The Spark Foundation Board
Nick Leggett has been the Mayor of Porirua City since 2010. He is New Zealand’s youngest Mayor, representing New Zealand’s youngest community with 25% of Porirua’s residents being under the age of 15. Nick is passionate about interacting and engaging with his community and New Zealand in new and innovative ways and he says he is thrilled to be working with the foundation. “The Spark Foundation has fantastic programmes for all Kiwis and I am excited to share the messages of payroll giving, volunteering, Givealittle, Manaiakalani and more to our people,” says Nick.
Andrew joined Spark New Zealand in October 2012. He is responsible for Spark New Zealand's external communications, engagement with key stakeholders including government (central and local) and community groups, and internal employee communications. Andrew is one of New Zealand's most experienced communications professionals with an extensive international background. He returned to New Zealand in 2008 after more than a decade overseas as Asia Pacific head for Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s biggest PR consulting firms. In recent years Andrew has acted as an advisor for significant New Zealand companies including Fonterra and Auckland Airport. His industry experience spans a wide range of sectors including financial services, aerospace, technology, property, healthcare, energy and tourism.
The newest addition to the Spark Foundation Board, Stacey is a well-recognised New Zealand media personality with a career spanning 25 years. Stacey is motivated to inspire others, especially in the Māori community, through the platform that her career in radio and broadcasting has provided. She is an advocate for education and has extensive involvement in the charitable sector.
Caleb is the Spark Foundation’s People’s Champion – the voice of all Spark people on the Foundation’s board. He is passionate about giving back to the community and excited to engage Spark people in Spark Volunteer and Spark Give. As a long-time Ambassador of the Spark Foundation, Caleb is excited to get behind the Foundation at the Board level.
Casey is the co-founder and Managing Director of Neighbourly and previously one of the foundation team behind GrabOne. Casey brings considerable experience and insights into the online and start-up world, which will add value as Givealittle continues to grow and evolve. Also as a former national softball representative Casey is passionate about encouraging all New Zealanders to tackle life head on. Now, with his involvement with Neighbourly, he’s enjoying seeing the changes that take place in Kiwi communities throughout the country as neighbours connect.
Matt Crockett is Chief Executive of Fletcher Building’s Heavy Building Products Division. Prior to this, he successfully led Spark New Zealand’s cost and business improvement programme, and worked as the Chief Development Officer and MD Digital Ventures at APN News and Media (now NZME). Matt’s has extensive governance experience as the Director of multiple technology and media businesses including Orion Health, Southern Cross Cable Networks, and multiple digital media and eCommerce businesses including GrabOne. His understanding of the digital media space enables him to provide valuable assistance with the Foundations online projects, in particular with helping create a successful path forward for Givealittle.