BBBS of New Zealand

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters International and represents 14 Regional Affiliates (Branches) in Aotearoa. 

Each of the Regional Affiliates operate with their own local governance boards and must meet programme delivery standards set by the National Office. 

our National Board

Elaine Ford

Board Chair

Having served in varying capacities on the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBSNZ) Governance Board for over 6 years, Elaine now brings her passion for strategic partnerships and collaboration to the table, as Board Chair.

Elaine is passionate about finding the right partners for Big Brothers Big Sisters, knowing it is a highly reputable and trusted brand partner. In doing this she is helping grow BBBSNZ's ability to provide more quality mentors and better outcomes from NZ's youth.

Elaine is the Managing Director at Divest Investments in Auckland. 

Inspt. Ross Lienert

BBBSNZ Lifetime Member and National Trustee

Police Inspector Ross Lienert was pivotal in establishing BBBS in NZ, 25 years ago and has remained a dedicated and passionate supporter and Trustee.
Working together with Sergeant Trevor Gaskell (who had heard about the programme while serving in Canada) - the two began working with Rotary , NZ Police and other youth advocates to recruit community leaders and establish the renown mentoring programme in Aotearoa.
Ross served as the National Board Chair for many years and recently was awarded the 'BBBS Lifetime Members' Award.

Ross has previously been the National Manager Youth at Police National HQ in Wellington where he still works, and maintains a close contact with youth related issues. 

Michael Woodward

Treasurer

Michael comes to the National Board after having served for over 5 years as the Treasurer for BBBS of Christchurch.

Mike is passionate about supporting NFP's in achieving their missions of building stronger, healthier communities especially if it is enabling the youth of New Zealand to achieve their potential and have opportunities to experience success. 

Mike is a Partner at Mackay Bailey Accounting in Christchurch.

Paul Warren

Trustee

 

Paul comes to Big Brothers Big Sisters as a former mentor.
His background is in Agri-business and commodity trading, primarily in Asia and the Pacific.
He returned to New Zealand with his family in 2019.
His vision for BBBS New Zealand is to scale the organisation so it can make a positive difference in the lives of youth throughout the country.

Paul is head of Exports at Balle Bros. Group Ltd and is based in Auckland. 

Alex Mann

Trustee

As a long standing volunteer mentor, regional board member and more recently holding the BBBSNZ National Board marketing portfolio - Alex brings over 10 years specialising in market research, marketing strategy and customer behaviour.

Alex's expertise and insights in marketing and business growth has helped strengthen BBBSNZ's understanding of the balance required between a strategic focus on business development and the programme. 

Alex is the Managing Director at Big Boy Digital Marketing in Christchurch.