Who We Are
As chief executive of The Prince’s Trust in New Zealand (PTNZ), Anya is helping young New Zealanders to create an equitable, sustainable and prosperous future. In her working life she has worked for and with young people as a teacher, a film-maker, and youth worker. Prior to her job at PTNZ, Anya was the Executive Officer of Ara Taiohi, NZ’s peak body for youth development, where she worked to connect the sector, to champion youth development, promote sustainability and create conditions where all young people thrive.
Anya has a strong interest in rights-based, innovative, restorative approaches that amplify young people's agency, voice and strengths. She is also working towards achieving the world record for her collection of oversized earrings.
Jenna’s delight in ticking things off her ‘to-do’ list and wealth of past-experience helping senior leaders and leadership teams from her time in the corporate world means she has plenty of the skills and drive to support the Prince’s Trust team in their work activating the young people of New Zealand.
Like all good things, Jenna was born and raised in the Waikato. She completed her Bachelor of Communications degree in her hometown, where her joy for organising, coordinating, supporting, planning, and managing was sparked.
She loves to create long-lasting, meaningful relationships and have a positive impact in everything she does. And she also loves hip-hop.
As Director of Impact, Rod is creatively and collaboratively designing our programmes and manifesting mechanisms for young people to authentically participate in our mahi. Based in Wellington, Rod lives and works in the canopy of trees with kākā, tūī and kererū at Te Whare Manaaki o Ngaio.
Rod’s been working with young people since that time everyone panicked about Y2K. He’s studied youth work, education, supervision and theatre, and remains engaged in facilitative learning. For 16 years Rod worked in a youth centre serving rowdy and talented young people, facilitating mentoring camps, painting street art murals and enabling participatory leadership groups. Rod was the inaugural National Youth Development Advisor for New Zealand Red Cross and has been involved in numerous notable youth work initiatives.
Rachel brings over 20 years of experience as an educator in a number of teaching, pastoral, and leadership positions to her role as Director of Education. She has a long-standing commitment to working with students in alternative and second chance learning environments, most recently as Director of Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College. Along with that, she has been a researcher, advocate, mentor, and facilitator delivering youth leadership development programmes in both school and community contexts.
She brings a wise head, a passionate heart, and a strengths-based philosophy to her work in providing experiential learning opportunities that build capability in all young people to contribute positively in their communities.
She also runs No Lights No Lycra in Christchurch so she has lots of mean dance moves – not that you’ll ever get to see them ‘cos the lights are always off!
Bella brings a deep-rooted passion for connecting authentically and assisting others in identifying and reaching their goals to her role as Community Engagement Manager with The Prince’s Trust. At 12, fuelled by an urge to further learn about and connect with others, Bella secured her first job at a local ice cream shop. Engagement with diverse communities and opportunities to facilitate positive change has guided her studies, travel adventures and career path ever since. Following the completion of her Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics she undertook a dynamic management role in Customer Love at My Food Bag, before embarking on a magical journey working at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
An energetic and active young person with a genuine zest for life, Bella spends her free time running, hiking, swimming, yoga”ing”, skating and almost any other activity that gets her heart pumping.
Andrew is a Partner, Executive Board Member and Co-Chairman at Alvarium. After founding Alvarium in 2009, he served as Chief Executive Officer until 2017. Andrew directs Alvarium’s real estate investment strategies and oversees all of the group’s real estate investments.
He is Chairman of the Investment Committee for Real Estate and sits on boards and investment committees of a number of Alvarium’s Joint Venture Partners. Prior to setting up Alvarium, he was Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield Residential and Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, having transacted on more than $11bn of acquisitions. Andrew has worked in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and has concluded private, public, corporate finance and property transactions in more than 30 countries over the past 25 years.
Cecilia Robinson is the Co-Founder and Director of My Food Bag (alongside husband James) as well as a Founder of Au Pair Link. Starting her first business in her early 20s, bringing 1000s of young people to New Zealand, and employing 100s of young people in the businesses, Cecilia is fiercely passionate about youth. “I believe that the Princes Trust has the resources and capabilities to make a huge difference in New Zealand. However, most importantly I’m excited by the teams unwavering commitment to making lives better for young people throughout our beautiful country”. She goes on to say “Through being involved in the Princes Trust I am hopeful that alongside our talented youth that we can make an even better New Zealand for many generations to come”.
Ben is the Founder of Tailorspace and the Ben Gough Family Office. Tailorspace is a commercial enterprise which invests in and develops select businesses by providing the expertise, patience and means to transform their vision into commercial reality. Tailorspace’s joint venture with Alvarium Investments (NZ) Limited brings together like-minded family investors from around the globe to invest in uniquely New Zealand opportunities to grow Kiwi businesses, infrastructure and export development potential. It also provides a platform for Kiwis to invest globally.
A prior recipient of a Prime Minister’s scholarship to attend Harvard, Ben balances entrepreneurial interests along with long-standing commercial family legacies. His business acumen drives the strategic philanthropy and measurable impact focus of the Ben Gough Family Foundation.
From the earliest days of his charitable giving, Ben has invested in young people. Through experiential education courses with organisations like Outward Bound and Spirit of Adventure, the focus is on developing the confidence and skills in young people who will become tomorrow’s leaders. Understanding the importance of well-being, the “I am Valued” Project – a pilot programme run by Te Whare Awhero Counselling Service--is designed to develop well-being and values in Year 5-6 students.
Ben and his wife, Penny, know the importance of giving young people the skills, education and experiences which lead to high performance—be it in sport, business or community—unleashing each generation’s potential to lead and participate in our world.
Karen Hartley was raised and educated in Christchurch and has a background in banking, sales, tourism, hospitality, Retirement Village/Aged Care, business management and property development.
Karen has been a director in tourist accommodation and Retirement Village/Aged Care facilities.
In 1998, Karen and her husband Gordon purchased St Albans Retirement Village, and under her management, developed the village into a multi-million-dollar Retirement Village and Aged Care facility.
Karen was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the village including sales, HR, education, quality control and communication with relatives, residents and staff. St Albans Retirement Village was a foundation shareholder in the formation and listing of Arvida Group Ltd on the NZX stock exchange in December 2014. Karen continues to be a shareholder in tourism and Retirement Village/Aged Care.
RUKUMOANA SCHAAFHAUSEN | NGĀTI HAUA, WAIKATO TAINUI
Rukumoana, named after her marae in Morrinsville, is a dynamic leader who has carried her passion through roles as a lawyer, mother, director - whether in marae or boardrooms.
She is the current Te Arataura Chair and Kaahui Ariki Māori King’s Representative, as well as the longest standing trustee of Waikato Tainui. She is both humbled and privileged to hold these roles and has always carried a message of kotahitanga, manaakitanga and prosperity for the people of Waikato and New Zealand.
Rukumoana is also a trustee of the Tindall Foundation, the Princes Trust NZ, and has carried multiple public and private directorships in Genesis Energy, Agresearch, Miro Berries Limited, and recently received the Sir Peter Blake award for leadership.
She is renowned as a hard-working principled “bridge builder” and a diverse thinker, which she attributes to being inspired by Wiremu Tamihana, as well as her children, to represent and create opportunities for the diversity of people she represents.
“I use my influence on boards to advocate and promote the importance of the true value and positive contribution a group of people can have in society beyond financial performance. True value is also about organisations having positive environmental, social and cultural impacts.”
Rukumoana describes her whanau as inspiring her daily - “I have an amazing husband, and our sons Manase and Emanuera, inspire me daily to have this view, a view motivated by doing what is right for the well-being of all people and our environmental resources. It is about the long-term lens and what we must accomplish together.”
Sam leads the SVA Foundation and is most well-known for founding the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes. The SVA Foundation engages over 50,000 people in their programs each year across New Zealand focused on volunteerism, guardianship and mentoring. Sam is a member of Westpac Bank Sustainability Panel and an Adjunct Fellow in the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Canterbury.