Our Patron

Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO

Much of Dame Cindy’s career has been in the tertiary education sector, where she became a distinguished researcher and held leadership roles at Massey University, Victoria University Wellington/Te Herenga Waka and the University of Auckland.

Her public sector roles have included Children’s Commissioner (the first woman and first Māori to be appointed to the role) membership of the Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum for the Ministry of Education, and Chair of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group.

Dame Cindy has had extensive experience in the public health sector, including a role as General Manager Funding and Services Planning and Māori Health for the Auckland District Health Board.

Prior to taking up her role as Governor-General, Dame Cindy was Chief Executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Dame Cindy is the first Māori woman to be appointed as Governor-General.


Dr Claire Achmad 


Claire was appointed to the Board of ShelterBox New Zealand Charitable Trust in March 2016, and has been Chair since early 2021. Prior to this, Claire served as Vice-Chair for two years. She is an international children’s rights law and policy specialist and child rights advocate, and holds a PhD in international children’s rights law.  Claire has held roles internationally across government, intergovernmental organisations, and non-government organisations. In 2010 she took up a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship, studying for an Advanced Masters in Public International Law specialising in Peace, Justice and Development. Claire became aware of ShelterBox through her Rotary scholarship, and she is happy to be able to continue to build on this relationship and contribute to ShelterBox’s global mission through her governance role. Claire is Chief Executive of Social Service Providers Aotearoa.




Brent Eddy


Brent joined the ShelterBox Board in February of 2019.

From being in the service of the King of Swaziland to interviewing Meatloaf, orchestrating business strategies, and commercial negotiation Brent has accumulated an eclectic melange of career experiences.

His corporate career spans enterprise software, ICT, consulting, services and broadcasting industries predominantly managing programs related to engagement, brand, business development, performance and strategy.  Currently balancing private investment, coaching and advisory work. Brent maintains active interests in international development and political-economy; regenerative economics and ethical finance are a particular focus.

Guy Cassidy 


Guy was appointed to the Board in March 2016, he became Vice-Chair in July 2016 and Chair in March 2019.

He is an Engineering Geologist. He has a strong interest in corporate and NFP Governance and is a keen member of the Institute of Directors. He is a trustee of his company’s charitable trust (The ENGEO Dreamtrust http://www.engeo.co.nz/dream-trust/) which helps people across NZ. Guy served as an elected member of the New Zealand Geotechnical Society board from 2013 to 2017 for two terms and continues to have a keen interest in serving the engineering industry and raising the collective bar.



Luke Gillespie


Luke is an Accountant at PwC in Christchurch where he is passionate about helping local organisations thrive and grow their impact. He is a current member of the Global Shapers South Island Hub and was previously the Vice President of the University of Canterbury Students association representing over 12,000 students while ensuring their varying needs were met. Luke is a keen outdoors-man and enjoys exploring what New Zealand has to offer. As a result of spending time in the elements and his experience post-Earthquake in Christchurch, he appreciates the importance of shelter and equipping families with the tools they need to survive and bounce back post disaster. He is excited to assist and help ShelterBox be the change in the lives of families around the world when they need it most.

Rebecca Murray 


Rebecca is a Police Officer working in Child Protection as a child evidential interviewer. Rebecca worked on the front line for 13 years before taking up the specialist role and also assists with the local Scene of Crime Officer uplifting fingerprints when time allows.

Rebecca is a keen volunteer – she has been a volunteer fire-fighter for 9 years and joined Rotary in 2013 after being accepted as part of The Rotary Group Study Exchange to Ireland, where she was first introduced to ShelterBox.

Rebecca supports Rotary clubs in Districts 9930, 9970, and 9980.

Peggy Carlaw


Peggy joined the board of ShelterBox New Zealand in November 2021 to support Rotary clubs in Districts 9910, 9920, and 9940. She is a retired entrepreneur, having started and sold several businesses. In 2018, she joined ShelterBoxUSA as an Ambassador, became district coordinator for her Rotary district, and sat on the Ambassador’s council for the US.

Peggy joined Rotary in 2009. She was a member of the Jacksonville-Applegate Rotary Club in Oregon and sat as its President in the 2019-20 Rotary year. She’s currently a member of the Whakatū Rotary Club in Nelson and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

Jackie St John


Jackie is a lawyer with a focus on environmental law,  including sustainability and climate change, topics relevant to ShelterBox. Jackie has a strong service ethic – she has been a member of the Dunedin Rotary Club since 2005. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and past President and Assistant Governor, and past Director of RNZWCS Limited (Rotary NZ World Community Service, which distributes emergency response kits within the Pacific). ShelterBox New Zealand was founded in her Rotary District 9980. Jackie was appointed to the Board in March 2016, becoming Chair in July 2016, and is a past Board Chair.



Tereska Thornton 


In her full-time employment, Tereska has worked for Education New Zealand since 2014, initially as EA to the CEO, and now as Global Citizens Advisor, and has many years of experience in supporting Boards (both public and private).

Tereska has also supported the Polish Community in Wellington for many years in a volunteer capacity, having served on the Polish Association of New Zealand for two terms, and is currently a member of the SPK committee (the equivalent of the NZ Returned Service Association). She recently received an award from the Polish Government for her services to the Polish community in New Zealand.



ShelterBox New Zealand is a registered charity with Charity Services; charity registration number CC49035 and is an approved donee organisation for the purposes on the New Zealand Income Tax Act 2007.

ShelterBox’s ultimate decision making authority is its board, which has full legal responsibility for running of the charity. The trustees act as the directors of the organisation. Trustees are appointed in light of their commitment to ShelterBox and their experience and skills which enable them to undertake the responsibilities of trusteeship of a large and complex charity.

The board meets at least four times a year and designated members of the executive team attend these meetings as non-voting observers to advise and inform the board.

ShelterBox recognises the responsibilities placed by law on a charity trustee and provides a full programme of induction training in all appropriate matters. This includes governance and compliance for all new trustees, as well as refresher training for existing trustees in order to keep them up-to-date with current legislation.