BNZ Foundation is a registered charitable trust with a trust board incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957. BNZ has appointed five trustees including one independent trustee in September 2022.
Dan Huggins - Chair BNZ Foundation
Dan is the inaugural Chair of BNZ Foundation and was instrumental in leading BNZ’s commitment to support New Zealand communities by establishing a charitable foundation.
Dan was born in New Plymouth and grew up in Taranaki. After living and working overseas for 13 years, Dan returned home to New Zealand in 2020 and joined BNZ’s Executive Team. In 2021 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
Dan has 20 years of experience across a range of industries, including Banking, Retail, and Manufacturing. He holds an MBA, with distinction, from The Kellogg School of Management, and a Masters of Engineering Management from The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, at Northwestern University in the USA. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) with a major in Accounting and Finance, from the University of Auckland.
Since 2007 Dan has supported the Springboard Trust, an impact organisation working in the education sector, and joined their Board in 2023.
Dan is married with two children. He enjoys spending time with his family hiking and kayaking, as well as putting his green fingers to use in the garden.
John has a 30-year background in social and health service delivery and management in the NGO sector, and has been the Manager of the Tindall Foundation for the past 8 years where he oversees the distribution of $10 - $12m in donations each year to community and environmental initiatives. The Tindall Foundation is invested in a range of programmes in affordable housing, iwi/Māori development, and local enterprises. It supports projects from grassroots community initiatives through to systems-level change with the aim of improving equity and intergenerational wellbeing for families and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
A qualified social worker, John’s background includes leading organisations and programmes working across diverse fields in the social and health sectors. He is one of the founders and the former manager of the SAFE child sex offender treatment programme in Auckland. In his role as General Manager of Lifewise he worked with judges and police to help establish Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou (the Court of New Beginnings) for people experiencing homelessness.
He has held numerous governance roles – as a founding Trustee of Netsafe, a Trustee of the Auckland Night Shelter, James Liston Hostel, and Community Waitakere. He was the founding chair of VOYCE Whakarongo Mai – the advocacy service for children in foster care, is a former Board member of the NZ National Advisory Board on Impact Investing and a current member of the leadership group of Toitū Tahua – The Centre for Sustainable Finance.
Anna has been the Executive, Chief Customer Officer for Partnership Banking since January 2022. Prior to taking on this role, Anna was the GM for Partnership Banking in Central North Island, including Wellington and the South.
Anna has 18 years of experience in Banking, 12 of which are in retail banking and latterly across business, commercial and agribusiness in her roles with BNZ. Prior to BNZ, Anna was at the ANZ in Melbourne, where, most recently, she held the role of District Manager for the Melbourne CBD and was accountable for leading the retail bank within that region. Anna also held retail banking management roles with ANZ in the Mornington Peninsula, North Shore/Northland and Otago Southland. Prior to banking, Anna studied marketing at AUT and held a number of sales and retail roles.
Prior to banking, Anna studied marketing at AUT and held a number of sales and retail roles.
Anna was born in Whangārei and grew up in Northland before moving to the South Island. She is married with two children and currently lives in Auckland.
As BNZ’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Rebekah leads the development, implementation and reporting of sustainability strategy, policy, governance, disclosure, engagement, and innovation at the Bank of New Zealand.
Rebekah is responsible for delivering BNZ’s commitments under the UNEP FI Principles for Responsible Banking and the industry-led UN convened Net Zero Banking Alliance. Rebekah joined BNZ from Genesis Energy where she led the regulatory and government relations team.
Prior to that Rebekah was a financial markets lawyer with financial market regulators in New Zealand and London, England, the London Stock Exchange and Goldman Sachs International. Rebekah is committed to using her skills, experiences, and relationships to create a society that truly values people and planet.
Simon Kwan joined BNZ as Executive, Operational Excellence, in January 2022, bringing with him significant experience in the financial services industry.
Before joining BNZ, Simon was General Manager, Home Buying Process and Operations at Commonwealth Bank of Australia for five years. Prior to that Simon held a range of operational and delivery focused roles including Executive Manager Group Operations at Westpac Australia. He has also held senior roles at Westpac New Zealand. Simon has extensive experience delivering innovation, world-class operations and process improvement for customers and colleagues.
Simon holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Simon is of Māori Chinese descent and has recently moved back to New Zealand and is on his own journey of reconnecting with his whakapapa in the mighty Waikato, Tainui.
Outside of work, Simon is kept busy with his two miniature dachshunds, Lola and Schnitzel. He enjoys being in the outdoors and loves to cook, especially on his smoker BBQ.
The foundation lead is responsible for implementing the foundation’s strategic direction and day-to-day management, including funding programmes and partnerships.
Lucy is an experienced sustainability and philanthropy practitioner with over 15 years of experience working in Europe and Australasia. She was most recently living in Melbourne, Australia, where she was responsible for the National Australia Bank’s philanthropic portfolio including NAB’s $100m charitable trust, employee volunteering giving programmes for 30,000 employees, community partnerships, and the bank’s heritage and archives function.
Lucy holds a BA (Hons) from University of Canterbury and continued her learning with the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW Business School and Australian Institute of Company Directors, focusing on not-for-profit governance and social impact. She has also held several voluntary directorship roles in the not-for-profit sector in arts, leadership development, and human rights.
Lucy returned to Aotearoa in 2022 and leads BNZ Foundation’s work day-to-day. She lives in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland with her husband and two young children. Lucy has a deep passion for the environment and sustainable development, and outside of work, she can typically be found exploring the great kiwi outdoors with her active family.