The Board

The Board consists of six team members who are appointed to agreed skill categories. The role of the Board is to provide effective governance and where required, hands on support. We are fortunate in that we are working in partnership with and have involvement from the Police. As an organisation we are very fortunate to have such an experienced and skilled board that worked very hard to continue the Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision.

PAULINE FERGUSON (CHAIRPERSON)

Pauline has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2011. She began her journey with the organisation as the coordinator. After 3 .5 years in the role Pauline resigned to pursue other challenges and was bought on to the board. After one year she was elected chairperson. Pauline has a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Service Supervision. She has worked in Allied Health and Social Service for over 20 years. This has been in Care and Protection, Disability, Change Management, Community Management. Pauline has a commitment and passion to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program because it works. After many many years of working with young people who are disconnected and isolated from families and communities Pauline has seen this program connect young people with committed volunteers who enhance and benefit their lives by simply spending time with them on a regular basis.

BRETT CALKIN (DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON)

An Inspector in the New Zealand Police Brett is currently the Road Policing Manager for Central District Police.  Police Manager for 9 years with considerable experience in general management, finance, asset management and human resource management. Brett has had considerable experience in governance, previously Chairperson of the Palmerston North City Safety Advisory Board and the Manawatu Blue Light Trust. He is currently Chairperson of the Hokowhitu School Board of Trustees and a member of the Palmerston North Girls High School Board of Trustees. Brett has three children of his own having a keen interest in the health and wellbeing of children and young people and is passionate about helping young people to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams and aspirations.

MARGARET BATES (TREASURER)

 Before retiring Margaret owned a Tax Consultancy Business which was in operation for 28 years. During that time Margaret was also the National President of the Taxation Institute of New Zealand and later made a fellow of the Institute. Margaret is also involved in other non-profit organisations in the community. She is married and has two daughters and six grandchildren.

ROS POWELL (BOARD MEMBER)

A parent, grandparent of 13 grandchildren and a member of several local charitable trusts and community committees. Ros had been a primary school teacher for 40 years, 20 of these in senior management and Principal positions in low-decile schools in Wellington, Rotorua and Palmerston North. Co-founder of the Plant to Plate Aotearoa primary schools cooking & gardening programme which operates across the Manawatu, and an active participant in womens, seniors and political issues.

LEONNE GOODBEHERE (BOARD MEMBER)

Leonne is the Director of FrontFoot Consulting– Organisation and People Development Consultancy. She has had 20 Years Snr Management experience at EziBuy Ltd, sound expertise in Strategy, Human Resource, Leadership, Team and People Development

PETER LEACH (BOARD MEMBER)

Pete has 20 Years of Fundraising experience. He has been a CEO of a Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Project East end of Glasgow before moving onto a role with Combat Stress, a Military charity helping those suffering from the effects of combat. Prior to arriving in Palmerston North, he was 4 years as Commercial  Funding Manager 2012 Olympic Games London. Currently Pete is the Commercial Manager for The Manawatu Rugby