Dawn Engelbrecht - Chair
Dawn, who is an accountant by training, grew up in England but moved to South Africa at age 18 where she met her husband Peter. She lived there for 16 years before moving to New Zealand in 2000.
On arriving in New Zealand with a young family and no extended family or support networks, Dawn understood firsthand the need for out of school care.
This is where her journey in the sector began as she bought a small sKids franchise that started with six children (three were her own!) and grew from there. Following a management buyout with her NZ business partner, Dawn now owns the international rights to sKids.
sKids currently looks after over 6,400 children every day in New Zealand at over 160 locations throughout the country. Dawn has also expanded off shore under a separate brand, Sherpa Kids, which is currently operating in Australia, England, Ireland, Canada and South Africa and growing.
Dawn is passionate about ensuring that every child, irrespective of their life circumstances, has the opportunity to experience a safe and happy childhood.
Cassandra Dickinson - Trustee
Cassandra is passionate about seeing communities and families thrive and has a background working in non profit organisations across a diverse range of roles, sectors and countries. She studied international business and non profit management and has undertaken post graduate research in international development. Previously Cassandra has lived in Fiji and USA running community programmes for disadvantaged youth and has also lived in Australia supporting asylum seeker families and refugee children. During her career she has worked in program coordination, account management and contract monitoring and reporting. Cassandra is currently based in New Zealand working as the Quality Assurance Manager on engineering projects in South East Asia.
Amanda Griffith - Trustee
Amanda has over 35 years of experience of working with vulnerable and marginalised children and young people and 16 years of experience at Director and Chief Executive level. Amanda is CEO of Family for Every Child’s global Secretariat.
Before joining Family, Amanda held several leading positions at Save the Children and was Director of Programmes at EveryChild. Throughout her career, Amanda has led research and published extensively, including for the European Commission, the German Government and the World Economic Forum. She has worked with the UK Government in policy forums in the development of white papers on youth and social exclusion and with the European Commission on equality and diversity.