Ian McInnes

Chief Executive Officer

MBA, MSc (Development Management), Dip (Youth Ministry), Cert (Outdoor Pursuits)

Ian joined Tearfund as CEO in 2013. Previously he worked on the front lines of humanitarian responses around the world since the time of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. Earlier, Ian had a career working with challenged young people in outdoor education in the UK and New Zealand. He is now a go-to commentator on aid and development for New Zealand’s media. Ian shares his travels to developing countries with his wife, Himali, a medical doctor, artist and writer. He believes, “Tearfund’s unique mix of faith, remarkable field partners, passionate staff and deeply loyal supporters, contribute to finding ground-breaking solutions to today’s development challenges”.

Ian is Chair on the Governance Boards of the global disaster relief network, The Integral Alliance, and New Zealand’s Council for International Development. He also serves as a member of the Governance Boards of LIFT International and the New Zealand Baptist Churches Trust.


Kent Beasley

Finance & Operations Director

BCom, BSc, FCA

Kent came to Tearfund in 2014 after working at Barclays Bank in London for 11 years. He held several senior roles including Strategic Projects Analyst, Finance and Planning Manager and Head of Offshore Development. Prior to this, Kent worked at ExxonMobil and Deloittes. On his return to New Zealand, Kent wanted to change his focus away from the corporate workplace and into the not-for-profit sector where he could use his experience and skills to make a positive difference in the world. Working at Tearfund has provided that opportunity. While living in London, Kent was part of All Souls in Langham Place, where he played their pipe organ. Kent’s passion for music continues and he now plays the pipe organ at the Baptist Tabernacle in Auckland. 


Lynette Leibach

Marketing and Fundraising Director

B.Com (Honours) Marketing (University of Johannesburg) Bachelor in Christian Studies (St Peter’s University, Canada)

Lynette joined Tearfund at the end of September 2017. Over the past five-and-a-half years, she led a team to drive fundraising growth from key markets in Eastern and Southern Africa, as the regional director of fund-development and communications for SOS Children’s Villages International. Lynette started her career in marketing and market research at Nielsen before moving into fundraising, communications and marketing focused roles in several South African non-profits. At Tearfund, Lynette leads a team of marketing, communications and fundraising professionals to ensure that Tearfund’s programme delivery and growth ambitions are matched by income growth. She is also excited about driving engagement through Tearfund events and campaigns, especially ones where daily consumer decisions are linked to social justice.


Carl Adams

International Programmes Director

MA Development Studies (Hons),Master of Legal Studies - International Law (ongoing), PGDip International Development (Hons), BA History, Politics.

Carl first joined Tearfund in 2013, working with development programmes and disaster responses in the Pacific and South/Southeast Asia. Over the past three years, Carl worked as Country Director for Nepal and Bangladesh with Swiss aid agency Medair, responding to earthquakes and refugee crises. During his most recent tenure in Bangladesh, he oversaw the operation of health clinics, nutrition centres and shelter construction that supported over 100,000 people per year in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. He is interested in governance strengthening and organisational development, having seen that well-run organisations perform well in delivering quality outcomes alongside the people they serve. Carl re-joined Tearfund in October 2020 with a keen interest to bridge Tearfund’s work internationally and people in New Zealand.