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.
Terese Marr | Board Member | Co-Founder and 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, is married to Mike and has two teenagers. At least two of her family are ADHD, and so she is passionate about providing strong support for students and their families on the ADHD journey, particularly within the mainstream school system, and changing mindsets around ADHD in the community so that it is celebrated as an asset rather than a deficit.
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 Profit organisations including being the Chairman of The Runway Foundation and is the CEO of TPT Group Holdings NZ.
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, and balancing work and family life.
She enjoys spending 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 both New Zealand and in the UK. He now works as a Joiner, is involved in professional organisational governance, is an ordained Church Minister and uses all of these skills to resourcefully, perceptively 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 Kate and their three teenage children.
Kate Rook | Board Member
Kate is a dynamic and entrepreneurial community leader in South Auckland with a background in the state education sector working in support roles including Chaplaincy. She co-ordinates and runs educational community programmes for children including school holiday programmes, children’s leadership training, music for preschoolers, children’s camps, events and productions. Kate has a background in banking, is an ordained Minister, works in governance on community boards and is not afraid of a challenge! She 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 to Guy with three teenage children.
Christina van de Worp | Board Member
Christina has lived in Franklin for most of her life and has always been actively involved in the local community, especially as her children grew up. She enjoys working with people and helping and encouraging them to achieve 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. Christina is married to William and has 2 grown-up 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 five (soon to be six) Grandchildren. 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 background of wide 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, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree focused 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.