Tiaki Hunia

Tiaki is from Te Teko and of Ngati Awa, Te Aupouri and Ngati Pikiao descent. With a wide range of governance experience and interest, Tiaki shares the same passion as the Milford Foundation to make a meaningful impact for Aotearoa and all its people. In particular how a Te Ao Māori perspective can contribute to a stronger and more caring Aotearoa of the future. Tiaki is currently the Director of Inclusion and Māori strategy for Fonterra.

Debbie Sorensen

Debbie Sorensen CCT,CMInstD

Debbie is a New Zealand-born Tongan, with family connections to Leimatu’a in Vava’u and Tongaleleka in Ha’apai. She is a health leader, international development practitioner, health strategist and management expert specialising in projects that address the health challenges that face Pacific communities in New Zealand and in the Pacific region. She is the current Chief Executive for the Pasifika Medical Association and the Pacific Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency – Pasifika Futures which has engaged over 202,000 Pacific people in Aotearoa through its partner network of over 60 partners. 

Debbie has led the establishment of the Moana Pasifika Women’s Network, the Pasifika Medical Association Education Fund, Health Science STEM Academy at Otahuhu College. She is sought after as an international speaker including at the UN Gender Equality Forum in 2021. She also attended the Harvard Women’s Leadership Summit and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Strategic Leadership for the 21st Century. 

In 2015 Debbie was invested as a Commander Royal Order Crown of Tonga, by His Majesty King Tupou VI in recognition of her services to the people of Tonga. 

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown, ONZM – Founder & CEO, Sustainable Business Network 

As founder and CEO of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), Rachel has played a critical role in advancing sustainability more than 20 years. The network includes approximately 600 organisations from a range of sizes and sectors. 

Rachel has overseen the creation of systemic collaboration projects focusing on climate action, designing out waste, and regenerating nature. SBN runs the Sustainable Business Awards, New Zealand’s largest sustainability award programme. It also runs a series of successful training programmes, including a leadership course and packaging masterclasses. 

Rachel sits on government panels to inform on policy. Currently she is on the Advisory Panel for Jobs for Nature, a Board member of the Milford Foundation and the business advisory panel for All of Government Procurement. She is a member of the advisory panel for the National Waste Strategy and the Million Metres Streams Advisory Board. Rachel also provides advice and support to a number of new and emerging businesses, individuals and social enterprises. 

In 2009 Rachel was personally trained by Al Gore to present The Inconvenient Truth (part of the global climate change education programme). In 2012 she was invited by Al Gore to join an elite group of international presenters to be part of the Climate Reality Project broadcast. The broadcast reached over 3 million people across the globe. 

As a regular presenter, collaborator, investor and driver of action within NZ communities, Rachel is committed to the role business plays in supercharging and transforming NZ’s economy into one that is smarter and more sustainable.

In 2018 she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for years of service to sustainable business.

Anthony Quirk
Chair of Trustee Board

Anthony is a Director on various boards, focusing on those providing a community benefit. He is currently Chair of a social enterprise, Humanitix NZ (which donates profits to the Education sector) and of the Milford Foundation.  Previous not-for-profit boards include NZ Water Polo, the Dingle Foundation in the Wellington region, and Compass Housing (a community housing provider).  He is also a Non-Executive Director of Milford Asset Management and is on the Board of the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency (LGFA). 

Anthony has had over 30 years’ executive experience in the investment and financial services industry, including being Milford’s Managing Director from 2007 to 2016 before commencing his governance career.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ) and is a former Chairman of that organisation. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.