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Our People and Structure

CWS Board



John Caldwell

John is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Canterbury, and currently specialises in Child and Family Law. His interest in global justice issues was sparked by a period in his career where he taught and researched the Law of International Organisations, and he strongly believes in the value of ecumenism. He has held lay leadership positions in both the Presbyterian and Anglican churches, and is presently on the Board of Anglican Care, the Anglican Social Justice agency in the Canterbury Diocese.

"The energy, commitment, and determination of the CWS staff and supporters combine to produce an organisation that really does make a practical difference to those most in need. CWS is Christianity in action."


David Culverhouse

Representing the Finance Committee


Jenny Dawson

Representing the Supporters' Council


David Fielding

representing the Anglican Church


Graeme French

representing the Quakers


Claire Hart


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


Sally Russell

Representing the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand


Jenny Smith

Representing the International Programmes Working Group


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.”


CWS Staff
National Director Pauline McKay

021 289 1225

International Programmes Coordinator Trish Murray


Relationships Coordinator based in Auckland David Lawson

(09) 571 9150

Database Manager and Office Coordinator Pam Fayen


Office Assistant 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. 

Supporters' Council 2016

Rev Dr Jenny Dawson was appointed to the Board from the Supporters' Council.  Information and the nomination form are available here if you are interested.  

The 2016 meeting was held on  Friday 16 September 2016 from 6 to 8pm at the Parenting Centre, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland.  International Programmes Working Group member Rob Wayne reported on his visit to the Centre for Community Solidarity in Uganda and meeting with Wadalla Peter of the Maridi Service Agency in South Sudan.

The 2016 AGM of the CWS Board was held Saturday 17 September from 9:30-10:20 am at the same venue.