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.

NEW CHAIR WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON

 

DAVID D'AQUINO, TREASURER

David is a Chartered Accountant and joined MediaWorks in 2016 as Group Finance Manager.  David's prior experience includes working for over eight years in Australia providing financial advisory and assurance services to a range of private, family and ASX listed businesses. 

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.

SARAH COTTER, HEAD OF THE MEDIAWORKS FOUNDATION

Sarah is responsible for the day to day running of the MediaWorks Foundation. Sarah’s passion is helping corporate, and not-for-profit organisations transform their social initiatives to achieve impact. Sarah managed BNZ’s Closed for Good campaign in 2013 and 2014, and has worked with many charities including Great Potentials Foundation. 

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.

CHARLOTTE MCLAUCHLAN, MEDIAWORKS GROUP HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

Charlotte is a senior communications executive with a history of working with some of the most recognised media and entertainment brands. She has expertise in leading high profile publicity campaigns and corporate communications, as well as issue and crisis management.

Charlotte is an experienced mentor, having been selected for the Sister2Sister mentoring scheme - providing at-risk teenage girls with professional, positive female role models.

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.