 not-for-profits in the areas of capital campaigns, operational efficiency, long-term funding sustainability and increases in revenue generation.

This traditionally under-resourced sector has become a passionate area of interest for Sarah and her personal characteristics of resilience, transparency, honesty and perseverance have helped to form her expertise.

Workshop: How to Achieve Peak Performance in Fundraising

Jeremy Bennett

Owner & Chief Consultant, Bigfoot Fundraising

Jeremy is an experienced digital marketer and fundraiser with over 12 years in the Charity sector. He has a proven track record of growing Individual Giving fundraising programs in Australia, the UK and Asia, for charities such as Amnesty International Australia and Taiwan, World Animal Protection and Shelter UK. He previously worked as a marketing manager in the commercial sector for Telstra before moving to the NFP sector in 2009 to pursue his passion for helping charities do good.

2 years ago he launched Bigfoot Fundraising, a boutique fundraising agency that helps not-for-profit organisations make a bigger impact, for a better world. Bigfoot Fundraising focuses on strategic marketing, digital fundraising, social engagement and innovation. We are proud to work with charities including Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, Lung Foundation Australia, Batyr, The Torch, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Cancer Council Australia, and more.

NZed Talk: Using Facebook to Refresh your Bequest Program

Michelle Berriman

Executive Director, Fundraising Institute of New Zealand

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.

Event: Fireside Chat, Cuss and Discuss
Event: Opening Plenary: FINZ Welcome
Event: Closing Plenary: The Future of FINZ

Kath Bier

GM Brand & Communications, The Wellington City Mission

After 16 years at The Breeze radio station, Kath recently joined the team at The Wellington City Mission. Working alongside the fundraising team, Kath’s role covers marketing and communications for the Mission. The move to the Mission aligns with the priestly call on her life – Kath will be ordained as an Anglican Priest in November this year.

Event: FINZ Fundraising Excellence Awards

Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Director-General of Health and Chief Executive

Dr Bloomfield qualified in medicine at the University of Auckland in 1990 and after several years of clinical work specialised in public health medicine. His particular area of professional interest is non-communicable disease prevention and control, and he spent 2011 at the World Health Organization in Geneva working on this topic at a global level.

Dr Bloomfield was Chief Executive at Hutt Valley District Health Board from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership roles within the Ministry of Health.

Event: Opening Plenary: Opening Address

Clare Bridle

Principal Consultant, AskRIGHT

Clare is a fundraising and marketing professional with more than 20 years of experience having worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector in a variety of management roles.  She has also served in several governance roles.

In her current role as Principal Consultant, New Zealand at fundraising consultancy AskRIGHT, Clare enjoys working with organisations of all sizes to maximise their fundraising success.

Master Class: High Performance Major Gift Solicitation

Ken Burnett

Managing Trustee, SOFII

Ken Burnett is a writer, inspirational speaker and author of several books on donor development and communication. Chairman of Trustees at ActionAid from 1998 to 2003, Ken began his fundraising career with that charity in 1977 and since then has been a leading fundraising strategist in the UK and around the world. A former trustee of the UK Institute of Fundraising, Book Aid International and the Disasters Emergency Committee and co-founder of the Commission on the Donor Experience, Ken is now a trustee of World Land Trust and founder and managing trustee at SOFII. In 2015 Ken was guest speaker at the 1st China Fundraising Conference in Beijing – the only non-Chinese speaker at the event. His website and blog is www.kenburnett.com A new book, The Essence of Campaigning Fundraising in 52 Exhibits and 155 Web links, will be published in 2021.

Event: I Wish I'd Thought of That (IWITOT)

Claire Carruthers

Director of Fundraising & Communications, Wellington Free Ambulance

I am an experienced major gift fundraiser with an extensive background in relationship management and engagement. I pride myself on excellent communication and storytelling to create mutually beneficial philanthropic partnerships. I began my current role is the Director of Fundraising and Communications at Wellington Free Ambulance in January this year. In the first three months I secured close to $1 million in new donations.

Panel: How to Maximise your Events Fundraising Revenue!

Hailey Cavill-Jaspers

Chief Do-Goodologist & Founder, BePartnerReady.com®

Hailey is Australia’s most successful corporate-cause partnership matchmaker with an impressive career spanning 25 years. She’s built 50+ partnerships for corporate clients investing millions of dollars of cash, exposure & skills into the social sector. These include Seek, Vodafone, Mondelez & Disney to name a few. She advises corporates & brands on their CSR & Social Good strategy, and leads the team of digital & marketing experts at BePartnerReady.com®.

BePartnerReady.com® is an online program that teaches a robust and road-tested 7-step process to enable changemakers (from non-profits & social enterprises) across Australia & NZ to forge transformative, mutually beneficial partnerships & sponsorships with corporates. It builds capacity but fundamentally it's a blueprint for immediate action. The program contains tools tailored for both Australian and New Zealand non-profits.

Hailey is a seasoned speaker having shared her insights and knowledge at IFC Holland, Inst of Fundraising UK, FIA, F&P and FINZ.

Session: Get Ready for Corporate Partnerships

Alan Clayton

Philanthropy & Fundraising International

Simply put, Alan delivers the focus and energy that clients need to transform fundraising growth for their organisations. With 25 years as an international speaker, seminar leader, creative director and consultant in fundraising, Alan has a world-class reputation for fundraising transformation. Having started his career in UK charities, he ran a London based agency for ten years before committing the next decade to developing a global programme in ‘Great Fundraising Organisations.’ Alan has worked with over 350 clients in more than 30 countries.

Event: Closing Plenary: Great Fundraising is Hard but Sometimes you Win

Mark Collins

CEO, ChildFund New Zealand

Recently appointed ChildFund New Zealand CEO, and ex-finance and business industry leader Mark Collins brings fresh insight, innovation and leadership to the charity sector. Mark took the helm at ChildFund following 20 plus years of experience in the finance and business sector including as CEO of Mike Pero Group, Liberty Financial Pty Ltd and NZ Home Loans, along with senior leadership positions at Sovereign. Mark will lead the implementation of ChildFund's new strategy focused on strengthening positive impact for children through locally-led development and new funding streams to ensure the impact is ongoing.

Workshop: For-purpose from profit, a fresh funding perspective

Gavin Coopey

Director, More Strategic

Gavin is an experienced consultant and social researcher who has helped many Charity Boards and Leadership teams develop strategic approaches to fundraising communications and consumer led culture change. As a specialist in Branding, High value partnerships and Innovation strategy; his advice is based on a deep understanding of supporter insights generated from multiple market research projects. During a diverse career Gavin worked in various Marketing and Fundraising roles in the UK and Australian charity sectors. However; Gavin’s most import achievement is that his two teenage sons still talk to him and don’t think he’s a
complete idiot!

Gavin has presented numerous times at IFC on Innovation, Brand Strategy and International Research into public perceptions as well
as countless Conferences in the UK, Australia and NZ.

Event: I Wish I'd Thought of That (IWITOT)
Workshop: Giving New Zealand - The How and Why of New Zealand Donors
Workshop: Donor Centricity - How to Really Understand and Empathise with your Donors

Gareth Davies


Gareth Davies has worked for non-profits since 2006, across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.  He has successfully built, launched, led and optimised individual giving programmes, strategies, campaigns and channels, recruiting thousands of donors and generating millions of dollars in the process.  Over the last three years in particular, Gareth has focused on turning data and analysis into practical actions that improve fundraising programmes and drive better net returns. Now a Principal Consultant at Engage & Experience, Gareth is working with multiple clients across Australia and New Zealand.

Workshop: Individual Giving is No Longer Profitable Unless...

Sarita Divis

Alumni Relations and Engagement Annual Giving Manager, University of Auckland

Sarita Divis has a background in direct mail, sponsorship, and relationship fundraising in both New Zealand and Australia.  Retention of donors beats donor acquisition any day so Sarita is excited by the opportunities that donor love and donor care presents in building deeper connections with donors that result in higher retention and higher gifts. She wants to share some of her learning and give practical examples of how others can implement donor care into their donor journeys. 

Workshop: DONOR CARE: Ideas and Examples

Chris Downes

CEO, DVA Navion

In 30 years Chris has worked with hundreds of clients providing counsel in support of their fundraising programs. Since 2002 years he has worked for organisations large and small, recruiting, training and mentoring many people into the world of bequests and helped build new programs from scratch to transforming established programs.

In NZ he has partnered with a diverse range of clients. He followed his 2 years at University of Canterbury with campaigns at Lincoln, Massey and University of Auckland. His bequest / gift in Wills experience in NZ has extended to providing counsel to many organisations including, Starship, Save the Children NZ, Unicef, Plunket, NZBCF, RNZFB and NZ Rugby. Chris currently is working with Salvation Army NZ and a number of Australian National and State based clients.

He has been invited to speak to multiple National and International conferences and workshops.

Workshop: Gifts in Wills... It's Personal
Workshop: Do You Still Love Me? 20 Tips and Tactics for Better Donor Stewardship

Liz Gibbs

Head of Philanthropy, Perpetual Guardian

As the new head of philanthropy at Perpetual Guardian, Liz Gibbs brings significant experience from over 25 years of working in philanthropy, NGO management and governance into her stewardship of the company’s next phase of growth in philanthropy leadership. Ms Gibbs has worked with some of the best-known charities, from Save the Children International and Save the Children New Zealand to the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society. She previously served as chief executive for Save the Children New Zealand and Philanthropy New Zealand, and as head of foundation for Te Papa Tongarewa, and studied strategic leadership at Harvard Business School. Her current governance roles include deputy-chair of Unicef New Zealand and board member of the Mediaworks Foundation.

Event: Fireside Chat, Cuss and Discuss

Gwen Green

Director, Your Philanthropy Coach

For over twenty years, Gwen has worked as a professional fundraiser from fundraising administrator through to charity CEO, across organisations of all shapes and sizes. However, making a real and tangible difference to small charities is a passion, and as director of Your Philanthropy Coach Gwen helps small charities maximise their fundraising potential.

Having always loved a challenge, especially when it comes to developing and growing fundraising strategy, Gwen has during her career successfully fundraised through the GFC; developed a diverse and successful fundraising strategy for an organisation who suddenly lost its only funder; she has set up fundraising programmes from scratch and most recently a whole not-for profit organisations from the ground up – indeed no challenge is to big, or figuratively speaking, too small.

Workshop: How do you Raise Funds when you have No Donors?

Sebastian Grodd

Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, Life Flight Trust

As Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at Life Flight, Seb is part of a small, passionate team that saves lives. His event highlights include creating a six-figure Gala Dinner series, hosting 5,000 buzzing supporters annually at their Open Day, and tripling event income.

Panel: How to Maximise your Events Fundraising Revenue!

Jasmine Groves

Exec Director Business & Industry Partnership, UCOL

I have almost 20 years’ experience in marketing, communications and advancement, working in private, public, non-profit and higher education sectors. My experience has seen me grow my stakeholder engagement skills as well as alumni engagement, brand management, marketing & communications, community engagement, social media, analysis, event management, and fundraising. For the last decade, I have also been leading and developing high performing teams.

As an innovative problem solver, I identify business problems, formulating sound project management, marketing and communication plans to achieve tangible results, backed up by strong analysis and metrics. My public speaking has seen me present at conferences in Australia and New Zealand, on data segmentation, profiling of stakeholders and relevance of communications and marketing channels & tactics – wrapping up with the correlation they have on the results you achieve and the ROI you are after.

Workshop: Harnessing the Power of LinkedIn

Alcuin Hacker


Alcuin Hacker is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Engage & Experience and is a world leading expert in fundraising systems, processes and business intelligence. Having worked with over 80 charities since 2008, including seven years managing the CRM, Supporter Care and Regular Giving at the Wilderness Society Australia, Alcuin's practice focuses on supporting organisations to implement best practice supporter lifecycle systems, processes and reporting, and to deliver successful digital transformation programs. Alcuin is also co-founder of Recurring Insights, a business intelligence (lifecycle dashboarding) solution for regular giving charities and is on the global advisory group for Microsoft Tech for Social Impact.

Workshop: Individual Giving is No Longer Profitable Unless...

Catherine Hall

Chief Executive, Alzheimer's NZ

Catherine Hall is Alzheimers NZ's Chief Executive. Catherine has extensive experience in the health and justice sectors. Her career began as a registered nurse before taking on health management positions including the public sector and with an NGO.  

After 20 years, Catherine moved to the Justice sector, where she held various senior management roles, before coming back to health and joining Alzheimers NZ in 2012. Under her leadership as Chief Executive Catherine has directed her energy toward strengthening the voice of people living with dementia, focusing on human rights, and building a suite of high-quality programmes to support a dementia-friendly New Zealand.

Panel: How to Maximise your Events Fundraising Revenue!

Alecia Hancock

Social Media Marketing Consultant, Alecia Hancock Consulting

Alecia is an entrepreneur, educator, founder of Change the World and the award winning Unite events and director of Hancock Creative. She has written and published hundreds of articles, created award winning social media campaigns, is a sought-after speaker and not-for-profit trainer. Alecia was chosen as one of WA’s most influential people in business by NIFNEX, her business was named WA Telstra micro business of the year WA 2017 and won an Australian Web award for social media campaign of the year in 2016. It is her passion to help worthy causes tell the stories that Change the World.

Workshop: Using Social Media to Activate Your Community

Nigel Harris

Founding Partner – Giving Architects Australia

Founding Partner of Giving Architects Australia, Nigel previously worked for Mater Foundation in Brisbane for more than 20 years.  Mater Hospital is a non-profit hospital and Mater Foundation became one of the largest healthcare charities in Australia under Nigel’s leadership.  Nigel cares passionately about effective healthcare philanthropy and authentic donor relationships.  He is an experienced trainer, speaker and most of all, loves collaborating with his fundraising peers from around the world.

Master Class: Effective Fundraising in the Health Sector

Christina Hoey

Fundraising Director, Save the Children NZ

A commitment to helping change children’s lives for the better informs the work of Save the Children New Zealand Fundraising and Marketing Director Christina Hoey every day.  

A Certified Fundraising Executive with more than a decade’s experience in fundraising, and a Master’s Degree in International Development, Christina is the driving force behind Save the Children’s fundraising activities in New Zealand. Since joining the organisation nine years ago, Christina has helped grow the donor base from just 7,000 monthly donors to more than 22,000 active givers, which has enabled greater commitment to Save the Children’s life-changing programmes for children in the Pacific and around the world.

Her favourite part of fundraising is maximising the user experience, really getting into the current or prospective donor’s head to understand what drives their behaviour, especially in the realms of TV, the mail and online.

Outside of work, Christina enjoys running, swimming, and biking. Recovery time is also important when training, so she also enjoys reading and crafting. 

Workshop: The Power of TV and Digital Video for your Gifts in Wills Program with Nicola Long

Rachel Jefferies

Consultant, AskRIGHT

Rachel is a Consultant at AskRIGHT and Campaign Director for the rebuild of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch. In this role, Rachel develops and nurtures strategic relationships with major donors, funders, and organisations to secure funds and build campaign engagement.

For over two decades, Rachel has worked with charitable organisations and cultural institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand, serving as fundraiser, copyeditor, percussionist, and board member. Rachel has held management roles with the University of Auckland, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She is currently a board member of the Tim Bray Theatre Company in Auckland, and Chair of Project Lyttelton, a non-profit grassroots organisation committed to building sustainable, connected community in Christchurch.

Workshop: From Monty Python to Matt Damon, Fundraising Lessons from Movies and TV

Jay Kachelhoffer

Co-Founder, Giv2

A background in IT Management Consulting and Business improvement he co-founded Giv2. Jay has over 20 years of commercial and management experience, mostly delivering business process improvement  - recently in IT transformation and implementation programmes. Jay has held roles across almost every business function and worked in a wide range of sectors. He’s co-founder of a previous Software startup. Jay has a wide range of business experience and thrives on finding new ways to do things that deliver greater value.

Workshop: Baby Donors to Boomer Donors - Digital and Donations

Dominique Leeming

Senior Associate, Giving Architects

Dominique is a skilled fundraiser with over 20 years’ experience delivering successful fundraising programmes at several New Zealand charities. She is now helping charitable organisations realise their fundraising aspirations as a senior associate at consultancy, Giving Architects. Previously, Dominique led the integration of marketing, communications, and fundraising at SPCA when the organisation transitioned from over 40 separate entities into one organisation while driving significant growth in fundraised income. It was during that time that SPCA’s Marketing & Fundraising team were awarded numerous awards in recognition of their work, including the Supreme Excellence in Fundraising Award in 2019. That year, Dominique was also awarded the inaugural FINZ Fundraising Leader of the Year.

Workshop: Emerging from the Embers - A Personal Journey through Burnout

Nicola Long

Head of DTV Australia and New Zealand

Nicola has been a part of the Australian Fundraising and New Zealand sector for almost 20 years.

A true Direct Marketer, Nicola started out in direct marketing and digital many years ago in London, working for Ford Motor Company and Sky TV, before moving to Australia. Nicola has gleaned decades of learning’s from both the corporate and fundraising sectors to provide tried and tested solutions for charities to help them raise more funds in a pragmatic and measured way.

Since 2018 Nicola has led DTV in Australia and New Zealand and was formally General Manager of Innovation and Development and Head of Client Service at Pareto Fundraising. Over the past 20 years Nicola has worked with most Australian and New Zealand Charities helping them to grow their individual giving through Direct Mail, Digital Campaigns, Events and and DRTV.

Event: I Wish I'd Thought of That (IWITOT)
Workshop: The Power of TV and Digital Video for your Gifts in Will Programme with Christina Hoey

Georgia McIntosh

Co-Founder & Communications Whizz, BePartnerReady.com®

Georgia is Marketing & Communications specialist, and Co-Founder of BePartnerReady.com®, an online program that upskills non-profits in the mastery of corporate partnerships.  It gets results -  multi-million-dollar partnerships for Conservation Volunteers, Bully Zero, School Fun Run, Fred Hollows, Oxfam, PetRescue, CareFlight, Greening Australia, Heart Foundation to name just a few.

Georgia has a Bachelor in Professional Communications and a Masters in International Development. She loves to travel and discover new cultures, and has toured Japan, India & Morocco. 

Session: Get Ready for Corporate Partnerships

Gavin McLellan

Development Manager, LifeFlight

Gavin is a fundraiser and charity engagement specialist of 20 years standing. His career has been mainly in the UK, after 10 years in private sector. He has worked in capital appeals and alumni, and causes spanning; museums, health, youth, international development and conservation. Now in NZ with his kiwi family, he hopes to continue learning and developing as a fundraisers and sharing more insights across different contexts. He is a mentor, coach, and conference speaker.

Workshop: Future Proofing Fundraising - Through the Goldfish Bowl

Fi McPhee


Fi (Fiona) McPhee loves fundraising. She’s been at it for 20 years and is still smiling.

Fi is a coach, consultant & trainer to fundraisers and not-for-profit leaders. She works with fundraisers to help them build sustainable fundraising programs and with bosses and boards to seek the right insight to best manager and govern fundraising within their organisations. Fi brings to the party her love of data - having lead Australia & New Zealand’s largest fundraising benchmarking and analytics program for over a decade Fi’s insight into fundraising performance and how donors behave is unparalleled.

As a speaker and trainer Fi draws on best practice methodologies as well as her experience and insights from her time working with hundreds of charities from across New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and North America.

In addition to her day job Fi is a Mum, average skier, amateur hiker, serves on two not-for-profit boards and is the Resource Alliance Australia & New Zealand ambassador.

Event: I Wish I'd Thought of That (IWITOT)
Workshop: The Art of Conversation - The Science Behind Regular Giving Acquisition Interaction with Karina Salih
Workshop: Giving New Zealand - The How and Why of New Zealand Donors with Gavin Coopey
Workshop: Donor Centricity - How to Really Understand and Empathise with your Donors with Gavin Coopey

Greg Millar

National Fundraising Manager, IHC

Greg Millar has been in fundraising management roles for 30+ years, and is currently IHC’s National Fundraising Manager. Greg had 7 years with UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) in Washington DC and Rome, and 3 years with UNICEF based in Geneva. His New Zealand career has included fundraising management at Auckland City Mission, WWF-New Zealand, Presbyterian Support – East Coast and UNICEF New Zealand.

Workshop: Data Driven Growth

Steven Moe

Partner, Parry Field Lawyers Limited

Steven is a partner at Parry Field Lawyers who provides advice to charities, companies, not-for-profits and social enterprises. Steven has worked across Wellington, Christchurch, Tokyo, London and Sydney.  He is a director of two companies and a trustee of a charitable trust, including his role as Chair for Community Finance, which has raised $93 million for social housing. He is a member of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, the XRB Advisory Panel, Charities Services Sector Group, Chair of the APAC Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers and hosts a podcast on governance, leadership and entrepreneurship called Seeds with 300+ interviews.  He also facilitates a monthly zoom ‘impact call’ to bring together diverse groups working on social impact initiatives, and is planning an Impact Conference for 2023 for 1,400.

Master Class: Structuring for Impact: Maximising Fundraising Opportunities
Event: Fireside Chat, Cuss and Discuss

Aislinn Molloy

Senior Solicitior, Parry Field Lawyers

Aislinn works alongside those who want to create impact in the world. A senior solicitor at Parry Field Lawyers, she helps entities consider how to structure their charity or business to sustainably make a difference. Outside of work, Aislinn also sits on the board of a social housing charitable trust.

Master Class: Structuring for Impact: Maximising Fundraising Opportunities with Steven Moe

Shanelle Newton-Clapham

Chief Digital Consultant, Parachute Digital

Before starting Parachute Digital, who won Agency of the Year in Australia's FIA awards this year, Shanelle started her fundraising career at WWF Australia back in 2009. Over the last decade she has proven undeniably that digital fundraising does work! She even wrote a book, with that in the title.

Shanelle & the Parachute Digital team have made it their purpose to connect people that care, with the causes that they care about. She has been supporting organisations like yours to find the people that care about your cause, and bring them to you; to take action & to donate.

Shanelle is a fierce advocate for your donor. She insists that you give them an excellent online experience – make it easy for them to give, tell them stories that are relevant to them. This approach has made her one of the most sought after digital consultants & speakers globally.

Workshop: Forget 2 step RG acquisition - do it online for better ROI. with Mamta Bhatt

Karla Paotonu

Funds Development Manager, Outward Bound New Zealand

Karla Paotonu has been a professional fundraiser for over 13 years working in international and community development. She is currently the Funds Development Manager at Outward Bound New Zealand. Karla feels that being a fundraiser for Outward Bound is a privilege because it is the link between generous people who want to make a difference and young people who need support to build confidence, resilience, and acceptance of their true self.

Workshop: “Can I run an urgent appeal when I am not responding to urgent need? YES of course you can!” - A case study of the Outward Bound Urgent Appeal 2020.

Dr Sarah Paterson-Hamlin

CEO, UpsideDowns Education Trust

Sarah has been leading the UpsideDowns Education Trust since 2017, and has been thrilling audiences at FINZ since 2018. Before that, she was doing a PhD in Literature at the University of Glasgow, and before THAT she was a dedicated Dunedinite, studying literature, writing poetry, and working at the Otago Museum. She has worked and volunteered for non-profits such as UN Youth NZ, Maryhill integration Network, Auberge des Migrants, Global Poverty Project, Amnesty International and various others. She lives in Auckland with her husband, nearly-4-year-old, and 1-year-old.

Workshop: Up and Down Aotearoa - Covid-Proof Fundraising in an Auspicious Year

Daniel Paul

The PR Company

Daniel is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of NZ (PRINZ).  He has nearly 40 years’ experience in strategic communications and PR roles, specialising in the NGO sector. He has worked in senior positions in both the public and private sectors, including managing projects with some of New Zealand’s higher profile organisations. He is often asked by PRINZ to sit on both its annual awards judging panels and its annual practitioner examination accreditation panels.

Event: VIP Special Breakfast: NFPs and the Art of Crisis Management


Clive Pedley

Director and Chief Executive at Giving Architects

A founding partner of Giving Architects, Clive has been sharing his fundraising experience and insights since the start of his fundraising journey in 2000. Clive has worked directly with a range of healthcare causes in New Zealand and Australia, from small and new through to well-established household names.  He thoroughly enjoys the learning that comes through that direct experience, as well as insights from peers, and then sharing that in a variety of training and advisory settings.

Master Class: Effective Fundraising in the Health Sector
Event: VIP Special Interest Breakfast
Workshop: Unlocking the philanthropic ambition of donors - going beyond donor-centricity

Ligia Peña

President, GlobetrottingFundraiser

Ligia Peña, CFRE is President of GlobetrottingFundraiser where she specializes in helping nonprofits with their fundraising and legacy strategy. She's also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kent, researching national legacy marketing campaigns as a tool to change society’s behaviour towards gifts in wills. As an AFP Master Trainer and certified Creative Facilitator, she’s trained countless fundraisers around the globe. She's a sought-after and seasoned international presenter who enjoys sharing her knowledge and empowering nonprofits professionals to dare to be creative and innovative.

Workshop: Embracing the Power of your GiW Pipeline

Craig Pollard

Founder, Fundraising Radicals

Craig has been in fundraising for 25+ years, has worked with thousands of donors, fundraisers and nonprofits in 90+ countries. As a global fundraising consultant he guides major nonprofits. His passion is helping new and reluctant fundraisers, so he wrote a book, founded the Fundraising Radicals, and now leads the Global Fundraising Programme. Craig is a Fellow of London’s Royal Geographical Society and once cycled 17,000km from London to Cape Town (it took a year).

Master Class: High-Performance Major Gift Solicitation
NZed Talk: Adventures in Global Fundraising

Sabrina Ragan

Senior Development Manager, University of Otago

Sabrina has over 20 years of experience in fundraising, previously for institutions in the States including The Ohio State University and Cincinnati Museum Centre.  She moved to Dunedin with her husband and six children nearly two years ago to join the University of Otago’s development team.  Sabrina brings with her extensive experience in annual giving, major gifts, and campaigns, with a special passion for helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals through the institutions for which our industry serves.

Workshop: Avoiding the Ditch on Both Sides of the Major Gift Journey

Katrina Reilly

Campaigns Manager, WWF New Zealand

Katrina is responsible for managing WWF- New Zealand's fundraising campaign. She was previously Fundraising Communications Advisor at Barnardos New Zealand. She’s been working in the fundraising space for over 15 years including as a good few years as a direct mail specialist. She’s fell into fundraising via philosophy, libraries and prospect research. It’s getting to tell transformational stories, with results you can actually measure, that keeps her there.

NZed Talk: A Story About Stories

Katherine Richards

Donor Development Manager, Save the Children NZ

Katherine has swiftly created a successful career in fundraising over the past seven years. As a direct marketing specialist, she is skilled at developing, planning, implementing and measuring success in direct marketing appeals and retention campaigns. She is forever developing and tweaking the programmes she manages to maximize retention and income growth of supporters throughout their donor journey.

Katherine is passionate about improving the way we work, streamlining processes and breaking norms to make sure we are being smart effective fundraisers, throughout every aspect of our job. Katherine is currently the Donor Development Manager at Save the Children New Zealand. Outside of work she enjoys all things outdoors from trail running, tramping and serving her community as a Land Search and Rescue volunteer.

Workshop: Struggles to Successes: Swapping your Problems for Positive Change

Ashley Rose


Ashley Rose has led the team at Mondial for 16 years. He has delivered award-winning campaigns for charities in New Zealand, Australia, the US and the UK. His principle learning from 24 years of telephone fundraising experience is that high quality conversations achieve lasting results and relationships. Human to human contact with people who care makes a big difference. Ashley’s been working to raise fundraising standards since joining FIA’s Code Authority in 2019.  Outside of fundraising, family, food and dog walking occupy most of his time.

Workshop: Individual Giving is No Longer Profitable Unless...

Karina Salih

Head of Client Services, Public Outreach

Karina Rottinger has 9 years of experience working in and around the non-for-profit sector in Australia and overseas. The combination of marketing, administration and humanitarian work in her background has given her a practical outlook into creating and implementing new ideas. Spending the past 6 years as the Head of Client Services at Public Outreach, she has spent her time diversifying the fundraising services that can be offered to the charity sector and helped transform fundraising programs across more than 40 different charities in Australia and New Zealand.

Workshop: The Art of Conversation - The Science Behind Regular Giving Acquisition Interaction

Nicki Sayers

Prospect Researcher, Guiding Light Research

Nicki is a specialist prospect researcher with over 20 years’ experience of research and fundraising in New Zealand.

She works with charities of all sizes helping them to identify and research major gift prospects; rank them according to their Linkage, Interest and Ability to make a major gift; and help with cultivation strategies leading towards making an ask.

Workshop: Finding Major Donors - Where to Start?

Rebecca Scelly

Director, Outside Insights Ltd

Rebecca has been working for Not-For-Profits for over 15 years, working as a professional fundraiser, strategic planner and project manager for Not-For-Profits in New Zealand, Australia, East Asia and Brazil. Her portfolio includes leading the fundraising programme for Greenpeace in Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as project managing a Knowledge Management project for Greenpeace East Asia. Rebecca has a wealth of experience across all aspects of fundraising, charity management and strategic planning.

Workshop: Reimagining Fundraising
Workshop: How to Build a Digital Fundraising Campaign

Terri van Schooten

CEO, Verve

I have extensive experience in building engaged communities, stakeholder engagement and developing partnerships. As the CEO of Verve - I work with the team to help organisations achieve their goals through creative event strategy and innovative experience design - and then we make it happen!

Panel: How to Maximise your Events Fundraising Revenue!

Terri Sheahan

Fundraising Strategist/Copywriter, Precision@Soar

A communications expert with 30+ years in fundraising and philanthropy, Terri has worked as both a hands-on fundraiser and donor communications specialist across all cause areas in the not-for-profit sector.

Direct Mail is her specialty and donor-centric communications is her passion. Terri works with charities large and small to maximise their income and strengthen their donor relationships through communications across the donor journey.

Workshop: Connecting with Donors via Creative that Gets Results

Zebedee Stone

Fundraising & Marketing Director, Amnesty International New Zealand

Zebedee (Zeb) is the Fundraising & Marketing Director at Amnesty International New Zealand. With a varied and interesting career in fundraising he has led fundraising teams at KidsCan, the New Zealand Labour Party and Oxfam over the past decade. Zeb is passionate about utilising innovative and tried-and-true avenues to effectively engage supporters. His personal fundraising efforts have been equally varied and included revealing he is actually Batman to run the Auckland Marathon in his super-hero suit for sufficient support. Alongside fighting for justice day and night it’s pretty well accepted he runs far too much so has plenty of time to think about some of the big issues we face as fundraisers. One such issue is how fake news is changing the face of fundraising. Join Zeb for his session ‘Fake News + Fundamentals’ to explore what you can do about it.

Workshop: Creating Unity through Movement Building

Colin Thomas

Founder & CEO, Raizor

Colin is one of the founders of Raizor, a social enterprise dedicated to bringing new sustainable income streams to charity. Prior to Raizor, Colin worked in corporate finance at KPMG. He has a bachelor degree in Finance and is a Charted Financial Analyst (CFA).

NZed Talk: Future-Proof your Fundraising Efforts and Create Long-Term Corporate Relationships

Sean Triner

Director, Moceanic

After fundraising in the UK from '88 up to '02 Sean worked up from a trainee events fundraiser, through direct marketing to director of fundraising and marketing at UK mental health charity, Mind. Sean co-founded Pareto Fundraising and later a charity call centre, Pareto Phone and helped charities raise over $1bn. After selling the business to concentrate on training he co-founded Moceanic, dedicated to lifting fundraisers ability to increase revenue for their charity.

"Sean profoundly shaped me as a fundraiser. With him you get some greater sense of meaning and boundless new possibilities. You also get very practical, evidence-based insights into how to raise more money quickly. If you’re looking for eureka effect, Sean is definitely your go-to person.” Jason Smith, Aussie fundraiser.

Sean is also a trained comedian, deadly snake rescuer and accomplished fundraiser. He presents with English wit, Australian directness, mathematician logic and copy-writer creativity.

Workshop: The Power of Matched Giving 
Workshop: Donors that FUND your FUNDRAISING! 

Louise Walters

Consultant, AskRIGHT

Louise has over 3 decades of in-depth experience as an acknowledged senior fundraiser and marketing professional, having worked in the UK, Germany, and latterly for a 12 year period within Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Louise enjoys working with charities and is passionate about assisting them to achieve their full fundraising potential. She has worked with great success with local and national charities in developing their fundraising strategy before, during and post the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Workshop: Developing a Successful Fundraising Strategy

Mark Wiegerink

Director, Fundraising Logic

I am a strategic marketing and fundraising executive with 23 years’ experience in leading wholesale, consumer and 'for impact' organisations.

My work to date has been as a strategic fundraiser in the following organisations: Save the Children, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Stroke Foundation, Make A Wish and the Australian Prostate Centre. I have an undergrad degree in Marketing at La Trobe, an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and a Business Analytics Certificate from Wharton School of Business. I am am currently studying at Berkeley Haas school of business in California. I am also a member of the FIA.

As director of Fundraising Logic, I am focused on bringing a Fundraisers perspective to data and analytics. Delivering ‘one place’ to go for insights to Fundraising Departments that are accessible, provide common understanding, and break down barriers between departments.

Workshop: Future Focused

Iyanthi Wijayanayake

Director, Giving Architects

A founding Director of Giving Architects, Iyanthi started her fundraising journey with New Zealand healthcare charities in 2003.  Iyanthi has enjoyed working with and advising a broad range of charities ever since.  She brings a broad range of skills and business acumen to the social purpose sector. Passionate about the for-purpose sector, Iyanthi is looking forward to hosting this Masterclass and creating a dynamic learning experience for all attendees.

Master Class: Effective Fundraising in the Health Sector