Annah Stretton (Founder and CEO)
Annah is the founder of the Annah Stretton fashion label, a successful New Zealand entrepreneur, author of five books and speaker. With a strong online platform and 20 retail stores, her philanthropic efforts provide substantial support to a very wide range of charitable groups and organisations across New Zealand.
She has also been the recipient of the coveted Veuve Clicquot Award, and has an Order of Merit for services to business, fashion and community.
In 2013 she set up the Stretton foundation and from this came her first initiative – RAW (Reclaim Another Woman.) RAW was launched in the Waikato in February 2014, working with incarcerated recidivist offenders, the strength of this work is such that, in September 2015 she was awarded the EY / ASB Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
Annah is currently on the chair of the Waikato women’s refuge and a board member of UNICEF NZ.
Vivien Maidaborn (Board Chair)
Human Rights has been the enduring theme of my career. I am struck by how much of the services, projects and protest we engaged in and thought would make things better over the last 30 years has failed. Now my focus is on systemic change. How do we disrupt big systems, resource people for a rapidly changing world, and most of all hold in our hearts, and minds the value of every single person. Working at UNICEF means I am part of an international and global effort on behalf of every child, my time at Loomio taught me about using technology and the internet for social change, and now at RAW I am interested in new social change models that draw from the best of entrepreneurial business and the best of values and person centred community responses. It is such an important inquiry – if our social services fail to support people to succeed then we must keep shifting and changing the supports we offer.
Annabel Cotton (Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee)
– a director and audit committee chair of Waikato Regional Airport Limited
– Chair of Hamilton & Waikato Tourism Limited
– a director of Trust Investments Management Limited
– a trustee of and chairs the investment committee of the Momentum Foundation, a Waikato-based community foundation
– a trustee of the Donny Trust, a substantial charity.
Annabel has been a director of Genesis Power Limited, a director and audit committee chair of several NZSX-listed companies and was a member of the Securities Commission for nine years. She was the first Commissioner for Financial Advisers and a Member of the External Reporting Board.
Annabel has been made a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals NZ, Australasian Investor Relations Association, the Institute of Directors, and NZICA.
Megan Smith is an experienced Executive who was recently Head of Global Sales & Marketing at Vega – a successful IT start-up based in Auckland, and was formerly the CEO of a NZ based cancer charity who achieved the introduction of government funded bowel cancer screening under her leadership. She has a highly-accomplished history of sales and marketing management in the health sector for multinationals. A passionate supporter of progress through innovation in both the for profit and charitable sectors Megan encourages others to apply “grit” to all they are involved in. She is that rare combination of “idea’s and implementation”.
Richard’s background is a mixture of the building Industry, farming, meat industry, finance, manufacturing, accounting, strategic and commercial experience. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Professor Robyn Longhurst is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at the University of Waikato. In this role she provides leadership in teaching, learning and academic programmes across the institution. Robyn’s area of disciplinary expertise is human geography with a particular focus on gender, place and culture. Research projects have addressed mothering, sexual violence, body image, and use of information communication technologies such as Skype. From 2008-2012 she was Chair of the International Geoographical Union’s Commission on Gender and Geography. She also served as Editor-in-Chief of an international journal Gender, Place and Culture, and Editor of New Zealand Geographer. Robyn has been appointed to several research review panels both in Australia and New Zealand to assess the quality of her peers’ research. She was awarded the University of Waikato Postgraduate Supervision Excellence Award in 2013, the University of Waikato Teaching Excellence Award in 2010, and the Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Medal in 2010. Due to her role in the senior leadership team Robyn is not currently teaching but she continues to supervise a number of PhD students.
Ruahine (Roni) Albert (Tuwharetoa, Maniapoto and Tainui descent) is co-founder and CEO of New Zealand’s first Maori Women’s Refuge, Waikato Women’s Refuge, in 1987. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and has worked at a local, national and international levels to improve government and community services to survivors of violence. Roni has continuously been raising public awareness about the issue of family violence and at the same time has established a family violence response system within the Waikato that ensures that the safety of women and children is paramount. Roni is a Justice of Peace and received the Queen’s Service Medal in 2012 and more recently in 2015 Roni was a recipient of a Hamilton City Council Civic award.
Tony refers to himself as an Intraprenuer, who after 18 years of successful partnership with Annah Stretton, has deliberately blended his fascination of human behaviours and his extensive educational background with the realities of the business world.
While human relationships have dominated his work for nearly two decades it has been the evolution of the RAW model that has reignited his ‘knowledge practise’ passions – Just how do we transfer what needs to be known to those who need this knowledge most? Tony is also spending time investing in the pastoral care of the RAW whanau, gaining a greater understanding of their individual needs as they begin their truly remarkable journey to becoming positive, productive and passionate members of our communities.