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in desperate need

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.

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 two children.

Joanna Pidgeon, LLB (Hons) – Acting Chair

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 formerly chairing the Auckland District Law Society Inc Property Disputes Committee. Joanna is the Immediate Past President of the Auckland District Law Society Inc. Joanna was formerly a trustee of the Selwyn Foundation, where she chaired their Property and Development Committee.

Linley Wood, MBA (Finance), BA (History), LLB, Practising Barrister & Solicitor

Linley has extensive senior management experience having held executive leadership roles at the ASB for the past 25 years. She has strong legal and financial expertise and is passionate about building organisational culture. Her governance work has included a heavy focus on education and literature, youth and families, creating safe, caring communities and sustainable community development. Linley is currently a Director at King’s School where she has been involved in a number of building projects. Linley is particularly drawn to the important phase that the Auckland City Mission is entering in its building programme.

Lyndon Drake, BSc (Hons, Computer Science), DPhil (Computer Science), BA (Hons, Theology), MSt (Theology)

Lyndon Drake is an Anglican Minister in the Te Tai Tokerau diocese where he oversees six South Auckland churches. He is of Ngai Tahu descent. Lyndon is a former Vice President of Barclays Capital in London. He has a broad knowledge of capital market practice and conduct and specialist expertise in pension ALM structuring and risk management, derivatives collateral, counterparty risk management, and systemic risks in capital markets. He has a long-standing history of involvement in the community. Sitting on a number of boards Lyndon has been an active member of outreach programs seeking to address the hardships of poverty.

Evan Davies

Evan is the Managing Director of Todd Property Group Limited, Director of Panuku development Auckland, Chair of the Capital Investment Committee and Chair of the Christchurch Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group.  Previously, he was Managing Director of SkyCity Entertainment Group and General Manager of Brierley Properties.

Graeme Birkhead

Graeme has over 30 years’ experience in the building sector.  He is a Director of Graeme Birkhead Consulting, and has considerable governance experience.  He is National President of the New Zealand Institute of Building, a board member of the Property council of New Zealand’s Auckland Branch and an advisory board member of the Auckland Council Urban Design panel.  During his career he has led major projects including large scale housing developments, business parks, manufacturing facilities, infrastructure works and public-sector facilities.

Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis

Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis (Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa) is a Public Health Physician currently working as Senior Lecturer Medical at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland.

She has recently submitted her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) focused on indigenous health workforce development and is involved in Kaupapa Māori Research investigating the teaching of indigenous health within medical education, ethnic inequities within emergency department settings, ethnic inequities in cardiovascular care and is developing a research focus exploring the prevalence of dementia amongst Māori.

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