Meet the board

The KidsCan team is made up of passionate and talented people who believe in making a difference to the lives of New Zealand children. We have a team of office staff, board members, health champions and volunteers who all make our work possible. 

Bill Bernie, Trustee KidsCan

Bill Birnie - Trustee

Bill Birnie is the Chairman and Managing Director of private equity firm, Birnie Capital Limited.  Bill holds a Bachelor of Laws and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.  In addition to being a Director of all the Birnie Capital investment companies, Bill is a Trustee of the James Wallace Arts Trust, Deputy Chairman of Sport New Zealand and a Director of High Performance Sport New Zealand.  He is the former Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Film Commission, past Chairman and Director of New Zealand’s largest fruit exporter, ENZA and formerly held the positions of Director of the Screen Council of New Zealand, Director of New Zealand Equestrian Sports and Commissioner of the Hillary Commission. 

Bill was also a Founding Trustee of the Wellington Stadium Trust and was Deputy Chairman of the then government-owned Post Office Bank, prior to its sale to the ANZ Banking Group. Bill was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 New Year Honours for his services to Governance, Sport and the Arts.



Julie Champman (nee Helson) CEO and Trustee, KidsCan

Julie Chapman (nee Helson) - CEO, Founder & Trustee

Julie is the CEO and Founder of KidsCan with over fifteen years’ experience in not-for-profit management.  She is responsible for providing leadership, direction and the coordination of all activities of the Trust in accordance with the goals and objectives of the organisation. Julie's role is to direct strategy and create sustainability to grow the activities of the Trust to meet its charitable objectives.  Julie is also responsible for programme development, key partnerships, Government relationships, public relations and the overall day-to-day management of the Trust. 

She regularly speaks about leadership and innovation in the not-for-profit sector at business and community forums. Julie also the Founder and Trustee of the Pet Refuge Charitable Trust which will provide temporary shelter for pets affected by domestic violence, keeping them safe while their owners escape abuse. In 2008 Julie was recognised with a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, and in 2013 SHE was named Next magazine’s Woman of the Year. In 2015 she was named as a finalist for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year – the second time her contribution has been recognised by the national award.



Nigel Hampton QC, Trustee KidsCan

Nigel Hampton OBE, QC - Trustee

Nigel graduated LL.B in 1964 from Canterbury University being awarded the Gold Medal for top graduate for the year, and was admitted to the bar in 1965. Since then he has been appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and served as President of the Canterbury Law Society; and Vice-President of the NZ Law Society. Nigel was the Chair of the NZ Lawyers’ Disciplinary Tribunal; the first Disciplinary Commissioner for International Criminal Court based in The Hague, Netherlands; and was the Chief Justice of Tonga, 1995-97. He serves as a Judicial Officer for NZ Rugby Union, SANZAR and International Rugby Board. Nigel was awarded the OBE (1988) and CM (1990). In 2018 Nigel was awarded the Queen’s Birthday Honour Citations for Companion for the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the law. 




Glenda Hughes, Trustee KidsCan

Glenda Hughes - Trustee

A former sportswoman, Glenda is a National Championship shot put record holder, a Commonwealth Games Representative and holder of four New Zealand power lifting records. She has worked with the NZ Olympic Games Committee and is still involved in sport today as advisor to many of our top athletes, in media relations and other management support programmes. Glenda's spent 18 years in the New Zealand Police force, in a variety of roles including the riot squad during the 1981 Springbok Tour and has a BA with a double major in Sociology and Criminology. Glenda has an incredible ability to deal with people at all levels and to understand what motivates them, and how people function and communicate. She is a guest lecturer in marketing, communication and managing change at several universities. 

She is also a member of the New Zealand Parole Board and Pet Refuge and previously the Chair of the New Zealand Racing Board.  In 2016 Glenda became a finalist (Board & Management category) in the prestigious New Zealand Women of Influence programme which aims to identify, recognise and celebrate influential women shaping New Zealand. Glenda is also a newly elected Councilor for Wellington City, Greater Wellington Regional Council. 




Nigel Hampton QC, Trustee KidsCan

Mark Dunwoodie - Trustee

Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of corporate, commercial and professional services experience. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce.

Mark has delivered in senior executive positions both in NZ and the UK. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Mark has earned the C.A. qualification from New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1996. 





Guy Waipara, Trustee KidsCan

Guy Waipara (Rongowhakaata) - Trustee

Guy is General Manager of Generation and Natural Resources for Meridian Energy, responsible for renewable asset management and operations in New Zealand and Australia. Guy has over 25 years’ experience in the electricity sector and has held several key roles at Meridian Energy, from offshore business development to setting company strategy and external relations.

Guy really got behind KidsCan when Meridian Energy became principal partner in 2013. During that time Guy has seen the difference KidsCan’s work has made to children all over New Zealand. He has led a number of Meridian Energy projects to enhance the KidsCan partnership, from fundraising drives to a surf camp for KidsCan children.