Meet the Team

We’re led by a dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate Managing Committee. The committee, along with a Society of Members, steer and support the Foundation's operating team in carrying out the day-to-day running of the Foundation. In addition, and free from a governance role, are our brilliant advisors who lend their brains, extensive knowledge and time to support the MediaWorks Foundation.


KYLIE ELSOM, CHAIR                                                                                                                                                                Kylie Elsom joined MediaWorks in April 2015 and is the Head of Human Resources.  Prior to MediaWorks Kylie worked in a number of industries including telecommunications and professional services.  She was previously a mentor with OMEGA, providing assistance to migrants in their search for skilled employment and has volunteered with other organisations such as the SPCA.

ALEX NICHOLSON, SECRETARY                                                                                                                                              Alex Nicholson joined MediaWorks in December 2014 as Corporate Counsel. Alex has a background in general commercial law and has extensive experience in the media industry having worked for over eight years in media in London, UK. At MediaWorks, Alex leads the legal team and standards committee, and is responsible for Board-related matters and corporate governance.

SOPHIE LAWSON, MEDIAWORKS FOUNDATION MANAGER                                                                                             Sophie joined MediaWorks in 2017 and in addition to working on the MediaWorks Foundation she is the Executive Assistant to Ben Quinn, Director of Content - TV.  Sophie is responsible for the day to day running of the charity. Previously Sophie has worked for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ and Comic Relief in the UK.

SCHROEDER EVANS, COMMUNITY GUIDE                                                                                                                              Schroeder has worked in radio since 1991 including radio stations in Invercargill, Timaru, Nelson, Palmerston North, Dubai and Auckland. Schroeder believes in contributing to the community, and assisted in launching Gulf for Good, a charity in Dubai.

SUE WOODFIELD, MEDIAWORKS HEAD OF COMMISSIONING AND EXTERNAL PRODUCTION                                    Sue has an extensive background in media having worked in newspapers, radio and television in New Zealand and globally for organisations including Reuters, NBC, Sky TV, ITN and the BBC.  She has volunteered for numerous NGOs.

LIZ GIBBS, ADVISOR                                                                                                                                                                    Liz joined the Te Papa Foundation as Chief Executive in 2017, having spent time as Chief Executive at Philanthropy New Zealand and at Save the Children New Zealand where she led a significant expansion of services, revenue and profitability.  Until recently, she also chaired the Every Child Counts Coalition, a group of child-focused organisations including Plunket, Barnardos, Unicef and Ririki. Liz has wide-ranging experience in marketing, fundraising, advocacy and government relations, as well as a keen interest in social enterprise and social finance.

The MediaWorks Foundation Incorporated is a Registered Charity. Charities Commission Registration No. CC5189