Board

Anna Charles-Jones : Trainee Intern at Dunedin Hospital

Anna Charles-Jones

Trainee Intern at Dunedin Hospital

Anna was a consultant in 2012 and worked with Habitat for Humanity to develop solutions focusing on their strategic direction. In particular, the project looked at low-cost housing initiatives and rent-to-buy schemes as options for them to pursue. Anna stepped up to the Executive in 2013, taking on the role of Projects Co-ordinator. Currently in the final year of her medical degree, Anna is the Chair of the Ignite Board.

Rachel Murdoch : Lawyer at Greenwood Roche

Rachel Murdoch

Lawyer at Greenwood Roche

Rachel’s involvement with Ignite began as a consultant in 2013, working alongside Dunedin’s Hearing Association branch as it began re-evaluating its particular functions in the community, potential new relationships and sources of funding. After completing her LLB/BA at the University of Otago at the end of 2013, Rachel returned to join the Ignite Executive, working in the first semester as the Training and Events Co-ordinator. For the remainder of the year, Rachel took on the role of a consultant to the Executive, charged with reviewing and considering Ignite’s existing and potential future functions, strategies and relationships. After a year’s break in 2015, Rachel has returned to a new role as a trustee on the Board of Ignite. She is currently fulfilling the role of secretary and treasurer and is thrilled to again be part of this organisation. Her experience with Ignite has had a major impact on her, both in terms of the relationships she has developed but also in further understanding the potential of young people to serve communities – in both the for-profit and non-profit spheres – by using their unique professional and personal skillsets. Beyond Ignite, Rachel is based in Christchurch, working as a lawyer for the projects law firm Greenwood Roche.

Ella Monahan : Development Manager at Auckland University of Technology

Ella Monahan

Development Manager at Auckland University of Technology

Ella’s engagement with Ignite began in 2012 as a consultant for Habitat for Humanity. Captured by the vision of Ignite Ella transitioned into the executive in 2013 as the Training & Development Manager, then Strategy Manager.
Now living in Auckland Ella currently leads development & innovation projects at AUT including a service for registered NZ charities to access student interns. Ella has been a trustee on our board since 2014.

Sophia Faure : Advisor at the Ministry of Health

Sophia Faure

Advisor at the Ministry of Health

Sophia was a consultant in 2013 and worked with ChatBus which was a not for profit which provided free counselling for primary school students. Sophia then joined the executive in the role of the Marketing and Recruitment and in 2014 moved into the role of Training and Events Manager. In 2015 Sophia was appointed as CEO of Ignite Consultants. In her role as CEO alongside Hannah Wrathall she helped establish Ignite Consultants in Wellington. She is passionate about young people engaging in their communities and in 2016 accepted the role of a Board Member.

Mike Kernaghan : CEO Cancer Society - Otago/Southland Division

Mike Kernaghan

CEO Cancer Society – Otago/Southland Division

Mike has been a part of Ignite for the past 4 years, first as a client who was impressed with the quality of the project delivered for the Cancer Society in 2012. Mike subsequently became a mentor for Ignite and has filled this role for the past three years for both our consultants and the Ignite Advisory Group. In 2015 Mike was asked, and accepted, a role on our Board.

Alice Marsh : Director - The Good Portal

Alice Marsh

Director – The Good Portal

Alice led a consulting project for ChatBus, a non-profit mobile counselling service for primary school children in 2013 before being appointed to manage Ignite’s operations in 2014.

Following her studies, Alice has worked as a strategy consultant specialising in intangible asset protection and monetisation. With a drive for innovation in the New Zealand charitable sector, Alice is excited to be on board.

Sophie Oliff : Intern Pharmacist at Wellington Hospital

Sophie Oliff

Intern Pharmacist at Wellington Hospital

Sophie joined Ignite in her first year at Otago in 2014 as team leader of the Dunedin Curtain Bank project. She began Ignite’s first board internship in 2015, a governance intern role on The Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust where she gained a valuable insight into the role of a trustee. With an ever-increasing passion for Ignite’s work in the community, Sophie became CEO in 2016. Sophie is currently completing her Intern Pharmacist year at Wellington Hospital and is thrilled to remain involved with Ignite after graduating.