A new chief executive for Foundation North
Foundation North’s board of trustees has appointed former Southern Cross Health Group CEO Peter Tynan as its next chief executive.
He will take up the role on August 8, succeeding Jennifer Gill, who will retire after 15 years at the head of the Foundation, New Zealand’s largest philanthropic trust.
Foundation North chairman John Slater said the trustees had been impressed by the many high-quality applications for the role that had resulted from an international search.
“The challenge was to identify, from more than 180 applicants, the individual who would continue the legacy of exceptional leadership and innovation that Jennifer has brought both to the Foundation and to the New Zealand philanthropic sector,” Mr Slater said.
“Peter brings to the role experience across a range of sectors, and a reputation as a very successful leader. As chief executive of Foundation North he will oversee the implementation of our strategy, which is designed to guide the investment of around half a billion dollars into Auckland and Northland community organisations and initiatives over the next 15 years.”
His previous experience, including 13 years with Southern Cross, New Zealand’s largest private health funder, would serve him well in his new role, he added, while his more recent term as acting chief executive for the Kaipara District Council had given him a good insight into some of the unique opportunities to improve the social and environmental outcomes in the northern region.
“As chairman of Osteoporosis New Zealand, Peter is aware of the challenges faced by community organisations, and as a past NZ Black Sticks representative he has been involved at club and representative level of the hockey community in Auckland for more than 15 years as a coach and sports administrator,” he added.
Meanwhile the impact of Ms Gill’s leadership would be felt long after her retirement.
“Jennifer leaves behind an organisation very different from the one she joined in 2004,” he said.
She led the Foundation’s development as a strategic grant-maker, including pioneering work in venture philanthropy that was now influencing investment in social change initiatives across New Zealand. In 2014 she oversaw the establishment of the Foundation’s own social business, the Centre for Social Impact, to help funders achieve positive outcomes from their investment into their communities, and in 2015 the renaming of the ASB Community Trust as Foundation North.
Ms Gill said she was privileged to have been just the third chief executive of “this amazing organisation” since it was founded in 1988 as the ASB Community Trust.
“As kaitiaki of a perpetual endowment for the communities of Auckland and Northland of nearly $1.4 billion, Foundation North is uniquely placed to help enhance the lives of all of us lucky enough to live here,” she said.
“I’m proud of the effort that has been made over the last 15 years by successive trustees and staff to make us responsive to our region’s rich ethnic diversity, and to look at how we can use our grants strategically to make a difference for our communities today, and for future generations.”
Peter Tynan, soon to be chief executive of Foundation North.