Cholmondeley Children's Foundation

Established in 2005 by a group of passionate supporters, the Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation was created for the purpose of developing an ongoing endowment fund to support the essential services the centre provides to children and families, and decrease the reliance on annual fundraising in order to meet its operational costs.

The Foundation has set itself a target of developing an endowment of five million dollars.

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Chairman - 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.

1. Richard Ballantyne

Trustee - Richard Ballantyne CNZM

Richard is Company Director & Chairman of J Ballantyne and Co Ltd, and has been a Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation trustee since 2005. He held the position of Chairman from 2010-2017.

Richard became involved with Cholmondeley during his time as Managing Director at Ballantynes Department store. Through the business partnership between Ballantynes and Cholmondeley, he was able to observe first-hand the good results Cholmondeley provides to Canterbury’s children and families.

Richard was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and the community in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List.

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Trustee - Glenn Jones

Glenn Jones (LL.B; AAMINZ) is a barrister specialising in civil, commercial and employment dispute resolution. He is also professionally accredited as a mediator and is an associate member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of NZ. Prior to practising as a barrister he was a partner in a leading Christchurch-based law firm for over 20 years.

Glenn served for nine years as a member of the board of Cholmondeley Children’s Centre; his last three years as Vice President. He was honoured to be appointed as a trustee of the Foundation in April 2017 and looks forward to applying his business and risk management skills to the essential work the Foundation does in support of the Centre.

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Trustee - Clare Wilkinson

Clare is Chief Executive of the Christchurch Arts Festival, where she took up her role in August 2018, just after joining the Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation in July. Clare’s experience lies in fund-raising, sponsorship and volunteer management which are the key elements of Clare’s previous roles as Director of Development at St Andrew’s College for 4 years, and Funding and Business Development Manager for the Child Cancer Foundation Canterbury West Coast for 7.5 years. Working  across Education, Charity and Business sectors, Clare has gained strong people skills and ability to achieve best results in establishing and growing mutually beneficial professional relationships. 

Seeking opportunities  to contribute once again to the Charity sector, Clare is keen to apply her skills and knowledge to the Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation supporting the great work of the Centre.

3. David Rankin

Trustee - David Rankin

David is the Managing Director of Livingstone Realty Ltd, a Fellow of the NZ Real Estate Institute, Registered Valuer, and the former Chairman of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club. David is also a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and a Trustee on the Rotary Club of Christchurch West Charitable Trust.

David has been a Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation Trustee since 2005, and was Chairman from 2005 to 2010. David agreed to become a Trustee for Cholmondeley Children’s Foundation because he sees Cholmondeley as a place which provides a positive helping hand and opportunity for children who are in need of support.