Growing up on a sheep and beef farm in the Manawatu, Stacey has always been committed to excellence, service and family. A litigation partner at the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts law firm, a passionate advocate for the wellbeing of women and children, and a mother of four, Stacey brings years of professional and community experience to WHO DID YOU HELP TODAY™.
Stacey has been recognised as a Blake Leader, Women of Influence Award winner, Kiwibank Local Hero recipient and was Law Fuel’s 2015 NZ Lawyer of the Year for her work with women and children. In New Zealand, this work has included the development of a weekly homework club programme that partners businesses or organisations with low decile primary schools. The Homework HELP Club programme seeks to have more kiwi kids open doors to brighter futures. Stacey also developed a prison programme to help jailed mothers maintain meaningful connections with their children. Called the “Mothers Project”, the programme now runs in the Auckland and Wellington women’s prisons. “HelpTank”, which is a skilled volunteering website, is the latest project being launched under the WHO DID YOU HELP TODAY™ umbrella.
In a career notable for professional success as well as a deep commitment to making a difference in her community, Stacey worked for top litigation firm Paul Weiss in New York for 11 years while working pro bono on numerous challenging projects to support vulnerable women and children in New York, and taking a sabbatical to do the same for women and children who were victims of violence in Ghana.
With an enviable track record of entrepreneurship, and strong belief in the value of communities, Rachelle brings her strong passion for action to WHO DID YOU HELP TODAY™.
Having over twenty years experience in manufacturing and export, Rachelle has forged global relationships and championed innovation in order to create value for New Zealand products on the world stage. From gaining a Business degree in marketing and post graduate qualification in Business Administration at Auckland University, Rachelle has built a career at the forefront of growing a successful New Zealand business, with a particular focus on leadership in sales and marketing and new product development.
Based in her home town of Auckland, Rachelle is currently a Director of White Cloud Dairy Nutrition, a business selling New Zealand origin nutrition products in the United States. Rachelle is also a mother of two young children.
Sarah is passionate about promoting collaboration and building enduring connections that create value. This has been the theme of her career, beginning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as an international lawyer, and including a diplomatic posting to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York for three years, representing New Zealand in the human rights and social areas of the UN’s work.
Having moved into the trade law area in MFAT, Sarah then went on to develop trade policy for New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers at Meat & Wool New Zealand, before joining Fonterra based in Amsterdam. Sarah left Fonterra in 2014 after eight years with the Co-operative, most recently leading Fonterra’s policy and advocacy team. During her time in the dairy industry Sarah was elected to Chair two international dairy industry Committees including the Policy and Economics Committee of the International Dairy Federation, and served on the Advisory Board of Export New Zealand.
Sarah has had many homes since leaving the Eastern suburbs of Auckland where she grew up, and is now working as an independent consultant in Wellington and provides coaching to support improving leadership in business and the community.
Sue says she inherited a volunteering gene from her parents, who always helped out at community events like working bees and school fairs. Sue’s stoked at the alignment of her WHO DID YOU HELP TODAY™ job with her volunteering background and her belief in what the power of helping can achieve.
Sue’s main pro bono activity is running the Community Comms Collective with fellow co-founder and trustee Gail Marshall. The collective is a skilled volunteering scheme providing charities in Wellington and Auckland with communications support. She also supports the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research as a member of its Fundraising and Development Committee.
Sue’s engaged skilled volunteers in her paid employment. In her role as Chief Executive of the National Council of Women 2014-2016, specialist volunteers were essential to support the amazing gender equality work undertaken by the handful of highly talented staff.
Sue says the biggest lessons she’s learnt in life have come through her volunteering, or from people who have given freely of their time and knowledge to help increase her understanding of issues that matter.