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At Ignite Consultants we build partnerships between talented students
and socially conscious organisations to help maximise their impact.
We train leaders and channel resources for a better world. For free.

Our People

Tom joined Ignite in 2018 as a consultant working with Enabling Love. Tom is taking on the role of CEO for 2020 where he maintains and develops external stakeholder relations and focuses on the smooth execution of Ignite’s year. Tom plans to implement new additions to the Ignite model while continuing to execute the strong structure that has been developed in the 10 years prior to him. Tom is in his fifth year of Law and Commerce.

Tom Darry
Chief Executive Officer

Mike joined Ignite in 2019 as a consultant, taking on the role of Project Manager later that year. In 2020 Mike will take on the role of Chief Financial Officer. While he enjoyed being hands on with his projects last year, Mike is looking forward to doing a bit more work behind the scenes. He is especially excited to support the oncoming Project Managers with their projects. Outside of Ignite, Mike is a 3rd year Law and commerce student, and enjoys a good tramp in the mountains.

Mike joined Ignite in 2019 as a consultant, taking on the role of Project Manager later that year. In 2020 Mike will take on the role of Chief Financial Officer. While he enjoyed being hands on with his projects last year, Mike is looking forward to doing a bit more work behind the scenes. He is especially excited to support the oncoming Project Managers with their projects. Outside of Ignite, Mike is a 3rd year Law and commerce student, and enjoys a good tramp in the mountains

Mike McInerney Heather

Chief Financial Officer

Emily joined Ignite as a consultant in Semester 2 of 2019, working with the Mental Health and Addictions Network Group. She is now the COO for 2020, where she’ll be managing Ignite’s internal administration, providing support to her fellow Executive members,  and ensuring that Ignite runs seamlessly in its day-to-day operations . Emily is currently in her fifth year at Otago finishing off her Law Honours and PPE degrees.

Emily Watt
Chief Operations Officer 

Clementine joined Ignite as a consultant for Youthline Otago in 2019, and took on the role of Marketing and Recruitment Manager later that year. While she enjoyed promoting Ignite to the wider Dunedin community, this year Clementine is the Projects Coordinator. In this role, she is excited to be building relationships between Ignite and the Dunedin not-for-profit community. Clementine is in her second year of Law and Commerce.

Clementine Rose
Projects Coordinator

Gray first joined Ignite as a consultant in 2019 working with Youthline. Gray saw this as an opportunity to involve himself in the wider community outside of the ‘student bubble’. This year he has taken on the role of Project Manager and is looking forward to the challenge of guiding consultants into formulating valuable solutions for our clients. Outside of Ignite, Gray has a passion for sports and is in his fourth year studying Law and Commerce, majoring in Economics.

Gray Hardy
Project Manager 

Laura started with Ignite in 2019 as a consultant working alongside MS Otago. She thoroughly enjoyed engaging with the wider community, especially the not-for-profit sector and has since joined the Executive for 2020. She has taken on the role of Marketing and Recruitment Manager and is looking forward to meeting  and working with the new consultants. Laura is currently in her third year of a double degree, in Health Sciences and Commerce

Laura McKissock
Marketing and Recruitment Manager 

Phoebe was a consultant working with Youthline in 2019. She got involved because she wanted to use her skills from university  to make a contribution to the local community. In 2020, after seeing first hand the positive difference Ignite can make, Phoebe joined the Ignite as a Project Manager. She is excited to get stuck in with a great team of enthusiastic students. Phoebe is in her 5th year, currently studying Law and Marketing. 

Phoebe Murray
Project Manager 

Rachael joined Ignite as a consultant in 2019 working with Mamaku Point Trust. She thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to apply her skills in a way that made a tangible impact on the wider community. This semester she is excited to be taking on the role of Training and Development Manager and looks forward to equipping the incoming consultants with the tools they need for their projects. Rachael is currently in her fourth year of Law and Commerce.

Rachael Brownlee
Training and Development Manager 

Holly joined Ignite in the second semester of 2018 as a consultant for Red Cross, and became a Project Manager in 2019, working with the Citizens Advice Bureau and MS Otago. She is excited to continue her involvement with Ignite as a Project Manager in 2020. Holly is looking forward to engaging with more not-for-profit organisations in the community. Outside of Ignite, Holly is in her fourth year of studying a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting.

Holly Armstrong
Project Manager 

Jack joined Ignite in 2019 as a consultant for the Dunedin Youth Orchestra. Seeking to continue working with the not-for-profit sector in Dunedin, he became a project manager for 2020. Jack looks forward to engaging with a new suite of clients in the coming year, along with guiding consultants through the challenging yet rewarding experience that Ignite is. Outside of Ignite, Jack is in his 4th year, studying Law.

Jack Wicks 
Project Manager 

Sanne was first involved with Ignite in the second semester of 2018 as a consultant for Orokonui Eco sanctuary. After a year-long internship with the University’s Project Management Office she is excited to re-join Ignite as a Project Manager and put her learnt skills to good use. Sanne is in her fourth year of completing her double degree in Commerce and Arts.

Sanne Deen
Project Manager 

Our Projects

Dunedin Gymnastics Academy

Dunedin Gymnastics Academy (DGA) is the largest gymnastics club south of Christchurch with over 750 members. DGA strives to provide children with fundamental movement skills, allowing them to participate in many forms of activities, as well as reducing the risk of injury. DGA provides all sorts of programs to achieve this goal, ranging from recreational cheerleading to competitive artistic gymnastics.

Otago Neighbourhood
Support

Otago Neighbourhood Support (ONS) is a nationwide community-led movement that brings people and neighbourhoods together to create safe, resilient and connected communities. Connecting over 200 thousand households across the country, ONS operates at a grass root level, connecting neighbourhoods and those within them. ONS also organises community events, runs seminars, and is part of many city-wide groups aiming to make Dunedin a better, safer place.

 Coalition of Trusts

Since COVID-19, there has been an increasing number of the Dunedin population being affected through unemployment, mental wellbeing, and social isolation and disconnection from society. There is a need to form a coordinated response that enables increased and faster access to support. The Coalition of Trusts will be a collaboration between various not-for-profits and governmental organisations to address this issue, focusing on promoting volunteering, improving referral systems, ensuring hard to reach populations are being addressed etc.

Project Applications

Applications for Semester 1 of 2021 are now closed.

 

Please keep an eye out on our social media for information regarding Semester 2 recruitment dates.

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