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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
Opening Plenary - Thursday: Change the Sail - Wayfinding in 2021
Workshop: Wayfinding on a Run

Alicia McKay, grinning, leans against a wall with her arms folded

Key Note Speaker

Alicia McKay, straight talking strategist Tackling the tricky stuff in life, work and leadership, Alicia McKay doesn't waste time with buzzwords and bullsh*t. A leading expert in strategy and change, Alicia helps people, teams and leaders to make sense and make decisions to transform their lives, teams and organisations. Author, speaker, facilitator and coach, Alicia has worked with New Zealand and Australia’s most senior leaders in government, business and the community to develop cutting-edge strategy, lead change and become more effective leaders in the face of uncertainty. Co-host of the “What’s On Your Mind?” podcast, prolific blogger, and author of two books -'From Strategy to Action: A Guide to Getting Shit Done in The Public Sector' and 'You Don't Need an MBA: Leadership Lessons to Cut through the Crap', Alicia brings her fresh thinking, irreverent humour and sharp insight to audiences across the globe.

Find Alicia Online:
Website | LinkedIn

Master Class: Level Up your Leadership - the strategic leader's guide to having real impact
Opening Plenary - Thursday: Responding to Change - how to cope in a world gone mad

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


Conference Speakers:

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: FINZ Welcome

Mamta Bhatt

Lead Digital Consultant & 2iC, Parachute Digital

Mamta is an intriguing mix of technical skill and creative flair. She’s a digital purist who literally lives and breathes the behaviour we tell charities that their donors will respond to.

She's been traversing the digital landscape for 10+ years, and digital fundraising for half of that. Over the last year (most would rather forget) alone, Mamta helped pivot existing campaigns & developed new campaigns to champion charities digitally during pandemic-pandemonium. These included Starship’s Covid emergency & Keep Starship Flying matched giving appeals, new virtual p2p fundraisers, and wildly successful lead gen outings. She’s just a little smitten that it resulted in millions of $$ raised for orgs in Aus & NZ, and the acquisition for hundreds & thousands of new leads, supporters & event participants.

She’s a strategist, writer and producer all in one, able to manoeuvre between crafting compelling copy for your appeal landing page, harnessing SMS to get the most out of your p2p fundraisers, driving high volume & low CPL for your Facebook acquisition campaign, to implementing complex marketing automation workflows to nurture supporters into donors & doers.

Workshop: Forget 2-Step RG Acquisition - Do it Online for Better ROI.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield

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 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 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)

Robin Cabral

Principal, Development Consulting Solutions

Robin L. Cabral is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with over twenty-five years of experience and millions of dollars raised assisting non-profit organizations as a development professional, overseeing all aspects of fund development from annual funds to capital campaigns to donor communications.

Educationally, Robin has obtained a Masters of Arts in Philanthropy and Fund Development from Saint Mary’s of Minnesota. She currently holds the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and is a graduate of Leadership Southcoast (2010). Robin is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and adheres to the AFP Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice and is also an AFP Master Faculty Trainer.

In 2012, Robin started Development Consulting Solutions that provides outsourced fund development consulting services and interim fund development staffing. Robin works with small to mid-sized nonprofits throughout the Northeastern U.S., Australia, and beyond.

Workshop: How to Create a Case for Support that Calls Your Donor to Action

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: Who wants to come to an Events Party?

Hailey Cavill-Jaspers

Chief Do-Goodologist & Founder,®

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®.® 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.

Workshop: Are you 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

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

Justine Curtis_Virtual

CEO & Founder, Inspired Adventures

Justine Curtis is the CEO and founder of Inspired Adventures, Australia and New Zealand’s leading adventure fundraising agency. After beginning her career in media sales and direct marketing, it was a life-changing experience in India that led Justine to a new and profound career in philanthropy and sustainable travel. Her experience in the not-for-profit sector, coupled with her innate love of travel, motivated Justine to create Inspired Adventures in 2004 — a business focused on making a difference by inspiring ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things for worthwhile causes.

Inspired Adventures partners with Australian and international charities to create and manage fundraising events around the world. Since its inception, Inspired Adventures has raised almost $40 million dollars for life-changing causes and engaged more than 7,000 community fundraisers over 600 incredible adventures.

Justine has also won multiple industry awards, including the Telstra Business Owner of the Year NSW, the Gold Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia and New Zealand and a Bronze Stevie Award for Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, which is a testament to her strong leadership skills and unparalleled commitment to making a positive impact in the world.

Virtual Workshop: Gaining Fundraising Momentum After a Crisis

Gregory Dellas

CRM and Managed Services Practice Manager, Blackbaud Pacific

Bio coming soon...

Workshop: Relentless - The Dynamics of Change

Sarita Divis

Fundraising Manager, Leprosy Mission New Zealand

Sarita Divis is the Fundraising Manager at Leprosy Mission New Zealand with a background in direct mail, sponsorship, and relationship fundraising in both New Zealand and Australia.  The Leprosy Mission New Zealand, in partnership with our supporters and the Leprosy Mission Global Fellowship of 31 countries around the world is dedicated to ending leprosy and transforming the lives of people affected by leprosy.

Workshop: DONOR CARE - Everybody Loves It, Especially Mid-Level Donors

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

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: What Wants to Come to an Events Party?

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

Cory Hall

Co-Founder, Precision Group

Co-Founder of the Precision Group (2008), Cory's broad industry expertise sets him apart in the Direct Mail sector. He is equally at home drilling down on donor data and strategic campaign plans, as he is on the manufacturing floor. He is a hands-on MD who ensures he is across every client campaign at all critical stages.

He is proud to serve as a member of the FIA Victoria Committee and invests heavily in sponsoring professional development opportunities for fundraisers.

Workshop: Connecting with Donors via Creative that Gets Results

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

Lydia Hemingway

Development Consultant, University of Canterbury

After stumbling into her first fundraising role nearly 15 years ago, Lydia has been a professional fundraiser ever since. Based in Christchurch, New Zealand she has worked for a range of charities including Child Cancer Foundation, the University of Canterbury, St John, Ronald McDonald House South Island and Presbyterian Support. Lydia's experience covers a wide range of fundraising specialities including audits and strategies, grant programmes, training, special events, street appeals, telephone campaigns, and more. Equipped with a healthy combination of passion, experience, and kiwi ingenuity Lydia loves to see the impact that fundraising has on communities and on real people every day.

Workshop: Community Champions - How to get the most out of community fundraising
Workshop: Innovation Dragon's Den

Brian Higgins

CEO, The Resource Alliance

Brian J Higgins is the CEO of The Resource Alliance (, a global alliance of people and organisations fighting for positive social change.

For the past 7 years Brian has dedicated himself to the causes of mental health, suicide and self-harm prevention.  Best known for his role as CEO of ‘Pieta’ (, the national charity for the prevention of suicide and self-harm in Ireland.

A criminologist by background, Brian was instrumental in the development and roll out of the UK’s Child Rescue Alert system (a national alert issued in the event of child abduction) in partnership with the UK’s National Crime Agency, in his role as Director of Services for ‘Missing People’ (, the UK’s national missing person’s charity.

Brian has spent over a decade working in homelessness and addictions and holds significant international experience, having worked as Director of Children’s Services with ‘Rainbow Project International’ in Zambia and as the founding Executive Director of homeless charity ‘Depaul’ in the USA.

Brian has extensive fundraising experience and has won multiple national and European awards for his leadership of Pieta’s “Darkness Into Light” event, which he led from being a national fundraising event in Ireland to becoming a global movement in 19 countries on 5 continents, with over 215,000 participants. 

A recognised thought leader, Brian was named the 2017 Irish “Marketer of the year” for his leadership of the global suicide prevention movement “Darkness into Light” and has also been honoured with the International Fundraising Congress’ George Smith Outstanding New Speaker Award in 2018.  In 2019, Brian was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). 

Opening Plenary - FridayBows and Arrows - Harnessing Tension to Propel into the Future

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

Tina Hudgins_Virtual

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Philanthropy and Fundraising North America (PFNA)

Tina Hudgins is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for PFNA. With more than 20 years of experience in the sector, Tina’s experience is as a Fundraising Director leading successful multi-channel campaigns in marketing and development. Tina’s particular expertise lies in helping organizations to drive massive growth. Tina is skilled in diverse development methods and techniques – be it direct marketing, mid-value and major giving, capital campaigns, events, social media, or digital – and supports teams in a range of ways to drive their fundraising growth.

Virtual Workshop: TBA

Dione Joseph

Founder, Black Creatives Aotearoa

Dione Joseph is an artist, activist and academic with a practical background in live performance with an emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse communities. She is also a highly experienced facilitator and motivational speaker who has over the past 15 years worked at the intersection of arts, politics and socio-cultural change. Dione has directed a range of theatrical  productions, written extensively as a stage critic for both theatre and dance and engaged with a variety of topical issues as an arts journalist. Her work can be found in the New Zealand Herald, Radio NZ, Dance Aotearoa NZ and in numerous other publications.

She has been a Guest Scholar at the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina and University of Toronto as well Research Assistant at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has also taught at Massey University and University of Auckland. She is the author of multiple book chapters as well as various academic papers that discuss race, politics and performance. She is the founder of Black Creatives Aotearoa, a community organisation dedicated to building connection, creation and collaboration amongst those of African and Afro-Caribbean heritage in Aotearoa and is a graduate of the New Zealand Leadership Programme (2019).

Find Dione Online:
Website | Black Creative Aotearoa

Workshop: Braving Difference Differently: Creating Change through Right-Relationship

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

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.

Workshop: The Power of TV and Digital Video for your Gifts in Will Programme

Daniel McDiarmid

Director, AskRIGHT

From the Tokyo boardroom of Fuji Xerox to billionaire hideaways, Beijing television studios, via phone to yacht owners in Monte Carlo, and in homes and offices from Auckland to Perth, Daniel McDiarmid has helped raise a lot of money for causes as diverse as earthquake rebuilds, global health initiatives, heritage buildings, churches and the arts.

Daniel has served on the boards of CFRE International and CASE Philanthropy Commission and is currently a Director of The Giving Institute.

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

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 - Hive Mind Collective

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
Workshop: Giving New Zealand - The How and Why of New Zealand Donors
Workshop: Donor Centricity - How to Really Understand and Empathise with your Donors

Dave Marsh

Consultant, AskRIGHT

Dave has nearly a decade of fundraising experience working with a number of charities throughout New Zealand to grow their philanthropic income and raise awareness of their cause. Dave is passionate about helping clients raise more money through customised fundraising strategies and incorporating gifts in wills in their approach.

Workshop: Fundraising in a Brave New World: The Changing Face of Gifts in Wills 

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


Stephanie Miller

Development Manager, Annual Giving, University of Otago

Stephanie is a regular giving fundraiser who loves data and donors. She learned the importance of a good thank you note on the insistence of her mom, and gained many years of practice on her extended family before making thanking people a career.

Stephanie has over 10 years of experience in fundraising, previously for universities in Scotland, and moved to Dunedin two years ago to be part of the University of Otago's highly successful development team.

Workshop: Creating More Inspiring Thank You Comms

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.

Jo Nicholson

Director, Social Value Aotearoa

Jo brings 20+ years’ experience in workforce development, tertiary teaching and management, and implementing and embedding evaluative frameworks. She believes in leading by example and is passionate about preparing people to manage and react to change positively. Jo is Director of Social Value Aotearoa and sits on the board of Social Value International, contributing strategic insight to help inform the movement that aims to change the way society accounts for value.

Workshop: Measure & Manage Your Impact

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

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

Stephanie Pietromonaco


Stephanie has worked in the not-for-profit sector for more than 10 years. With her background in science and medicine, Stephanie takes her research and analytical skills into every role. She has worked with individual donors, foundations, and corporations and supported organisations working for various causes. She has a passion for justice and improving the way we work.

Opening Plenary - Friday: Making your Organisation Visionary

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

David Powick

Senior Consultant, AskRIGHT

David is a Senior Consultant at AskRIGHT based in Christchurch is currently working in the role of Campaign Director for the rebuild of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament following the 2011 earthquake.

Prior to joining AskRIGHT David had spent several years working in the non-profit sector, he has successful track-record in assisting organisations secure lead gifts for capital campaigns.

Master Class: High-Performance Major Gift Solicitation

Sabrina Ragan

Senior Development Manager, University of Otago

Bio coming soon...

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

Katrina Reilly

Fundraising Communications Advisor, Barnardos New Zealand

Katrina is responsible for all aspects of donor communications 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

Dirk Reinhold

Founder, Data Insight and Automation Specialist, Datasourcery Limited

Dirk helps New Zealand charities innovate their data management, processes and reporting, which includes fundraising insights, spatial and demographic insights, strategic planning of bringing large datasets in-house and building road-maps for rolling out dashboards across teams. Dirk has more than 15 years of experience helping decision makers become better informed by data, develop a deeper understanding of underlying trends and what that means for their competitive advantage using actionable insight. A big part of this experience is surfacing the real insights that hide behind all those existing reports, which most of the time also let to the discovery that at the end of that process there will be fewer but more actionable reports.

Workshop: How to simplify your fundraising admin and have more time to get the important things done

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: TBA

Ashley Rose


Bio coming soon...

Workshop: TBA

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

Donor and Prospect Research Manager, Victoria University of Wellington

Nicki Sayers is the Manager, Donor and Prospect Research at Victoria University of Wellington where she supports a team of major gift fundraisers. She covers all aspects of prospect research and management from discovery through to ‘pitching the ask’.

In addition, Nicki works freelance with charities and schools to help them identify major gift prospects from their own database; network-map existing donors and supporters/volunteers; and help with strategies for approaching and managing major donors, through the moves process, towards a gift.

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: Innovation Dragon's Den
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: Who Wants to Come to a Fundraising Party?

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

Megan Shove

Project Manager, Social Value Aotearoa

Megan has a background in project management and research and has worked across the social services, international development, and corporate social responsibility sectors. Certified as a Level One Associate Social Return on Investment Practitioner, Megan brings knowledge of how organisations can use stakeholder insights to manage and maximise their impact.

Workshop: Measure & Manage Your Impact

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: Fake News & Fundamentals

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: Your Story, Told

Louise Walters

Consultant, AskRIGHT

Louise has over 3 decades of experience as a senior fundraiser and marketing professional, having worked in the UK, Germany, and now New Zealand. Louise enjoys working with clients and helping them to fulfil their fundraising potential. She has worked with several clients on their gifts and wills programmes before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Workshop: Fundraising in a Brave New World: The Changing Face of Gifts in Wills 

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