Meet the Board

Our Board ( Governance Team ) is made up of six experienced men and women who are passionate about leading Amnesty International in New Zealand. Meet our current members.

Peter Fa’afiu, Chair

Peter is a specialist in communications, government, and stakeholder relations. He worked as a New Zealand diplomat and trade negotiator in Indonesia, and as lobbyist for the New Zealand Post Group.

A Samoan New Zealander, Peter is currently a Partner with business consultancy, Navigator Limited. He was previously the Interim Chief Executive and General Manager Corporate Affairs at the Tāmaki Regeneration Company, an organisation tackling a programme of major developmental (in particular housing), economic and social regeneration in East Auckland. As Interim CEO in 2014/15, Peter was the youngest Crown company chief executive in the country at age 36.

Rosslyn Noonan, Vice Chair

Rosslyn Noonan was elected to the Amnesty International GT in 2013 and has been the Vice-Chair since 2014. She has had a range of governance and management experience.

A long-time supporter of Amnesty International, she emphasises the importance of its membership base and believes it has a vital role to play in strengthening human rights in New Zealand, across Asia-Pacific and around the world. Amnesty International, she says, has a vital contribution to strengthening human rights in Aotearoa New Zealand as we face up to the challenges of revealed by the Mosque massacres.

She is currently chairing a Ministerial Review of the Family Justice Services, has a part-time position as Director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice at Auckland University, is researching a biography of Dr W.B. Sutch, and works with national human rights institutions across Asia-Pacific.

Geoff Walker, Treasurer

Geoff Walker at the time of writing is currently the Finance Manager at Trade Aid Importers Ltd where he looks after the finances for the Trade Aid Group including 34 charities for the head office entities and the 29 shops which are spread throughout NZ. The Trade Aid group has an annual turnover of approximately $20m and has 4 business lines being craft, food, coffee and chocolate. Geoff will shortly be taking on a new role as the Finance Manager at Jade Software in Christchurch.

 

He brings an understanding of both the social Enterprise and charity sectors to Amnesty as well as an understanding and respect for the hard work that everyone involved puts into the cause. He is a Chartered Accountant. Geoff lives in Christchurch with his wife and two young children.

 

Geoff chairs the Audit & Risk committee on the Board.

Marianne Elliott, Board Member

Marianne trained as a human rights lawyer and has worked in the Gaza Strip for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, in Afghanistan as the human rights officer in the UN mission, in New Zealand for the Human Rights Commission and at Oxfam New Zealand as Policy and Advocacy Advisor.

Marianne is the National Director of ActionStation. Her focus is on enabling the large community of Kiwis who care about human rights, social justice, environmental protection and transparent government to take powerful, coordinated action on urgent issues.

Chennoah Walford, Board Member

Chennoah brings a vital understanding of youth issues, understanding and involvement to our Board. She has been a member of Amnesty International since the age of 13. Her activism has included leadership roles in student high school groups, university and regional groups. In 2011 Chennoah received the AMP study start scholarship and is completing a conjoint degree in Law and BA in International Relations and Politics at Victoria University.

Most recently Chennoah has been appointed “Youth Twin”, a new initiative where International Board members are connected to a youth leader.

Heather Hayden, Board Member

Heather is currently Chair of the Governance Committee. 

Heather has brought strong governance experience to the Board.  She has held a number of governance roles in the community sector, including trustee, board member, deputy chairman and chairman. For the past two years she has served as Deputy Chair of the Council for International Development.

Heather has a strong background in working in a multicultural environment both in New Zealand and overseas. Her experience ranges from community work with women and children in India, advocacy at international government level, developing national programmes and strategies for action in New Zealand, to turning around failing organisations. She has worked closely with government and has developed a wide network within the government sector. Heather is experienced in building strategic partnerships and introducing business systems and processes along with disciplined planning and financial management.

Passionate about making the world a better place for all, especially in the areas of poverty, inequality, discrimination and injustice, Heather works at local, national, and international levels to see change take place. Over the last ten years she has pursued this through leading not-for-profit organisations, such as her roles of chief executive of Refugee Services Aotearoa NZ, Save the Children and Parents Centre NZ.