The Hugh Green Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Lorraine Mentz to the greenfield role of Strategic
Partnership Advisor. This innovative part time role will ensure HGF strengthens our strategic partnerships; maximising the return on
our investments, building capability and high trust between HGF and grantees thereby enabling and amplifying tangible outcomes and
measurable impact for both parties.
An experienced social entrepreneur and network leader,Lorraine has built a strong reputation working with public, private and
Not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand and abroad. Her work over the last 25 years in New Zealand has largely been focused on
developing and growing leaders. Between 2003 2015 she developed and delivered New Zealand’s leading civic leadership programme
as Programme Director for The Committee for Auckland’s “Future Auckland Leaders Programme” (FAL). The FAL Alumni now
constitute 134 of the regions most vibrant and sought after emergent leaders across all sectors.
Lorraine recently retired as Chief Executive of Springboard Trust, a role she held since 2003. Her work at Springboard Trust was focused on developing and scaling an impactful enterprise working closely with private, public and philanthropic sector leaders to develop a unique ‘cross sector’organisation assisting educational leaders and addressing inequity throughout New Zealand. Springboard Trust is arguably one of New Zealand’s stand out “For Good” organization’s having measurable impact across the Education sector and beyond.
A “Ziwi” (Zimbabwean Kiwi), Lorraine is an alumni of INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ISEP) and a 2016 finalist of
NE XTMagazine’s “Woman of the Year” Awards, acknowledged for her impactful work in education. In 2017 Lorraine was selected to study
the Fundamentals of Impact Investing with a group of eight global practitioners at the Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) in Singapore
and is currently the New Zealand representative for IIX. In 2018 she was selected as an INSEAD Alumni judge in the ‘Tommy Hilfiger
Social Innovation Challenge’ a unique global initiative by the PVH Corp based in Amsterdam.
The Hugh Green Foundation is committed to working with our partners in a high trust, strategic, long term way toward solving some
of New Zealand’s toughest issues. Appointing Lorraine is a further testament to that goal. Lorraine will be working on the ground with
a small number of our partners to amplify their work and HGF’s investment.
“I feel absolutely humbled to have someone of Lorraine’s calibre join our tight knit team at the Hugh Green Foundation. We
have worked closely together in our different roles for eight years now and Lorraine has been an inspirational leader and
mentor in the sector. We are certain of the value she will bring to the Foundation and our partners with her strategic,
passionate and visionary working style. Could not be more excited to have Lorraine on board.” Adrienne Thurston, CEO,
Hugh Green Foundation.