Nicola Taylor – Chair
Nicola has a deep love for the kaupapa of Parenting Place and has been journeying with the organisation since its inception. She places a high priority on real relationships, honest communication and in all things seeks to lead with warmth and love. Nicola is a lawyer by training, with commercial and public policy experience, as well as a background in local government. She currently runs a successful fin-tech company she founded with her husband, Josh, as well as sitting on the Boards of a number of other not-for-profit organisations. Josh and Nicola have three children who are their complete delight and are lucky to be part of a closely-knit extended family and church whānau. Mā te ngākau aroha koe e ārahi.
Judy is the Chief Executive at the Anglican Trust for Women and Children. Prior to this, she worked at the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services and taught in Unitec and the University of Auckland’s undergraduate social work programmes. Judy is married to Stephen Matai’a, Senior Pastor of the Word of Life Church and a teacher at Unitec for the past 21 years. Together they have three sons, aged 9, 18 and 21.
Gael studied law and politics at the University of Otago. She has gone on to develop particular expertise in the practice of family law and is currently based in Manukau, at Denham Bramwell Lawyers. Gael is married to John and they have two biological children, Gabriella and Eliana, as well as two foster children who no longer live with them but form an important part of their family. Through her work and her role as a mother and caregiver, Gael is all too aware of the importance of strong whānau relationships and parenting support and education. She sees Parenting Place as having a very important mandate and is excited to use her skills and experience to support the growth and development of the organisation.
Dr Jin Russell
Jin is a Medical Officer in Developmental Paediatrics at Starship Children’s Health and researches early childhood development and health within the Growing Up in NZ study. She brings significant skills in medical leadership, research and clinical knowledge, as well as front-line experience of working with kiwi families. She is married to Matheson and has two boys.
Tuhi is the NZ Country Head for KPMG’s Global Strategy Group and leads the Strategy & Sustainable value Community of Practice. He has deep experience in Strategy development & execution including growth strategy (organic and M&A), business transformation, operational improvement, finance and business case development. He helps organisations overcome challenges and execute strategies that deliver real results in Primary industries, utilities and infrastructure, consumer and industrial products and the public sector.
Ben has held a variety of leadership roles through his career in the IT and Telecommunications sector with companies such IBM, Microsoft and Vodafone . He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and also serves on the board of the Selwyn Foundation, (an aged care provider). He holds a Master of Commerce Degree and is also a Provisional Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ben is married to Jo, a Marketing professional, and they have three boys aged 5, 11 and 13.
Jade has over 23 years of advocacy experience in working with rangatahi, whānau, hapori & Iwi. She was invited onto the Ravi Zacharias NZ speaking tour team, the NZ Prison Fellowship board & is currently the Communications Manager for Waikato-Tainui and a support to the Kiingitanga. She is also the Co-Founder of Tātou Ethnic Communications Agency alongside Sir Michael Jones. Jade and her husband Zacchaeus live in Te Awamutu and have two tamariki called Tīahomāia & Tūmatapō. Her iwi affiliations are with Waikato, Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāpuhi.
Dean is the Chief Operating Officer of Auckland Council, and prior to this, he was the Managing Director of AECOM NZ Ltd. He is on a variety of boards including Chair of QuakeCORE and Engineering New Zealand. He also chairs the partnership between Auckland Council, the Crown and America’s Cup Events Ltd in support of the 2021 America’s Cup defence. He holds a Masters in Engineering. Dean and his wife Leanne have four sons between the ages of 8 and 25, with one (and one to-be) daughter-in-law.
Meet our Directors