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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 Operations Team

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

Staff

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.

Andrew Bardsley

Andrew Bardsley

Staff

Andrew has been with Partners since March of 2018 here in Chiang Mai. He is running management training and helping with strategy and planning here in our office. Since coming here, Andrew has gained a deeper understanding of what Partners does. He has also become very intrigued by how the lawn mowers work over here! Andrew and Jacqui have been married for 33 years and are an inspiration as they serve the Lord together, traveling and finding ways that they can help others. Andrew is always wanting to help people, and remembers going to rescue Jacqui when she was stranded across a flooded river, only to get there after a great struggle and find that she’d been rescued by a helicopter!

Jacqui Bardsley

Jacqui Bardsley

Staff

Jacqui has been in Chiang Mai with Partners since March of 2018. She has been a wonderful “Jill-of-all-trades” helping by filling in as an English teacher, doing odd jobs around the office, and also running a parenting course for the staff at the office. A way that Jacqui would like to add to the Partners team is to help strengthen families within the communities that Partners works in. Jacqui is the perfect person to do this as she and her husband Andrew have raised 4 beautiful daughters. Jacqui is also rather adventurous and once had to be rescued by helicopter, after she and some friends got stranded on the wrong side of a river on a hiking trip. She says that it’s not quite as comfortable to ride in a helicopter as she once thought it might be!

Operations Team

Brad Hazlett

Brad Hazlett

Interim President

Brad leads our Operations team in Thailand and the Middle East. He and his wife, Joyce, joined Partners in 2009. For most of their lives they have lived in Southeast Asia where they spent their childhood in Indonesia and returned later with Mission Aviation Fellowship for 23 years as a pilot couple. It was while he served in Thailand as MAF’s Asia Regional Director that he was first introduced to Partners Relief & Development. What first struck him most about Partners work hasn’t changed; an organization which desires to go where there’s great need and where others won’t. Brad feels at his best when he’s out on a relief mission. And if you don’t find him there or the Chiang Mai office, you might find him racing on a dirt bike through the wooded mountains of Northern Thailand.

Jenn Tendero

Jenn Tendero

VP of Design

Jennifer and her husband Tony live with their six children and two dogs in a farmhouse on five acres in Michigan, which adds up to a very full life. Engaging friends in taking Jesus seriously when he told us to love others like we love ourselves is what drives her; living that out is what challenges her. Jenn loves to swim in Lake Michigan in summer, ski through the woods in winter, and cook for whoever is in her kitchen.

Claire Gibbons

Claire Gibbons

VP of Organisational Development

Claire Gibbons and her husband Doug (who leads program delivery in South East Asia) and their family have worked with refugees and internally displaced communities with Partners Relief & Development since 2009. Originally from New Zealand but now based in Northern Thailand, Claire spent time working in Government and Corporate IT project delivery before joining Partners as staff. She loves improving systems, spreadsheets, justice and strategic planning but her passion is for communities that have been impacted by war and oppression to be shown God’s love and 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.

Maureen Beighey

Maureen Beighey

VP of Finance

Maureen lives in Colorado and enjoys hiking, biking and time spent with her grandkids. Maureen visited Partners operation in Thailand in 2006. After being invited to join the Board of Directors a few months later she accepted the position of secretary/treasurer. In 2008, Partners opened their first office in California and Maureen helped organize financial and administrative processes. Over the next 10 years, Maureen held various titles and roles in the organization with financial management a central activity. She took a hiatus for 2 years to spend time with her grandchildren and returned in 2020 to continue working with Partners as the VP of Finance. Along with the time she has invested in Partners, Maureen has degrees in accounting and information technology making her uniquely qualified as a leader and member of Partners Executive Team.

Tressa Sylwester

Tressa Sylwester

VP of Human Resources

Tressa is at Partners because she wants to be part of an organization that provides essential assistance to those who often fall through the cracks and otherwise would have no hope. With advanced degrees in International Business, Southeast Asian History, and Global Diplomacy along with years of working with refugees, Tressa brings expertise and innovation to our team.