Nic Russell founded Kenzie's Gift in 2006 with the intent of providing appropriate and research-based psychosocial support for children, young people and their families experiencing serious illness or bereavement within the family. Nic has a degree in Psychology and a post-graduate degree in Communications Management and PR. Specialising in the health and social sector, Nic has extensive experience in campaign development, stakeholder management and championing social issues. As a recipient of the New Zealander of the Year, local hero award, she is seen as a passionate social change agent who can turn visions into reality.
William has had a career as a CFO, General Manager and more recently in Board advisory roles in a broad range of industries. His experience has been in Corporates and SMEs across New Zealand, Australia, the UK and Europe and he has developed broad skills in Strategy, Finance, Operations and Commercial management.
Over the last two years, he has been as a part time CFO and advisor for an emerging AI technology company and other than Kenzies Gift, is currently engaged in three advisory roles in the technology and property and healthcare industries.
William is a Chartered Accountant, member of the NZ Institute of Directors and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.
Margaret is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of experience in both corporate accounting and public practice. Over the years she has developed a specialisation in strategic planning, particularly for small-medium sized businesses. She is also active in her local community, chairing the Pukekohe Business Association. In 2012 she was recognised as a Kiwibank Local Hero, a Franklin Community Volunteer Award and runner up in the Franklin Finest Leadership/Mentor category.
Joy, a mother, executive and keen sports person totally associates with founder of Kenzie’s Gift, Nic Russell. Nic’s resilience and purpose to help in the caring for the wellbeing of others drove Joy to become a member of Kenzie’s Gift board. Joy is a talented, driven business management professional with extensive sales and client service experience ranging from small business to large enterprise clients. Her success has been based on building long term relationships founded on trust and integrity and enabling people to succeed. Joy feels privileged to be working with Kenzie’s Gift helping to deliver outcomes where those affected by serious illness or bereavement can go on to be content, contributing members of our society.
Fiona practiced family law for several years in Rotorua before switching to corporate roles in London, returning home in 2002 and is currently an Associate Director within ANZ's Institutional Loans and Markets Execution team. Fiona has supported Kenzie's Gift through the ANZ Staff Foundation for several years and welcomes the opportunity to support the Board as it approaches its 15th anniversary. Having a daughter the same age as Kenzie would be today, Fiona is reminded regularly of Nic's resilience and determination and considers KG to be of increasing relevance as support services struggle to stay on top of demand.
Sarah Cotter is a marketing and fundraising expert with experience in in corporate and not-for-profit settings both in New Zealand and overseas. Currently Sarah is Community, Corporate and Events Fundraising Manager at Cancer Society. Prior, she was Head of the MediaWorks Foundation.
Sarah is skilled at developing strategy to achieve change.