Board of Trustees

Haydn Staples

Haydn commenced his business career as a chartered accountant and after 10 years went into business on his own account. His first business venture was in the textile trade and he subsequently followed his principle interests founding his companies in property and finance.

Haydn is particularly enthusiastic about the ‘’ripple effect’’ of giving whereby one bequest can change lives and  benefit many more  people in addition to  the initial beneficiary. Haydn founded the APO Piano Scholarship which promotes musical excellence to students. The benefit to the initial c.50 students via a range of performance and teaching opportunities now radiates out to hundreds more   in the community. And is still growing.

Haydn feels privileged to be able to give ex Dilworth students a helping hand through the SEF funding initiative throughout their tertiary education.  The SEF is designed to complement the outstanding education and investment that Dilworth provides  its students by facilitating their tertiary education once they leave the supportive environment of Dilworth. The SEF objectives are simply to enable Dilworth students get a tertiary education, a job and give back to Dilworth. Additionally,  the SEF knows that each student will have his own enduring  trickle down or ‘’ripple effect’’ by inspiring existing Dilworth students to strive to  achieve greater things in their lives; and by being a living example to his family of what a Dilworth student can achieve.


Ian Redshaw

Over the last 19 years Ian has held various senior management positions within the property industry, with the last seven years as Head of Property at Dilworth Trust Board. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University, is currently the Chairman of the Bledisloe Estate Trust, the Bledisloe Royston Trust (both part of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind) and an independent Director of Homes of Choice.  

“After getting to know a number of Dilworth boys by providing them with work experience, it was clear they were an exceptional group of people.  From these relationships, I wanted to be able to give back by assisting to set up this scholarship and enable Dilworth boys to successfully transition from secondary school into tertiary study and then ultimately help them get a job. For me there is nothing more rewarding than being able to assist young people to achieve their goals and have a better life”.


Gregory Shanahan

Gregory Shanahan is a lawyer who has made a practice of dedicating a substantial portion of his time to various local and national charities, serving on the boards of Charitable Trusts dedicated to education, orchestral music, the promotion of the interests of the physically disabled, research and development of the treatment of heart disease and the Catholic Church. Having enjoyed a long working relationship with the Dilworth Trust it was natural for Gregory to promote the establishment and ongoing work of the Staples Education Foundation and everything it aims to achieve to help young people close the gap between secondary education and the realization of their dreams.


Jonathan Staples

Jonny has spent the last five years with both Urban Partners and its sister company, Cressida Capital involved with research, planning, strategy and business development. Prior to joining the group, Jonny lived in Sydney working at Macquarie Bank and completing his MBA. Jonny also spent several years in London working in the not-for-profit sector in the early 2000’s. 

Executive Team

Liz Wright
General Manager

As a mother of 2 sons Liz has first-hand experience of working with young men as they journey through life and education. Having a strong background in administration, including being a business owner for 15 years, Liz has also worked in the education sector for the past 15 years both as support staff in a school for 4 years and as a scholarship manager for a tertiary scholarship programme for nearly 11 years.

Liz has brought all these strengths together to set up the SEF programme supporting worthy Dilworth students as they head into the next phase of their lives.



Jane Haines
Corporate Account Manager

Jane has a BCom from the University of Canterbury and she has worked as a Chartered Accountant for PwC in Wellington, London, Budapest and Delhi. In many of these roles she was involved in developing the young people in the office and thus her interest in helping youth was born. 

Since returning home to New Zealand, Jane has mentored two wonderful students helping them transition from school to success at university. 

Jane’s role as SEF’s Corporate Account Manager is to find placements for our students. She has many contacts in a variety of organisations and feels sure some of them will be future employers for an SEF Student, but she will be looking for even more so please feel free to let her know if you would like to add your support to our programme.



Kirsten Thomforde
Administration Support

Kirsten originates from Germany. She has lived and worked in 5 different countries in a variety of roles eventually settling in New Zealand in 1985. Since then Kirsten has worked as an Occupational Therapist in various settings with a focus on Education.

She has owned a business and more recently worked as a volunteer on committees as diverse as Toastmasters to Sports Organisations. Kirsten has been involved in mentoring others formally and informally throughout her life.

Together with her husband Keith, she has 3 children who are studying for their degrees at AUT and the University of Auckland. Any spare time is spent learning, cooking or in the outdoors.

Kirsten is looking forward to combining her experience in administration and a keen interest in working with young adults in her role at the Staples Education Foundation.

Specialist Support

Sam Farmer
Coaching Psychologist

Co-founder and first Chair of the Coaching Psychology Special Interest Group, as well as an Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Sam’s leadership and integrity in this field are well-recognised.

Enhance Facilitation Limited is founded on the belief that leadership is a team responsibility, where high performance is gained from developing quality relationships leading to productive and meaningful work.  Sam coaches professionals and teams across the state, non-government and corporate sectors to develop effective leadership.  He is acknowledged for his non -judgemental approach and good-humoured ability to challenge clients to draw upon their own, and others’, strengths to engage confidently with the conflicts, expectations and successes that they experience.

Sam has diverse experience of working in young male environments, from ten years boarding at single sex private schools, to six years as a Probation Officer at Europe’s largest young offender institution.  He is also the proud and, occasionally, anxious parent of an adventurous nineteen-year-old son.  As well as providing supervision for the Staples Education Foundation Mentors, Sam facilitates Action Learning and other peer review groups for NGO leaders and other professionals.  He also works as a consultant for Médecins Sans Frontières in a variety of emergency humanitarian contexts, and writes articles and presents seminars on his practice areas.

Integrating Acceptance and Commitment Training and other strength-based approaches, Sam is systemic and systematic in his approach to his work.  He takes his ethical responsibilities as a psychologist seriously and is transparent, collaborative, confidential and clear with his clients.



Anja Isaacson
Clinical Psychologist

Anja is mother to two boys and has worked in the New Zealand public service for more than two decades. Immigrating from South Africa, she trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Massey University. Over the years, she has developed special interests in various fields of psychology including – youth, addictions, neuropsychology, trauma, mental health and corrections . Anja has an authentic passion to collaborate with individuals to overcome what causes them distress and achieve a life that is good. Anja values professional integrity and is committed to doing the right thing for the right reasons. Anja is registered with the NZ Psychologists Board and a full member of the NZ Psychological Society and several other professional bodies.

Mobile: 021 137 5695


Munira Haidermota
Clinical Psychologist

Munira is a Clinical Psychologist and a Neuropsychologist. She moved to New Zealand in 2001 with her husband and two sons aged 23 years and 19 years. She works full time in private practice. She has previously worked in the public health service with the District Health Board in South Auckland within their Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Munira currently supports clients from Oranga Tamariki, ACC, Schools, Universities, District Health Boards and Corporates.

Munira provides assessment, formulation and intervention to clients for a variety of mental health and stress related issues. These include depression, anxiety, adjustment to major illness and disability, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, loss and grief issues, anger management, relationship issues, stress management, obsessive compulsive behaviour reductions, self-esteem issues, problems of loneliness and wellness services. She has particular expertise in teaching clients to build resilience and cope effectively from trauma and adapt to change.

Her approach to therapy is guided with considerations for individual’s interests, culture, gender preferences, spirituality and general goals for life. She undertakes therapeutic interventions collaboratively with clients to set goals, time frames and issues they would like to address. She provides opportunities to clients to gain mastery and control over their lives through regular assessment of therapy goals and review of progress.

Munira has a number of professional registrations and affiliations. These include:

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist – Clinical Psychologist Scope of Practice; New Zealand Psychologists Board (Registration Number: 90-02505).

  • Registered Neuropsychologist – Neuropsychologist Scope of Practice; New Zealand Psychologists Board (Registration Number: 02505).

  • New Zealand Psychological Society (Full Member)

  • New Zealand Institute of Clinical Psychology (Full Member & Board Member)

  • Cultural Advisor Group – Board Member - New Zealand Psychological Society


Mark Everard
Event Manager

Mark comes from a background of competitive sport, has over 20 years experience guiding the discerning international traveller around New Zealand and has built from start up an Executive Offsite Event Management Company.

Personal growth and development is a key driver for Mark, he sees the Staples Education Foundation as an exciting opportunity to play his part in giving back to the next generation of New Zealand men.

Mark will draw on his understanding of New Zealand and Event Management to deliver Educational and memorable experiences for the Staples Education Foundation.