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Leadership

Meet the team who are working to make our vision of free, full lives for children affected by conflict and oppression a reality.

Board Trustees Staff and Volunteers

Board Trustees

Judith Keir

Judith Keir

Trustee and Chair

Judith is married to Loudon and has three adult daughters, Laura, Katie and Charlotte. She has an extensive background in education, having worked across a range of ages and cultural settings. Trained in Primary education, she has also presented health programmes in High Schools for a charitable trust. In 2016, Judith spent a year in Thailand with Loudon and Charlotte, gaining a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification. This led to a wonderful opportunity with Partners Relief and Development to teach English to Burmese migrant workers in Chiang Mai and a profound gratitude and belief in the work of Partners. She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Counselling and has been part of the New Zealand Board since 2017.

Murray Thompson

Murray Thompson

Trustee & Accountant

Murray is a husband to Shona and father to their daughter Charlotte. He is a trained accountant and has worked in government departments, public accounting practices, and non-profits. He has been involved in many non-profit organisations including being the Finance Director at Christians Against Poverty New Zealand (CAPNZ) for 6 years. He also currently works as a senior accountant for Church and Trust Accounting Services Limited (CATAS) which specialises in providing accounting services for non-profit organisations, Churches and trusts. He is also a lecturer at a local tertiary institute where he teaches two accounting papers. Murray has a passion for mission (in New Zealand and overseas) and strengthening non-profits to be the best they can be. Murray has been on the Partners New Zealand board since 2017.

Stefanie Joe

Stefanie Joe

Trustee and Secretary

Stef is based in Lower Hutt and is married to Frank, with four children aged from 26 years to 18 years. Stef has worked in the tertiary education sector and more recently in the health sector for a medical college which trains medical specialists. She is involved in the Global Missions team at her church, and has had a passion for the work of Partners Relief and Development for many years. Stef has been a member of the Partners New Zealand Board since 2017.

Staff and Volunteers

Claire and Doug Gibbons

Claire and Doug Gibbons

Staff

Since 2009, Doug and Claire Gibbons and Olivia and Josiah have worked with refugees and internally displaced communities with Partners Relief & Development. Based in Northern Thailand and predominately helping those from Myanmar/Burma, Claire and Doug have roles in management, community development and strategic planning. Their passion is for communities that have been impacted by war and oppression to be shown God’s love through walking alongside them in their times of great crisis and to help them have the skills and support they need to rebuild the lives with dignity.

Alison McFarlane

Alison McFarlane

Staff

Alison was born and brought up in the South Island but lived in Gisborne on and off for the last 40 years or so. She went to medical school in Dunedin and then into general practice with Ken. Six years, they gave up full time general practice. Now, over each year they live in 3 houses scattered across the world. For about 8 months per year, they are based in a house in Chiang Mai in Thailand but spend a lot of time just over the border in Myanmar, training health care workers. Then for 3 months they come back to NZ to work as locum general practitioners and spend time with their family, living in their house in Gisborne. It’s a lot of variety and fun, and when there’s a spare minute Alison loves fabric art and making quilts.

Ken McFarlane

Ken McFarlane

Staff

Ken is married to Alison and has three adult children and 4 grandchildren. He worked in General Practice in Gisborne for 30 years, before beginning working with Partners. Over the past 6 years he and Alison have been training health care workers in Shan State in Myanmar. He is passionate about this work, and particularly enjoys the challenge of simplifying and demonstrating complicated ideas accurately. Ken loves tramping when he is back in New Zealand, as well as walking and skiing.

Katie Bardsley

Katie Bardsley

Volunteer

Katie was born and grew up in Lower Hutt and is the oldest of her 3 sisters and Yorkshire Terrier. She is a trained social worker and over the last few years has worked alongside people who struggle with mental health for the public health system. Katie has a passion for mission, justice and empowering people and has enjoyed spending 4 months volunteering for Partners to finish her social work degree. Katie is planning on joining the Partners team as staff to work alongside their health and community development programmes with her social work and mental health training.