Sarah lives in West Auckland with her husband and son Max. She started the Kindness Collective in 2013 with a mobile food bank operation, picking up food donations from her community, delivering them to the independent MDM Women’s Refuge group and has grown the charity to what it is now.
Sarah has an extensive background in marketing and event management across many sectors. She is now our Chief Executive and has big plans for the Kindness Collective to impact the lives of as many people as possible in Aotearoa.
Melody has senior-level leadership experience across private and not-for-profit sectors and is currently the General Manager of Auckland Foundation - a community foundation working to ensure all Tāmaki Makaurau communities are supported to thrive. Melody is also a Trustee of the Littlemore Trust.
She is enthusiastic about working with organisations that work sustainably and collaboratively across sectors to support long-term multi-faceted solutions for our communities.
Paul is driven by a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Serving as a trustee for Kindness Collective, he champions our community-driven mission by safeguarding our long-term financial well-being.
With a background as a Chartered Accountant, Paul’s expertise spans both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Having founded Greenhawk Chartered Accountants in 2015, he takes pride in his advisory roles, guiding several growing and well established non-profit and purpose led organizations across New Zealand.
Ariana (Waikato, Te Whakatōhea) has a medical background and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health and working as a Professional Teaching Fellow at the UoA. She lives with takiwātanga/autism and has experience navigating challenging social welfare systems.
The Kindness Collective's kaupapa aligns with Ariana’s passion for using strengths-based approaches to promote wellbeing and eliminate health and social inequities throughout Aotearoa.
He uri ahau nō Ngāti Mutunga, nō Ngāti Kahungunu hoki. E mihi mahana atu nei, tēnā koutou kātoa!
An award-winning senior business executive Trina is the Founding Director of Tōnui Māori Economic Consultancy, an active board member for College Sport Auckland and Kaiarahi to the Advanced Manufacturing Māori Action Group.
Trina brings impressive credentials that span over 30 years in governance, sports administration, business ownership and leadership and youth advocacy mentoring.
“Be kind to others” is a mantra Sam lives by. She has a strong personal philosophy to be part of the change, helping to solve some of society's biggest challenges.
Sam has worked for the Starship Foundation raising vital funds for New Zealand’s National Children’s Hospital, and lived in China and Australia working in the sustainability and corporate social responsibility sector.
Sam is now the Senior Communications Specialist for Sustainability at BNZ.
Lou is a community leader and principal of Te Kura Tuatahi o Wēteri - Wesley Primary School. Growing up in Manurewa since 1993, he was raised by a solo mum and experienced the kindness of local organisations who supported his mum - Grace.
Lou also has strategic management and governance experience in the NGO sector and corporate partnerships space, having served on boards such as the PETER Collective, Roskill Together, Te Whangai Trust, HIPPY Wesley Trust, Genesis School Gen Trust and ARK Puketāpapa. Being a school principal, Lou has seen first hand the impact of our mahi in the lives of tamariki at his school.
Vidhi has been admitted to the Roll of Barristers and Solicitors in Aotearoa and is currently studying towards her Chartered Accountancy qualification. She is a proud member of the Financial Assurance team at PwC and is our Advisory Board Member.
Vidhi is passionate about civic engagement and has spent much of her time volunteering with a range of organisations. She believes in equality and promoting empowerment among the underprivileged to address the current disparities within our communities.
Hamish is a passionate and purpose driven marketer. An experienced and results driven brand builder; with over a decade of experience in marketing leadership, strategy and digital marketing.
Most recently he served as Chief Marketing Officer at both LUMO Digital Outdoor and LENS Analytics, responsible for all marketing activity for this two innovative companies in the Out-Of-Home industry. Hamish is proud to lend his skills to the Kindness Collective to help support more families across the country.