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.


Mänuka Hënare


“Manaaki ki te tangata is to show compassion and respect of each person – this epitomises my respect of the purpose and nature of the Foundation’s work.”

Mänuka lives in Haruru, Bay of Islands with his wife Diane. He is blessed with five children and eight mokopuna. Mänuka is Associate Professor, Mäori Business Development in the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland. He is also a researcher and consultant in the private and indigenous social enterprise sectors with a specialty in Mäori business enterprise and development economics.

Mänuka is passionate about social enterprise development and the spirituality of people and societies. He has travelled throughout Asia and the Pacific assessing the spiritual and community development of these regions.

He supports the recognition of Mäori, Pasifika, and Asian youth as an emergent new force for diversity enhancement providing an impetus for change to the quality of life of all New Zealanders.


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 is the most recent appointee to the Vodafone NZ Foundation.  She 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.


Matt Williams


Matt is the Consumer Director for Vodafone New Zealand and leads the Consumer business unit that serves Vodafone’s c.2.5 million consumer customers. He is responsible the Consumer P&L including customers, revenue and profit. He leads the Consumer strategy, brand, marketing, commercial management, distribution and retail channels, customer base management, terminals and product innovation. He joined Vodafone New Zealand in this role in May 2013.

Prior to joining Vodafone New Zealand, Matt was the Group Commercial Director, based in London, UK, and led on commercial and marketing topics across Vodafone country markets, particularly focused on Europe. Before that he was the Consumer Director for Vodafone Greece based in Athens. He has an MBA with distinction from London Business School.

Matt is a proud father of three and is married to Lucy, having returned to NZ after about 13 years in Europe so his kids could enjoy the great Kiwi upbringing.


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.


Management team

We have a small team, made up of passionate individuals with wide-ranging experience within the community, funding and business sectors.

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 Volunteer Otago. She went on to run the Regional Volunteer Centre before establishing a national youth organisation, Regeneration Aotearoa New Zealand. Since then she has worked for community organisations in governance and leadership roles, including her role as CEO at Thankyou Payroll, a Dunedin based social enterprise.

Lani is currently co-chair of Thankyou Charitable Trust, trustee for Philanthropy New Zealand, vice chair of ActionStation, co-chair of the West Harbour Beautification Trust and co-founder of Christchurch-based youth transitional housing project Room:Maker. Lani received the Winston Churchill Fellowship for 2015 to explore the efficacy of devolved decision-making models in international philanthropy.

In her spare time, Lani enjoys tramping, playing with her puppy Tomoe and is training for her first ultra-marathon.


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 fulfil their potential, transform their lives and find a positive fit in society.”

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

She loves to make a difference in the youth sector 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 alumni and partners are connected to the right people so that they can gain extra skills where needed. She links specialists in the Vodafone business up with our community partners and organises our hui, where our partners and alumni learn from each other’s experiences as well as find opportunities for collaboration.


Racheal Monks, Foundation Administrator


“Dame Whina Cooper’s words inspire me: ‘Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow so will be the shape of Aotearoa.’”

Racheal comes from a strong administration background, having spent the past seven years as an EA at TVNZ and MediaWorks TV. She trained as a primary school teacher and coaches various kids’ sports teams.

She believes every child deserves to feel loved and considers it a privilege to make this happen every day through Vodafone’s community partners. She enjoys using her skills to help make a difference in the youth sector and also sponsors a Variety Kid, Spencer from the East Coast and will participate in the Lifewise Big Sleepout this year.

Racheal joined the Foundation in 2016 and loves every minute of her part-time role, which allows her time to run around after her three children.


Josh Briggs, Grants Lead


 “I love being part of a team that is supporting better outcomes for our country’s young people.”

Josh has a background in youth work, community development and governance. He lives with his wife Aimee and their daughter Ellie in Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt.

In 2009 Josh was a World of Difference recipient, he worked at Evolve – Wellington’s Youth Health Service to support young people to connect with their community and increase their self-esteem through youth led activities and events. Since then Josh has taken on a variety of roles to support young people and their communities.

Josh is currently a board member of Parents Centre New Zealand Inc,  board member of the Toimata Foundation and Hutt City Councillor.

Josh spends his down time with his family, playing video games and taking part in community events.