The Marram Community Trust is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a Trust Deed and Board of Trustees. It is a registered charitable trust in terms of the Charitable Trusts Act 1957, but is not a registered charity in terms of the Charities Act 2005, so it does not qualify for tax exemption.
The initial funding to establish the holiday homes network came from war bond fees. When this option was depleted, funding came from regular contributions by employees of the Post Office.
Today, Marram is funded by the holiday home rentals, contributions and income from investments. The funding provides money to reimburse healthcare expenses, heavily subsidise the rental cost of the holiday homes and maintain the homes from year to year. Most years, this money is completely spent but any excess is put back into the organisation.
The Trust Board
A minimum of seven members of the Trust Board come from Affiliated Organisations, as determined by the Trust Deed. Three Trustees are nominated and appointed by the three founding Affiliated Organisations and three Trustees are nominated by our contributors. The Board may also appoint other Trustees from time-to-time to provide expertise and ensure that the Board has at least seven members. The Chairperson of the Marram Community Trust Board is always the person in charge of the HR functions of Spark New Zealand.
Through oversight, review and counsel, the Trust Board establishes and promotes Marram Community Trust’s business and organisational objectives. The Board oversees the Trust’s business affairs and integrity, works with the CEO to determine the Trust’s vision and long-term strategy, performs an annual CEO evaluation, oversees CEO succession planning, oversees internal controls over financial reporting and assesses risks and strategies for risk mitigation.
Board of Trustees Chairperson for Marram Community Trust Board since December 2012.
Joe McCollum is Group Human Resources Director for Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ) and is based in Auckland. Joe is a highly experienced HR professional with an extensive background providing strategic HR direction for large companies around the world. For the past 15 years, he has been based in the United Kingdom where he headed HR at global chemicals giant ICI plc, software company Misys plc, music company EMI Group, and most recently media group Daily Mail and General Trust.
Joe decided to return to New Zealand with his family to take up the role with Spark New Zealand. Joe is married with three children.
Joe’s interests include music and golf, he attends the gym regularly, and enjoys socialising with family and friends.
Appointed Trustee on Marram Community Trust Board from 22 April 2010.
Formerly the Financial Controller for Postal Services within NZ Post, Graham has held a number of finance roles within New Zealand Post and Foodstuffs.
Based in Wellington, Graham has been involved with Marram since 2002. He has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University and is an ACA, NZ Society of Accountants (1990).
Graham is married with two children. His interests include cycling, playing football and golf (when possible).
Employer Trustee (for Spark New Zealand, formerly Telecom NZ Ltd) on Marram Community Trust Board since 25 February 2015.
Colin is General Manager of Networks at Spark New Zealand.
He has over 19 years experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry, with 12 of those years at Spark.
Colin has a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Waikato (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Business Studies (Management) from Massey University.
Colin is married with two children and lives in Wellington.
He loves to travel and is passionate about seeing as much of New Zealand as possible to ensure his family has enduring memories of beautiful and diverse New Zealand. He likes music and is often seen on Saturday mornings around Wellington coaching a sports team.
Appointed Trustee on Marram Community Trust Board since 29 March 2007.
Carey is Chairman of Marram’s Property Sub-Committee and also on the Appointments Sub Committee.
Carey graduated as a civil/structural engineer and practiced in that profession for a number of years before going into project management and property development. He has wide experience with some 30 years in the property industry, initially on the supply side and latterly on the demand side developing property strategy for New Zealand Post.
Carey is also currently a board member of the New Zealand Green Building Council and Chapter Chair of CoreNet Global in New Zealand.
Carey is married with adult children. His interests include trying to keep fit (jogging and the gym), fishing, armchair sports and socialising with family and friends.
Appointed Trustee on Marram Community Trust Board July 2016.
Peter is Head of People Engagement at New Zealand Post where he has worked in a variety of roles since Nov 2004. Peter is also a trustee of the New Zealand Post Superannuation Plan.
Peter’s past experience has included various HR and L&D roles in NZ and Western Australia as well as Finance and Administration management in a family business. He recently converted his years of work experience into a BAppMgt majoring in Business transformation and change.
He is married with two children aged 16 & 18.
His interests include skiing and travel and Peter is a volunteer fire fighter with the Paraparaumu Fire Brigade.
Additional Trustee on the Marram Community Trust Board from July 2012.
John works for Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ) as a senior legal counsel.
He has worked as an in-house lawyer for Spark for the last seven years after spending nine years in private practice in a variety of commercial and litigation roles. He also works as an instructor preparing young lawyers to sit the New Zealand bar exam.
He has undergraduate degrees in history and law and a masters degree in law. John is admitted to the bar in both New Zealand and Australia.
John has been a trustee of several charitable trusts in the past and enjoys being involved with organisations that enable him to assist others and meaningfully contribute to the community.
John is married to Melissa and they have one young daughter, Grace. John’s interests include action movies, computer games, playing with his daughter and being the whipping boy among his friends at tennis.
Gina is the Senior HR Business Manager for ANZ, based in Wellington. Gina has over 15 years of experience across a range of HR functions including leadership of local and international teams. She previously worked in the tourism and volunteer sectors.
Gina has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Canterbury University and completed her post graduate studies at Massey (HR Management).
Gina is married with two children. She loves to travel in New Zealand and internationally and her ideal travel spot is somewhere she hasn’t been before. She also enjoys walking and photography.
Scott is the Head of Commercial Operations at Chorus NZ Ltd where he has worked since 2010. Prior to Chorus, Scott was with Spark for 11 years in a variety of predominantly customer focussed roles many of which involved business transformation & change management.
Through his time with Spark and Chorus, Scott has been a contributor to Marram for almost 18 years and is looking forward to getting involved in helping Marram continue to provide the outstanding service he has benefitted from over the years.
Scott has a Bachelor of Business Studies (Management major) from Massey University.
He lives on the North Shore of Auckland, and is married with two boys, (11 & 7) and like most fathers of young children literally spends his weekends taxiing them to sports fixtures.
Theresa is the Group Shared Services Manager at NZ Post since 2014, and is based in Wellington. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and has lived and worked in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, and Singapore.
Theresa is passionate about making a positive and sustainable difference to businesses. Her roles have predominantly been driving business transformation and building high performing teams as a shared services practitioner. She has recently joined Marram as a trustee to contribute to the sustainability and strategic direction of the organisation.
Wellington is home for Theresa where she studied at Wellington Girls' College and graduated at Victoria University with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. She has been a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand since 1999.
Theresa's interests include wining and dining with her family during weekends, travel and staying fit (which includes looking after a dog named Ruby!).
Sumati is a senior investment adviser at Gareth Morgan Investments Limited, a role she's been for over six years.
In fact, she's been in the financial services industry for well over 35 years. Most of her career to date was at AMP Capital Investors and more latterly seven years at the Todd Corporation, advising and managing the Todd Family wealth. She's also a trustee of the Red Cross Foundation and has served on several governance committees and trust boards.
Holding a Bachelor of Science degree (Mathematics) and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Financial Accounting) degree, both from Victoria University of Wellington, Sumati is also an Authorised Financial Adviser.
Her interests outside work are rugby, basketball, generally most sports, travel and hosting dinner parties.
Penny works for ANZ New Zealand as the General Manager, Specialist Distribution responsible for the Adviser and Mobile Channels.
She's more than 15 years' experience in financial services, having worked across multiple areas including credit and operational risk, operation and sales. While Auckland is home for Penny, she grew up in Wellington and graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor in Commerce and Administration.
Penny is a busy working parent and is passionate about helping New Zealand families. In the weekends, you'll most likely find her collecting 'treasures' on the beach with her daughter, followed by a compulsory ice cream.
Trust Board subcommittees
The Board has four sub-committees:
- Property sub-committee
- Finance and Investment sub-committee
- Strategy sub-committee
- Appointments sub-committee
Each subcommittee is responsible for the review and oversight of the Trust’s activities in the areas delegated by the Board.