Meet our team

Simon Cayley

Chief Executive Officer

Simon has extensive experience in community development, capacity building, social research, governance and management. Simon has an MPhil with a research thesis that examined governance in voluntary and community organisations and contributed a suggested framework of governance for the sector. He has completed Post-Graduate Diplomas in Development Studies and Public Health and is an accredited business mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand and Community Mentors New Zealand. Simon is a coach of junior football.

Andrew Brock

Manager Projects & Innovation

Andrew has experience in senior management and governance roles within the health, sport and community sectors, and additional experience in education.  He has extensive knowledge of community development and sustainability with a particular focus on the wider determinants of wellbeing.  Andrew has Diplomas in Strategic Leadership and Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, and a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation.  He is Chair of the New Plymouth Injury Safe Trust and a board member of the Mentoring Foundation of NZ, Mahia Mai a Whai Tara, and the Taranaki Curious Minds allocations committee. He is also a Mentor with the Mentoring Foundation of NZ.

Marcia Millard

Manager The Wheelhouse

The Bishop’s Action Foundation is hosting the Manager of The Wheelhouse on behalf of the nine collaborative partners involved. Marcia has worked within community development for nearly 20 years both here in Taranaki, and her former home county of Yorkshire in the UK. Marcia has a passion for supporting the long term sustainability of the voluntary and community sector and enabling community led solutions. She is an active board member for Tutaki Youth Inc in Stratford, an accredited Community Mentor, an elected member of the COGS South Taranaki Local Distribution Committee and a Civil Defence Volunteer focussing especially on the Welfare Function.

Corryn Pryce-Baxter

Programme Development Manager

Corryn has extensive experience in facilitation over a range of different areas including the Justice sector. Her focus has been primarily on a holistic approach to well-being and self-determination. Corryn holds degrees in International Development, Gender and Colonisation and Anthropology as well as further education in these fields. Alongside programme design and delivery, Corryn has a passion for Rongoa Maori in all its capabilities of healing, with a focus on people sustaining and creating their own futures, with their own voices; Rangatiratanga, Self-Determination in the making. Corryn has lived in, or around Taranaki for the past 12 years originating from Wales and is passionate about bringing communities together to thrive.

Kiki Ruakere

ICT Gateway Coordinator

Kiki operates our ICT Gateway social enterprise and provides strategic IT advice, remote management and technical support for voluntary and community sector organisations as part of the Foundation’s ICT Gateway programme.  Kiki brings significant experience from the corporate sector where he was engaged as a systems engineer and aligns this with a deep understanding of the realities of the community sector.

Carolyn Phelan

Assistance Administrator to the Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses

Carolyn has extensive experience in Office/Co-ordination roles, she has worked overseas as an International Student Co-ordinator returning home and working for WITT in a similar role.  She moved into the oil and gas industry working for ENSCO International looking after their expatriate crew.  She has worked for Transfield Services/Broadspectrum in administration and finance and Worley as a Project Administrator.  Carolyn enjoys cake decorating, getting out in the garden and spending time with her two cats and partner.

Sarah Birchler

Wheelhouse Administrator

Sarah provides administration support to The Wheelhouse in a part-time capacity. She has worked and volunteered in a range of community based organisations in New Plymouth over the past 25 years.

She and her husband are actively involved in Northpoint Church in the Bell Block community. Sarah loves the opportunity she has to be a part of supporting people across the Taranaki community. In her spare time she enjoys reading and collecting old books, knitting toys, baking and spending time with friends and family.

Trudy Smith

ICT Gateway Technican

Trudy has returned with her family to New Zealand and re-entered the I.C.T. sector, joining the ICT Gateway which supports the technical and communication needs of Taranaki’s voluntary and community sector.  She has worked for the Waipa District Council as an Informix Database Administrator and for the Nurses Board of Western Australia as their Computer Supervisor.  Trudy has been employed by BAF to help with the expansion of the ICT Gateway who are committed to providing unbiased advice and assistance while promoting the importance of making the most of today’s technology.

Tania Hanlon

Seasons for Growth Coordinator (Central Taranaki)

Tania joined the Bishop’s Action Foundation team having previously completed a student placement with us in 2015 as part of her studies to complete a Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences. Tania is passionate about working with children and families and brings extensive experience of working to support children.  She is also a mother of three.

Ngaire Potter

Accounts Officer

Ngaire has extensive experience in accounts processing having previously held roles with Wells Instrument & Electrical and Tainui Resthome & Village. As well as providing an accounting service for The Bishop’s Action Foundation, Ngaire also manages the accounts for over thirty Anglican Parishes within the Diocese of Waikato & Taranaki Parish Accounting Service.

Judy Wood

Seasons for Growth Coordinator (North Taranaki)

Judy has been a Seasons programme coordinator since April 2008. She is also trained as a Seasons for Growth Trainer of volunteer group facilitators (Companions).  Judy’s other experience includes teaching, governance and community work. She is actively involved at West Baptist Church, sings with the Taranaki Harmony Chorus, and is involved in amateur theatre.