Gavin comes to KiwiHarvest as CEO, having spent his career across the travel, aviation, business and logistics sectors. An ex Officer in the Royal Air Force, he has previously worked with vulnerable communities and individuals in various parts of the world.
Deborah is our Founder, bringing the food rescue concept to life in Dunedin in 2012 and Auckland in 2015. A qualified lawyer and physiotherapist, Deborah has worked in the public health system, various law firms and is an invited lecturer at the University of Otago as well as a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (UOLIC)
Belinda is the wizard who works closely with our food donors and recipient agencies to magically move food from where it’s not needed, to where it is! Well-versed in corporate, not for profit and social enterprise environments, she brings a wide range of skills and experience to the KiwiHarvest team.
Seidah is responsible for helping to keep things moving at our Auckland HQ, coordinating deliveries of food from businesses and collections by our recipient agencies. Outside of KiwiHarvest, Seidah is an experienced performing artist, and enjoys teaching dance to young people and setting up events for the dance community.
Terry brings a big community heart calm and willingness to everything he does. His mechanical, forklifting and warehouse management skills are also put to good use handling our frequent bulk deliveries and looking after our little green fleet.
Seti knows the food industry inside out from her years of experience working as a chef. She is now putting her experience and skills to good use for KiwiHarvest delivering good produce out to recipient agencies and helping them to work out what to do with it all!
Amélie is the one keeping you updated on everything that is going at KiwiHarvest. She is the face behind our social media channels and runs our Comms and Marketing department. In a previous life, Amélie worked as a professional singer before coming to New Zealand and studying Communications at AUT.
Susie spent 8 years in the New Zealand Army as a chef, training in Culinary Arts and Logistics before moving to Dunedin to complete a Bachelor of Applied Management and working in events management. Susie currently volunteers for Land Search and Rescue and Bellyful so has an appreciation of the difference a helping hand can make for people in a time of need.
Rae’s job as volunteer coordinator means she meets every volunteer to provide their orientation and keeps our rosters running smoothly.
Christine helps with day-to-day running tasks here at our office. With her help we’re able to ensure our administration processes are as effective as possible.
Allan has been part of the team from the early days. His role as one of our drivers means he visits our many different food donors including the Otago Farmers Market early on Saturdays. Big Al is also our resident handyman.
Dan is one of our superstar drivers. He is kept busy collecting food donations around town from the likes of cafes and supermarkets.
Trixie started as a volunteer in Auckland in 2018 and relocated down south to take over for Susie while she is on maternity leave. She also is our health and safety representative. A recent sociology and health promotion graduate, Trixie has a passion for sustainable food systems and an eye for the big picture.
Jane coordinates our Hawke’s Bay operations in collaboration with local agency, Nourished for Nil. Having lived in Hawke’s Bay most of her life, she is especially happy to be able to give back to her community. When she is not working hard rescuing good food, she puts us all to shame as she is very active and loves going to the gym.
David Kirk is familiar to many Kiwis through his achievements at the top levels of both business and sport. He captained the All Blacks to win the Rugby World Cup in 1987. In business, David is Co-founder and Director of Bailador Technology Investments. He is also the chairman of Kathmandu and Forsyth Barr, as well as director on multiple boards. He was awarded an MBE in 1987 and spent a period as an advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister.
Pieter Brits is an experienced commercial lawyer with degrees in both Law and Commerce. He is a Director and advisor to a number of technology companies and COO of Nomos One, a lease accounting and management software company.
Suneil Connor is the Chief Financial Officer of LINK International Group, a NZ-owned multinational business brokerage. He has formerly worked for both KPMG and Crowe Horwath. Suneil is a Committee Member of the Auckland Branch of the Institute of Directors, on the board of Auckland Foundation, and holds the position of Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for both Auckland Foundation and KiwiHarvest.
Deborah Manning is our founder, bringing the food rescue concept to life in Dunedin in 2012 and Auckland in 2015. A qualified lawyer and physiotherapist, Deborah has worked in the public health system, various law firms and is an invited lecturer at the University of Otago as well as a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre (UOLIC)
James Heath is a student at the University of Otago studying a Masters of Politics with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He is the former President of the Otago University Students’ Association and also sits on the boards of Student Job Search Aotearoa and the Academic Quality Agency.