Prior to founding Springboard 14 years ago Gary spent 10 years in business management, self-employed in the farming sector. Gary is Springboard’s visionary, driven by a passionate desire to assist people on the margins of society, inspiring staff and volunteers to work towards community regeneration. Having overseen Springboard’s success to date, Gary now also works with other similar communities to support their own future success. Gary is married with three children.,
James joined Springboard in January 2014 having moved to New Zealand from the UK with his wife and three children. James is a qualified Management Accountant with over 19 years experience in financial management and change management across a number of sectors including commerce, health, defence and charity sectors. James manages the day to day running of Springboard whilst supporting the organisation through its current growth phase.,
Ruth is an experienced senior manager in both the not for profit and commercial sectors she has experience with business planning, strategy, change management, systems development, governance and compliance across a range of legislative and contractual models. Having been at Lifeway Trust for a number of years in a range of roles Ruth became General Manager for the Trust. She went on to complete an Executive MBA from Massey University and is currently working for Metlifecare setting up and running their new village, which is under development in Unsworth Heights.
Brian has served in various senior executive and finance leadership roles for the global shipping and integrated logistics industry for over thirty years. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University and is an Associate Chartered Accountant in New Zealand and a member of the NZICA since 1980. Brian is also a trustee of the Mahurangi Vision Community Trust with a specific focus on the Pasifika community transformation plan. He also has the privilege of being a Springboard mentor in support of their 4U Mentoring program. Brian and his wife Anna have been married for thirty-three years and have three children.
Mac has held the position of Chief Executive in some of New Zealand’s largest organisations having been in the dairy industry for over 30 years. His breadth of experience coupled with his passion to raise outcomes and the value of organisations has led Mac into the roles of Consultant, Chairman and Advisor for numerous organisations both large and small. During his career in NZ Mac was Waikato’s Business Man of the Year. Mac graduated from Massey in Agriculture and has studied at Harvard, Boston and Vevey, Switzerland. Mac is passionate about young people and community and has spearheaded several community ventures.
David has been Principal of Mahurangi College since 2002. Prior to that he was Principal for six years at Dargaville High School. His wife is a teacher at Matakana Primary School.
Penny is a councillor on the Auckland Council and former mayor of Rodney, Auckland. She is also a former New Zealand politician: an MP from 1999 to 2002, representing the ACT New Zealand party. Before entering politics Penny was a farmer and headed the Auckland branch of the Federated Farmers organisation.
Bede joined the police in 1980 and was posted to Auckland City where his duties included policing the Springbok Tour and the Queen Street Riot. After qualifying as a Detective he moved to the Coromandel in 1990 where he investigated serious crimes including drug dealing and homicides. Bede moved to Warkworth in 1994 and was promoted to his current role as Officer in Charge in 1999.
Stuart is a Partner at PwC whose passion and expertise lies in working with his clients to improve their organisations’ financial management and performance. Over the years Stuart has built a reputation as the go-to advisor for companies and government agencies both in New Zealand and abroad wanting advice on risk management awareness, strategies and solutions. Stuart was co-advisor and architect on the establishment of the Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA), co-winner of 2011 KangaNews New Zealand Achievement Award