Our Team

Matthew Button


I am so thankful to the good people who have mentored me through life - Mr Coe, my Year 6 teacher, Mr Kennett, my accounting teacher, Les a wise and gentle man and Paul, an elderly man who listened to me through many of life's crises. You all inspired me and taught me a great deal about the value of just being there and pouring positive messages over the fires of my self doubt. So now I know the value of it in my own life, I love working in a place where I can help young people to have mentors who tell them that they are okay.

Email: matt@bbbs.nz

Kirsty Newberry

Mentoring Coordinator

Kirsty has been at Big Brothers Big Sisters since early 2016 and supports mentors in the south east of Christchurch.She is a true adventurer at heart and loves nothing more then seeing her mentors having the opportunities to grow and develop through their volunteering experiences. 

Kirsty also looks after the Mentor Development elements of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Programme.

Email: kirsty@bbbs.nz 

Faye Higgins

Assistant Manager
Faye supervises matches in the South West and North East of the City. Coming from a background in early years and special needs education, she brings a wealth of experience in child development and passion for providing great quality support for adults working with children. 

Faye loves organising fun opportunities for our matches, so also looks after our termly match events, fun finds and also child development.

Email: faye@bbbs.nz 

Natasha Ackroyd


Natasha has been employed by Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2013.  During this time she has been both a caseworker and the manager of the North Canterbury branch.

After starting a family, she wanted to remain involved with the agency and joined the Christchurch team as their administrator.

Email: natasha@bbbs.nz

Eleanor  Burghart

Mentoring Coordinator  


Email: eleanor@bbbs.nz 


Jacqueline Campbell

Business Development Manager

Jacqueline looks after the fundraising and marketing for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has a background in fundraising in the not for profit sector and loves working for an organisation that makes a big difference in the lives of Christchurch kids.

Jac really enjoys planning fundraising events, meeting prospective mentors and sharing her enthusiasm for mentoring. 

Email: jacqueline.campbell@bbbs.nz


Elenanor Burghart

Mentoring Coordinator

Eleanor joined us in 2018 after completing her Bachelor of Counselling; prior to this she was a youth worker both in school & the community.   She loves connecting with people, and is passionate about promoting and supporting good mental and emotional health practices.

As a young person Eleanor experienced the positive impact of mentoring which motivates her in her work today. Eleanor supervises matches in the West of Christchurch.

 Email: eleanor@bbbs.nz