Birthright Canterbury Governance Team / Directors
Jane Lancaster - President
Jane joined the board of Birthright Christchurch Inc in 2012, and became chair in 2014. She is also a trustee for Birthright New Zealand Trust. Jane is a director of AsureQuality, Catalyst® Ltd and High Value Nutrition National Science Challenge and is a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. In her working life she is a consultant to companies in food and agribusiness, providing advice about business development and export of products. She was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2006. She and husband Bill have four adult children and four grandchildren. Jane enjoys gardening and walking and is active in her community church.
Chris White - Treasurer
Chris is a member of the Institute of Directors and Company Secretary at Cookie Time Limited. He comes to Birthright Christchurch with more than a decade's experience in senior financial and IT roles, the most recent as Business Partner - Manufacturing at Synlait Milk Limited. Chris is married and has one pre-school son and another due in July.
Gavin Holley - Director
Gavin is a member of the Institute of Directors and General Manager for the Church Property Trustees. He brings to the Board his professional and business experience. Gavin is married and has two teenage sons.
Anna Gruczynska - Secretary
Anna is a Chartered Secretary and Associate Member of Governance NZ. In her working life, she is the Governance Officer for Southern Response Earthquake Services Ltd, supporting the work of its Board and Chief Executive. Born and raised in Poland, Anna is currently the President of the Polish Association in Christchurch. Being a single parent of two school-age daughters, she naturally relates to Birthright's mission. She has been working with the Board of Birthright since January 2015.
Michele Hider - Director
Michele brings to the board more than 25 years' experience in public relations and journalism. As well as being a director on the Board, she provides pro bono public relations support to Birthright Canterbury through her company Priority Communications. Michele is married with two adult children.
Nicky Ellem - Director
Nicky joined the Birthright Canterbury board in 2016 as a way of giving back to the community. She believes in the Birthright message because her husband grew up in a one-parent family. Nicky works as an accountant and on the weekend she and her husband enjoy walking their dogs and watching movies.
John Driscoll - Director
John has been a board member of Birthright Ashburton for the last 12 years, spending two years as President. He has also been a chairman of Community House Mid Canterbury for the past six years and a board member for 10. John enjoys being involved with Birthright because he likes to help others in his community. Besides volunteering on several boards, he has spend the last 20 years as a service technician in the sewing industry. He is married with four adult children and six grandchildren.
Sue McGuire - Director
Sue brings 18 years of governance experience to Birthright Canterbury having been involved at executive level with Birthright Ashburton for many years – six of those as Treasurer. Sue was President of the Birthright New Zealand National Executive from 2009-2012. She has been a Board Member of Birthright Christchurch and was part of the governance team to restructure Birthright Christchurch in 2010. Sue is also a partner in two family farming businesses, with financial reporting and HR responsibilities. Sue has three adult children and four grandchildren.
Sue Prowse - Director
Sue holds a Master of Management and has worked in senior management roles in both the private and public sectors for more than 25 years. She currently resides in Ashburton where she is involved with a number of community organisations. She is committed to giving back to the community.