OUR TEAM

JETHRO GILBERT

Founder and 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.

DAVINA MARR

Co-Founder and Director

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.

GRANT MORRIS

 General Manager

Grant joined the Future Leaders team following a successful career as an officer in the New Zealand Army. Now drawing on his extensive experience in leadership and developing people, Grant is helping us make an even bigger difference in the lives of our rangatahi.
In the Army Grant held many different command, staff and training appointments throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as travelling extensively internationally participating in exercises and training activities, or deployed on operations.
One of Grant’s most recent roles was leading the New Zealand Cadet Forces, a youth development organisation of nearly 4000 members.
He holds Master’s degrees in Training and Development and Strategic Studies, and diplomas in Business and Adult Education. 
Outside of work, Grant is married and has four young adult children. He is also a Justice of the Peace.
When he’s not juggling work, family and home commitments, you’re most likely to find him exploring New Zealand on his motorbike

ERIN CARVER

Business Support 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.

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.

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.

JOHN-PAUL (JP) TAUTE

Wellington Youth Mentor

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

Wellington Youth 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. 

HIKITIA TUORO

Waikato Youth Services Coach

Passionate about empowering young people and their families to succeed. 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.

TAU AHOLELEI

Waikato Programme Facilitator

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. 

CATHERINE O'NEILL

Waikato Youth 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.

JOSH VOSSEN

Waikato Youth Mentor

Josh joined us in February 2021 and is the newest member of our team. Josh has worked with youth in a variety of roles over the past 8 years, and is passionate about building leadership capacity in young people and seeing change in the developmental sectors that influence their growth. He holds a Social Science degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, specialising in Coaching and Mentoring. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Rachael, enjoys a round of golf or a game of basketball, and some sweeping corners on his motorbike.

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NEW ZEALAND HEAD OFFICE

LOCATION 393 Evans Bay Parade,
Hataitai, Wellington 6021

POST PO Box 14402, Kilbirnie, Wellington, 6241
EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)

WAIKATO Regional Office (NZ)

LOCATION Hamilton Yacht Club,
Innes Common, Hamilton 3204

EMAIL admin@futureleaders.co.nz
PHONE 0800 FUTURE (388 873)