The Board of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand (“GRG”) is made up of up to eight committed professional volunteers who have a diverse range of life, parenting, cultural, legal, business, management and commercial skills and experience. They meet once a month and set the strategic direction of the Trust which is to promote a community of grandparents raising grandchildren as full-time caregivers in New Zealand where they are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren and an environment that protects and promotes their long-term wellbeing and development.
Judith McKay | Trustee
Judith is a retired Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Directors. In her working career, Judith was a senior financial executive at Auckland University of Technology, the Union Shipping Group and a number of manufacturing companies. She has also worked as an auditor for Price Waterhouse and as a COBOL programmer.
Judith has been Trustee and Board member of a number of organisations, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, NZ Academy of Sport and Netball Waitakere.
Judith has four grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 to 13.
Pru Etcheverry ONZM | Chair and Trustee
Pru is a director of Advocacy Answers, a consultancy focused on governance, strategy, leadership, not-for-profit management, and advocacy. Pru works with businesses to deliver social change - the ‘S’ in ESG and CSR. She advises on how to build capacity and develop authentic partnerships that deliver measurable impact. She is a champion of the for-purpose sector and has been honoured for her work as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM). Pru uses her expertise with local and international clients to successfully develop and implement innovative strategic solutions.
After an extensive career in senior executive roles within multinational healthcare organisations Pru moved to the not-for-profit sector. While CEO of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand, Pru grew it from a fledgling organisation to a high-profile NGO generating $70 million of sustainable revenue. Alongside being chair of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren she is chair of Te Ira Kāwai, (Auckland Regional Biobank) and a trustee of SkyCity Community Trust Auckland. Previous governance roles included chair of the international Lymphoma Coalition and trustee with RAW (Reclaim Another Woman).
Jo-Anne Thomas | Trustee
Jo-Anne is a family law specialist and associate at Schnauer & Co with over eight years experience in family law litigation, relationship property and elder law. She held the role of Chair of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ from 2016 until 2019.
She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland and a Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
Before joining Schnauer & Co in 2011 she worked for Minter Ellison Rudd Watts for three years. In addition to her work as a Board member for the trust she is a Volunteer legal adviser to the North Shore Women’s Centre.
Consultant to the GRG Board
Jill Worrall, MNZM
Jill Worrall is the mother of three sons and grandmother to six grandchildren. With her late husband John, the family cared for several foster children over a period of twenty years. Jill was raised by extended family for the first half of her childhood. She has been a nurse, a social worker and a senior lecturer in social work at Massey University. She has had the privilege of writing the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Handbook and undertaking the GRG research on Grandparent and other kin caregivers 2005 and 2009.
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