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 manages and oversees The Gift Trust operations. She has over 20 years experience in the not-for- profit sector, in New Zealand and the UK, with experience in senior management, project development and fundraising.

Cheryl has worked with a range of charities in her career, including environmental causes, international development, arts and education. She has a solid understanding of the charitable sector, a passion for helping charities to be more effective and experience working with donors to help them reach their giving goals.

She started her career in NZ but worked for over 17 years in the UK. One of her most rewarding roles there was developing new projects for Groundwork Hertfordshire, an environmental regeneration organisation working in disadvantaged communities. She also held roles in the UK at the South Bank Centre, a leading London arts centre, Friends of the Earth UK and ActionAid. She began her career in NZ as the Marketing Officer for the Forest and Bird Society.

Cheryl’s personal passions include spending time in nature or at the sea, enjoying Wellington’s rich cultural life and time with her young family.

Read more about Cheryl on Linkedin here.

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Dayna has over 15 years' experience in administration, operations, events and management and has a big passion for people.

Dayna has worn multiple hats in her working career, but the common theme throughout her work is her passion for people. Dayna is excited to share her events and operations experience with The Gift Trust. So watch this space for her involvement.

Outside of The Gift Trust, Dayna is the Co-Director of Wellington Boxing Gym which she likes to use as a vehicle to collaborate and work alongside local community groups. Through her boxing gym business, Dayna promotes multiple annual events supporting New Zealand based charities. These events help to fundraise and bring awareness to these causes. Dayna has also recently taken on a new role with Philanthropy NZ as the Youth Champion supporting the Youth Advisory Group. Philanthropy NZ is the peak body representing and supporting philanthropy and grantmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand

Contact Dayna.

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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.


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 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.

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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.



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.

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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.



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.

Alanna Irving - The Gift Trust Trustee


Alanna Irving builds open source tools and communities for radical participation and collaboration.

She co-founded Enspiral (network of social entrepreneurs), Loomio (collaborative decision-making), Cobudget (participatory budgeting), the Open Source // Open Society conference, and Dark Crystal (trust-maximising P2P private key management for crypto), and served as Executive Officer of the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand. Alanna is currently the executive director of the Open Source Foundation with Open Collective, and has recently co-authored the book Better Work Together. Originally from San Francisco, she has now become a kiwi and lives in Wellington with her partner, daughter, and little black cat. More info:

Annette Culpan - The Gift Trust Trustee


Annette Culpan has a background in business, philanthropy and the for-purpose space.

She is the Founder of Torokaha - a capacity builder for philanthropy and social change organisations - currently writing the NEXT Stories, completing research in strategic philanthropy and other projects. Annette managed the Vodafone NZ Foundation for nine years and led the development of the high engagement approach; was on the design working group for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum; sits on the Board of Directors for Philanthropy NZ; and was a trustee of the Grief Centre from 2015 to 2018. She has been a volunteer at Youthline for over ten years, is a level one iRest meditation teacher and is passionate about advocating for the rights of those most vulnerable - particularly those who have experienced trauma. 

Also a special mention and thanks to the previous trustees and staff of The Gift Trust, Doris Zuur, Susan Barker, Susan Cooper, Duncan Power, Noel Josephson, Roy Boonen, Otto Mengedoht, Terry Creighton.