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Tracie has been involved in VOYCE since its inception as an idea.
She has been actively involved in lobbying for change and achieving an independent organisation for children in care for many years.
The need to have the young people’s voice influencing the care system has been a major driver for this work.
With a career history in social services, Tracie has a long relationship with foster care, and is pleased to now continue this work as Chief Executive of VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai.
Steve is proud to whakapapa to Ngai Tahu. He is passionate about helping New Zealanders, which is reflective of his core values and his heritage.
Steve is at his best innovating, creating change or disrupting current state. He has a proven track record for developing highly performing teams to drive results across a range of disciplines including Marketing, Retail, Sales & Service and Operations and Technology.
As an independent Director, Steve provides strategic guidance and governance to organisations.
John is the Manager of The Tindall Foundation, and a representative of the four philanthropic partners. John has been a social work practitioner and manager for over 25 years with experience across a wide range of fields.
Before joining the Tindall Foundation, John was General Manager of Lifewise, with responsibility for a diverse portfolio of social, health, education and community activities across Auckland.
John has also been on a number of NGO Boards, having been a Board member of NetSafe, the Domestic Violence Centre (now Shine), the Auckland Night Shelter Trust, the James Liston Hostel Trust, the Friendship House Foundation, and Fair Food, and until January 2014 was Chair of Community Waitakere.
Monique is a care experienced young adult of Ngāti Porou and Te Rarawa descent. Monique is passionate about seeing changes in the care system that will benefit other children and young people who are still in care.
Monique was recognised for her leadership through her nomination to the Minister’s Youth Advisory Panel in 2015.
Monique has been a member of VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai’s Establishment Steering Group since September 2016 and a member of the Board of Trustees since March 2017.
Liz is of Te-Whānau-a-Apanui and Ngapuhi descent and, as General Manager of Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services (NISS), oversees a range of services delivered to support and benefit whānau.
Liz has a long career in education and the social services and has held a range of leadership roles in both Government and non-government.
Liz is passionate about supporting Māori tamariki in care to understand their whakapapa and sees that this is clearly linked to children in care having a strong positive identity.
Abbie is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, and strong advocate for children, young people, and the environment.
Zak is a care experienced young adult based in Auckland.
Since leaving foster care after approximately 12 years in 2010, Zak has helped in the adoption and fostering sector by speaking at conferences and events, providing ideas, information and insight into the world of youth in care in New Zealand.
Shayne is of Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Scottish and French descent.
He and his wife Helen have extensive involvement in youthwork, fostercare (192 children over 12 years) and whānau work, with predominantly Māori and Pasifika young people.
“As a former “state ward” (child in care) and foster parent. I consider myself to be care informed. I have worked with many young men on a number of issues, including violence, substance abuse and relationship making. Much of what I have learned has come from their struggles and growth.”
Shayne has been teaching at the University of Otago for the past twenty years, presently as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work. He is currently the Chair of the Social Workers Registration Board and a member of the Ako: Enhancing the readiness to practice of newly qualified social workers project. He is proud of his roles as a husband, father, brother, grandfather and a member of whānau.