2019 Speakers

Jeff Brooks, International Fundraising Professional and Author

Jeff has been helping nonprofit organisations connect with their donors for nearly 30 years. He has worked as a writer and creative director on behalf of top nonprofits in North America and Europe, including CARE, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Feeding America, Project HOPE, and dozens of urban rescue missions and Salvation Army divisions. He has planned and executed hundreds of campaigns in direct mail, print, radio, digital, and other media that have motivated millions of donors to help make the world a better place. Jeff blogs at futurefundraisingnow.com, podcasts at fundraisingisbeautiful.com, and is the author of three books: The Fundraiser's Guide to Irresistible Communications (2012), The Money-Raising Nonprofit Brand (2014), and most recently How to Turn Your Words into Money (2015). He lives in Seattle.

Pat Shepherd, Chief Doer of Things, One Percent Collective

Pat Shepherd is a photographer, graphic designer and founder of NZ-based charity One Percent Collective. He loves making things better through creativity. He’s been doing that for years through his work with SpinningTop on the Thai/Burma border with refugee and migrant children and more recently through One Percent Collective and the Generosity Journal they produce.

Cath Vincent, Consultant, Speaker and TV Host

Cath spent over 20 years as a business consultant in change management before she emigrated to New Zealand and launched a brand new career as a motivational speaker. In a rapid time, she won the National Speakers Association Brightstar award, was invited to speak on Leadership at Tedx and she even went on to launch her own motivational television show. The Cath Vincent Show, now in its 4th season, airs on Sky TV. By her own confession, Cath spent most of her corporate career being nervous when speaking in public. She believes that EVERY person can be super-confident when they speak when they “unlearn” the patterns that made them nervous in the first place. Never one to stand still, her latest Big Hairy Audacious Goal is the renovation of a distressed warehouse and former Meth Lab into a motivational hub. Studio 38 is fast becoming Auckland’s Most Inspiring Venue for Creative and Business Endeavour. 

Linn Araboglos, Foundation Manager, Vodafone NZ Foundation

Linn is the newly minted Foundation Manager at the Vodafone NZ Foundation. With over 16 years background working in Government with a focus on improving the conditions for children and young people to thrive she is passionate about the Foundation’s focus to see all young people in Aotearoa, having access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.
Linn is an experienced developer of partnerships and a believer in the power of collaboration for impact. She enjoys working on multi sector initiatives across government, philanthropic, business and community sectors. She brings insights from a funders perspective about connecting with funders both government and philanthropic.

Katherine Richards, Donor Development Coordinator at Save the Children New Zealand

With a passion for helping people, Katherine knew she wanted to work in the non-profit sector but had no idea where. Straight out of university she fell into a career in fundraising, and in a few short years has quickly moved up into managing the donor development programme at Save the Children New Zealand. She looks after all things retention, direct marketing appeals and telemarketing campaigns, with the ultimate aim to engage donors with the important work Save the Children does for vulnerable children around the world and inspire them to give more.
She loves that as a fundraiser, you are opening up the door and giving people the opportunity to support the cause they care most about and ultimately make the world a better place.

Michelle Berriman, Executive Director of FINZ

Michelle comes to FINZ after 20 years working in a variety of roles within the charity sector - the last ten in fundraising and development. Prior to joining the sector’s commercial side, she was a youth/community development worker supporting children looked after by the state, running community-based youth projects and working in juvenile lock-down. Michelle is motivated by creating change and making a difference to those facing adversity and wants everyone to be given the chance to be the very best version of themselves. Originally from the far North of Scotland, she is proud to call NZ her home. She also grew 5 human beings (two of which are now fully grown Human adults!), loves reading and cooking.

Jude Lyon, Telefund NZ

Jude Lyon has extensive experience fundraising, coaching, team leading and managing more than 30 different charities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Jude gained invaluable experience working for Ethcall, 4 x winner of the Business Charities Award UK.

Jude manages a team of telefundraisers, and mentors/trains in-house teams for confidence and success.

Theresa Tagavaitau, Community Compliance Officer, IRD

I work for Inland Revenue, specifically with a unit called “Community Compliance” and have been with Inland Revenue for 18 years.  Over this time I’ve delivered presentations on important initiatives which are now part of NZ’s society such as Kiwisaver and most recently Payday Filing for employers.  I love working with Community Compliance because it gives me the opportunity to make a difference with our customers.

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