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CWS Board members
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Supporters' Council

CWS Board

The Christian World Service Board made up of 8-12 members is appointed by the Board.  Partner Churches can nominate 5 representatives. One appointee is nominated from the Supporters' Council.  Other members for their skills and expertise.  One quarter of members must be from outside of Christchurch.  Board members are appointed for a three-year term that can be renewed once.

The Board determines the overall strategic direction of the organisation and approves all policies, strategic plans, annual plans, budgets and annual accounts. It employs staff and receives reports and recommendations from its sub committees as well as making governance decisions.

It holds an Annual General Meeting after the Supporters' Council meeting each year in the same location.  Supporters are welcome to observe its proceedings.  The Board meets six times a year, twice face to face.

The Board has delegated agreed functions to the following Advisory Committees:

  • Finance Committee
  • International Programmes Working Group
  • Staffing Committee

Board members


David Culverhouse


David has 7 years direct experience living and working in developing countries, including 3 years in the 1980s as deputy head of a Papua New Guinea government ministry and 3 years in the 1990s as a New Zealand diplomat. From 2008 – 2010 he served as executive director of the Council for International Development, where he played a key liaison role between the government and the non-governmental sector, in addressing the effectiveness of aid in achieving poverty reduction and social justice. He has extensive background in management and policy development which includes the positions of chief executive of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation, strategic development manager of the then NZ Trade Development Board, and 5 years running the ministerial office of Hon Jim Anderton. He currently serves as chair of the Finance Committee and is its representative on the Board.

“Christian World Service has been working for 72 years to address the root causes of extreme poverty including injustice and inequality.  They really make a difference in providing  hope and real opportunity for the world’s poorest.”


Jenny Dawson


Originally from Darfield, Jenny is an ordained Anglican priest and holds a DMinStuds from the Melbourne College of Divinity.  Now based in Porirua, where she offers spiritual direction and supervision, she has worked in the Dioceses of Christchurch, Hawkes Bay and Wellington.  Most recently she served as the Regional Dean in Hawkes Bay.  She has served as a president of the Christian Conference of Asia and has a longstanding interest in social justice and women's theology.  She was appointed to the Board in 2016 representing the Supporters' Council.

"I am committed to Christian World Service because it is ecumenical, retaining a strong link to a number of denominations while also looking beyond to engage those people who want to support an aid and development organisation which works in genuine partnership.  I always enjoy the stories about real people from whom we can learn as we support them to do what they need to do in their own situations.  CWS is distinctive because it is a no-frills kiwi operation which has integrity and history, and is firmly grounded here while building much wider relationships that make a real difference."


David Fielding


David has a long-standing interest in macroeconomics and political economy in developing countries.  He is Professor of Economics at the University of Otago where he teaches macroeconomics and development economics. He holds a DPhil from Oxford University and has held academic positions at a number of universities in the United Kingdom.  A member of All Saints Dunedin, he represents the Anglican Church on the CWS Board.  In 2017, he addressed the Supporters' Council on trends in international aid.


Claire Hart (Chairperson)


Claire joined the CWS Board in 2017 and was appointed chair at the Annual General Meeting.  She holds a Masters of International Development from Massey University and works at Tearfund New Zealand on advocacy and campaigns.  In 2007, she was part of a group that set up Streetworks, a community development organisation in Hamilton, while a student.  She has worked in human resources and is interested in big picture thinking.  Based in Auckland, she brings a fresh perspective to the Board.


Jill Hawkey


Beginning her career as a social worker, Jill went on to become the Director of Christian World Service for 10 years (1993-2004).  Jill worked as a consultant for the World Council of Churches to set up ACT Development (Action by Churches Together) and became its first Director in 2007.  ACT Development joined with its sister emergency response alliance to form the ACT Alliance in 2010 and Jill was appointed as the Deputy General Secretary.  ACT Alliance, of which Christian World Service is a member, is one of the largest global humanitarian alliances with 130 member organisations in over 50 countries.  It is based in Geneva.  Jill and her family returned to Christchurch in January 2011. She is the Executive Director of the Christchurch Methodist Mission.

"Christian World Service has over 65 years experience of working with people to overcome poverty and injustice throughout the world. It is committed to addressing the root causes of the problem, not just the symptoms. It is a highly professional, ethical organisation supported by staff, volunteers and donors who want to make a difference in their world."


Ian Lothian


Ian is a Chartered Accountant and auditor.  He has an MA in English language and linguistics from the University of Edinburgh and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.  A chartered member of the Insititute of Directors (NZ), he has extensive experience in management and governance, serving on the Board of the Christchurch based Social Equity and Wellbeing Network, and Presbyterian Support (Upper South Island).  He first joined the Staffing Committee in 2017 and was later appointed as its representative on the Board.  He is a member of the Vestry of St Luke's in the City, Christchurch.  He is a member of the Anglican Tertiary Society of St Francis.


Sally Russell


Sally Russell has a longstanding interest in development work, including as a member of the NZ China Friendship Society.  She currently holds the position of Missions Convenor for Presbyterian Women Aotearoa.  A member of St Columba's Presbyterian Church in Havelock North, she represents the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand


Jenny Smith


Jenny is the Coordinator of Te Whare Roimata in the inner city east of Christchurch.  Te Whare Roimata works in bicultural partnership on community and whanau development.  Jenny has a deep understanding of community development and many years of experience implementing programmes to meet the agenda of vulnerable communities.  She representing the International Programmes Working Group which manages CWS's relationships with our partners.


Tara Tautari


Tara brings a wealth of advocacy, community development and ecumenical experience to the Board.  From 2001-14 she worked in a number of roles with the World Council of Churches as a Special Advisor to the General Secretay, a Coordinator of Global Training and the Coordinator of the Global Scholarships scheme.  In Aotearoa, she has worked as a teacher and policy analyst.  Currently she is the Senior Parliamentary support person for Rt Hon Winston Peter and Hon Shane Jones in Whangarei.  Tara represents the Methodist Church.

"Christian World Service changes lives, challenges our thinking, and offers us an opportunity to contribute to real transformation.  With its faith-based approach, Christian World Service offers hope for all who work together for a world without poverty."


Pauline McKay


National Director, ex officio

Joining CWS as National Director in February 2009, Pauline brings much experience of social justice action within New Zealand and the worldwide ecumenical movement as well as a background in health and development. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement and YWCA from the 1970s to the early 90s and worked for the Africa Information Centre and the Waitangi Consultancy, which introduced Treaty of Waitangi principles to pakeha New Zealanders. She then moved to Geneva where she spent 15 years working for the World Council of Churches, International YWCA and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Much of her work was around organising international conferences, latterly highlighting inequities in health research and health issues in developing countries.

“I feel privileged to have been able to bring my interests and skills in development, social justice and ecumenism to CWS. It is an honour to work for this organisation, which has such a strong analytical base and a 68-year history of standing alongside and working with the poor.”


Staff Members

National Director Pauline McKay

021 289 1225

International Programmes Coordinator Trish Murray


International Programmes Officer Steve Hamlin

Relationships Coordinator based in Auckland David Lawson

(09) 571 9150

Database Administrator and Website Assistant Sarah Wewege


Administration Coordinator Nadine Wells


Communications Coordinator Gillian Southey


Unless otherwise stated, please contact CWS staff members via the National Office: or 03 366 9274.


Supporters' Council

The CWS Supporters’ Council is part of the new constitution agreed in November 2013.  It is made up of partner churches, organisations, and individuals committed to the vision, values and objectives of Christian World Service and who have provided financial support for CWS work in the past two years.  It meets annually in different locations.

The Supporters’ Council can nominate persons for membership of the Board.

Rev Dr Jenny Dawson was appointed to the Board from the Supporters' Council in 2016. Further information and the nomination form are available here.  

The 2017 meeting was held on Friday 6 October from 6 to 8pm at Christchurch North Methodist Parish.  Professor David Fielding and Dr Jo Spratt discussed the New Zealand government's aid programme and trends in development.