Our Staff

Nikau Foundation employs 7 staff members, each bringing their own experience, knowledge and skills to the team.

Alice Montague

Alice Montague

Executive Director

Mobile 021 0288 9087
Email:  alice@nikaufoundation.org.nz

Originally from the UK, Alice has lived in New Zealand since 2011, and now lives in Eastbourne, Lower Hutt.  She is the co-chair of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ).  Alice has outstanding leadership, philanthropy and fundraising experience as well as a strong background in marketing and communications.

Adrienne Bushell

Adrienne Bushell

Donor Relations Manager

Mobile 027 240 1919
Email:  adrienne@nikaufoundation.org.nz

Adrienne is responsible for attracting funds for the Foundation. She spends much of her time discussing the Foundation with prospective donors, professional advisors and ensuring that as many people as possible are aware of Nikau Foundation and how the community benefits from their generosity.

Adrienne has previously worked as a director for Country Calendar among various roles with Television New Zealand, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Royal Society of New Zealand.  She is a former chair of the Friends of the Malaghan Institute and is the President of the Alliance Francaise Wellington. She has two stepsons, one son and  three young grandchildren. She is determined to be skiing still when the latter grow up.

Em Lewis

Em Lewis

Engagement Director

Mobile 022 411 3724
Email:  em@nikaufoundation.org.nz

Since arriving in New Zealand in early 2015, Em is proud to call Wellington home. Having worked across a range of sectors in the UK and NZ, including medical, arts, education and international development, Em has proven leadership skills in developing and driving programmes that increase stakeholder engagement, philanthropic giving and strategic partnerships.

Suzanne Main

Suzanne Main

Finance Manager

Mobile 021 557 837
Email:  suzanne@nikaufoundation.org.nz

Suzanne manages the Finances of Nikau Foundation.

Caroline Ward

Caroline Ward

Marketing and Communications Officer

Email:  caroline@nikaufoundation.org.nz

Caroline has been with Nikau Foundation since 2016 and is experienced in communications for non-profits and local government. She is currently in the office on Wednesdays.

Michelle Wanwimolruk

Michelle Wanwimolruk

Philanthropic Advisor: Borrin Foundation

Michelle Wanwimolruk is the Philanthropic Advisor for the Borrin Foundation. She is excited to be involved in setting up New Zealand’s newest philanthropic organisation and wants to make sure it delivers maximum impact for New Zealand. Michelle has worked as an independent Wellington-based consultant doing work in both the not-for-profit and public sector. She has also served on various not-for-profit organisation boards. Michelle comes from a management consulting and international relations background. Michelle is a Thai-New Zealander and values her Asian heritage. She lives in Island Bay with her husband and two school-aged children.

Please visit www.borrinfoundation.nz for more information about the Borrin Foundation and a contact form if you are interested in talking to her.

Lindy Young

Lindy Young

Operations Manager

Email: lindy@nikaufoundation.org.nz
Lindy comes to Nikau Foundation with a background in accounts and administration both in New Zealand and abroad. With a wee break to set up and run a Wellington based gluten free baking company she is very happy to return to more regular hours with the Nikau Foundation who greatly benefit from her years of baking (and accounts and administration experience).
Lindy is a TRX, Pilates and boxing enthusiast who loves Wellington and  lives with her whānau in Island Bay.