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

Adrian Gregory

Adrian has been in a governance role with Birthright New Zealand since 2012 and became the chair in October 2018.  He is also the chair of Birthright Levin's Board, and a member of Birthright Otaki’s Committee.

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.

Jane Lancaster

Jane  has been involved with Birthright since 2012. She is a trustee and chair of Birthright Canterbury Trust.

Jane is a director of Food Standards Australia New Zealand, 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.