FINZ National Council
Dennis McKinlay (Wellington)
Chair, FINZ National Council
Most of Dennis’ work experience has been in the tourism sector in NZ, Australia, and America, working for government and for himself.
In 1998 he joined UNICEF as a volunteer, which led him spending thirteen years as CEO of UNICEF NZ when income was less than $1m and there were three staff. In those early days he was fundraising director, communication manager and advocacy manager; a jack of all trades which is a great way to learn the NGO sector. As income increased he was able to employ professionals in these different roles and together they built the income to over $10m when he retired in 2014.
While at UNICEF Dennis served on the board of; Council for International Development, Every Child Counts, and FINZ. His experience is in marketing, customer service, strategic planning and leadership. Dennis is currently on the board of Save the Children and is the Chair of the FINZ National Council.
Shane Chisholm (Wellington)
Public Relations Director, The Salvation Army
For the past 30 months Shane has held the role Territorial Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. This role is responsible for national public awareness and engagement activities.
Along with a very competent team of marketing and fundraising professionals, Shane is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operational delivery of wide variety of successful national and regional fundraising programmes and activities. Prior to this role Shane has held roles in both the public (government) and private (banking) sectors.
Shane has considerable governance experience including Chair of the Dunedin Kindergarten Association, Te Aro Health board member, North Wellington Rotary board member (current), The Salvation Army Social Housing committee member (current), Assistant chair of The Salvation Army Johnsonville board (current).
Ellie Gray (Auckland)
Strategic Donor Relations, The University of Auckland
Chair FINZ Northern Division
Ellie has over 25 years’ experience of working as a Fundraiser in the not for profit sector and in business development, sales and marketing, media, arts and entertainment.
Her principal strength is organisational strategy development and implementation; monitoring plans to maximise income and developing saleable propositions. She has knowledge and experience of establishing and managing all voluntary sector income sources from philanthropic to commercial.
Over the last 20 years, she has worked at director level with some of the largest UK-based charities to raise multi-millions. She has sound governance experience, financial acumen, budget setting and leadership skills. Ellie is currently, Manager, Strategic Donor Relations, The University of Auckland and the chair of the FINZ Northern Division committee.
Patrick Holmes (Auckland)
Chief Executive Officer, Coastguard New Zealand.
Patrick moved to New Zealand from the UK eight years ago to take up the position of Divisional Manager for the New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, before becoming CEO at Amnesty International Aotearoa, a position he held for four and a half years.
Prior to these roles, he worked in the UK banking and finance industry for 17 years before transitioning into the not-for-profit sector and enjoyed 18 years working in the sector in a variety of roles including Director of Fundraising, Marketing Director and Deputy Chief Executive.
David Lawson (Auckland)
Strategic Relationships, Christian World Service
FINZ Northern Committee Representative.
David has over 20 years in the not for profit sector having gained wide experience in many organisations and in a variety of roles, currently working for Christian World Service in developing strategic relationships. David has experience in many fundraising disciplines including a recent successful Capital Campaign for Auckland Hospital. David’s creative bent has allowed him to win two Gold Awards in the Direct Marketing Associations RSVP awards in Direct Mail response. David comes from a sales background in the insurance and financial sector. David is on the FINZ Northern Committee as Deputy Chair and represents them on the FINZ National Council.
Su Marshall, CFRE (Christchurch)
Su provides expertise and hands-on ability in all facets of Operational fundraising including audits and appraisals, direct mail, grant applications, annual appeals, donor management, regular giving programmes, major gifts and mentoring for non-profit organisations.
Alice Montague (Wellington)
New Zealand Red Cross
Alice has worked in fundraising for more than twelve years; in Australia, the UK and the last five here in New Zealand. She has worked for small not for profits such as EveryChild UK, to larger ones such as Cancer Council NSW and British Red Cross. She has also worked across other sectors including politics and the arts. Her main focus has been individual giving. Alice is now at New Zealand Red Cross as the General Manager for Marketing, Communications and Fundraising where she looks after all aspects of fundraising, events, digital, communications, PR, marketing and brand.
Karla Paotonu (Wellington)
Karla Paotonu considers it a privilege to be a fundraising professional because it is a career that is about building relationships to achieve results that change lives. Karla worked as a teacher of Public Speaking and Drama for 15 years before making the career change nine years ago to become a fundraising professional. Karla has worked for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Volunteer Service Abroad, and is currently the Funds Development Manager at Outward Bound. Karla will share with you case studies, best practise fundraising approaches, and the lessons she has learnt along the way to help you achieve a successful major gifts campaign.
Kate Russell (Christchurch)
CEO, Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Kate is a fellow of FINZ and served as a FINZ Council member in the early 2000s. She is chair of the FINZ Ethics Committee and is active in lecturing at FINZ conferences and 360 events on the subjects of leadership, sponsorship, and special events. She has also held various positions at local FINZ Divisional level.
Currently CEO of Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and Commercial Director, NZ Brain Research Institute, Kate spent 11 years as CEO of Cystic Fibrosis NZ. She has also held fundraising positions at CCS, St John, Presbyterian Support, and as a Private Consultant as well as trustee positions on other charities.