Gordon Noble-Campbell is a Trustee and Chairman of the VSA Foundation. He has extensive commercial and leadership experience in the financial and sporting sectors, including Chief Executive and Directorship roles. Currently Director of Private Client Services at Forsyth Barr Limited, Gordon is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. He has spent time as a volunteer social-worker in Japan and places great value on the cross-cultural benefits which arise from international volunteer programmes. Gordon believes the VSA Foundation has a key role to play in enabling the future growth of VSA as New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency.
William (Bill) Foster, B.E. M.Comm. MIPENZ, MInstD, is a private capital market and governance consultant. From the New Zealand Stock Exchange to the Middle East and Cambodia, Bill has extensive experience in governance and capacity building in developed and developing countries. He has seen first hand the importance of business and institutional development and the internationally high regard for VSA’s volunteer work.
Bill sees more partnerships with businesses interested in developing markets as a natural way to add value to VSA’s volunteer work and, as a Foundation Trustee, is looking to strengthen its contribution to VSA’s important work.
Doug is an IT project manager. He has worked on a NZAid funded project delivering a computerised births, death and marriage registry in Samoa. His links to VSA include a cousin and nephew having been volunteers. His father was one of the original VSA Foundation members.
Rue has extensive market experience, having worked for a stock exchange firm since 1971, and was a floor operator on the Stock Exchange from 1972 until 1991, and an Institutional Adviser from 1982 until 1992. Rue has been with First NZ Capital and its predecessors since 1980.
Hailing from Tongareva (Cook Islands), Tahiti and Maketu (Te Arawa, Mataatua), Kiri is a lawyer with 18 years’ commercial and private sector experience (PricewaterhouseCoopers and Kahui Legal). She has advised government departments in Aotearoa and the Cook Islands, global and multinational organisations, SMEs, and Iwi and Hapu organisations. She is fluent in Te Reo Māori and well versed in Tikanga, and acts as Kaitakawaenga for VSA. She is a founding member and alumni of the Advancement of Maori Opportunity, part of a global indigenous network, Chair of the Judiciary for Wellington Rugby League, a founding member of the Charities Registration Board, and an alumni of the 2015 Global Women BreakThrough Leaders Programme. “I offer VSA the ability to bring a Maori and Pasifika worldview to the strategic intent and development of VSA, and to develop relationships with Māori and Pasifika organisations.”
Stephen Goodman joined VSA in September 2017 as CEO following 33 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, part of the New Zealand Defence Force. Initially trained and employed as a specialist Logistics Officer, including undertaking advanced logistics management training with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom, the early part of his career saw him serve in a range of logistics leadership roles around New Zealand and in Australia. The latter part of his career saw Stephen move into a broader and more senior range of leadership roles within operations, strategic planning, policy development, business transformation, and the diplomatic representation areas. Stephen deployed twice on operations, firstly to East Timor (now Timor Leste) in 2001 where he was part of an international team assisting the development of the new nation’s security structure in the lead up to independence, then to the Solomon Islands in 2004 where he was the Senior National Officer commanding the New Zealand Defence Force contingent to the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI). From 2008 until 2010 Stephen was the Defence Attaché within the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore. Stephen was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 2005 New Year Honours for his leadership role in operations.
Stephen has a Masters in Philosophy from Massey University, and a Master of Arts from Deakin (Australia) University, and is a Fellow of the Australian Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Australia where in 2013 he attended a 12-month long executive strategic leadership course.
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VSA’s Foundation has been in place for 40 years. It exists to support and further VSA’s work, and to provide assets and facilities. It is a charitable trust that is a separate legal entity to VSA, with three to 10 trustees (appointed by the VSA Council), along with VSA’s CEO and one member of Council.
The Foundation’s scope covers:
(i) administration of funds with due care and diligence
(ii) distribution of funds in accordance with the direction of the trust deed, ie to support the work, aims and objectives of VSA
(iii) growing the Trust Fund.