Dr Felicity Barnes (BA, Grad Dip Mmgt, PhD), the University of Auckland (Fantail Network Chair)

Dr Felicity Barnes brings a combination of academic and managerial skills to the role of chair.  Currently a senior lecturer in New Zealand history, Felicity has a particular interest in imperial connections and settler cultures, publishing her first book, New Zealand’s London: A Colony and Its Metropolis, in October 2012. Her previous career experience has spanned recruitment, advertising and the not for profit sector.  She was a cornerstone trustee of Workchoice Trust and remained a committed trustee up until 2010.

 Andrew Ford, MFA Limited, Chartered Accountant                                                                                                                                                       

Andrew Ford has been a director of chartered accountant firm MFA Limited since 2000. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996, and has commercial and chartered accounting experience dating back to 1986 with News International in London. Prior to accountancy, he came from a farming background near Ruatoria and obtained a Diploma in Agriculture from Lincoln University in 1980 and a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University in 1996.

Andrew joined MFA Limited in 1996, becoming an associate in 1999 and a Director in 2000. He lives on Waiheke Island, and has clients spanning the top of the North Island from Whangarei, Waiheke Island, Auckland to Gisborne. One of his strengths is advising and auditing small to medium charities and not for profit enterprises.

Jane Kennelly, Frog Recruitment Founder and Director

Jane Kennelly, the founder and Director of Frog Recruitment, has more than 25 years’ industry knowledge. Prior to launching Frog Recruitment in 2002, Jane was New Zealand General Manager of Lampen, at the time New Zealand’s largest privately owned Recruitment Company. When Lampen was purchased by American company TMP (now Hudson), she transitioned the acquisition of 160 people in six locations across New Zealand and was appointed to the Australasian Executive Management Team for TMP.

With a reputation for being at the forefront of the industry Jane has created numerous initiatives over the years, some of which changed industry practices. Jane is committed to the community and is an integral member of organisations such as: Chairperson for the Workchoice Trust, Centre Stage Theatre Community Member, Fantail Network Trustee, plus being heavily involved in projects to save the endangered native frogs of New Zealand.

Kathy McCombe, General Manager

Kathy McCombe is best described as a relationship builder and is the driving force behind Frog’s successful relationships with leading companies in New Zealand.  With more than 20 years’ experience in the recruitment industry, and 17 years as CEO of the Workchoice Trust, Kathy specialises in understanding business challenges and devising sensible solutions that deliver results.  Kathy is comfortable working across all industry sectors and has a wealth of knowledge about the commercial drivers for businesses and the critical impact that attracting and retaining the right talent has on business growth.

Catherine Spiller, Adcorp NZ, Head of Business