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.

Springboard is also the cornerstone Partner of  the ‘Ahi Network’. Ahi brings values-aligned organisations in different regions around NZ together, creating a network of partners who share a passion in bringing community change to those who need it most.  Ahi provides the strategic framework and infrastructure to empower and equip other organisations to achieve better outcomes for their own community.

Springboard provides the platform of developed programmes, which Ahi has modulised for sharing across the Ahi Network.


Board of Trustees

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/Ahi team resonate with his own passion.


Stuart Henderson

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.

Penny Webster

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 Haughey

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.

David MacLeod

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.

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