Gary Agnew

Chair

BCom, CA

Gary is a financial consultant and has previously worked in roles with Ernst & Young and as the Chief Financial Officer for Paymark Limited. Gary has a particular interest in mentoring leaders and assisting organisations to perform more effectively. Since his teens, Gary has been an avid supporter of Tearfund and its focus on empowering those affected by poverty and injustice. Gary has been on the Tearfund Board since 2006 and has held the position of Board Chair since 2011.


Mark Fleming

Treasurer

MCom, CA, FCPA

Mark is Chief Financial Officer of Beca Group Ltd, a New Zealand headquartered engineering and professional services organisation delivering projects across Asia and the Pacific. Mark and his wife Lisa have been supporters of Tearfund’s work for many years. They are both highly motivated to help bring justice and hope to families impacted by oppression, war and disaster. Mark has been on the Tearfund Board since 2013 in the role of Treasurer.


Harriet Sewell

NZRN, Obstetrics Nurse, Cert Biblical Studies (BCNZ), Post Grad Dip Development Studies


Harriet works as an independent consultant. Her background includes 25 years’ experience working in Programme Advisor and Programme Director roles in the aid and development sector. She has worked for both international and domestic organisations, which has involved frequent travelling. She has been on the Tearfund Board since 2010 and is the Board Representative on the Partner & Programmes Committee.


George Wieland

BA History (Hons), BA Theology (Hons), PGCertEd, DipPastStud, PhD


George is Director of Mission Research and Training at Carey Baptist College, Auckland. His background includes cross-cultural work in Brazil, church-based ministry and community work in the UK, and tertiary teaching. He travels frequently in connection with mission and community development work in several countries, is involved with Micah and other integral mission networks, and he has developed a course on Theology and Development. He has had experience on several boards and has been on the Tearfund Board since 2015.


Ross Wallis

Ross is a sixth-generation Raglan dairy farmer and has been working the farm for the last 20 years. Prior to this he and his wife worked as full-time volunteers for Youth with A Mission in various parts of the world, leading teams and training schools.

Ross has a passion for farmers in developing countries and is a supporter of Tearfund’s dairy development programme in Sri Lanka, to which he brings his experience within the dairy industry to help build and empower strong farming communities.

Currently, Ross is on the Fonterra Shareholders Council representing Waikato west farmers. 


Naveena Joll

Board Intern

Bachelor of Communications Studies (AUT)

Naveena started her career in media and communications in 2009, through her love for storytelling. Born and raised in Malaysia, at 19 she came to New Zealand with many dreams. Since then she has worked in the area of media and communications, specifically as a digital and video content producer, live event producer and communications co-ordinator.  

Naveena has been a Tearfund supporter since learning about the Poverty Cycle and is interning on the Board because of her interest in corporate governance. She is passionate about seeking out previously untold stories to bring about awareness and change for a better world.