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 serves on the Governance Boards of the following organisations: New Zealand's Council for International Development, which he Chairs, global disaster relief network, The Integral Alliance, anti-trafficking organisation, Nvader, 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. 


Glen Richardson

Interim Marketing & Fundraising Director

BCom (Marketing)

Glen joined Tearfund in December 2016 after an extensive career in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. For more than 20 years, he worked in sports marketing, advertising sales, PR and digital, and most recently in international development. He is the Interim Director of Marketing and Fundraising. Working at Tearfund has confirmed his passion for integrating his work with his personal Christian faith. “It’s humbling to work alongside so many gifted and passionate colleagues. I’m especially grateful to all our supporters for their generosity and trust, as we put our faith into action.”


Jessica Smith

Interim International Programmes Director

MSc Development Studies, BA (Hons) Political Science

Jessica joined Tearfund in 2004 before travelling to South America. She then took a position working for the NZAID Programme in Geneva in 2007. Before coming back to Tearfund at the end of 2014, Jessica worked for the NZ Government and with local NGOs in the field of mental health. As a mum of two young children and an avid traveller, Jessica is passionate about the kind of world we will leave for our children. She is continually inspired by the commitment of Tearfund’s partners who work alongside some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.