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Delina Shields | Board Co-Chair

Delina has more than twenty years’ experience marketing leading brands for multinational companies including Coca-Cola, Unilever, Campbell Arnotts and Boots Healthcare across Australia and New Zealand, and is currently Head of Marketing at Vodafone New Zealand.

For the past seven years, she was a Trustee of the Auckland Writers Festival, contributing to significant audience growth and breadth and the scaling of the Schools Programme.

Delina is Mum to two teenage girls and is passionate about coaching and developing people to fulfil their potential.

Abby Golden | Board Co-Chair

Abby has taken on the role of Secretary after spending her first year as a 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.

Meg Thomas | Secretary

Meg joined the board in 2019.

She is a student at Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka, currently completing her NCEA Level 2.  Meg has been a part of Sticks ‘n Stones since she was 13 as an advocate, attending fundraisers, workshops, training and running sessions for younger students.  She decided to step up her involvement in 2019.

In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, dancing and attempting to play the piano!

Meg is so excited to be on a board with other like-minded people and to take her involvement with SnS to the next level.

Nikki Hurst | Board Co-Treasurer

Nikki is a Senior Lecturer in Youth Development, a proud founding member of Korowai Tupu (the professional association of Youth Workers) and chief glitter-provider for the History Zoology Dinosaur Buildosarus Club – a tamariki-led group of gifted kids in Franklin, Auckland.

Born and bred on the southern side of the Manukau Harbour Nikki is passionate about youth development by young people, for young people, about young people. She has a background in child therapy and is also a recovering accountant so was very excited to offer her diverse skills to the exciting next steps for Sticks n’ Stones.

When not chasing her nine year old son around a netball court or working on how to make boring theories exciting for her students, Nikki inhales fiction as a form of junk-food for her soul.

Zachariah Hardy | Board Co-Treasurer

Zachariah (Zac for short) is studying a Diploma in Business through The Career Academy, having successfully completed a Certificate in Bookkeeping last year.

Zachariah works part-time as the administrator for Colloidal Health Solutions, also as a volunteer administrator for Acts of Kindness Charitable Trust. He is also on the Key to Life Charitable Trust Youth Board.

Zachariah is a people person – he enjoys travelling, spending time with friends & family, and simply working with others for the betterment of our society.

“I am excited to be a part of the SnS community and look forward to seeing where this journey will lead! Our young people are our next generation of leaders & dreamers – let’s give them the skills to put their best foot forward”.

Stephen Jones | Board Member

Starting his second term on the board Stephen is originally from Invercargill however currently resides in Dunedin where he is in his third year of study at the University of Otago studying Law and Psychology.

Stephen was an Invercargill Youth Councillor and a member of the Flag Consideration panel in 2015.

In his spare time he enjoys travelling, meeting people, photography and many different sports! Stephen has witnessed, growth, challenges and adaption whilst being on the board and is thrilled to see this continue into the bright future of Sticks n’ Stones.

Nick McDonald| Board Member

Nick brings the tenacity and focus of a successful career in financial markets to his day job as CEO of international financial education business Trade With Precision and social media agency Likeable Lab. Nick is an entrepreneur at heart having worked for himself since 2004 and loves putting his mind to a strategy to help a business grow and overcome challenges.

Nick is an experienced investor via various businesses, property and angel investments.

When he’s not strategising or navigating the fast-paced world of social media, Nick can be found supporting kids sports, taking time out on the end of a fishing rod or listening to podcasts on his lengthy travels around the country.

Ethan Mitchell | Board Member

Ethan currently works for the Ministry of Social Development, he has Graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Health and Social Development.

Born and raised on the streets of West Auckland, he has a Passion about working and support young people.

He believes that change needs to come from within before you can change the world, Ethan is honoured to be part of the Stick ‘n Stones whanau, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.