Our board

David Belcher – chairman

David is a merchant banker and executive chairman of Auckland-based merchant bankers Clavell Capital Limited. He is also chairman of Dairy Farms NZ Ltd and Rocpac Ltd, and a Director of Clevedon Hills Estates Ltd. David is an Accredited Fellow of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand and was a member of the New Zealand Stock Exchange from 1984 until 2007. David and his wife Catherine have four adult children.


Alison Barrass

Alison is currently CEO of Griffin’s Foods and is also an Independent Director on the board of Methven and Callaghan Innovation. Alison comes from a background of consumer marketing and innovation and was chair of the Breast Cancer Research Trust for over three years. Alison and her husband Craig both come from the UK. They have two young children and are passionate about their parenting journey and raising their family in New Zealand.


Emeline Afeaki-Mafile’o

Emeline was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit in 2016 for services to the Pacific Community. In 2006, she was selected as a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader and won the Westpac Woman of Influence award in 2014. In 2001 Emeline founded Affirming Works which provides mentoring and educational life skills to young people. She is a board member of UNITEC Council, Youth Horizons Trust and Pasifika Futures and a passionate advocate for Pacific communities. Emeline is a member of the Tindall Foundation’s NZ Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. She and her husband Alipate, own Tongan-based company Tupu’anga Coffee, which harvests and sells coffee beans and started the social enterprise, Community Café, operating in Mt Roskill and Mangere.


Greg Eden

Greg formed his own accountancy practice in 1991 having previously worked for a Big Four practice. His firm has now grown to three partners who are involved in a wide variety of businesses, with a special interest in the health sector. Greg is also a member of the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He currently serves on a number of boards in various sectors of the business community as well as leadership groups for various charities and not-for-profit groups. Greg and his wife, Judy, consider their greatest joy to be their two sons, who continually keep them in touch with the real world.


Jo Gould

Jo is a trained primary school teacher, mother of three sons, has a business career spanning 20 years based in the textile and fashion industries, and is a founding director of successful Newmarket boutique, Muse. She has been actively involved in numerous community-based organisations such as Plunket, Friends of Starship Children’s Hospital and the Auckland City Mission. Along with her husband, Terence, Jo has been a keen supporter of The Parenting Place and its associated programmes for many years.


Mark Powell

Mark was, until recently, CEO of The Warehouse Group (comprising The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming and Torpedo7). Prior to emigrating to New Zealand in 2002, Mark worked in North America, Spain and the UK. He ran WalMart Canada’s logistic operations and was the UK Logistics Director for Tesco. He is also a qualified Baptist pastor. Mark has a Bachelor degree in Mining Engineering, a Bachelor of Applied Theology, a Master in Logistics and an MBA. Today Mark is a part-time ‘CEO in Residence’ at Massey University Business School, Non-Executive Director of the Australian retailer ‘The Good Guys’ and is also involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations. Mark is married to Maria with two adult daughters.


Nicola Taylor

Nicola is a lawyer by training, with commercial and public policy experience. She currently chairs the Maxim Institute Board and is also a director of The New Zealand Tax Trading Company Ltd. She has spent six years sitting on Local Government Boards and has been involved in many other charitable endeavours. Nicola’s first priority during this season is her family (with children aged 8, 6 and 3) and, together with her amazing husband, Josh, she is focused on building a warm, inclusive and outrageously fun family team. Nicola considers it a great privilege to serve on The Parenting Place board and looks forward to working with Greg and the team.


Sir Ralph Norris KNZM

Sir Ralph Norris has served as CEO and Managing Director of The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Air New Zealand Ltd and ASB Bank Ltd. He was knighted in 2009 and in 2012 received the inaugural CIO Lifetime Contribution Award for his contribution to the information technology sector. In 2014 Sir Ralph was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame. He is currently Chairman of Fletcher Building Ltd, a director of Fonterra Ltd, Fonterra Shareholder’s Fund and Origin Energy Ltd, a member of the Advisory Board of the New Zealand Treasury and also a member of the University of Auckland Council. Sir Ralph is married to Pam, a former member of The Parenting Place board. They have three children and five grandchildren.


Russell Hewitt

Russell brings to the board a wealth of expertise with 20 years experience as CEO of local companies – Computerland, Compaq Computers and Hewlett Packard which were merged, and then six years with Vodafone Australia where he had significant involvement with the Vodafone Foundation. On top of this, Russell has also found time for multiple board positions that have included companies like TVNZ, Torpedo 7, Blue Star, Novotech Australia, Semble, and Vodafone Fiji. Russell’s great passion for people, and creating environments for them to flourish has him involved in advising several companies, and he is always engaged in mentoring or coaching a number of young people in business. He is married to Helen and they have three adult children and a granddaughter.