A new chief ex­ec­u­tive for Foun­da­tion North

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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