Who am I? If you like labels, here are some that have been applied to me: consultant, chief executive, board chair and member, philanthropist, volunteer, writer, and, most importantly, wife and mother. And if you prefer stories, here’s mine:
My path has been a zig-zag one. I was born and raised in beautiful Hawkes Bay, received an English Literature degree from Victoria University and my original ambition was to be a writer. Shortly after leaving university, I changed direction and moved into the IT industry, working as a programmer, business analyst, team leader and project manager in New Zealand and overseas. Then, in 1995 I co-founded one of New Zealand’s first internet development companies, the Web Limited, with Dave Moskovitz. As Managing Director I received the ASB Business Woman of the Year award and a New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the community, before selling the company to KPMG Consulting in 2002.
I then changed direction again, this time into the world of philanthropy. My interest began with the Think Tank Charitable Trust, a small philanthropic trust set up by Dave and me after selling our business. This led to my appointment as Executive Director of the Todd Foundation, a role I was privileged to hold from 2005 until 2015. I was also a board member and then Chair of Philanthropy NZ from 2004 until 2016.
I am active in giving in my personal, professional and volunteer life, and I firmly believe that if we are lucky enough to live comfortably we should share some of our good fortune.
What I do now
I am a Philanthropy and Community Advisor – see my consultancy services.
Outside work there is my wonderful husband Dave and three sons Jeremy, Ben and Daniel, a cat and several chickens, a large veggie garden, learning Te Reo Māori, walking, reading and singing world music.
- ASB Business Woman of the Year 2000
- NZ Order of Merit for services to business and the community, 2000
- Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management, 2001
I have volunteered all my adult life, with roles including Philanthropy NZ, Conscious Consumers, Think Tank Charitable Trust, Refugee Resettlement, Wellington Miscarriage Support Group, Parentline, Women’s Refuge, Family Planning and Youthline.
- Funding Burden – what it is, why it matters and how to lighten the load – read the article in the Australian publication Generosity (if you are a subscriber). Or here is a text of the article. (May 2015)
- Discussing what philanthropy can achieve on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp programme, August 2014
- On generosity and restraint, my contribution to Inequality: a New Zealand Crisis (edited by Max Rashbrooke and published by Bridget Williams books June 2013.)
- Compelling arguments for business giving, Dominion Post August 2011
- A warm heart, a cool head and a hard nose – my views on Business Leadership (Management Magazine, February 2004)
- Various children’s stories published in Learning Media and Radio NZ
- Auckland Writers Festival 2016: The Moral Mixing Desk – where does philanthropy end and dirty self promotion begin?
- New Frontiers 2016: Crafting our national identity and how the Treaty of Waitangi helps
- Tonic Nonprofit conference: What makes a good non-profit great?
- Other speaking engagements include the Australian Institute of Grants Management, Philanthropy NZ conference, Combined Community Trusts Conference, Aotearoa NZ Evaluation Association conference