Board of Trustees
Leilani is an experienced communicator, strategic and creative thinker who has a keen eye for system improvement and empowerment. She loves achieving results for the wellbeing of people. Originally from Mangere East, she went on and completed her Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing and Education Policy at Victoria University of Wellington as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) at both University of Auckland and Victoria University of Wellington.
Leilani has had an array of experience as a Senior Advisor and Analyst working with the Ministry of Women Affairs as well as Ministry of Education of New Zealand. Currently, she is the Senior Policy Manager for Pacific Education Policy at the Ministry of Education, NewZealand. In the past she's worked as a Systems Design Lead (Healthy Families South Auckland), Roadmap Lead and Settings co-ordination Manager (Healthy Families Manukau, Manurewa-Papakura) for Alliance Health Plus Trust.
Sarah is a PhD candidate at The University of Auckland where she is undertaking research to explore the journeys and experiences Pacific women in New Zealand have had in relation to depression. This research is to further build on her Masters research. Sarah also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences. Prior to returning to the University of Auckland full time, Sarah was working for a health support and social services provider in Auckland which allowed Sarah to continue to strive for more equitable health outcomes for her Pacific community.
Sarah has experience not only being mentored by her primary supervisor over a number of years, but she has also had the privilege to mentor both secondary students and tertiary students in previous roles. It is because of these experiences that Sarah is excited to be on the Board as an opportunity to pay it forward.
Jeremy is a seasoned tertiary education professional with extensive experience in the private and public training sector at senior management level. He is passionate about community development, Maori economic development, training and development, and working with people.
Jeremy brings a wealth experience to the TYMS Board from his business and professional background around developing people, designing, developing and delivering competency-based training and training programmes, He is highly skilled in people-management communication, coordination and planning. Jeremy is also passionate about music and supporting up and coming bands – and still he finds time to perform!
Chauncy is a financial markets expert who has held a number of senior banking leadership roles across New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia.
Chauncy started his career at the Maori Development Corporation and was a recipient of Poutama Trust sponsorship before moving into banking. Chauncy is committed to repaying the assistance he received by helping improve outcomes for Maori and Pacifica youth and believes in education and mentoring as the most powerful tools to achieve that.
Chauncy is of Te Whanau a Apanui descent, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors (GAICD), holds a B.Com from Auckland University and an Executive MBA from London Business School.