Our Board

Galia Barhava-Monteith, Founding Trustee

GaliaGalia 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

SarahSarah arrived in New Zealand nearly thirty 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 adults, 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

MarisaBorn 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 HannaJohn 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 Chater, Executive Director & Trustee

JayneJayne’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.