Becoming a trustee

Trustees are appointed to the Board for a four-year term by the Minister of Finance, under the Community Trusts Act 1999.

Trustee appointments

For the 2019/20 appointment round, these appointments have been delegated to the Associate Minister of Finance, the Hon Dr David Clark. The appointment process is managed by the Department of Internal Affairs. The Minister has issued a call for nominations. 

Contact: Cath Anyan, Ministerial Advice, Department of Internal Affairs. 

Nominees should be aware that Trustees of Foundation North are required to attend at least 30 meetings per year.  Board and committee meetings are held on Mondays and are generally held in the Foundation’s offices in Ponsonby Rd, Auckland. Meetings may take between 4-6 hours.  In addition, allowance should be made for preparation/reading time and for representing the Foundation at grantee and community events throughout the year. 

Potential Trustees of Foundation North are welcome to contact the CEO of Foundation North, Jennifer Gill, if they wish to discuss the position.

Trustees’ annual remuneration is determined by the Cabinet Fees Framework.

Department of Internal Affairs Community Trusts Candidate Information Read more


Background material for candidates

The Community Trust Act 1999 states that the maximum term of office for Trustees must not exceed four years, but a Trustee may hold office on more than one occasion. A person must be resident in the region of the Foundation to hold office.

Skills and attributes required

Trustees collectively must have skills or experience in the following areas:

  • financial management, especially institutional investment oversight;
  • grantmaking;
  • governance;
  • community and voluntary sector involvement;
  • strategic thinking;
  • leadership skills;
  • legal expertise.

The make-up of the Foundation Board should reflect the communities that we serve, including tangata whenua, pacific communities and people from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The Foundation would also like community representatives of youth, and Māori and Pacific communities. 

Trustees are expected to have a broad understanding of the issues facing the communities of Auckland and Northland.  However, when engaging with the community, Trustees should refrain from raising the expectations of applicants prior to Board decisions on applications. 


The Trustees annually elect the Chair, Deputy Chair and various committee chairs.


  • Trustees will be requested to attend at least 25 Board and sub-committee meetings over the course of each year
  • Four-weekly Board meetings per year: Mondays in central Auckland (full day). One Board meeting per year may take place in Northland. In addition, Trustees are required to participate in two 2-day retreats held in February and October each year.
  • Trustees are expected to take part in sub-committees which convene separately to the Board meeting

Key Activities

Key activities of the Board are as follows:

  • Setting goals and objectives and reviewing progress
  • Participating in the strategic planning process
  • Appointing the CEO and delegating levels of authority to the CEO
  • Approval of grant policies and applications
  • Approval and monitoring of annual plans and budgets
  • Approval of capital expenditure
  • Approval of investment policies
  • Approval of operating expenditure outside budgets and delegations
  • To ensure compliance with all statutory obligations.

Officers of Foundation North

The Trustees annually elect a Chair, Deputy Chair and committee chairs.

Committees include: Investment Committee; Audit, Finance, Risk and Compliance Committee; Grants Committee; Innovation Committee & Māori and Pacific Committee.

The Foundation North group includes a number of charitable companies, including the NZ Centre for Social Impact, which is governed by a board of independent and Trustee directors appointed by Foundation North.

Strategic Plan

In April 2018, the Foundation adopted a new fifteen-year strategic vision (read more), as well as our Māori Strategy, Pacific Strategy and Diversity Strategy.

To achieve our vision, we will prioritise initiatives that respond to community aspirations and provide strengths-based opportunities to:

  • Address the persistent inequalities affecting our communities, in particular:
    - Northland and South Auckland communities
    - Māori and Pacific communities
  • Strengthen social cohesion within and between our diverse communities, particularly for: 
    - Refugee-background communities
    - Migrant-background communities
  • Achieve positive outcomes for children and young people, to disrupt intergenerational disadvantage
  • Enable community-led economic development, particularly for the communities most affected by income inequalities
  • Conserve and enhance our natural environment for the benefit of all communities in our region.

To read about the research carried out to inform the Foundation's strategic vision go here.

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