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Catherine Bell CCP (Chair and Founding Trustee): Catherine co-founded the Garden to Table Trust with Denis La Touche in 2009, having seen the results of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation in Australia. Catherine has many years experience as a food professional, writer and businesswoman.

Anthony (Ant) Self (Treasurer):  Ant brings broad financial experience from his background covering strategy, audit, accounting, governance, risk, leadership and M&A, and as well as being a Trustee, also acts as our Treasurer for the Trust. He is currently Chief Financial Officer at Compac Sorting, a New Zealand company leading the world in accurate, high speed packhouse technology for the produce industry. Previously Ant was Executive Director at EY.  Ant is passionate about learning, food literacy and his young family.

Andrew Green LLB (Secretary): Andrew is partner at Brookfields Lawyers where he practices in the area of resource management and environmental law. He is a dedicated "foodie" and appreciates the benefits of fresh produce, simply prepared and shared with family and friends. 

Deborah Pead:  Deborah began her PR career in South Africa, started her own consultancy in 1987 and sold her interests to immigrate to New Zealand in 1996. In Auckland, Deborah established the PR division at Bates advertising. She left in December 2000 to establish Pead PR, a consumer focused brand building public relations consultancy.

Diana Hegan: Diana currently works for Te Puni KĊkiri Ministry of Maori Development as an Information Advisor (creative sector) She brings many years of experience in fundraising and governance roles, and represents the board in matters of Maori and Pacifica significance.

Ngaire Phillips: Ngaire is a passionate and innovative environmental scientist, and an experienced researcher, research manager, project manager, consultant and educator.  She is experienced in applying scientific knowledge to support community goals and to improve well-being through education and as an Enviroschools facilitator for the Waikato region.
Arama Mataira:  A teacher and Principal for 22 years, Arama is now the Director of Walk Together NZ LTD and facilitator of the Walk Together design which uses participatory and co-design processes to navigate complex change and supports individuals to work as transformational leaders.  Arama is from Nuhaka, Wairoa, Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Maru.

Stacey Strang:  Stacey is the Oral Health Programme Manager at Waitemata DHB, and previously held roles as the Child Health Programme Manager at both Waitemata and Auckland DHB.  She has experience developing evaluation and quality plans for both community projects and regional and national programmes and is passionate about improving the wellbeing of children and their whanau

The Board of Trustees would like to acknowledge the substantial contributions made by all past Trustees, with particular mention of Denis La Touche, one of the founding trustees, and the late Susie Weaver.


The Trust operates with a small dedicated team, with a Support Office in Auckland and local offices in Northland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.  Programme Coordinators in each area provide support and collaborate with those working with Garden to Table Trust - be they schools, volunteers, supporters, suppliers - and manage a team of trainers who can support the garden and kitchen specialists who deliver the programme.

Executive Officer: Linda Taylor

Programme Manager: Joanne Harland

Events & Projects Manager: Natalie Edwards

Online Schools Coordinator/Community Liaison: Louise Waghorn

Administrator: Amanda Howley-Rouse