About Kate

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 background

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.

I am also chair of the Think Tank Charitable Trust, an independent committee member of the Ngāi Tahu Fund and a board member of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, a speaker and a writer.

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.

Awards

  • 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

Volunteering

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.

Publications

Speaking engagements

Contacting me

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