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Board of Trustees

Auckland City Mission Board of Trustees

Auckland City Mission works with a Board of volunteer trustees who meet once a month to provide governance and support.


Bishop Jim White – Chair

Jim is Assistant Bishop of Auckland and formerly Dean of St John’s Theological College.


Russell Hay

Russell is an independent Consultant, Trustee and Director after a long career in professional services. For 24 years he was a partner at Deloitte, including Regional Managing Partner for Deloitte Consulting in Australia and Asia/Pacific.  He then became Chief Executive Officer of Minter Ellison for three years to 2007.


Celia Caughey, BA LLB(Hons) BCL (Oxon)

Celia is a lawyer and former partner at Russell McVeagh.  While living in Vietnam for many years she held various positions, including New Zealand Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City and New Zealand Trade Commissioner and remains actively involved with the Ba Chieu Home for homeless and disadvantaged girls.  She is also a Trustee of the Caughey Preston Memorial Rest Home.


Gavin Rennie

Gavin has been a Lecturer in the Dept of Social  Practice at Unitec since 1991. He has a longstanding interest in church social services, in social justice and in housing issues.


Claire Szabó

Claire grew up in South Auckland, the daughter of a Hungarian refugee and a nurse from Southland. She has run her own business in Europe and been the CEO of English Language Partners New Zealand, a migrant/refugee support agency. Claire has degrees in music (Auckland), education (Trinity College, Dublin), commerce (Victoria), and public administration (Harvard). She is currently the CEO of Habitat for Humanity for New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga and is married to Rowan with baby Lexie.


Joanna Pidgeon, LLB (Hons)

Joanna is a lawyer and the founding partner of Pidgeon Law, a boutique property and commercial law firm. Joanna has a particular interest in property matters, sitting on the New Zealand Law Society Land Titles Committee and chairing the Auckland District Law Society Inc Property Disputes Committee, as well as being elected an Auckland District Law Society Inc Council Member. Joanna was formerly a trustee of the Selwyn Foundation, where she chaired their Property and Development Committee.


 Wayne Jackson

Wayne Jackson is a company director and Chair, working with clients in business strategy and governance through Governus, his advisory company. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Grant Thornton New Zealand and was a Partner with Ernst and Young, New Zealand for 19 years and a director of its Business Advisory Practice. Mr Jackson has held CEO roles in the NZ Meat Export Industry (ANZF) and Hanimex Filmpro and was Client Service Director for AC Nielsen PTY Ltd. He has held a number of Directorships including Chair of Farm Brands Ltd, is current Chair of Q Theatre, and a director of the Aquatx group of companies. He is also currently Deputy Chair on the Northtec council.

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