Meet Our Board

Mick Duncan - Board Chair

Mick Duncan has lived and worked amongst families whose lives are characterised by poverty and complexity.

His professional background is in Community Development, sociology and theology. Mick has led a multinational team in Manila (Philippines) and has also led church based community development models, most recently in South Auckland. He lectures in a variety of colleges and his PhD is in Culture and Society from AUT (Auckland). He and his wife Ruby now live in Whanganui.​

Kay Hyland

Kay is a Chartered Accountant, married with 3 adult children. She lives in Manukau, Auckland. 

She became a Christian in her 20s and has belonged to a range of churches including her current church Manukau City Baptist. Previous Charity and Not-for-Profit experience includes being on playgroup and school boards, local community boards, being church treasurer at several churches and preparing financial statements for a number of Charities.

Trish McConnell

Trish McConnell has been involved with OHF since 1992 when she joined the Rotorua branch committee.

She has been on the OHF Board since 2002 and served a six year term as Chair.

Trish now lives in Auckland and is married with 2 adult children.
She works as a lawyer and is currently the chair of two licensing tribunals.

Craig Braun

Craig has been married to Jane for over 30 years and have three adult children aged in their late 20s and three grandchildren aged 7 and 2 years and 20 months. 

They were OHF respite caregivers in the 1990s and have been active in youthwork, music and church committees over many years.  Craig brings to the board, experience as an assistant pastor of a Baptist church, statutory care & protection social worker, funeral director and manager of a private hospital. Currently he is the Business Manager of Hutt Valley High School, in Lower Hutt.  Craig is a members of IoD and NZISM and brings particular skills in finance, HR and health & safety to the board table.  

Jane and Craig enjoy walking with their Labrador dog, and riding their bikes (in fair weather!).

John McIver

John McIver and his wife Josie are based in Thames having lived in their home town of Paeroa for many years.

John was the CEO of Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngati Tamatera and is now the Community Engagement Manager for the Hauraki District Council, Tiamana for Parengaroa Ahu Whenua Trust and chairs the Hauraki CPRP.

John has an engineering background and is involved in local and sub-regional civil defence emergency management.

John and Josie first became aware of OHF when Ewen Laurenson came to visit their home in Paraparaumu in the 1990’s to see if they would consider fostering a particular child.

Josie has worked for OHF as community liaison for the Waikato/ Hauraki Service Centre and John has provided Kaumatua support to the OHF Māori Caucus since 2003.

Kylie Fletcher

Kylie Fletcher (Ngaa Rauru, Ngaati Ruanui, Ngaa Puhi)

Kylie is an experienced people leader within the public sector and is passionate about seeing young people thrive.

She has completed post-graduate studies in Management and Māori studies and is committed to her on-going tikanga and te reo Māori journey. 

She connects deeply with her Māori whakapapa (genealogy) on both sides of her family and inherits her Scottish name through marriage.  This aspect of her background speaks to the bi-cultural lens that she carrys and influences the way she leads.  She proudly lives in the Hutt Valley with her husband and three children..