Our Board of Trustees
Paul Gregory, Chairman
Paul has a background in senior roles in financial services in New Zealand and Australia, and is currently part of the executive team for the Financial Markets Authority as Director External Communications and Investor Capability. Prior to working in financial services he was a newspaper and magazine journalist. He is married to Tess and has three young children.
Allister Jennings, Treasurer
We have recently welcomed Allister Jennings to our Board as Treasurer. Allister brings to CAF a wealth of experience from the commercial sector.
Hugh has over a quarter century of experience in analysis, corporate finance and consulting. Hugh is married to Vicki and has two children, one of whom has Asperger’s Syndrome. In his “spare time”, Hugh enjoys working on his vineyard in the Far North.
Elisa Slaat, Secretary
Elisa has a Masters Degree in Special Education, is an ABA therapist and has worked for the Centre for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) for four years doing intensive ABA training with children.
Join our team – Board of Trustees positions currently available
We need additional Trustees to join our Board. The charitable sector is moving towards a more collaborative way of working. This is an exciting time to join CAF as we embrace this evolution of our environment with new initiatives and deeper relationships in the Autism sector. Find out more here.
Advisers to the Children’s Autism Foundation Board of Trustees and Staff:
Originally from Scotland, Deborah has lived in NZ for 20 years. Deborah’s academic background was business and marketing however she became qualified as a trainer and assessor in 1995, has worked as learning and development manager in NZ for Telecom, for ASB and for KPMG. In the past ten years Deborah has become a well-respected Leadership and Culture coach and remains passionate about leadership behaviour and making a difference to workplace culture. Deborah has been interested in autism for over 20 years and had a role in Scotland as learning and development manager for The Scottish Society for Autism. In NZ, Deborah has volunteered when possible and is delighted to be an advisor to the CAF Board.
Dr Paul Taylor (Children’s Autism Foundation Board Advisor)
Dr. Paul G. Taylor is an experienced consultant pediatrician. During his 34-year career as a specialist Paul has developed a strong interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and enjoyed working directly with countless young people with autism, their families and their schools. Paul has worked as a Pediatrician in Northland and understands the need for this research.
Shane Cortese – Children’s Autism Foundation Patron
Actor Shane Cortese became our patron in November 2011. We are very grateful for his passionate and generous support.
“Your involvement in the Children’s Autism Foundation will allow the organisation to help make positive changes to the lifestyles of many families and children, affected by autism”
Shane Cortese, CAF Patron