Chief Executive – HEIDI COETZEE

Heidi is passionate about making the world a better place, especially in the areas of poverty, inequality, discrimination and injustice.




Our programme staff develop and monitor international and national programmes, coordinate our response during emergencies; raise awareness of issues for children; and monitor our obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Fundraising and Finance

Our fundraising and marketing staff look after our donors, oversee our partnerships and share information about the progress we’re making for children across the world. Our finance team oversee our budget and make sure we’re accounting for every dollar we receive from our supporters and funders.


Chair – Susie Staley MNZM

Susie was appointed to the Board as 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, including Maritime New Zealand, retirement village operator Chatsford Management Ltd and was appointed to the Board of the Broadcasting Standards Authority in October 2018. Susie has previously served on the Boards of PGG Wrightson, Tower Ltd and Dunedin International Airport Ltd and was the Chair of ID Dunedin Fashion Inc for some 15 years.

Susie was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in December 2014 for services to business and governance. 

David May

David has extensive management and board experience. He was Chairman of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund from 2002 to 2012 and has served on the boards of Southern Cross and Sovereign Insurance. He is a past CEO of Colonial NZ, Jacques Martin and ACC. An actuary by training David brings strong commercial and governance experience.

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 the NZ Care Charitable Trust, and a Board Member of the Blumhardt Foundation and NZ Bridge Foundation.

Dr Suzanne Flannagan

Suzanne was appointed to the Board in November 2015. She has extensive executive experience leading sales and marketing teams including 10 years as General Manager for OfficeMax School Supplies. Suzanne brings to the board a proven ability for developing strategy and implementing effective change. She has extensive communications experience and an inherent passion for helping others. Suzanne has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Auckland, a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) from Massey University and is a Chartered Marketer.

Suri Bartlett

Suri is the Managing Director of Tenzing Limited, a leading NZ based consulting firm specialising in technology enabled transformations. As Managing Director of Tenzing his primary roles is leading client engagements.  Suri has significant governance experience, principally in the delivery of large scale systems transformations.  Suri has a BCom and a BA from the University of Otago and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA).

Pat Walsh

Pat was appointed to the Board in 2021. He is the chair of the Academic Quality Agency and Copyright Licensing New Zealand and Deputy Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific. He is a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Audit and Risk Committee. Pat was Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington from 2005 to 2014. He has a BA and MA from the University of Canterbury and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. Pat was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015.


We partner with fundraising agencies to help us raise the funds we need to transform the lives of vulnerable children. You may spot one of our wonderful fundraising agents out on the street or at a shopping mall. They also work in residential areas and may knock on your door to chat with you about our work for children.


You’ll be able to recognise them by their red Save the Children jacket or t-shirt and a red lanyard with an ID badge attached. The badge clearly displays their name, a photo of them, and contact information for Save the Children.

When you sign up through our fundraising agents to become a regular giver, you’ll be asked for confirmation of your identity (driver’s license etc) and for payment details (credit card or bank account information) so we can set up your monthly donation. You will not be asked for cash or one-off donations.


Our fundraisers are currently working in: Christchurch


Fundraisers are an invaluable part of our team and are important representatives of our organisation. If you would like to give feedback or have any questions, just call our friendly phone team at 0800 167 168.