Our Team

  • Marie De SilvaMBus MBA ACIM • Digital Marketing Consultant

    “Having transitioned to the social purpose sector after extensive experience in corporates, Marie brings a plethora of skills in leveraging digital presence and optimising digital outcomes for social purpose organisations keeping in mind the unique ecosystem in which they operate.”

    Marie is a passionate digital marketer with over 10 years of experience in developing and executing digital and conventional marketing strategy, with a proven track record in building high performance marketing teams in the Knowledge Intensive Business Services Sector.

    Having gained a wide spectrum of skills during her tenure, Marie’s core strengths lie in Digital Lead Generation, Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Frontend Search Engine Optimisation, Digital Content Marketing, Research and Analysis and overall Digital Presence Development and Enhancement.

    Marie recently completed her Master of Business (Marketing) qualification at Auckland University of Technology with a research study on digital content steering for knowledge Intensive Organisations. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (Marketing) qualification from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK) and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).

  • Emma ZiganMFINZ • Associate Director

    “A self-proclaimed ‘facilitator of joy’, Emma has been successful in raising millions of Dollars, Euros, and Reals whilst ensuring long lasting sustainable giving practices are implemented and maintained, bringing the positive and joyful impact that both donors and fund recipients are looking for”.

    Emma Zigan has recently returned home after 12 years working internationally, predominately in the Fundraising sector, and with a background as a Director in Sales & Marketing here in NZ, she brings with her a wealth of kiwi knowledge and international experience expanding our team’s expertise and global perspective.

    Having worked in educational advancement in North & South America and Europe, she’s been responsible for not only substantially raising the bar on existing programs but has instigated and developed successful new fundraising and alumni relations programs. Some of the things she’s been leading include: creating sustainable giving and asking cultures, setting up Advancement offices, Giving Days, board & volunteer management, annual and capital campaigns, grant applications, corporate partnerships and sponsorships, project planning development and implementation, marketing and strategy, databases, multitudes of communication, and planning and coordinating significant donor solicitation and stewardship events.

    Emma has been recognised as a thought leader in her field, presenting at industry conferences, holding workshops, and sitting on advisory boards. Her highly developed and diverse cultural understanding and drive to work collaboratively and inclusively, means that she is well placed to mentor and share her expertise and skills, and in doing so, driving positive change for people and planet.

  • Nigel HarrisMBA CFRE FFIA GAICD • Founding Partner – Giving Architects Australia

    “Nigel is an established and highly regarded non-profit sector leader specialising in philanthropy and fundraising, with an outstanding track record in organisational growth and development. He has crafted a unique range of experiences and insights in governance, executive leadership and applied fundraising practice throughout his career spanning almost 40 years.”

    Nigel has held executive leadership roles in multiple non-profit organisations during this term, most notably serving as Chief Executive Officer of Mater Foundation (Queensland) for 24 years. Under Nigel’s leadership, Mater Foundation’s annual fundraising revenue grew from $2m to $70m, raising over $3/4b over that period and establishing the Foundation as one of Australia’s largest health charities and a major funder of medical research and clinical services.

    Nigel has played a significant leadership role within Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) over the past 35 years, serving as Board Chair on two separate occasions and stewarding practice credentialing, professional development and self-regulation initiatives. He has also held several international voluntary appointments within the philanthropic and fundraising sector.

    Currently a director and Deputy Chair of Act for Kids, Nigel also serves on the Board of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy and previously served on the Community Council for Australia and CFRE Boards. He is a Fellow of Fundraising Institute Australia, the Institute of Managers and Leaders and the CEO Institute. He is also a Past President of the Rotary Club of Albany Creek and has been active in community and sporting organisations for over 40 years.

    Holding an MBA majoring in fundraising as well as qualifications in Public Relations and Marketing, Nigel is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). In 2012 he was recognised as the Arthur Venn Australian Fundraising Professional of the Year and has also been recognised through other non-profit management awards.

    As one of Australia’s first ‘first career’ fundraising professionals, Nigel has been immersed in the evolution of fundraising as a profession in Australia over the past four decades and he continues to be a significant influencer and innovator in the sector, nationally and internationally. Today, he is a sought-after presenter, writer, educator and mentor, specialising in executive leadership, governance, and organisational and professional development.

  • Clive PedleyCFRE FFINZ • Director / Chief Executive

    “Direct personal experience from harnessing incredible acts of generosity, many millions of dollars over the years, has given insights and experience for me to advise social purpose organisations in New Zealand.”

    Clive has been advising, coaching and training for growth in the social purpose sector in New Zealand and Australia since 2000. During that time he has been responsible for raising tens of millions for many of New Zealand’s leading charities. He is well regarded as a thought leader, an informed, enthusiastic practitioner and practical presenter. Clive is a former President of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) from 2011 to 2013, was a member of the FINZ National Council from 2009 to 2015 and was named a fellow of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand in May 2014.

    He was the first New Zealander appointed to the Board of CFRE International in 2014, a global accreditation organisation for over senior fundraisers worldwide. In December 2015 Clive was appointed to the International Advisory Panel of the Rogare Think Tank on international fundraising ethics, part of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University in the UK.

    In 2017 Clive was appointed to the Responsible Investment Association of Australia Impact Investment Forum committee and has been directly involved in establishing New Zealand’s inaugural Impact Investment Advisory Board. This level of international engagement has led to a sound understanding of traditional philanthropy and emerging international best practice in areas such as social impact investment.

  • David CarringtonInternational Advisor - UK

    David Carrington is an internationally recognised expert in impact investment and an experienced non-executive Board member. He was until recently a Director of the Impact Investing Institute and a trustee and co-vice chair of the Finance Innovation Lab. He was a member (and Vice Chair) of the Supervisory Board of Triodos Bank NV in The Netherlands from 2009-2017 and a Non-Executive Director of Big Society Capital in the UK from when it was first set up in 2012 until 2017.

    David has worked since 2001 as an adviser and consultant on the development of social impact investing, the governance of charities and social purpose organisations, and the promotion of personal philanthropy. His clients have included endowed and corporate foundations, individual social investors and philanthropists, the UK Government, private wealth managers, the Big Lottery Fund, the European Foundation Centre (EFC), and the Global Impact Investment Network (GIIN).

    David is an Adviser with Impact Architects, working with us on client projects and impact investment initiatives.

    All of David’s advisory and consultancy work, speaking engagements, committee and Board memberships and his CV can be found on his website at www.davidcarrington.net