Jacki has worked in the Not for Profit sector all of her working life, predominantly in health and social services in community based organisations. She has a particular affinity for working with vulnerable communities including those faced with poverty, mental health issues or inequitable access to education or health services. She holds a number of qualifications including a Master’s degree with Honours, is a Fellow of The Institute of Management New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Jacki has been Chief Executive at Great Potentials Foundation since January 2017.
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National Director HIPPY
Anne joined Great Potentials in 2023, to lead on whanau in-home learning opportunities delivered through the HIPPY programme.
She has led teams working on place based and community led initiatives in Aotearoa with a particular focus on parenting and whanau wellbeing. Before joining Great Potentials Anne worked at Akina growing the social enterprise sector through capability building support with purpose led organisations and impact enterprises.
Anne has qualifications in education, public health and social enterprise. Her current study is focused on supervision.
Originally from Ireland, Anne spent time in England before moving to New Zealand in 2008. Anne is passionate about people thriving and fulfilling their aspirations.
MATES Programme Manager
Teri started working with Great Potentials in January 2023. Originally from Fiji, Teri moved to Auckland in 2014. She completed a BA from the University of Auckland in Gender Studies and Politics/International Relations and is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Gender Studies, due to be completed December 2023.
Prior to coming to Great Potentials Teri worked at the University of Auckland as a Schools Adviser, and Senior Schools Adviser with the Schools Partnership Office engaging with secondary schools and communities around the country. She also worked as a Resident Coordinator with UoA Accommodation managing 786 first year students in Australasia’s largest first year catered hall.
Teri has a volunteer background with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and Auckland Women’s Centre. She is most passionate about advocating for social justice and empowering our marginalised communities.
Evaluation and Data Manager
BA, Cert ConRes, Cert TT, PGCert R&A, MA(Hons), PhD Candidate
John joined Great Potentials in 2018. His main responsibility is to undertake and deliver systematic evaluations of the three programmes that Great Potentials Foundation operates - HIPPY, Family Service Centres and MATES.
John has extensive experience in social research from his many years at Statistics New Zealand, and as a lecturer and senior researcher at AUT University. John’s most recent research was the first ever Global Survey on Language Revitalisation run by Recovering Voices at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24871
John’s research interest is in the holistic wellbeing of Pacific communities. John is primarily interested in the construction and application of statistical research over a range of subject areas but with a focus on issues that relate to people from the Pacific region.
Business Support Manager
PGDip Marketing, BCom
Mei is responsible for managing fundraising and marketing activities at Great Potentials. Mei is passionate about community development and education. She has a work background in marketing and business development in the non-for-profit and education sectors. Previously, she worked as the Education Advisor at Asia New Zealand Foundation and the Auckland Engagement Manager at Ara Institute of Canterbury.
Mei is originally from Hong Kong. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Melbourne, Australia, and her Postgraduate Diploma in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a fluent Cantonese and Mandarin speaker.
Family Service Centres Manager
Margaret has been working in not-for-profit organisations throughout her career, with experience in the disability and mental health sectors. She finished her Bachelor of Psychology in 2009 back in her home country, Indonesia. She then continued her study at Massey University and completed a Postgraduate Degree in Arts majoring in Psychology in 2012.
In the past 11 years, she managed various community-based services, including Asian Mental Health Service, Muslim Mental Health Service, Community Living Service, and Community Support Hours Service. She is now managing the Family Service Centres in Papakura and Takanini. Margaret enjoys working to support people and making a positive impact on people’s lives.