Nicola Taylor – Chair
Nicola has a deep love for the kaupapa of Parenting Place and has been journeying with the organisation since its inception. She places a high priority on real relationships, honest communication and in all things seeks to lead with warmth and love. Nicola is a lawyer by training, with commercial and public policy experience, as well as a background in local government. She currently runs a successful fin-tech company she founded with her husband, Josh, as well as sitting on the Boards of a number of other not-for-profit organisations. Josh and Nicola have three children who are their complete delight and are lucky to be part of a closely-knit extended family and church whānau. Mā te ngākau aroha koe e ārahi.
Gael studied law and politics at the University of Otago. She has gone on to develop particular expertise in the practice of family law and is currently based in Manukau, at Denham Bramwell Lawyers. Gael is married to John and they have two biological children, Gabriella and Eliana, as well as two foster children who no longer live with them but form an important part of their family. Through her work and her role as a mother and caregiver, Gael is all too aware of the importance of strong whānau relationships and parenting support and education. She sees Parenting Place as having a very important mandate and is excited to use her skills and experience to support the growth and development of the organisation.
Dr Jin Russell
Jin is a Developmental Paediatrician at Starship Children’s Health and researches early childhood development and health within the Growing Up in NZ study. She brings significant skills in medical leadership, research and clinical knowledge, as well as front-line experience of working with New Zealand families. She is married to Matheson and has two boys.
Tuhi is the NZ Country Head for KPMG’s Global Strategy Group and leads the Strategy & Sustainable value Community of Practice. He has deep experience in Strategy development & execution including growth strategy (organic and M&A), business transformation, operational improvement, finance and business case development. He helps organisations overcome challenges and execute strategies that deliver real results in Primary industries, utilities and infrastructure, consumer and industrial products and the public sector.
Ben has held a variety of leadership roles through his career in the IT and Telecommunications sector with companies such IBM, Microsoft and Vodafone . He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and also serves on the board of the Selwyn Foundation, (an aged care provider). He holds a Master of Commerce Degree and is also a Provisional Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ben is married to Jo, a Marketing professional, and they have three boys aged 5, 11 and 13.
Jade has over 23 years of advocacy experience in working with rangatahi, whānau, hapori & Iwi. She is currently the Communications Manager for Waikato-Tainui and a support to the Kiingitanga. She is also the Co-Founder of Tātou Ethnic Communications Agency alongside Sir Michael Jones. Jade and her husband Zacchaeus live in Te Awamutu and have two tamariki called Tīahomāia & Tūmatapō. Her iwi affiliations are with Waikato, Raukawa, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāpuhi.
Meet our Directors