Our Board and Staff

Birthright New Zealand is governed by a National Board of six members. The National Board sets strategy and policy direction in consultation with affiliate organisations to ensure the organisation continues to provide high-quality services.

Introducing the National Board

Phillipa Ballard

Phillipa has been in a governance role with Birthright New Zealand since 2010 and has been Chair since 2013. Phillipa is legally qualified and is currently employed as a Disputes Tribunal Referee.

Phillipa’s professional experience includes management roles in the investigatory areas of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

In her earlier career, Phillipa trained and worked as a teacher. Whilst living in the United States, Phillipa was a teacher aide in Florida for the Head Start programme, a programme for disadvantaged pre-schoolers to ensure their readiness for school.

Although Phillipa has only been actively involved in Birthright for the past 6 years, she has a long association with the organisation as her father was one of the founders. Phillipa is well connected to the government and business community in Wellington.

Adrian Gregory

Adrian has been in a governance role with Birthright New Zealand since 2012 and also became a member of Birthright Otaki’s Committee in early 2016.

For five and a half years Adrian was a member of the Senior Management Team at Grow Wellington, the regional economic development agency, working alongside tertiary institutions, research bodies, health boards and innovative businesses to build a connected innovation system in which businesses, and their skilled workforce, could thrive and grow.

Recently he has started-up his own consultancy, Helix4, through which he will continue this work in conjunction with government, tertiary institutions, business and local communities.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Adrian has worked at a senior level in the education and health sectors in both the UK and New Zealand.

His experience has seen him engaged with a spectrum of organisations from community-based to government and has included forming strategic alliances between disparate bodies in both urban and rural settings.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA) since 1999.

Mark Young

Mark joined the board of Birthright Kapiti in 2015 and later joined the New Zealand Birthright board in 2016.

He has significant governance experience, both in the business world and non-for-profit sectors, including being chairperson of a large multicultural college in Porirua (Aotea) for a number of years during a significant period of change.

Mark has held senior management roles during his career and currently runs his own consulting business, specialising in project assurance and independent facilitation work, helping a wide range of organisations work better together (partnering, collaboration, dispute resolution).

Originally from the UK, Mark came to New Zealand in 1997 to watch England play cricket and loved it so much he brought the family over and stayed! He lives on the Kapiti Coast with his partner and they have 4 grown up children, all following their own careers around the world.

Mark enjoys travel, cycling and is a cricket tragic - still playing ‘vintage’ cricket when his body allows - who enjoys nothing better than a day at the Basin Reserve.

Jane Lancaster

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 Food Standards Australia New Zealand, 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.