Galia Barhava-Monteith, Founding Trustee
Galia holds a Masters in Developmental Psychology with First Class Honours from Auckland University. Her local work history spans corporate and professional service sectors. She began her career with The Boston Consulting Group, where she and Sarah met while sharing an office together and working all hours of many nights.
Later, Galia was appointed as HR coordinator in the merger that created Fonterra. Her last corporate role was Ethics & Community Relations Manager at Fonterra.
Nowadays, as well as being a Director of Professionelle, Galia works independently as an executive coach. She is a Ministerial Appointee to the National Advisory Council for the Employment of Women. Between 2006 and 2011 Galia has acted as the independent coordinator of Fonterra’s Candidate Assessment Panel, working directly with the Chairmen of Fonterra and Fonterra’s Shareholders Council. She recently featured in the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ Trailblazers project. Galia is a Board member on the Auckland Regional Migrants Services Trust (ARMS). She has recently been appointed to the advisory board for AUT’s Dean of Business Law.
Galia is married with two school age children. She is very serious about taking exercise and is an avid Yoga practioner. She has a soft spot for the great outdoors and tramping as she first arrived here as a backpacker, drawn by the luscious New Zealand bush.
Sarah Wilshaw-Sparkes, Founding Trustee
Sarah arrived in New Zealand twenty years ago, with an MBA from London Business School and a background in European marketing with Unilever. She worked as a strategic business consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, becoming a senior Manager, before negotiating a shift to contracting after the birth of her first child.
More recently, in parallel with developing Professionelle, she has focused on her independent consulting portfolio through Strategic and Consumer Consulting, chiefly in her preferred industries of consumer goods and retail. She reckons that toilet paper and diamonds can be equally fascinating markets if you enjoy knotty problems and pattern recognition…
Through her children, now teenagers, Sarah garnered seven years’ experience in education governance with a Montessori Primary Trust. She relaxes by researching family histories and rowing round and round Lake Pupuke.
Marisa Fong, Trustee and Chair
Born in Auckland, Marisa Fong is the oldest child of Chinese immigrants who ran successful restaurants. With a long career in recruitment consulting, she co-founded and built what has become The Madison Group, New Zealand’s largest privately-owned nationwide recruitment company. She is very proud of the accolades and awards it has received, including being named “the most exciting recruitment company” by the National Business Review.
Recently, she stepped back to a governance role on Madison’s Board and is actively contributing to social causes she is passionate about.
As well as chairing the Board of Professionelle Foundation, she has leant Madison’s support to the First Foundation. This organisation provides practical support to university students from disadvantaged backgrounds and Marisa mentors a student. She also has been actively involved in Springboard, a group that promotes age diversity on Boards. In her “spare time” she develops high potential export-based businesses.
John Hanna, Trustee
John is an experienced and forward thinking business leader. He has a multi decade record of successful company management and leadership. Consistent themes have been stabilisation, transformation and high growth, achieved while building a contextually strong and vibrant culture. With a particular focus on the links between market, customer, organisation, product and service, he is highly fiscally and operationally focused, balanced with a drive to build the very best teams possible. He is a people and outcome focused, driven and experienced executive. Building agile, design thinking based, capable, high performing and very loyal teams is a speciality.
He has operated at C & Director level for 20 years and is comfortable reporting to and working with strong, strategy centric governors. Highly entrepreneurial with a strong background in the tech sector, he is broadly and deeply experienced in Organisational Growth, Service & Operations, General Management, Sales, Marketing and Brand at executive & director level. His executive level roles have been held in local and global companies. Although he spent 15 years offshore, John is passionate about New Zealand, the building of a true knowledge based powerful digital economy, destruction of digital and economic divides and retention in country of our talented youth.
Jayne Muller, Executive Director & Trustee
Jayne’s particular interest is in Women in Transition programmes supporting women returning to work and she is an advocate for advancing women’s careers while they raise a family. She is also passionate about developing talent and working with emerging and first time leaders to define effective and authentic leadership through self awareness and performance. Jayne is experienced in the design, delivery and coaching of High Performing Teams and the development of Coaching Cultures within organisations.
Jayne is a director with Altris where their team focuses on accelerated coaching and leadership development. She has over 12 years’ experience working with leaders of a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors and has led many leadership development projects involving up to 100 senior leaders as well as designing and implementing an extended coaching programme.
She has three daughters to keep her on her toes and a passion for netball involving coaching youth teams and a competitive streak on the court.
Fiona Fenwick, Trustee
Fiona has a career spent in public relations and communications ranging from corporate and individual crisis and reputation management through to consumer and sports media/public relations. She has held both senior roles in-house, as well as externally as a strategic advisor, to many of the world’s largest blue-chip companies including BP, ICI, Dupont, Procter & Gamble and Amoco as well as several national sporting bodies in New Zealand and Europe.
With an M.A ( Hons) in Political Studies, she provides strategic communications advice and support to a variety of clients and has managed the communications for several NZ Olympic teams as well as mentoring several of NZ’s elite sporting teams and individual athletes.
Fiona is a Professional Speaker on Reputation and Personal Brand, through her company fifteenminutes and helps her audiences understand the importance and value of getting it right.
Fiona strives to help women make the most of their careers at all stages and was an early adopter and avid supporter of Professionelle. She has started her own governance journey over the last few years and currently serves on the Boards of Baseball New Zealand, Auckland Football and Saltire Ltd and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Fiona is a passionate ‘kiwi of choice’ having moved to New Zealand in 2001. She has 3 daughters (who are not bossy, just ‘executive leaders in development’ says Sheryl Sandberg!). She loves wine, conversation, sports and travelling – and her much adored labradoodles!
Amanda Clinton, Trustee
Amanda is passionate about people making career choices that are authentic to them, and making the most of their potential.
After completing a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Amanda discovered a desire for supporting young people to explore their future career directions, and a passion for gender equity. She has since been working at the University of Auckland, where she is currently the Women in Engineering Adviser, supporting gender equity in a male dominated field.
Amanda discovered Professionelle while looking for a way to contribute to a community of like-minded women. She spent two years as Board Secretary, and is now working to develop the younger membership of the Foundation. Amanda sees Professionelle as a great way for younger women to link into a network of senior women and potential mentors, and to have access to unique professional and personal development opportunities.
Emily Turnbull, Trustee
Emily is the Founder and Director of Engaging Me, a company unreservedly about people. With over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing, customer engagement and senior leadership, Emily knows first-hand that there lies an intrinsic link between how an organisation engages with its people (staff and customers) and the on-going success of that organisation.
A creative thinker at heart, Emily works with organisations to design, develop and implement marketing and g=engagement strategies which connect with customers and staff in a meaningful, personal and profit enhancing way.
Her immense belief and interest in people and passion to support women in their life journey (whatever that may be), led her to Professionelle. Emily believes in ‘paying it forward’ after being supported, encouraged and mentored by authentic and successful women leaders throughout her career and life.
Emily lives by the idea that: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
Emily and her husband Darryl live in Auckland with their two young children Maisey and Alfie. A collective love of family and friends, laughter, adventure and travel keeps them busy and (mostly) out of mischief.