NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS. MARGARET MEAD
ROBERT BANKS, CHAIR
Robert is a consulting engineer working for a large Asia Pacific consulting practice. Prior to studying engineering, he was brought up on a sheep and beef farm. He has two adult children, a daughter who lives with her family in Auckland and a son who lives with his family in Sydney.
He is the Chair of the Board of The Hunger Project New Zealand and has been an investor for 30 years. He was attracted to The Hunger Project principles of empowerment, self-reliance and personal responsibility. He has travelled on an Investor’s trip to India in 1996, and to a number of the annual Gala Ceremonies in New York.
As an investor he sees that his relationship with hungry people is one of connectedness and partnership with fellow global citizens who have the ability to end their own hunger; and as an investor he shares in their accomplishments. He finds that the principles of The Hunger Project also apply to his work and life which give a similar sense of accomplishment.
MILLIE ALLBON, CEO
Millie was appointed New Zealand CEO in October 2017 having been a senior staff member with THP Australia since 2010. She has spent extensive time delivering transformational leadership programmes for corporate partners and individuals in villages across India, Bangladesh, Africa and Latin America.
Millie is passionate about the work of The Hunger Project and the awakening of the human spirit as a result. The reciprocal nature of the work inspires Millie; THP effectively tackles the world’s most solvable problem – hunger and poverty, whilst supporting people in unlocking their potential and building a more fulfilling and purposeful life. The Hunger Project truly shapes who you are and what you are capable of in the world.
Millie brings extensive experience in building partnerships, fundraising and community engagement to help THP New Zealand strengthen and elevate its role towards the sustainable end of hunger by 2030.
LIBBY SINDEN, BOARD MEMBER
Libby Sinden became involved in the Hunger Project out of a desire to use her corporate legal background for making a difference to the lives of those in need. Having spent time in Africa she saw first-hand the debilitating effects of malnutrition on the lives of families and communities and was drawn to the way the Hunger Project creates a mutually beneficially relationship between investors and recipients. Libby lives in Auckland with her husband and two young children. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and is also a board member of another charitable organisation in the ‘for-purpose’ sector.
NOMITA SINGH, BOARD MEMBER
Nomita Singh has been involved with The Hunger Project for 15 years and been on the Board for a large part of this time. Nomita is a trained Information & Communication Technology teacher & provider having worked both in India and New Zealand. In addition to school wide teaching, she has led a Ministry of Education initiative training teachers in the meaningful use of ICT to enhance learning. She has also been a volunteer at her children's schools and Cornwall Cricket Club. Nomita owned and managed an iconic waterfront restaurant in Auckland for almost 10 years. Nomita is now involved in the childcare business, property developments in Auckland & Christchurch and plays a pivotal role within the family business. In 2016, she was a participant on The Hunger Project’s Leaders Program to Uganda, taking leadership lessons and being inspired by participants of THP's programs.
DARRIN BULL, BOARD MEMBER
Darrin is a group strategist work for an Australian Financial Services company, and has spent over 20 years in financial services. Having travelled to India in 2017, Darrin has seen first hand what the Hunger Project can achieve with its principles of empowerment, self-reliance and leadership. As a citizen in this global, interconnected world, Darrin believes together, anything is possible. It is not just a cliché, it is an attitude and a passion which can really make a global impact. Darrin lives in Auckland with his wife and two young children. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and is also a board member of another not-for-profit organisation.
PAULA ter Brake, BOARD MEMBER
Paula is the CEO of Development Advisory Services and has over 20 years global experience in the Professional Services, Real Estate and Financial Services industries. Prior to her return to New Zealand, Paula held a number of global executive level roles including a number of years operating as part of the global leadership team of GE Money. In recent years Paula has developed her governance experience and in 2016 was appointed as an Independent Supervisor for the Central Bank of Ireland for the largest audit of real estate loans undertaken in Irish banking history.
Paula is a member of the Urban Land Institute and is the Development Advisory Services corporate membership representative with the Property Council of New Zealand. Paula is qualified in Strategic Marketing Management, and holds a variety of tertiary qualifications in Business and Financial Services. Paula is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
In addition to The Hunger Project NZ, Paula is on the Board of Flexi Group, a regulated large multinational ASX top 200 company and Weston and Wellington Ltd, a professional services consultancy.
Paula has four children (and one cat) and is an active humanitarian and philanthropist. In 2015 and 2016 Paula spent time in Lesvos and Calais fundraising and distributing aid to people impacted by the refugee crisis.
SHIRLEY HARDWICK - AMBASSADOR
Shirley first became an investor in 1989. She was involved in contacting schools, to have them use a video in their geography programmes, which explained the difference between famine and chronic persistent hunger, and showing that the latter could be ended. She went to a New York dinner with Diana, Robert and David, and was inspired to become a high-level investor. Sometime after that she became the Country Coordinator for NZ. In 1999 Shirley went on a study trip to Benin in West Africa, and saw what life altering effect THP has on the life of rural people, particularly women. She made several trips to New York as a Country Coordinator until handing over the leadership to Karen Johns in 2006. She has been in a supportive role ever since and continues to support THPNZ as a significant Ambassador.
KAREN JOHNS, AMBASSADOR
Karen currently holds the position of Specialist Adviser, Auckland Council. She grew up in Taranaki, studied at Auckland University and graduated with a degree in Anthropology and Geography. She has worked for thirty years in community development – with roles in the community sector as well as in central and local government. Karen has held voluntary positions in the Hunger Project New Zealand since 2003 – as the voluntary administrator, Country Director and Chair. Karen is a committed and honoured Ambassador and continues to support the work of THP NZ in whatever way she can.
ROSLYN HIINI - BOARD SECRETARY
Ros became involved with The Hunger Project after participating in a life changing series of seminars with a company called Landmark Education. Through this education she met Shirley Hardwick who was then Country Director of NZ THP. Shirley introduced Ros to this wonderful organisation which fitted her well, in having people be able to end their own hunger and forge their own futures in a sustainable way. She feels that it is a privilege to be involved with the work of The Hunger Project and to see the strength of people rising above caste and class and becoming leaders in a world not always accepting of this transformation.