Board of Governance

4. Barbara Stewart

Patron - Lady Barbara Stewart

Barbara is Director of her family company, Skope Industries Limited, a Christchurch-based manufacturing and export company. Barbara was a Cholmondeley Children's Foundation Trustee from 2005 to 2015, and was elected to Patron in 2016. She believes Cholmondeley to be a unique service, critical to protecting children experiencing difficult family situations.

Barabara also has several other personal involvements: Diabetes Canterbury; The Court Theatre Foundation; The Greater Canterbury Community Forum, which works within Family and Community Services (FACS); Restore Christchurch Cathedral; The New Zealand Dementia Prevention Trust; Friends of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra; and several other affiliations through her family.

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President - Janine Morrell-Gunn

Janine is one of New Zealand's leading children's television producers. She trained as a producer and director with TVNZ before spending seven years as Executive Producer of TVNZ's Children's Unit. In 1998 Janine and husband, Jason Gunn, formed Christchurch based production company, WhitebaitMedia, which has actively supported Cholmondeley for over a decade.

During the Canterbury earthquakes, she established the charity Adopt a Christchurch Family which raised over $1million for Canterbury families in need. She is also a current Board Member of St Margaret's College.

In 2009, Janine was recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year by WIFT (Women in Film and TV) and was a finalist in Next Magazine's 2012 Woman of the Year.

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Vice President - Nettles Lamont

Nettles is the Managing Director of Conquest Training NZ, a training company that works across New Zealand specialising in up-skilling the workforce.

Nettles is also involved in the Philanthropic sector in New Zealand and is CEO of the Dublin Street Charitable Trust (DSCT). The DSCT concentrates on causes based specifically in Canterbury and surrounding areas.

Nettles is the current Chair on the Board of the NZ Adult Literacy Practitioners Association and she is actively involved in advocacy for adult education. Nettles is a current Board Member of CYDP (Canterbury Youth Development Programme) and has been part of the Cholmondeley Board since 2014. 

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Board Member - Margaret Reeve

Margaret has been involved in a variety of roles in education with a focus on quality child-centred education. As a volunteer, she has served with the Cancer Society of New Zealand as Chair and Trustee of the Canterbury West Coast Division Board, and as a member of the Cancer Society of New Zealand National Board. As a member of the Rotary Club of Riccarton, Margaret has served as Rotary International District Governor 9970 and Chair of the Rotary Earthquake Charitable Trust.

In 2004 Margaret was honoured to receive the award of Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to education and community.

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Board Member - Tania King

Tania King (BComm CAPP) joined the board in August 2012 as Chair of the Finance Committee and Finance Director. Tania has practised as a Chartered Accountant in Public Practice for over 28 years and has been an equity partner in Mackay Bailey for over 15 years. Her specialist areas are management reporting and working with small to medium-sized businesses to achieve their strategic goals. Managing a firm of 20 employees has given her hands-on experience with people management, financial management, and strategic planning.

Tania has been a supporter of Cholmondeley for a number of years. Prior to joining the board she helped set up a youth trust and mentoring scheme; serving as a trustee of that trust for 5 years. She is a strong advocate for building resilience in children to help them cope with life’s challenges.

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Board Member - Tania Biddles

Tania’s experience lies in the marketing, brand management, and advertising fields, with experience across both New Zealand and Australia for the past 15 years. Since starting her career with one of the world’s largest cosmetic brands, she has worked alongside businesses such as the Queensland Government, Proctor & Gamble, Wella, Stockland Property, Honda, Fastway Couriers, and in the postal sector.

Tania now runs well-respected brand and design agency, Q Brand Agency, working with several national and international businesses, helping to deliver their marketing and branding solutions. Together with her team she has worked with Cholmondeley in varying capacities for over five years.


Board Member - Brent King

Brent is currently employed by Marsh in their Corporate Risk Management division after spending 30 years as Branch Manager of Lumley Insurance in Christchurch.  Aside from Brent’s extensive risk management and insurance knowledge, his skills extend to leadership, relationship management, business development, policy development and implementation, and the development of people with a strong focus on openness, integrity, and respect.


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Board member - Kerry Dellaca

Member of the Cholmondeley Board since 1995, President since 2012. Kerry is a qualified accountant, a member of the Society of Accountants for Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Directors. He has served on Boards at private company, not-for-profit, and public company levels.

A desire to do something to help make children in crisis' lives better led to his involvement with Cholmondeley. Initially serving as Treasurer, Kerry became President in April 2012, helping guide the organisation through a very difficult and busy four years since the earthquakes. Kerry considers the "new" Cholmondeley a special place, where he will continue to serve for as long as he considers he is adding value.

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Board Secretary - Steph Norris