Founder and Managing Director

Jethro has had a broad and varied career. A head prefect at high school, he went on to work in sales and account management roles, while developing a secondary career as an officer in the NZ Army Reserve Force. During this time, Jethro led a team of youth development instructors at the Limited Service Volunteer programme which helped inspire the start-up of Future Leaders. Having seen plenty of hardship while growing up, coupled with poor examples of leadership in the wider community, he aims to be a champion of change.


Co-Founder and Advisor

Being part of the journey since the beginning, Davina has influenced the way we think about positive mindsets and the power of self-confidence. An expert in her field, Davina is also the Director of Marrzipan Drama, and ensures that Future Leaders maintains its action oriented approach to the work we do.  Davina brings great entrepreneurial insight for our many ideas and oversees the financial sustainability of the business.


 Operations Manager

Erin has been with Future Leaders since 2016.  With an extensive career in office management and administration in both the public and private sectors she brings her super organisational skills to help support our team and ensure excellent service delivery of our programmes and services. Thinking ahead, championing initiative and adapting to the many hats of our organisation are all in a days work for her. She is passionate about her family and art and has a true desire to see a better life for all people.


General Manager
Grant  joined the New Zealand Army in 1990. In the Army, Grant has held many different command, staff and training appointments throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as travelling extensively around the world participating in exercises and training activities, or deployed on operations. One of Grant’s previous roles was leading the New Zealand Cadet Forces, a youth development organisation of nearly 4000 members, and he is passionate about making a difference in the lives of our rangatahi.

Grant holds a Master’s degree in Training and Development, and has qualifications in business and adult education. Outside of work, Grant is married and has four teenaged children. Grant is also a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand.

John-Paul Taute

Youth Employment Mentor
Leadership Instructor

JP brings 10 years of experience in the military, with six years as a team leader. He has worked extensively in the youth sector as a leadership instructor and mentor. His passion for sport and fitness are an asset to our training courses, and aims to develop in our potential leaders, the practical skills they need to lead themselves and their teams.

Manaia Opai

Youth Employment Mentor

Manaia has led corporate sales teams in Wellington for 15 years ,with previous roles including Regional Sales Manager with Southern Cross Health Society, Courier Post and the Freightways Group. He has coached and managed junior sports teams in rugby, basketball and touch. Manaia is a firm believer in helping people discover what truly motivates them, supporting their personal development and ultimately realising their potential. 

Jay Berwick

Team Leader
Youth Development & Support Services

Originally from Fiji, Jay has been has been involved with youth development for over a decade and brings a wealth or experience and a genuine approach to Future Leaders. He cares deeply about the well-being of young people, and aims to help give them the direction and support opportunities they need to succeed.  Jay is also passionate about Pacifika community development, and supports our team as the senior mentor.


Youth Employment Mentor

Catherine joined our Waikato team in March 2019 having worked previously in a Supported Employment role. She has extensive experience working with youth, both in New Zealand and in Ireland where she lived for 20 years. Catherine has an education background and has worked in many roles with disengaged youth, adults returning to education, special education and tutoring carpentry apprentices. She is driven to supporting our rangatahi by opening up opportunities to help them to realise not just who they are, but who they can be.


Youth Employment Mentor

Born and raised in the Waikato region from which he has tribal links, Jeremy has a passion for working with youth spanning 20 years. He has professional experience within the Youth Development, Health, Sport and Fitness, Disabilities, Education and Tribal Sectors. Jeremy lived in Australia working with youth in the Queensland region in the Child Protection and Disabilities Sector. Helping people has been Jeremy’s life passion and he is excited to bring this to Future Leaders to help develop young leaders of the future.

Megan Lugg

Programme Coordinator

Originally from England, Megan studied Sport and Physical Education at university. She spent 3 years in the Police on the front line then moved to New Zealand for the outdoors lifestyle. Megan has experience teaching sports and PE in schools, tertiary education tutoring as well as designing and implementing community recreation programmes. She loves sport and fitness and has a passion for working with young people, empowering and supporting them to be the best they can be.


Youth Employment Mentor

Tau joins us with a military background with comprehensive experience in training and leadership development.  In his training and leadership capacity his work not only spans across military, it has included working with government, non-government, schools and youth groups. Tau enjoys helping individuals develop and grow, steering them to towards their goals and achieve their desired outcome.


Youth Coach

 Passionate about empowering young people and their families to succeed, Hikitia is the newest addition to our Future Leaders whanau. Originally from the far north, Hikitia has 10 years experience in case management and program coordinator roles with the Ministry of Social Development, as well as 3 years experience working as an Employment Coach in the Waikato region. Hikitia has a genuine and sincere care for people and the drive and tenacity to help them thrive and prosper in all areas of their lives.

Melissa Bethwaite

Marketing Coordinator

As our Marketing Coordinator Melissa is focused on ensuring more young people can access our programs by increasing engagement and promoting our employment and youth services.

Melissa is passionate about marketing and has enjoyed working in marketing roles across a number of industries including information technology, accommodation, hospitality, education and events. Outside of work Melissa enjoys gardening, bush walking and spending time with her little people.

Colin Kennedy

Strategic Advisor

Originally from Ireland, Colin arrived in New Zealand 15 years ago. He has 20 years’ experience of working in the education sector across a variety of different interfaces and countries. He is currently the Head of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). Previously Colin has worked in the global migration and exchange of ideas as the Director of Programs and Engagement at Fulbright NZ; lectured in Development Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, and been the Head of Student Recruitment at the same University. Colin also currently sits on the Advisory Board for Education Trust. ​

From self-leadership to team leadership our emphasis is on equipping people with the skills and tools that will help them lead themselves or a team effectively, assert positive influence, deliver successful and productive results.

Our team is made up of people with extensive business and youth development experience, who are experts at delivering training and mentoring in an interactive, engaging, meaningful and of course – experiential way.




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Hataitai, Wellington 6021

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