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Board of Trustees

Meet our Board – Champions of Diversity from all Walks-of-life and Business

Private Sector

Sue Foley (Chair)

Director Corporate Affairs, Westpac New Zealand

Sue Foley is one of New Zealand’s most well respected corporate affairs executives and an award-winning television journalist. She joined Westpac from Massey University where she was Assistant Vice Chancellor, External Affairs, responsible for its marketing and communications and a member of its Senior Leadership Team. Prior to Massey University, Sue was General Manager Corporate Affairs of Toll NZ from 2003 – 2008, a period of significant change and public scrutiny for the organisation with the changes of ownership from Tranz Rail, and then to the New Zealand Government. She has also held senior roles across government, television and public relations including Chief of Staff of the Opposition (2001 – 2003), Chief of Staff TV3 News and Senior Consultant at a leading public relations consultancy. Sue’s corporate expertise and personal values would make her a valuable board member.

Chris Litchfield

Managing Director, Coca Cola Amatil

Chris Litchfield has 22 years’ experience within Coca-Cola Amatil. He began his career as part of a graduate program after completing his BComm in Accounting and Economics. He went on to successfully work his way up through a number key sales and commercial roles before becoming the General Manager of Sales and Marketing, a role he held from 2007-2014. Chris has a proven track record of strong customer management, new business acquisition and commercial planning and recently progressed through to his current role of MD Coca-Cola Amatil (N.Z.) Ltd. Chris is dedicated to leading diversity at Coca Cola Amatil and being a leading force for change in the New Zealand FMCG sector businesses. Chris’ leadership qualities and his personal commitment to diversity would make him a valued board member.

Kylie Mooney

Chief Operating Officer, Meredith Connell (Crown Solicitors)

Kylie Mooney has had 6 years’ experience working in a governance role of a not for profit organisation. During this time she actively contributed on the Board, working hard on a number of key portfolios including HR, Finance and Strategy. Kylie is highly adept at working with all levels of businesses, sitting on Boards, working with business owners, executive and senior management, and collaborating with mid-management and junior teams. Kylie has demonstrated her experience as a leader; currently she is heading a team of 62 people across a broad range of operational functions including HR, finance, and IT. Her expertise and personal belief that people are the core of a business make Kylie an excellent contender for the board of trustees.

Public Sector

Helene Quilter

Secretary of Defence, Ministry of Defence

Helene Quilter, a career public servant, has been Secretary of Defence and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Defence since assuming this role in December 2012. During her time as the Secretary of Defence, she has led a programme of change across all aspects of the organisation and the way it partners with other defence and security agencies. She is currently leading an ambitious transformation programme of military capability management.
Ms Quilter has over 38 years’ experience in the Public Service. Immediately prior to her appointment as Secretary of Defence, she was a Deputy Commissioner at the State Services Commission where she provided leadership to chief executives to improve agency performance. Ms Quilter was responsible for managing the performance of chief executives in the justice, defence, intelligence and foreign affairs agencies on behalf of the State Services Commissioner and was part of the central agency team responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Defence White Paper 2010.
She was previously a Deputy Chief Executive with the Ministry of Social Development.
Ms Quilter has a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from Victoria University and as part of her research spent time as an intern for the then United Kingdom Prime Minister, Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit in London to learn about strategy formation at the heart of Government.
Ms Quilter serves as Public Sector Trustee on the Diversity Works NZ trust.
Outside of work Helene enjoys collecting 17th and 18th century art, reading, and cooking for friends and family.

Michelle Hippolite

(Ngati Pou, Rongowhakaata)

Chief Executive, Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development)

Michelle Hippolite, Waikato, Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki is the first female Toihautū – Chief Executive to lead Te Puni Kōkiri, it’s a position she’s held since 2012.

During this time she has led a transformation of Te Puni Kōkiri to an inspirational new way of working to achieve long term outcomes for whānau, hapū and Iwi Māori.

With over 20 years of experience in the Public Service and wider State sector, Michelle has held several senior roles. A personal career highlight was providing leadership in government for the establishment of the Māori Television Service that opened in 2004, and constructing strategies for Te Reo Māori.

Michelle is currently the Chair of Te Kura Māori o Porirua; a member of the governing council of Te Wānanga o Raukawa; a board member of Museums Aotearoa; an advisory member to the Victoria University Council and serves as a Public Sector Trustee on the Diversity Works NZ Trust.

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