Our board

Our Board provide strategic direction and governance for the organisation. They make sure we stay on track and are accountable to everyone who helps us to raise the funds we need to do our work. 

Chair - Susie Staley

Susie was appointed to the Board and Chair in March 2015. A lawyer based in Dunedin, she has a wealth of experience as a Director and has served as a member and chair of several Boards.  Susie was most recently the Chair of ID Dunedin Fashion Inc, a society that promotes the Dunedin fashion industry and showcases it in a major annual fashion show.

National President - Ros Stace

Ros first became involved with Save the Children in the United Kingdom, and has been involved with her local Hastings and District branch for many years. Ros was appointed President in 2008, and works across the regions with our volunteers.

Treasurer - Peter Kane 

Peter chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously a partner at KPMG and a senior vice-president at BearingPoint, Peter is the CEO of Unimarket. He is also a shareholder and director of the Momentum recruitment group and has had a number of executive contracting roles at organisations including Sytec, TelstraClear and Wrightsons.

Joan Baker     

Joan chairs the Leadership and Remuneration Committee. She is a company director and a consultant to business and not-for-profit organisations. She was on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority Board and has been managing director of Scholastic NZ Ltd, marketing development manager of DB Breweries and president of the NZ Institute of Management.

Leah Carr

Leah is a company director and management consultant who has worked in New Zealand and internationally for a wider range of organisations. Leah has sat on an international advisory panel to the Malaysian Government and is a CERA Community Forum member.      

Dennis McKinlay

Dennis was appointed to the Board in March 2015. From 2001 to 2014, Dennis was the Executive Director of UNICEF. Now retired, Dennis is currently the Chair of Fundraising Institute of NZ (FINZ), the Chair of the Board of Directors of Obie Investments Ltd, and a Board Member of the Blumhardt Foundation.

Dorothy Wakeling

Dorothy serves on the Board as the Vice-Presidents’ representative and was elected in March 2015. Dorothy has extensive experience in environmental planning and is an independent planning commissioner and consultant. She is a co-founder and trustee of the Waikato Sculpture Trust.