Springboard operates within a solid governance and accountability structure. It’s oversight consists of a well established board of Trustees and a framework of Advisors. The Board and Advisors, each with their own skills, networks and expertise, provide guidance for best practice and effective programme delivery.


Board of Trustees

Mark Elley


Mark is a seasoned businessman with a depth of experience that ranges from nurturing local businesses to providing strategic guidance for global corporations. His fervour for business is matched by an innate passion to cultivate and mentor emerging leaders, ensuring they are equipped to navigate the complexities of today’s business environment.

Outside of his professional endeavours, Mark enjoys the adrenaline rush of car racing, a hobby that speaks to his dynamic nature. Together with his wife, Marlane, Mark remains deeply rooted in the community, actively supporting various initiatives and sharing in the joys and challenges that come with nurturing a close-knit community.

Ruth Scandrett


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 Hopper Living as their General Manager Operations for all their Retirement Villages.

Brian Dangerfield


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 three children.

Trevor McLeod


Trevor has accumulated extensive practical business experience and considerable involvement in aspects of elite sport through involvement with NZ Rugby League, The Warriors, the NZ Olympics and Commonwealth Games teams as a Chaplain and Mentor. For a decade Trevor held an executive leadership role in a quickly developing Auckland Church. He is always wanting to assist others, as he had been in his younger life.

Trevor  loves to assist others with his experiences and learning. The goals and talent of the Springboard team resonate with his own passion.

Lauren Henderson


Lauren has 20+ years experience in the interior design industry, launching into the commercial/hospitality arena designing 2 cafes and 1 cooking school within her first year as a designer. Her commercial arm of design has been strong, creating collective workspaces, TV Studios and corporate offices. As a business owner and working alongside her filmmaker husband, she has learnt to develop and work with people from all walks of life.
Her love and passion for people is what has guided her to journey with Springboard. As a young girl growing up in South Auckland, her life experiences and teachings she has had along the way, marks her with an indelible heart for people and a passion to champion them into a great future for themselves. He Tangata!


Mark Stallworthy

Sergeant Mark Stallworthy is the Officer in charge of Police in Warkworth. He has been a major advocate for Springboard since taking up the role in 2018.

“In all of my experience across a range of different communities I have never seen a more relevant and amazing organisation such as Springboard. I am proud to be connected to and involved in this important mahi in our community”

Tony Giles

Tony is the principal at Mahurangi College. Having had a lot of varying experiences with alternative education and external support programmes across his education career Tony brings a valuable perspective and partnership as we work closely together to support ALL secondary aged young people in our community.

Beth Houlbrooke

Beth has been a supporter of Springboard for a number of years. As well as advocacy in the spheres of influence she has as a Rodney Local Rodney Board member and active member of our community, she brings a wealth of understanding of the inner workings of council and political contexts and perspectives.

Delma O'Kane

Delma and the whānau at Ngati Manuhiri Settlement Trust have been engaged with Springboard for a number of years. Delma brings her heart for seeing young people find ‘their place’ in the world as well as connections to people, places and opportunities that Ngati Manuhiri oversee in our community.

Murray Chapman

Murray is well known for his massive contribution to the ‘feel and vibe’ of our community. His role within One Mahurangi Business Association means that he has his finger on the pulse of all things community, including upcoming events and activities but also where the challenges and opportunities lie. His support of Springboard is invaluable as he helps us to stay connected to the things going on here in the Mahurangi Region.

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