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The Patron of the Award in New Zealand is Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand.
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Her Excellency the Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro

Governing the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Aotearoa New Zealand | Hillary Award has a voluntary Board which governs the running of the Award under a licence issued by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.

The Board guides Award policy covering the following areas: finance and administration, standards, delivery and compliance.  The current Board includes:

Chair Trustees Youth Trustee
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Ken Hames

Board Chair

Ken Hames has a wide range of governance experience including in the electricity, fibre communications, contracting, farm environment, genetics, and technology sectors. He is a Chartered member of the NZ institute of Directors and is currently Chair of Extension 350 and a Director of LIC Ltd.

In his spare time, he is a keen tramper, assists the local school with their Duke of Edinburgh Award program and tries to spend a few days a week working on their family Northland Dairy and Beef farms.

With both of Ken’s children having achieved their Gold Awards, he brings to the table a grassroots passion for and knowledge of the Award, and extensive governance experience combined with commercial acumen and delivering strategy.

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Richard Chilton

Board Member

Richard has been involved with the board for seven years, during which time there have been significant changes to both the structure and make-up of the board and the National Office. Richard has a practical and strategic perspective that he brings to board discussions and he often seeks to challenge the status quo.  As a scientist Richard also brings an analytical perspective.

He is as an environmental scientist for a leading New Zealand engineering firm with 22 years experience. Holding leadership roles in this current position, he has helped to develop the strategic direction and growth in his team and business.  Richard has previously held a general manager position which provided a greater leadership opportunity and growth in the application of a wider range of business and management processes.

He holds several priorities for the Award.  First and foremost is ensuring the Award continues to be a viable and relevant organisation for young people into the future.  This is coupled with increasing participation by growing the Award’s profile, while striving to make the Award available to all young people, regardless of background or circumstances.  A key focus is supporting our volunteer base of Award Leaders who are essential to the success of the Award and the outcomes for participants.

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Andrea Duncan

Board Member

Andrea is an experienced Leadership and Strategy Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the corporate sector, skilled in strategy, leadership, sales, culture change, executive coaching, and team building.

Her contribution to the board is primarily in the areas of strategy planning, focus on delivering results and in the human resources area.

Andrea is a strong consulting professional, who has run her own consultancy business for the last six years. Prior to this she led RogenSi in New Zealand (a performance consultancy) and previously PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Andrea’s priority for the Award is for us to continue to deliver a sustainable programme despite the challenges of Covid-19, as well as to continue to innovate and provide an Award that is appealing to young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Andrea is a Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award holder.

Emily Fabling

Board Member

Emily joined the board in 2018.  She is employed at the New Zealand Ministry of Education as Deputy Secretary.  Preceding this Emily was Group Manager International Education and she is the Ministry’s current nominee to the Fulbright New Zealand board.

Previously Emily held leadership and management roles at Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Originally from Central Hawkes Bay, Emily has an Honours degree in International Relations from Victoria University Wellington.

As a mum to two boys she has a passion for youth and skills development and helping young people find their place in the world.   Alongside good strategy, planning and governance, Emily's priority for the board to date has been working towards a greater diversity of participation by rangatahi/young people and Award Leaders – especially Māori, Pacific and other ethnicities, disabled people, and people from lower socio-economic areas.  Emily drafted the board’s first diversity statement.

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Maxine Moana-Tuwhangai

Board Member

Maxine has a wealth of governance experience as a director in both the business realm and Te Ao Maaori.

She is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Maxine is also a Director of KiwiRail and is on the St John Priory Board. She is a Trustee of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, Momentum Waikato, and a Director of Raukura Hauora o Tainui.  She is a past Chairman of Te Kauhanganui o Waikato and past member of the New Zealand Maritime Authority.

Mason Stretch

Board Member

Mason is an experienced and successful secondary school principal who is passionate about creating environments for staff and students to excel.

He brings to the Board a perspective of someone who has delivered the Award to rangatahi for over twenty years within a secondary school setting. As an Award Centre Co-ordinator he runs the expedition section for students completing their Silver and Bronze Awards.  Mason also brings a broader education background and governance experience through his work as a principal. He is deeply passionate about what the Award can offer our rangatahi around citizenship, personal growth and character development.

Mason has served as the Principal of Cromwell College since 2008. Through the collaborative efforts of a great team of staff, Board, and community they have led improvements in academic achievement, engagement and wellbeing evidenced by successive positive ERO reviews in 2011, 2014 and 2019.  Prior to his current role, Mason was the Assistant Principal at John McGlashan College in Dunedin.

For Mason it is an honour to share his skills, knowledge and passion for the Award to support its effective governance.  His priority is to see the Award thrive as a relevant, exciting, and valuable personal development pathway for our rangatahi to build skills, confidence, and an understanding of community and character.  

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Brigitte Windley

Board Member

Brigitte Windley is a Coroner based in Wellington. Prior to appointment to the judiciary in 2016, Brigitte had twenty years of legal practice in a variety of roles in private law firm and in-house capacities, predominantly investigative in nature. She holds a Bachelor of Law and Master of Law (Hon) degrees.

As a Board Member Brigitte seeks to make a tangible contribution to ensuring the Award is well positioned for the future in engaging and supporting young people throughout their unique Award journey, as well as recognising and supporting the leaders, volunteers and caregivers who, despite these challenging times, continue to devote their time and energy to making the Award journey the success that it is. The Award has a long tradition of building self-confidence, independence, tenacity and resilience, a genuine sense of community, connection and social responsibility, all of which have been demonstrated to greatly enhance overall wellbeing. With that in mind, Brigitte has a particular interest in reducing barriers to Award participation, whether economic, social, physical or geographical.

As a Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award holder, Brigitte firmly believes the skills and personal growth that she gained in undertaking the Award programme have served her well in her career and other endeavours.

Anne Lofts

Board Member

Joining the Board in 2021, Anne Lofts saw an opportunity to actively support the Award as it delivers its purpose to empower young people in Aotearoa. With a background in professional services and having run her own consultancy business, Anne brings to the Board expertise in strategy development, sales culture change, marketing, and a pragmatic approach to problem solving.

Ensuring the Award continues to evolve, be relevant for the future and accessible to all young people, is something Anne actively champions alongside her fellow Trustees.

For Anne, the Award has exciting times ahead, especially as we progress our Te Ao Māori journey, Alumni programme, and 60th Anniversary - a perfect opportunity to profile and celebrate our past participants and Award Leaders. As a past Gold Award holder, she knows first-hand how the Award can make a difference, helping unlock potential and meaningfully contribute to our communities.

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Alexandra Groos

Youth Trustee   •   Board Member

Alexandra is a proud member of the New Zealand health workforce, but her joy in life comes from working with young people. She is an instructor for the youth development organisation YSAR and active in her role as Award Leader for her students. When life permits, she is an avid outdoorswoman who loves tramping, skiing, and watersports.

Through her varied experiences, she has developed a keen understanding of the young person's experience growing up in Aotearoa. Further, she understands what it is to be an Award participant after completing her own journey through the three levels of The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award.

Becoming the Youth Voice on The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Board of Trustees is an exciting opportunity for Alexandra. Her technical knowledge and appreciation of the Youth experience will enable her to advocate for her incredible peers currently participating in the Award. Alexandra aims to provide the Board with an honest and constructive opinion on how our governance will impact this organisation's most important members.

As a Bronze, Silver, and Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award holder, Alexandra has a clear and fierce passion for the Award. She sees this role as an opportunity for her to give back to the people and the organisation that have moulded many young people, including herself.

National Office Team

The National Office Team is based in Seaview, Wellington. The team's operations are supported by the Board together with Award Unit Leaders (mostly volunteers) throughout the country.

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National Director Karen Ross [email protected]
Finance and Operations Manager Candice Maritz [email protected]
Award Delivery Manager Kylie Thorpe [email protected]
Award Delivery Advisor Jessica Zanetti [email protected]
Award Delivery Advisor Marie Partridge [email protected]
Award Delivery Advisor Nina McKay [email protected]
CommunicationsTabitha Newton [email protected]
Digital CommunicationsJenny Mitchell [email protected]
Fundraising and Relationship AdvisorCaroline Barnes [email protected]
Administration AssistantTasha Davis-Coupe [email protected]
60th Anniversary ManagerRachel Hardie [email protected]