Partnership Fund Board

The new Partnership Fund Board will lead the development of collaborative partnerships with business and philanthropic sectors, iwi and other funders which aim to increase youth development opportunities for more young people.

Board members are Karen Shires, Sam Johnson, Paul Walsh, Mike Knell, Charlizza Harris, Anne Rodda, Terry Shubkin, Dr Angela Lim and Arama Ngāpō-Lipscombe. These individuals will contribute their skills and experience to lead a partnership approach for the provision of quality youth development opportunities in leadership, mentoring, volunteering and internships.

Board member biographies

Karen Shires is the leader of PwC Financial Services Risk and Regulatory practice and the Lead Trustee of the PwC Foundation. She brings strong experience in corporate social responsibility and governance to the Board. Karen has been appointed as Chairperson of the Board for an 18 month term.

Karen Shires


Sam Johnson is the Director of WeMobilise, which supports clients to mobilise and motivate teams to make a positive social impact. His unique insights into youth development, as well as his local and global networks and relationships will benefit the Board.

Sam Johnson


Paul Walsh was GM Community and Environment for The Warehouse Group for over five years and is continuing to work with a number of not-for-profit organisations. His experience in developing partnerships with community organisations to enhance the lives of young New Zealanders and their families will be a considerable asset

Paul Walsh


Mike Knell is the CEO of New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT), New Zealand’s largest funder of amateur sport. He brings significant expertise and experience in the management of grants and funding.

Mike Knell


Charlizza Harris is the founder and CEO of InOvation Trust, a not-for-profit organisation delivering leadership workshops to youth. She brings her experience in developing community initiatives and programmes aimed at strengthening cultural identity as well as addressing social issues impacting young people to the Board.

Charlizza Harris


Anne Rodda has vast experience in the arts and culture sector in senior positions. She brings her leadership, project management and communications skills.

Anee Rodda


Terry Shubkin is the CEO of Young Enterprise Trust, a not-for-profit organisation that has a vision to inspire young people to develop their full potential in business and life. She brings an entrepreneurial mindset, as well as experience connecting and collaborating.

Terry Shubkin


Dr Angela Lim has experience as a social entrepreneur alongside working as a medical Doctor at Middlemore Hospital. She has been involved with a number of not-for-profit and government boards and is a member of a range of leadership groups where she has represented New Zealand. She brings governance and leadership experience to the Board.

Angela Lim


Arama Ngāpō-Lipscombe is passionate about helping to address social needs for children and young people and brings strong experience in the youth sector. Arama is of Marutuahu, Ngati Tamatera, Ngati Pukenga and Ngati Porou ki Harataunga descent.

Arama Ngapo Lipscombe