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 October 2019.
Heather joined Spark in 2013 and has over 20 years international experience as an HR professional, with a proven track record for business transformation, talent management, leadership development and succession planning across a range of industries including FMCG, retail, hospitality, technology and telecommunications.
At Spark, Heather has held various senior HR positions and delivered a number of critical initiatives, including being a key architect of Spark's Leadership and Development programme to build high performing teams and leaders. Most recently, she has been the Lead HR Partner across the Customer and Marketing areas of Spark.
Prior to joining Spark, Heather was a senior HR leader for almost a decade within Progressive Enterprises then spent two years in Australia leading HR, Strategy & Change Management at Dan Murphy's. She has a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree (Hospitality Management) from Auckland University of Technology.
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 NewZealand) on Marram Community Trust Board since 26 February 2020.
Lizena joined Spark in 2009 and has been involved in delivering Spark’s Core Network Infrastructure, she has been a Marram contributor for most of that time enjoying the quality holiday homes and medical benefits that Marram offer.
Along with 11 years of ICT experience she brings with her over 10 years’ experience in residential and commercial property having worked in the property sector prior to Spark. She is passionate about diversity and inclusivity and leads out on initiatives to support the benefits of this in the workplace.
Lizena lives and raises two children in Wellington and loves to travel both domestically and internationally. She has picked up the love for running and having completed two half marathons in recent years, is intending to add another this year.
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.
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.