We have a diverse and vibrant team of staff. There are three full-time and three part-time team members. We also have a part-time volunteer and work with consultants and advisors who support us on a project-by-project basis.
I stepped into the role of Manager of the Foundation in March 2014, taking over from Trevor Gray. It’s a real privilege to be in this role and I enjoy the varied nature of the work and meeting the many people across the country doing such great things in their communities.
A little about me… I’ve been a been a social work practitioner and manager for over 25 years with experience across a wide range of fields. Before coming to the Foundation I was the General Manager of Lifewise, with responsibility for a diverse portfolio of social, health, education and community activities across Auckland. Prior to that I was the Regional Manager of Richmond NZ, and spent six years as Director of the SAFE Programme — an organisation providing treatment to sexual abusers of children, which I helped set up.
I’ve also been on a number of NGO Boards, having been a Board member of NetSafe, the Domestic Violence Centre (now Shine), the Auckland Night Shelter Trust, the James Liston Hostel Trust, the Friendship House Foundation, and Fair Food, and until January 2014 was Chair of Community Waitakere.
Over the years I’ve been fortunate to work alongside inspirational and dedicated people on a number of new and interesting projects and have loved opportunities to create impact through innovation and collaborative effort. I see this lining up well with the work and philosophy of the Tindall Foundation in supporting people to achieve long-term change in their communities. I have a real appreciation of the challenges and opportunities that arise from trying to achieve change in communities and in the social services sector.
Kate Tindall Lum
– Special Projects Manager
I first started working at The Tindall Foundation in 2006. Since then, I have had various roles and have had time away working at other organisations. My job is to manage a number of the Foundation’s key initiatives, including support for the recovery process in Christchurch, the Next Gen programme, the youth development strategy, initiate and coordinate key strategic initiatives as they crop up. I also manage the day-to-day processing of applications as part of the donations team.
I have worked at Trust for London in the UK, Vodafone NZ Foundation and undertaken study in Philanthropy, Grantmaking and Social Investment at City University, London. I’ve recently become a board member of ADC, a New Zealand-based organisation which gives microfinance loans to marginalised communities in Myanmar, One Percent Collective, a bunch of people who give 1% of our income to Kiwi-based causes we care about, and am a part of the steering committee for TFN – The Funding Network, which hosts live fundraising events for social change organisations (think dragon’s den meets crowd funding).
“I’m feel excited about and humbled by our work. The community sector is forever changing, there’s so much opportunity to innovate and push the boundaries and the communities we work with are incredible.”
I have been with The Tindall Foundation since September 2008 and work as part of the donations team. I am responsible for processing applications and reporting to the Trustees on donations made.
I am originally from London, with good old Irish blood running through my veins. I worked in hospitality for a number of years and, after spending a couple of years travelling around Asia, Australia and New Zealand, I returned to London and worked in local community services supporting disadvantaged children and families for over 12 years. Now, as part of the donations team here at The Tindall Foundation, I work with great organisations that are supporting families and communities here in New Zealand.
“The Tindall Foundation has been giving away donations for nearly 20 years, I am proud to be part of their desire to fund initiatives that have positive outcomes for Aoteroa.”
I work part-time for The Tindall Foundation managing internal and external communications, including our website, writing and producing our digital annual report and creating our e-newsletters. I also help some of the organisations we fund with publicity and PR for their projects.
I have a background in journalism and PR, having worked in television, magazines, PR agencies and, for the past 11 years, in media communications for a variety of charities and not-for-profits. Before starting with The Tindall Foundation, I was Corporate Affairs Manager for Surf Lifesaving NZ, following eight years in London working in press offices of prominent charities. It is great to work hands on with my siblings as part of our Next Gen Fund and alongside my parents and brother Rob, who are Trustees.
“ To be able to give is a privilege and a pleasure — not just in donations, but in advice, support and encouragement. However, what we do is such a small part of the equation. It’s the individuals, communities and organisations filled with hard-working, passionate and giving people that really make the difference. We are proud and grateful to them for all that they do. Working alongside these people is inspirational.”
I joined the team as Office Manager in June 2012. I do everything from feed the worms through to investments. I have a background in accounting, derived from Massey University studies, as well as hands-on experience in the commercial sector, with my last role as manager of an online electrical store. A Shore girl since my family moved from the South Island to Auckland in the late seventies, I love working close to home and the strong family basis of The Tindall Foundation.
“The donations work not being part of my role, I am continuously blown away by hearing of the projects that happen all around New Zealand, which most of us never even know about, which ultimately change the lives for the better of many underprivileged New Zealanders and future generations. It’s awesome that the Tindall family has the resources, caring and desire to do these things.”
I volunteer as a Donations Advisor. Having over 30 years’ experience as a primary school teacher and Principal I have always enjoyed working as part of a team. I am passionate about New Zealand, our environment and our people so it is a special privilege for me to contribute in a small way to the Donations Team.
“It’s a great source of pride to be able to see what a difference my wonderful brother and sister-in-law continue to do with their money and to work in close proximity with three of my fabulous and talented nieces and nephews.”
I joined The Tindall Foundation in July 2015, in the role of Donations and Systems Advisor. Originally from Warkworth, I studied at the University of Otago before working in Australia and travelling through Central Asia. Upon returning to New Zealand, I pursued a role in the not-for-profit sector and began at Foundation North (formerly the ASB Community Trust), where I worked in the grants team for four years. I am excited to learn more about the philanthropic sector, and to contribute to the work of The Tindall Foundation across Aotearoa New Zealand.
“I am thrilled to be working in the Donations Team at The Tindall Foundation. I have a passion for the not-for-profit sector, and relish the opportunity to learn more about the diverse communities the Foundation serves.”
After 12 years as Manager and then two years as Special Projects Manager I retired from my in-house role at The Tindall Foundation in March 2016. I am thoroughly enjoying working for the Foundation as a part-time consultant.
I come from a varied work background – teaching, agriculture, community enterprise, community development and education — primarily in the Far North of New Zealand, where I lived with my wife Mary and our four children for over 30 years. I find the skills and experiences I’ve gained across all these careers extremely useful in the diverse and exciting world of family philanthropy.
I really like the way The Tindall Foundation and Trustees operate across the full spectrum of philanthropy. From ‘altruistic’ giving for people in need, through capacity building and empowerment, to systems change and social entrepreneurism, all have their place for us.
I also appreciate our outcomes-focused way of working, blending rigorous assessment and high-trust relationships with flexibility, tolerance for risk and a lack of unnecessary red tape. This allows us to operate a low-overhead operation by relying on like-minded donee partners and our bulk-funded Funding Managers to utilise our donations in the most effective ways.
“I feel honoured to work with a family, Trustees, staff and associates who have values I admire, and who do so much to contribute to a stronger New Zealand.”