Our Board 

Nic Russell, CEO

Nic Russell founded Kenzie's Gift in 2006 with the intent of providing appropriate and research-based psychosocial support for tamariki, mātātahi and their families experiencing cancer, 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 Jeffrey

William Jeffrey

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 Aotearoa, 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.

 

Fiona Sherwood

Fiona Sherwood

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.

Ruth Davy

Ruth Davy

Ruth, NFP Consultant, has worked in governance and management of the not for profit sector for over 35 years. Her public health background and work building the capacity of small to medium sized charities, has enabled growth and sustainability of many charities. She is passionate about meeting the needs of those that are under served in the community, in particular high need communities. Ruth is actively supporting the organisation in operations as well as governance..

 

Kris Fernando

Dr. Kris Fernando

Kris is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. She worked at Auckland and Starship Hospitals as a neuropsychologist for approximately 11 years. At Starship Hospital, part of her role was working with children who had survived cancer and their families. Kris was employed at ACC for12 years in various senior management clinical positions which involved clinical governance. Currently, Kris is working for Active Plus, a rehabilitation organisation, lecturing at Auckland University in neuropsychology, and running a private practice. She is on the New Zealand Psychological Society executive as Director of Professional Development and Training.

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