Board of Directors

Our board of directors is made up of both Vodafone employees and independent experts in community, education and philanthropic sectors.

Antony Welton, Chair

“It’s inspiring to support people with the passion, drive and determination to make a real difference. The impact for young people, their families and communities is impressive.”

Born in the United Kingdom, Antony trained as an occupational psychologist and has worked in HR, strategy and marketing with Vodafone in the United Kingdom, Japan, India and New Zealand.

Now settled in Auckland with his wife and two daughters, Antony Welton has been the Chair of Vodafone NZ Foundation since 2012 and is also HR Director of Vodafone NZ.

Antony is continually inspired by the people and organisations that the Foundation supports, knowing that they are playing a key part in supporting New Zealand’s young people to live lives they value.

Hinurewa Poutu

“I am passionate about the revival and use of Te Reo Mäori, particularly among our youth and am motivated by the Foundation’s strong focus on young people and creating a vibrant future for our country.”

Born and raised in Palmerston North, Hinurewa descends from Ngäti Rangi, Te Äti Haunui-a-Päpärangi and Ngäti Maniapoto. Having been raised through köhanga reo, kura kaupapa Mäori and wharekura, she works at her wharekura as a secondary school teacher.

Hinurewa holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in which she explored the role of youth in Mäori language revival, and the factors that influence the use of Te Reo Mäori among those who’ve been educated in Wharekura (Mäori-medium secondary schools).

Having witnessed the benefits of the Foundation’s World of Difference programme first hand, Hinurewa considers it an honour to be a board member.

Jennifer Gill

“Philanthropy can play a unique role in society. It can take risks to support changemakers, those individuals and groups who create innovative responses to the complex issues that are faced by our communities. Philanthropy can be the catalyst for change.”

Jennifer Gill has been involved in philanthropy in New Zealand for over three decades.

After working in the not-for-profit sector in Auckland and Wellington she was invited by Sir Roy Mckenzie to work with him on the development of his personal foundation.  Since then Jennifer has served as a Trustee and chair of the J R McKenzie Trust and the Nikau Foundation and has been a Trustee of three family grant making foundations.

She was a founding board member of both Philanthropy New Zealand and Generosity New Zealand and continues to play a leading role in the development of the sector.  As CEO of Foundation North since 2004 she has led the foundation on a journey into innovative and adventurous philanthropic giving.

Juliet Jones

“Fairness, justice and equality are values that have always motivated me. If there is one thing in New Zealand I could change right now it would be to reduce suffering, especially of our children.”

Juliet worked in London for many years and is now the Legal and External Affairs Director at Vodafone New Zealand.

Born and raised in Heretaunga (Hastings), Juliet went on to Canterbury University where she studied law and political science. Juliet’s role includes connecting Vodafone with all the people, communities, agencies and stakeholders our business impacts every day.
Juliet lives in Auckland with her young, lively and magical son.

Katie Williams

“Our rangitahi are our future and I’m honoured to be able to make a small contribution towards a brighter future for all.”

Katie is the Head of HR Centres of Expertise at Vodafone New Zealand, and is responsible for leading the Human Resources team to create an engaging and inclusive workplace.

Katie joined Vodafone New Zealand in 2008 and has held a variety of roles including HR Business Partner, Head of Organisational Development, and Talent and Capability Manager. Prior to joining Vodafone New Zealand, Katie has worked across Australasia and Europe in a range of industries including agri-chemicals, petrochemicals, finance, law, manufacturing and retail.
Katie has a Master’s degree in Science with honours, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial and Organisations Psychology with distinction from the University of Canterbury.
Outside of work, Katie is a keen yoga enthusiast, and enjoys spending time at the beach with her husband and young family.

Kirstin Te Wao

“Mä te teina, ka tötika te tuakana. Mä te tuakana, ka tötika te teina. By the younger sibling, the elder is kept in line. By the elder sibling, the younger is kept in line”

Kirstin is Vodafone New Zealand’s Diversity & Inclusion Lead, and is responsible for developing authentic relationships with Mäori, increasing gender equality and women in leadership, growing youth employment in Vodafone.

Raised by her grandmother in the Tämaki community amidst the whänau of Ngäti Whätua ki Öräkei, Kirstin is passionate about advocacy of Mäori and indigenous rights, and ensuring everyone has equitable access to resources and governance opportunities.

Kirstin joined Vodafone’s Customer Service team in 2008 and now has what she describes as the privilege of leading the company’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy.

Of Ngäti Rangiwewehi, Ngäti Rangiteaorere, Ngäti Mahanga and Ngäti Whawhakia descent, Kirstin has two children and is currently completing a Post-Graduate Business Diploma in Mäori Development at the University of Auckland.

Lani Evans, Foundation Manager

“I’m passionate about generosity in all its forms and about improving outcomes for our young people through practical, sustainable programme development and systemic change.”

As the Foundation Manager, Lani works to deliver on our vision of all young people living lives they value.

As a World of Difference recipient in 2009, Lani engaged young people in their communities through volunteering & activism. She went on to run the Regional Volunteer Centre before establishing a national youth organisation. Since then she has worked for purpose-led organisations in governance and leadership roles.

Lani is passionate about systems change, creating a more equitable future for our Rangatahi, and using data and narrative to understand the underlying causes of inequalities. She has been the Head of the Vodafone Foundation since 2016 and returned from parental leave in March 2020.

In her spare time, Lani sits on the governance boards of both charities and social enterprises, spends time with her whanau and can often be found hiking and running the hills of Wellington.

Cristina Serrano Rueda, Engagement Lead

“We all need someone who believes in us just a little bit more than we do ourselves. It’s a privilege to support our partners as they encourage vulnerable young New Zealanders to fulfill their potential, transform their lives and find a positive fit in society.”

Cristina was born in Spain, but has spent the past ten years making New Zealand her home and working in Vodafone NZ’s marketing team.

She loves to make a difference and has volunteered at Starship Hospital, Red Cross NZ and at an Indonesian orphanage through the Vodafone Hands Up programme.

A member of the Foundation since 2014, Cristina’s role is to ensure that our community partners are well supported, have opportunities to engage with the Foundation and also to collaborate and learn from each other.  Cristina helps us enhance links between the Foundation and the Vodafone business, manages our group of 40 wonderful Foundation Champions and takes care of our communications. In her spare time, Cristina loves to travel, visit her whanau in Spain and is now also busy running after her toddler.

Joy Woollett, Administrator

“I believe in valuing people, empowering youth to thrive and giving opportunity to all.”

Joy joined the team in March 2019 as Administrator, part-time, and loves being a part of the Foundation, supporting groups in Aotearoa that improve the lives of rangatahi.

Enjoying supporting roles for organisations that improve quality of life for people in New Zealand, Joy has worked in administrative roles for many years, including Government, not-for-profit health support and community volunteer roles.  As well as being part of the Vodafone Foundation whanau, Joy also holds down roles in administration and funding other for not-for-profit organisations who support tamariki and pakeke in New Zealand.

Joy enjoys the time she spends with her four children and likes to be active with running, playing squash and occasional tramping.

Nicola Silke, Foundation Secretary

(On Parental Leave)

“I’m truly privileged to be able to use my legal skills to support an organisation so committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable young people in New Zealand for the better.”

Nicola is the Foundation Secretary, and advises the Foundation Board and operations team on corporate and charitable governance and compliance matters.

Prior to joining the Vodafone Legal Team in 2014, she worked as a corporate/commercial lawyer in both New Zealand and the UK.

Nicola is also passionate about destigmatising mental health issues in New Zealand.  She regularly speaks at post-natal courses about maternal mental health challenges, and believes this support of new parents will contribute – in a small way – to better outcomes for young New Zealanders in the longer term.

Outside work she loves off-road running, and learning from her young son to find all that is beautiful and hilarious in the world.