Meet the team
Our leaders are here to help with enquiries, opportunities to collaborate and the needs of rangatahi in our local communities.
Jesse is the CEO of Zeal with 18 years’ leadership and programme management experience across public, private and nonprofit sectors. He is responsible for providing leadership, direction and coordination across all activities of Zeal in line with Zeal’s purpose. Jesse is responsible for Zeal’s overall strategy and culture, key national partnerships, and the overall day-to-day running of the organisation. Jesse co-founded Zion Dance Studio in Christchurch which has impacted thousands of young people lives and community members in Christchurch and has held various roles across organisations including World Vision, NV Interactive, the Ministry of Youth Development, and the Wellington Boys’ & Girls Institute.
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Meet our board
Zeal is a not-for-profit youth organisation, governed by a board of trustees.
Amanda Pilbrow (Chairperson)
Theologian, Spiritual Director, Integrative Enneagram Facilitator
Amanda has a Masters of Applied Theology with Distinction through Carey Baptist College exploring topics of Spirituality, Sexuality, Wholeness, Diversity and Inclusion. Amanda has a background in people and pastoral care management, biblical teaching, young adult pastoring, honorary University Chaplaincy, and she is an artist currently training as a Spiritual Director. She would describe herself as a loyal skeptic (6 on the enneagram) driven by liberation theology and the value of peoples’ lived stories.
Greg Eden (Treasurer)
Chartered Accountant, EPPL
As the founder of accounting practice Eden Perich Prewett, Greg has exceptional financial management skills. He couples an outstanding eye for efficiency with a strategic mind to see beyond the numbers.
Helen van Orton
Executive Contractor, Lotto
Helen has board experience in the charity and finance sectors built on 15 years executive leadership in global blue chip brands. She has strong international and cross-sector experience in Finance, Aviation and Telecommunications and is a passionate customer advocate with expertise in commercial strategy, stakeholder management, agile based digital transformation, P&L and budget management, marketing and risk management. She has held senior leadership roles in customer loyalty, product management, business development, customer experience, sales, contact centres and operations with teams of 2000+ staff.
As an entrepreneur, Murray was the first to bring vending machines to New Zealand and has founded two companies, both of which have since been sold to multinationals. Murray now spends his time as a philanthropist and business adviser.
Deputy Chief Executive, Services for Children and Families
Glynis Sandland has held a number of senior operational roles in both the private and public sectors and is currently the Tumu Tamariki me ngā Whānau (ki te rāki) (DCE Services for Children and Families North) for Oranga Tamariki having held this position since June 2017. Prior to that Glynis led a programme of work for approximately 12 months for the Auckland Council to consolidate the various contact centres into one contact centre based in Manukau City.
Creative Director, Fuman Design
Raised on a sheep and beef farm in Raglan on New Zealand’s west coast, Jon moved to study in Auckland and graduated with a Bachelor of Design in 2000. In 2003, he founded Fuman.co.nz a multi award winning design studio. Jon has produced for a range of clients, from fledgling startups to major corporates, including Suntori, JDE, TVNZ, Nice Blocks, Fly Buys, Tiger Beer, Ford, and the Vodafone Music Awards.
New Zealand Police
Dave has served in the New Zealand Police for 20 years. He is at the rank of Snr Sergeant and currently deployed as acting Inspector, Area prevention manager for Auckland City. He spent a year as Senior advisor to the Southern command of the Bougainville Police service, Papua New Guinea. Dave has a Masters Degree in Social Work and prior to police work spent 10 years in the youth and community work sector.
Jovita Stellmacher (she/her) – Board Advisor
Jovita is originally from Germany but now calls Whanganui home, where she lives with her husband and two young children. As a Human First Partner at Yellow, she leads the diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, and believes that happy humans drive positive business outcomes. Her passion is contagious at Yellow and she walks the talk, organising and participating wholly in many initiatives. Jovita has been volunteering for Zeal for several years, supporting us in the people and culture space. Zeal’s values go hand-in-hand with Jovita’s passion for diversity, equity and inclusion – creating a space where people can be their authentic selves, belong and thrive.