We have a team of experts working for World Vision who have one thing in common - passion and determination to change the lives of children for good.

To achieve our vision of transforming the lives of millions of children living in the world’s hardest places, we harness the skills of professionals and volunteers from various backgrounds and with diverse experiences. World Vison New Zealand employs 102 people across the country.

Chris Clarke, CEO

Born in Christchurch, Chris Clarke graduated from Canterbury University in 1986 with bachelor's degrees in commerce and law. He has had a varied career in the New Zealand health sector, plus experience working in Europe with the World Health Organisation. From 2003 to February 2009, he was CEO of the Hawke's Bay District Health Board.

Commenting on his appointment in January 2010, Mr Clarke said: "I am delighted and humbled by this opportunity. World Vision is a household name and I am struck by the great affection and respect New Zealanders have for World Vision and its development work internationally."

"We are on the cusp of a unique period in history. For the first time the world community has the technology, know-how and capacity to eradicate extreme poverty. The question is: do we have the moral and political will? I am looking forward to working with the World Vision team and the other New Zealand-based development agencies to make that difference. It's a great honour and responsibility to help lead World Vision at this exciting and challenging time."

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Board of Trustees

World Vision of New Zealand is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees who meet six times a year. The principal roles of the WVNZ Board with regard to the overall World Vision mission are: 
  • To provide policy leadership within World Vision New Zealand.
  • To oversee the operations of World Vision New Zealand. 

View the constitution and rules of the Trust Board here

The current members of our Board are:


Peter McClure (Board chair)

Peter McClure has been a Board member since 2004 and Chairperson of World Vision New Zealand since January 2006. Peter is also a Board representative on the World Vision International Board. He has recently retired as Managing Director, Fonterra Brands NZ Ltd, and was formerly Chief Executive of New Zealand Dairy Foods Ltd, a position he has held through various ownerships since 1995. 

Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Lion Breweries Ltd for three years, following a 13-year stint at SC Johnson and Sons Ltd, where he became Managing Director, New Zealand, in 1989. Peter's original training was in accountancy and he is a Chartered Accountant, although he has worked in marketing, sales and general management the past 20 years, both in New Zealand and overseas.


Margie Apa

Margie Apa joined the Board in 2011 and is currently Deputy Director-General of the Sector Capability and Implementation Business Unit at the Ministry of Health. She carries an honorific (or chief) title from her home village of Sale'aula, Savai'i, Samoa.

Margie's background is in public policy having worked for the State Services Commission early in her career, change management at the Health Funding Authority, accident insurance policy at the Department of Labour, and planning and funding at Capital and Coast District Health Board. Margie was also General Manager, Pacific Health at Counties Manukau District Health Board with funding, planning and service development responsibilities in improving the health of Pacific populations in the South Auckland area.


Jon Hartley BA (Hons), FCA, ACA, FAICD

Jon Hartley has worked in a variety of commercial leadership roles in several public and private organisations, both in developed and developing countries including the United Kingdom (UK), Sudan, Zambia, Australia and New Zealand. He now divides his time between his family, volunteering and a few commercial clients including ASB Bank, Mighty River Power and Chorus Ltd.

Jon has a passionate interest in the issues of injustice and oppression. He has been involved with World Vision microfinance since 2003 and has volunteered in Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia, Zambia, Singapore, the United States and the UK. He is also the Chair of VisionFund International. Jon recently started a volunteer network ('Bankers with Vision') based in Singapore. Through the network, people with the relevant skills can work with VisionFund microfinance organisations in Asia to help address the needs of poor entrepreneurs.


Andy Picot

Andy Picot joined the Board in February 2010 and is a Chartered Accountant. He has worked in a commercial environment for many years, including running a packaging business.

Andy has been involved in youth counselling and treasury roles and, is a trustee on a number of charitable trusts. Andy currently manages a small private investment company.


Darryl Gardiner

Darryl Gardiner is a regular speaker and trainer both in New Zealand and internationally. He joined the Board in June 2010. He is an ordained Anglican priest and has been involved in youth work for more than 25 years. 

Darryl is very involved in "Incedo" - a national youth organisation - and is a married father of two children.


Abraham Gibson

Abraham joined the board of World Vision NZ in January 2015. He is an experienced sales and marketing executive with a background across a number of startup and high growth technology ventures. He is currently Director of Sales at Spotlight Reporting, a Wellington based software-as-a-service company.

Abraham is a passionate learner and seeks out varied environments to outwork a passion for the gospel and people. He has founded or co-founded a number of commercial ventures and is a founding member of The Upper Room Church in Auckland.

Abraham holds a Bachelor of Business Studies, is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors (MInstD), and is also an alumnus of The Venn Foundation.


​Toni Laming

​Toni Laming joined the Board in 2017 and is currently CEO of The Lincoln Hub, He Puna KariKari, an agriculture innovation cluster. She has extensive business experience from senior global roles focused on corporate strategy, transforming the customer experience, designing and delivering growth initiatives and technology solutions across multiple stakeholders and geographies. She has lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Southern Africa and has worked in markets around the world.
Toni’s career has spanned agriculture, food and beverage, commodities and consulting through a range of senior leadership positions at leading global organizations including Fonterra, Orica and Mercury. She is passionate about building and growing capability in vulnerable areas with an emphasis on enabling possibility for women and children through her volunteering.  
Toni holds a Bachelor of Science, Advanced Management Program from INSEAD and is a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.   

Specialised committees

Risk, Assurance and Audit

The Risk, Assurance and Audit Committee's role is to assist the board in discharging its responsibility to exercise due care, diligence and skill in relation to oversight of:
  • The integrity of external financial reporting.
  • The application of accounting policy.
  • Financial management.
  • Internal control systems.
  • Accounting policy and practice.
  • The risk management framework and monitoring compliance with that framework.
  • Compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards.
  • Recommend to the board the external auditor appointment, tenure and remuneration.
  • Oversee and monitor the performance of the external auditors and also assess the external auditor's independence and qualifications.
  • Act as a formal forum for free and open communication between the Board, the internal and external auditors and management.
Members: Andy Picot (Chair), Peter McClure and Jon Hartley.

People & Culture Committee

The objectives of the committee are to:
  • Assist the board in the establishment of remuneration policies and practices for the Chief Executive Officer and all Director-level positions.
  • Provide advice to the board on the remuneration (package), and performance management of the organisation's Chief Executive Officer and Directors.
  • Ensure organisational alignment with Remuneration Policy and Strategy.
  • In pursuing these objectives, the committee may obtain advice from suitably qualified Independent Advisor(s) approved by the full Board.
Members: Darryl Gardiner (Chair), Abraham Gibson and Peter McClure

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