Meet our team
The staff and trustees of The Gift Trust are skilled professionals from across New Zealand, each bringing expertise and knowledge to support our work.
CHERYL SPAIN - MANAGER
Originally from New Zealand, Cheryl has worked predominantly in the UK for the past 20 years, specialising in the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector.
She has held roles across senior management, marketing, project management and development. She has a solid understanding of the charitable sector and experience working with donors to help them reach their giving goals.
In the UK, she worked for nine years at the charity, Groundwork Hertfordshire - an environmental regeneration organisation. She also held other roles at UK charities including South Bank Centre - a leading London arts centre, Friends of the Earth UK and ActionAid. She began her career before heading to the UK as the Marketing Officer for the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand.
Two years ago she returned to New Zealand where she started a role at Victoria University of Wellington as the Development Manager within the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education.
Read more about Cheryl on Linkedin here.
JULIA CAPON - COMMUNICATIONS
Over the past decade Julia has worked and volunteered exclusively for New Zealand charities and social businesses. She’s been on both sides of the table: writing funding applications for charities, to now supporting grant-making through her role at The Gift Trust.
She began her career as the National Marketing Manager for Trade Aid New Zealand, based in Christchurch. In 2010, she moved to Wellington and worked with climate change charity 350.org as the New Zealand Co-ordinator. She then explored social investment through a marketing role at Prometheus Finance.
Alongside her role at The Gift Trust, Julia also runs the ethical job board: Do Good Jobs. She is still involved in fair trade and is currently a Trustee of the Trade Aid Wellington Shop.
BRIDGET BANKS - FINANCE
Bridget is a Chartered Accountant with financial reporting, budgeting, treasury and tax experience gained from large commercial environments both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Bridget is also involved in sharing her financial expertise within the local not-for-profit sector.
GLEN SAUNDERS - CHAIR
Glen has extensive experience in banking, investment, financial and strategic planning, but with a unique twist. For the last 30 years his focus has been on social finance and investment.
He was a founder and Managing Director of Triodos Bank’s UK office, and one of its main board directors.
He now works with many organisations involved in responsible investment, both in New Zealand and internationally. He is currently a director of Social Enterprise Finance Australia, Chair of international research firm Sustainalytics and a trustee of the Sustainable Investments Fund Trust.
He was formerly a Guardian of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, chairing its Responsible Investment Committee, and Chair of the UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). He is also a consultant to New Zealand government departments and agencies, and is assisting some of New Zealand’s largest foundations in developing social lending programmes.
DORIS ZUUR - TRUSTEE
Over the last 21 years Doris has been deeply involved with the foundation and development of Te Ra Waldorf School in Raumati on the Kapiti Coast, and was Principal until 2012.
Doris was born in Switzerland and arrived in NZ at the age of 23. She is a trained biologist and teacher, and a mother of three.
Doris is now involved in a wide variety of community projects and is striving to apply the principles of permaculture. She is involved with Orientation Aotearoa, helping establish a support framework for young people in transition from formal education to encourage life-long learning and wellbeing.
ANAKE GOODALL - TRUSTEE
Anake has a broad background in building and supporting community-led organisations that empower their members.
He currently Chairs the Ākina Foundation and the Hillary Institute of International Leadership. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury's Ngāi Tahu Research Centre and is on the establishment board of Tē Pā o Rākaihautū, a special character school based in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
He is a Director of Meridian Energy, and a past establishment board member of the Environmental Protection Authority. Anake has previously been the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and before that was responsible for managing all aspects of Ngāi Tahu’s Treaty settlement process.
Anake is particularly interested in responsible investing, impact investing, and promoting philanthropy and the generosity economy.
DAVID WOODS - TRUSTEE
David has spent the last 30 years working in various management and governance roles at financial service organisations around the globe.
His most recent role was as Managing Director of Oikocredit International, a large micro finance cooperative based in the Netherlands, which supports financial inclusion, agriculture and renewable energy in the developing world – investing in people so they can build a better livelihood.
An immigrant to New Zealand in 2016, David has recently become a Director of the Whai Rawa Fund Limited – creating a better future for Ngāi Tahu whānau through greater wealth and wellbeing.
David has significant experience managing and overseeing various business functions including finance, change management, people development, and is a frequent keynote speaker.
PHILIP MCKINSTRY- TRUSTEE
Phil is an experienced senior banker and executive manager bringing more than 20 years corporate, business, rural banking and social finance expertise to the board.
Phil’s early career in banking was in agri-business, firstly with the Rural Bank and then for Rabobank in Auckland where he worked with some of New Zealand’s largest corporate agri-businesses.
Phil moved on to work for one of his clients in the fresh produce sector. As a Director, he was responsible for a joint venture working alongside Māori interests building and managing a large-scale commercial glasshouse operation that used geothermal steam for heating as an alternative to fossil fuels.
After travelling extensively overseas, Phil came home to work for the Bank of New Zealand in different management roles, before moving to Wellington to pursue interests in social finance and investment. He is a member of the Institute of Directors.