Helena is Wayne Francis’ daughter and is the current Chair of the Trust.
Her commitment to community and family development motivates her work and she is passionate about providing opportunities for youth, believing it requires a positive and innovative approach. Helena encourages the Trustees to adopt a proactive and relationship based approach to philanthropy and funding, which positions the Trust to be a catalyst for change and a conduit for collaboration.
"The unique characteristics of a family foundation allow calculated risk and creative philanthropy to be explored and applied".
Helena enjoys the learning opportunities that evolve through the youth, social, community and philanthropic sectors and is interested in growing philanthropy in New Zealand.
Simon is a founding partner of Christchurch law firm Mortlock McCormack Law, and has been a Trustee since the Trust was established in 1999.
Simon has been a Trustee of a number of trusts working with children with special needs, including Contact, Spell, Champion Centre and Special Needs Library. He has been a Trustee of the Canterbury Youth Development Programme, a founding Trustee of the Employment Scholarship Trust, a Trustee of the CPIT Annual Art Awards and has previously addressed social enterprise and affordable housing in a forum established by the Tindall Foundation.
Simon is committed to creating a fairer society attuned to the needs of young people, particularly those with special needs. Simon is proud of the work with the various Trusts he has been involved with over the years as they contribute so much, yet often receive little social recognition or support. Simon enjoys the work of the Trust that changes the lives of young people for the better, so they grow up to be good citizens and happy within themselves.
Pam is a registered nurse, a mother of four and a grandmother of three. She has worked in palliative care for over 30 years and worked as a District Nurse for five years.
As Mayoress of Christchurch between 1998 and 2007, Pam chaired the Mayoral Welfare Fund and served on a number of trusts representing the City of Christchurch.
Pam currently sits on the Housing Plus Trust, which provides social housing and wraparound care for those with mental illness. Pam is also a trustee of the Christchurch Methodist Mission.
As a trustee of the Wayne Francis Charitable Trust, Pam has a passionate interest in early childhood development and the housing of families.
Chris's passion for strong communities, starting with young people, lead to his involvement with the Trust in 2009, initially in an advisory capacity and latterly as a Trustee.
Chris has held elected positions on local Christchurch Community Boards as well as other elected and appointed positions across government, commercial, philanthropic and community organisations and networks.
Along with his wife Leanne, he founded their own company, Mene Solutions, in 2006 to enable people and organisations be the best they can be. This diverse range of experience brings a broad knowledge and awareness of society and complex systems to the Trust.
Chris is most excited about the potential to transform systems through smart investment in people with vision, intelligence and energy. He is passionate about growing capability in young people and ensuring families with young families are able to thrive.
Garry is an accountant by training, and worked in community economic development during the 1980s and 1990s before being elected as Mayor of Christchurch in 1998, an office he held until stepping down in 2007.
Garry is currently the Managing Director at Community Housing Trust in Christchurch, an organisation looking at long terms measures to address affordable housing.
After a successful career in business, Guy spent 20 years as Executive Director of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation before retiring in 2014. He also worked with Kidney Health New Zealand for 15 years, and is still a Board member of several Charitable Trusts.
Guy was initially appointed as a trustee to advise on the funding of cancer research, resulting in the founding of The Wayne Francis Cancer Epidemiology Research Centre at the University of Canterbury.
Guy is particularly interested in how the trust can support the valuable work of youth leaders in Canterbury. The WFCT Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a cornerstone of the Trust’s vision and has the potential to change the lives of the youth of Christchurch. Guy spends time as a mentor to members of this group.
"Since the earthquakes there has been an even greater need for Trusts like ours to support groups and individuals that were previously financially viable, but which now need funding. Prioritising of these requests is carefully considered. At all times the trustees have to keep Wayne's ideals in mind and make a difference by giving a hand up not a hand out."
Trevor joined the Board of Trustees in 2016. Trevor has spent most of his career working with young people in education, sport and community activities and is currently the Ministry of Education Secondary and Tertiary Lead on the Youth Guarantee Programme.
Trevor has considerable governance experience in various capacities including current positions on the Canterbury Rugby Union Board, Ministry of Education Canterbury Youth Futures Board, Committee for Canterbury and Ara Institute of Canterbury Trades Innovation Advisory Board.
Trevor is passionate about the development of young people and has a particular interest in education and transition to work.
Andrew was appointed to the Board as an advisory trustee in 2016. Andrew spent 15 years working in institutional banking and financial markets in Auckland and Wellington, where he worked with local and global clients, before returning to Christchurch in 2013. Since returning he has established his own recruitment firm Crescent, which works with clients across various industries and throughout the country to attract and recruit top talent.
Andrew is currently Vice President of the Lincoln University Alumni Association who work to promote the interest of the University and manage a number of scholarships. Andrew has a strong interest in education as a means for assist young people by broadening their horizons and to assist them in reaching their potential.