Our people

Barbara Andrew


Barbara is a member of the Trust’s fundraising committee. Originally trained as a teacher, Barbara has since made a career in advertising and human resources. She has held a number of senior positions in those sectors and is currently executive director of human resources at Ogilvys.






Tony Batten


Tony is the Trust’s Vanuatu in-country manager.

He has a background in surveying and more than thirty years experience in the application of technology and spatial information to surveying, mapping, disaster risk assessment, natural resource and land management activities.

Tony has international experience in land titling and information management and led a multi-national team of professionals in designing a UN funded land consolidation and reclamation for sustainable land use project in China. Tony has an in-depth understanding of institutional strengthening and adaptive management concepts.

Tony is also a Director of Environmental Risk Science and Audit (ERSA) Pty Ltd, a company that combines the strengths of risk assessment methodologies with the disciplines of audit.

Since 2007 Tony and his family have sailed extensively in northern Vanuatu assisting the Vanuatu Ministry of Health to deliver immunisation and dental services to remote communities. In 2012 Tony and his wife Carol established Pikinini Playtime, an Australian standard, English language early childhood care and education centre in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Don Bradford 


Don is an advisory trustee of the Trust and is currently working in private business in Port Vila,Vanuatu. He has been based in Port Vila for 8 years. He started his working life by doing an Agricultural Commerce degree specializing in Valuation and Property Management, but then got involved in development aid work in Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan for 15 years with several NGO’s and the United Nations. He has been a consultant to the United Nations World Food Programme in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Country Director for Mercy Corps International in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Associate Director Operations for World Vision in Bangladesh. Before coming to Vanuatu he was Director for World Vision for the Southwest Pacific, covering PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In 2003 Don graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from Massey University. Don’s development philosophy is to “empower people to participate in their own development”.

Lynn Chua


Lynn is a co-founder and trustee of the Trust. She has a background in law and biochemistry. She was previously involved in research at Otago University’s Cancer Research Laboratory, a solicitor at Jenny Wang & Associates and at the Mangere Community Law Centre, and a member of the Regulatory and Compliance team at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. She was a Trustee of Trade Aid, Auckland Branch.





Alan Colbert


Alan Colbert works with Shelly Mitchell-Jenkins to oversee the Trust’s accounts. He is a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (retired) and was the founding partner of Colbert Cooper Chartered Accountants. He has also been a director of several companies.







David Colbert


David is a co-founder and trustee of the Trust. He is a Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand and founder and a director of Law in Order Ltd. He was a co-founder of the Mangere Community Law Centre, chairperson of that organisation’s Board of Trustees, and a senior Crown Prosecutor. He has previously been a member of the Board of Youthtown in Auckland, New Zealand.



Hannah Dunlop

Hannah is a member of the Trust’s fundraising committee.  She has taught English as a second language for 16 years and has been involved in many fundraising events through school committees. Hannah is a director of Multiform Systems Ltd.

Christine Edwards


Christine is an advisory trustee of the Trust with a special interest in health programmes. She is based in Australia and is a former CEO of the Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness, a director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Aspiration Initiative. She has worked on initiatives to support governance, public health and infrastructure in South-east Asia, and a wide range of initiatives in the public sector in Australia including family, children and community services. Christine has previously been CEO of St George’s Hospital in Kew and the Bethlehem Hospital in Caulfield in Victoria.

Obed Kamsel

Obed is the chairman of the Butterfly Trust Committee on the Maskelyne Islands, Vanuatu. He lives in the village of Pelongk on the Maskelynes. Under Obed’s leadership, the work of the committee is to develop local policy in accordance with traditional values and customs, to implement and guide those policies, and to advise the Butterfly Trust on such policies and other matters relating to the Maskelyne Islands.

Cathy Mahoney


Cathy is a member of the Trust’s fundraising committee. She currently works part time as a Teacher Librarian and runs her own online card and stationery business. In recent years, Cathy has been involved as a fundraiser in various capacities at both the primary and secondary schools her sons attended, and for The New Zealand Transplant Games Association.






 Shelly Mitchell-Jenkins


Shelly Mitchell-Jenkins works with with Alan Colbert to oversee the Trust’s accounts. She is a chartered accountant in public practice in Levin.  She runs this practice, Colbert Cooper Limited, www.colbertcooper.co.nz,  with three other partners and 17 staff. They mainly work with small and medium sized businesses in the Horowhenua and Manawatu regions.  Shelly was born in Wanganui, attended Massey University and lived for three years in Japan before returning to New Zealand. Shelly enjoys working with charitable organisations and is a trustee on several community trusts including more recently an appointment to the Eastern and Central Community Trust.

Paul Rishworth


Paul is an advisory trustee of the Trust. He is a Senior Crown Counsel at Crown Law, Wellington, New Zealand, and holds a fractional position as Professor of Law at the University of Auckland. His interests are in constitutional and human rights law. He has previously been Dean of Law at the University of Auckland and the Attorney-General to Pitcairn Island.





Vijay Satyanand

Vijay is a member of the Trust’s fundraising committee. Vijay brings a wealth of experience from the areas of strategic planning, logistics, event management, group facilitation & mediation. He has a deep regard for the work that is carried out by the Butterfly Trust and is committed to the Trust’s success.





Miriama Scott

Miriama is an advisory trustee of the Trust.

Ko Takitimu raua ko Kurahaupo ngā waka

Ko Ngāti Kahungunu raua ko Rangitāne ngā iwi

Ko Renata raua ko Heketa te Aweawe ngā tangata

Ko Miriama Scott te ingoa

Miriama works at Whirinaki, a child and adolescent service attached to Counties Manukau District Health Board in Auckland. She has a Masters degree in Indigenous Studies.

“I have been very privileged to have met people and shared experiences that have greatly benefited my learning journey and I would like to think I can do the same for others. I do this humbly and in the spirit of manaaki, tautoko and rangimarie. Kia ora!”

Anne Stevenson

Anne is a member of the Trust’s fundraising committee. Her career has been in international business and marketing. She has held senior positions in both the public and private sectors in this capacity. Anne is currently the Export Manager for James Dunlop Textiles and is a volunteer telephone counselor for Youthline in her spare time.

Vicki Sykes

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Vicki is an advisory trustee of the Trust. Vicki was the Chief Executive of Friendship House in Manukau, Auckland from 1998 to 2015. Prior to that she spent time in education and church work. During her time at Friendship House she focused on developing best practice service delivery in the vibrant and complex communities of Counties/Manukau. In her efforts to identify what works, Vicki has spent the last few years exploring the concepts and practices of social enterprise, and has recently completed a Master’s degree focusing on the benefits of business acquisition for the sustainability of social enterprises. She is currently involved in a range of governance and consultancy activities. Her experience in governance, management, strategic planning, ministry and social services gives her a strong base from which to support The Butterfly Trust. Vicki is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Benson Tangou

Benson is an advisory trustee of the Trust. He is from the village of Fanrereo in North Ambrym in Vanuatu. He is the head teacher of Sangalai Centre School in the Maskelyne Islands, South Malekula in Vanuatu. Benson has been guiding the work of the Trust in South Malekula and advising it on local custom and Ni-Van affairs since 2010. He has lead responsibility for the distribution of the Trust’s secondary school subsidy fund in the Maskelyne Islands.




Linda Trenkner


Linda Trenkner is a board member of the Butterfly Trust’s Vanuatu branch. She is also the CEO and Managing Director of Volcanic Earth  which manufactures a unique range of natural skin care products in Port Vila, Vanuatu, based on the skin healing and anti-aging properties of tamanu oil and virgin coconut oil. Their products are not only sold locally but are exported all around the world. Linda was chosen to represent “successful business women in the South Pacific” at a recent United Nations Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam in 2015, Linda worked hard through her company and the Butterfly Trust to address the cyclone’s devastating effects on remote communities throughout Vanuatu.


Michael White

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Michael is an advisory trustee of the Trust with a special interest in education programmes. He is the director of the MW Group Consulting Pty Ltd. He has held senior executive positions in health, education and community services departments in a number of State jurisdictions in Australia, following a career as an academic in Child Development at the University of Tasmania. In 2007 – 8 he chaired the National Children’s Services Committee and chaired the Commonwealth/State group charged with developing an Early Years Learning Framework to guide children’s services in Australia. In Tasmania he led the community recovery strategy following the Port Arthur shootings and maintains a significant interest in community and organisational responses to disaster. Michael has chaired and been a Board member of a number of agencies in the human services sector, including as a member of the Council of Victoria University for six years.  Michael is a Fellow and former Board member of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia (Victorian division).

Peter Woolford

Peter is an advisory trustee of the Trust and the Trust’s primary medical advisor. He is a specialist General Practitioner who has been practising since 1978 in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is currently practising as a General Practitioner in Auckland, is Medical Officer for the West Auckland Hospice, the RNZCGP representative on the Board of Studies for the Diploma of Palliative Care, University of Auckland, the RNZCGP representative on the National Palliative Care Advisory Group to the Ministry of Health, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and Director, Health New Lynn, Integrated Family Health Centre. In the past Peter has been a Primex Examiner RNZCGP, a Chief Examiner for RNZCGP, and RNZCGP representative on the curriculum committee for the Australasian Clinical Diploma of Palliative Care.