Governance

The Runway Foundation is governed by a board comprising of seven members, all based locally in New Zealand.

 

The Runway Foundation is committed to sound corporate governance that will ensure the Foundation operates as efficiently as possible while providing for the appropriate level of accountability and transparency.  The Board guides strategic direction and context and focuses on issues critical for the foundations successful execution.

 

The Board delegates management of the day-to-day affairs of the foundation to the Executive Team to deliver the strategic direction and goals determined by the Board.

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TERESE MARR

Board Member, Co-Founder, CEO

Terese has a Bach Ed, Dip T from Waikato University and began her career as a Primary and Intermediate School Teacher in South Auckland and studied Educational Leadership with Massey University.  She has also held various governance roles within the education sector, as well as on other commercial boards.

Terese lives in Pukekohe with Mike and her two teenagers.  At least two of her family have ADHD and so she is passionate about providing strong support for students and their families on the ADHD journey, particularly with the mainstream school system, and changing mindsets around ADHD in the community, so that it is celebrated as an asset, rather than a deficit.

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MIKE MARR

Chair, Co-Founder

Mike is the Founder and Owner of TPT Group and holds Executive Director roles within the Group and Independent Director roles outside.  He holds qualifications in electrical trade, electrotechnology, an Advanced Dip. Business, Dip. Management, Dip. Integrated Risk Management, and a Dip. Project Management.  In 2017 he was one of two global recipients of the Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion of Entrepreneurship (the first recipient to be awarded the honour outside of the USA), while in 2014, he was a finalist in the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for NZ.  Mike is a Board Member of several New Zealand Not for Profits organisations, including being the Chairman of The Runway Foundation and is the CEO of TPT Group Holdings NZ.

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DARLENE DAVIE

Board Member

Darlene has grown up in Waiuku and is now residing there with her husband and two children.  She has been self-employed for many years, successfully managing her own business in the beauty industry, plus balancing work and family life.

She enjoys spending her time with her extended family, watching and supporting her two children with their extra-curricula activities, as well as actively participating in a local church.

GUY ROOK

Board Member

Guy is an active community leader in South Auckland, bringing creativity, insightfulness and compassion to his multi-skilled roles.  His background is in the visual arts arena, working in illustrating and photography editing in New Zealand and the UK, moving on to a career in joinery in New Zealand.  Guy is involved in professional organisational governance, is an Ordained Church Minister and Co-Lead Pastor with his wife Kate Rook.  Guy uses all of these skills to resourcefully, respectfully and passionately support and impact his community for the better.

Guy enjoys working with young people and loves to see them succeed in life.  He resides in Waiuku with his wife and three young adult children.

KATE ROOK

Board Member

Kate is a dynamic and entrepreneurial community leader in South Auckland, with a background in the state education sector, in support roles including Chaplaincy.  She coordinates and runs community education programmes for children, including school holiday programmes, children's leadership training, music for pre-schoolers, children's camps, events and productions.  Kate has a background in banking, is an Ordained Minister, a Co-Lead Pastor with her husband Guy Rook, works in governance on community boards, and is not afraid of a challenge!

Kate loves to strengthen her community by working with and connecting people; desiring for individuals to be seen, heard, respected and empowered.  Kate resides in Waiuku and is married with three young adult children.

MINNIE FOSTER

Board Member

Minnie has resided in Pukekohe for 24 years and she is very passionate for both people and her local communities.  Minnie brings a wealth of experience through her background in Pastoral Care Facilitation, Student Liaison, and Tutor Support.    Minnie has been married for 45 years and is a mother to five children, Mother in Law to three and a Grandmother to six.

In her spare time she enjoys gardening, spending quality time with her family, plus meeting and getting to know people, forming positive relationships with local people.

RUPERT ROSS

Board Member

Rupert is a highly experienced Leader with over two decades of People Management.  He has gained a wide background of organisational experience, within roles ranging from Corporate and Government, through to Not for Profit and For-Purpose.  Rupert is highly regarded as an engaging Public Speaker, Trainer and Facilitator.  He is particularly interested in growing capacity in people; business planning; coaching; team building; and organisational change.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree focussed on Business Transformation.  His key strengths include relationship building and partner engagement.  

Rupert is married with seven children and has resided in the Franklin District for 20 years.  He is also currently serving on the Pukekohe Business Association Executive Committee.

CHRISTINA VAN DE WORP

Board Member

Christina has lived in Franklin most of her life and has been actively involved in the local community, especially as her children grew up.  She enjoys working with people as well as well as helping and encouraging them to reach their goals.

Christina is currently involved in working as a Support Person for International Students, helping them as they adjust to life in New Zealand.  She has also worked as a Retail Manager and as a School Librarian.  She is married and has two grown up children.

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