Director, Administration at the Otago Business School
Claire became involved in Ignite when Aga established it in 2010 and has remained engaged and supportive ever since. The Business School has always provided Ignite with space and other appropriate support, endorsing the focus Ignite has developed in the local community. For Claire, supporting Ignite was easy – her own involvement in the community includes being current chair of the Otago Youth Wellness Trust, a Relay for Life and Daffodil Day volunteer for the Cancer Society, a former Trustee of the Sinclair Wetlands, and involvement in various other community groups over the years. She was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary in 2013 and will soon become an Assistant Governor in Rotary District 9980.
Founder and CEO FoodShare in Dunedin and KiwiHarvest in Auckland
A qualified Lawyer and Physiotherapist, Deborah has worked in the public health system, various law firms and as an invited lecturer at the University of Otago. In 2012, upon seeing a gap between discarded food and people living in hunger, Deborah founded Foodshare, a food rescue organisation in Dunedin which has since expanded to Auckland as KiwiHarvest. Deborah has been involved with Ignite as a mentor since 2015 for both our consultant teams and our Ignite Advisory Group.
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.
Director of Methodist Mission Southern
Laura has 30 years’ experience in the community and voluntary sector, and is currently Director of Methodist Mission Southern. She was a member of Treasury’s Social Investment Panel for 2016, is currently a member of the Statistics Legislative Review Advisory Board, is Chairperson of the Science into Action (Otago Participatory Science Platform), a member of the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre Advisory Board, and a member of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services’ Board. Holding a Bachelor in Business Studies (Management) from Massey University, Laura is currently a member of the Institute of Directors, and is a Justice of the Peace. Laura has been involved with Ignite since we worked with the Methodist Mission in 2013, mentoring every semester.
Partner at Deloitte
Mike has worked for Deloitte for 20 years in New Zealand and overseas and has been involved with Ignite since 2015. He became a Partner in 2002 and is the Office Managing Partner for Dunedin. He is also a Board member of Deloitte New Zealand. Mike has a strong governance background in both direct Board roles and as an advisor to a wide range of organisations. These organisations span many different industries, disciplines and life-cycles, providing Mike with an extensive experience and perspective to bring to the roles he undertakes. From a client perspective, Mike is involved in advising a large variety of both public and private sector clients.
Ralph Adler is a Professor of Accounting at Otago University. He is the founder and Director of the Centre for Organisational Performance Measurement and Management, an organisation devoted to motivating dialogue between practitioners and academics for the purpose of sharing and promoting innovative and best practice. Ralph became affiliated with Ignite in early 2016, when he facilitated a mission statement writing workshop. Later that same year he served as the Project Mentor to Ignite’s Advisory Group. Ralph is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), serves as Chair of this body’s Education Board for Management Accounting and Applied Finance, and is the Chair of the Grants Selection Committee for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants’ Centre for Excellence (Australasia).
Having graduated from London University, Andy spent 20 years in the UK finance industry, where he specialized in strategy, planning and marketing. After moving to New Zealand in 2002, he ran his own businesses, before stopping work in 2009. He has been involved with the not-for-profit sector since 2004, and became a mentor with Ignite in 2016.