Currently our Board is made up of seven volunteers. They are:
Megan Salole is ActionStation's board chair. She is a social entrepreneur in Wellington, initiating projects that bring about a more connected, conscious world. She ran an award winning design company for a decade, and was the champion of ActionStation after managing a much celebrated national political campaign in 2011, increasing the vote share by 60%.
Lani Evans is a CEO, adventurer, avid promoter of generosity and advocate for good climate change policy. She is Co-Chair of the Thankyou Charitable Trust, a grant-making organisations that has developed an innovative 'pay-it-forward' funding model that puts the decision making in the hands of communities. Lani's past adventures include running national youth organisation The ReGeneration Trust, creating a series of 60 documentaries about inspiring community changemakers and being one of the first women to successfully walk the length of the South island via the Southern Alps.
Ta’ase (Ngāpuhi, Te Ātihaunui-a-Papārangi and Ngāti Hāmoa) is passionate about effecting positive and lasting change in our communities as evidenced by her work commitment to the social purpose sector. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from being involved in a number of projects and fundraising for organisations like Wellington Rape Crisis, JustSpeak, ActionStation, WWF New Zealand, NZ Book Council, NZ Centre for Gifted Education, Partners Porirua and others in both a voluntary and paid capacity. She now works as Fundraising Manager at Aviva in Christchurch.
Phill Coxon is our Treasurer. Phill runs his own consulting business (Get Results Limited) in Christchurch. He is also heavily involved with the Enspiral group based in Wellington which is doing amazing things to make the world a better place, one social enterprise at a time. Phill is Enspiral Foundation’s Financial Operations Manager, Collaborative Funding Manager and is a Enspiral Services Limited Director. He also co-leads the Enspiral Services Limited Lean Lab Team.
Allie works at the Legal Issues Centre as a Professional Practice Fellow (Otago University) after 10 years practicing in the ligation team at a large national firm. As well as bringing much needed legal expertise to the Board, Allie’s work with corporate and government clients, combined with her passion for social justice, diversity and sustainability, gives her an understanding of and tools to negotiate corporate and government worlds and aids her goal of facilitating positive change, step by step. Allie is on the board of trustees of her son’s Intermediate School and she volunteers at Community Law Otago.
Garth has an extensive nonprofit governance experience. For six years he was national director of a major advocacy group for low-income and disadvantaged people in Australia. He has taught for 18 years in a graduate programme on not for profit leadership, has a keen interest in research-you-can-use, and is widely published on government/nonprofit relations. Garth also brings strong political analysis - he ran a national advocacy nonprofit in Australia; operated in Cabinet minister's office, serviced a Parliamentary inquiry, participated in several government advisory bodies; and managed a government policy unit.
Marianne is a researcher, writer and consultant who advocates for evidence-based solutions to the big challenges facing human rights and democracy. She is the Co-Founder of ActionStation and is currently Co-Director of The Workshop. Trained as a human rights lawyer, Marianne worked in Timor-Leste, New Zealand and the Gaza Strip before going to Afghanistan, where she served in the United Nations.