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.
Greg formed his own accountancy practice in 1991, having previously worked for a Big Four practice. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. Greg serves on a number of private company and non-for-profit boards. He and his wife Judy, have two boys aged 23 and 21.
Larne is an experienced educator, currently teaching at Auckland Grammar School. Prior to this, he spent over 22 years in Principal and senior management roles in New Zealand schools, with roles such as the Executive Principal of ACG (Academic Colleges Group) New Zealand Domestic Schools. Larne currently sits on a number of non-for-profit boards. He is married to Rosemary and together they have four children between the ages of 14 and 24.
Mark is a Professional Director on the board of ASX and NZX listed companies, private companies and a number of Christian not-for-profit organisations. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland’s Graduate School of Management. Mark is married to Maria, with two adult married daughters.
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.
Ben is the Head of Retail at Vodafone New Zealand. He has held management positions in several large corporate companies, and is currently a member of both the New Zealand Institute of Directors and the Selwyn Foundation board. Ben is married to Jo, a Marketing Manager at BNZ, and together they have three boys aged 4, 10 and 12.