Ashleigh Smith | Board Chair

Ashleigh is a founding member of Sticks ‘n Stones and one of our original Board members.

She is studying a double degree at Otago Polytechnic in Nursing & Leadership for Change.  Ash was NZ’s Queens Young Leader in 2017 and has presented on panels and at conferences here in NZ and around the world.

Most recently Ashleigh has been invited to be an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society for her commitment Commonwealth values and improving the lives of it citizens.

Nikki Wheeler | Secretary

Nikki is a founding member of Sticks ‘n Stones and first joined as a year 11 student from Dunstan High School.

One of our foundation Board members, she is currently in her 3rd and final year at the University of Canterbury studying towards a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and next year hopes to secure her first position as a primary school teacher.

Nikki’s passion lies with helping young people and growing young minds to achieve their full potential.  She is also (kind of) obsessed with the Titanic and speaks French.


Keri Yeo | Treasurer

Keri joined the Sticks ‘n Stones board as treasurer in May this year.

She has spent most of her early life in the South working for the local District Health Board, as a Nurse, and then an accountant, and then in Procurement and logistics.

After some time in Auckland and overseas, Keri is back in Central Otago working as an accountant, enjoying the hills, environment and people.

She is easily picked out when running in the hills, being followed around by a small griffon pug cross (grumpy wee girl dog) and a new golden retriever puppy

Stephen Jones | Board Member

Stephen is new to the board this year.

He is currently in his second year at the University of Otago studying Law and Psychology.  Stephen was a Invercargill Youth Councillor and a member of the Flag Consideration panel in 2015 alongside high profile NZers.  In his spare time he enjoys travelling, all kinds of sports and meeting new people.

Stephen is proud to be a part of the Sticks n’ Stones community and cannot wait to see where the future will lead us!

Abby Golden | Board Member

Abby, at 17 is our youngest new board member.

She has been a part of Sticks n Stones as a high school advocate since the beginning of 2016. In this time, she’s taken part in fundraisers, attended and facilitated workshops and training events and also helped to develop a number of our initiatives.  She also volunteers with St John Youth and is a talented musician.

Abby loves working with all of the other passionate young people involved and is excited to be a part of our board.

Christine Lanham | Board Member

Christine spent nine years as General Counsel and Head of Regulatory for Trade Me, based in Wellington. She helped develop the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015, designed to address online bullying, and is a past director of Netsafe.

Before that she worked as Telecom’s Environmental Manager, as a Parliamentary researcher for the Labour caucus, and as a ski instructor in Colorado.

More recently she and her family moved to Alexandra, her husband Nick’s hometown, where she has advised on water law and policy at Checketts McKay, assisted local GP’s establish the Central Otago After Hours, and consulted to Trade Me on privacy and corporate responsibility.

She is currently editing her father’s memoirs as a journalist based in Vietnam during the war there. She is Mum to Aurelia, Tom and Ellie, and enjoys exploring Otago with the family in the weekends.

Maddie Grant | Board Member

Maddie is our final new board member for 2018 and is currently studying at Otago University.

Her passions include writing, reading and advocating for mental health awareness. She has been with Sticks ‘n Stones since the beginning and has enjoyed every minute of it.

Maddie loves working with young people through SnS. She believes they really are the future and to teach them to be positive online and towards others will make a difference in New Zealand.

“We have accomplished so much already and I am excited to see what we accomplish in the future”.