CEO and Co-founder
Country Director Kenya and Co-founder
Country Director Tanzania & Legal Manager
Marketing and Fundraising Manager
Child Sponsorship Manager
Kenyan Country Manager
Program Manager and Village Director Miti Mingi
Miti Mingi Village Operations Manager
James OIe Mpilei
Community Education Manager
Early Childhood Development
Wezesha Business Skills Program Manager
Human Resources and Child Sponsorship Officer
PR and Logistics Manager
Sew Women Can Program Manager
Program Support Manager
Teaching Skills Facilitator
Neil and Sharon Finn
After a career of making music, Neil Finn felt liberated sitting behind a drum kit while his wife Sharon took front of stage with a bass guitar as together they formed two thirds of ‘Pajama Club’ and we are honoured to have them both as So They Can Ambassadors.
Neil, a legendary singer and songwriter, has given his time to perform many times over the years to raise funds for So They Can. Neil says “It’s inspiring for us to see what has been achieved by So They Can. They have made it their mission to attach themselves to communities in need and then really follow it through”. Neil is currently touring with the iconic, Fleetwood Mac.
Rachel Castle (www.castleandthings.com.au) is a much loved and celebrated Australian artist and creator of beautiful things for the home. Rachel has spent the past 20 years in the homeware industry both in Australia and the UK, and currently lives in Sydney. Rachel has been a child sponsor and supporter of So They Can since the beginning.
“So They Can works so tirelessly to educate and care for some of the poorest communities in Africa, especially women and children, and I feel privileged to be their ambassador. I’m excited about supporting one of their education programs, Sew Women Can, teaching vulnerable young African women to sew.”
Mark & Toni Skaife
Mark Skaife, legendary racing car champion and respected Foxsports commentator and his wife Toni have joined the So They Can family as our Ambassadors.
Mark said of their appointment, “Toni and I are both excited and proud to be working with So They Can. We have literally welcomed them into our family by sponsoring a young student from So They Can’s thriving primary school in Kenya. We will wholeheartedly lend our voice and our support to promote the amazing work So They Can is doing to help break the cycle of poverty via education.”
Conrad Smith played for the Wellington Hurricanes and New Zealand All Blacks from 2004-2015. Conrad is also a barrister and solicitor and practiced in New Zealand during his career. Conrad and wife Lee now live in Pau, France where he recently retired from playing.
Conrad and Lee have visited the projects twice and especially loved their time at the Holding Hands Children’s Home teaching rugby and getting to know the children. On what inspired him to help out and give up his time he says: “It’s the volunteers over there who are the real heroes. All they want you to do is come back and ask for some help to make their job easier. So you sort of feel it’s the least you can do. We get called heroes for playing rugby but man what they do – it’s unreal.”
New Zealand born Kimbra has made history on the US Billboard charts, and is now putting her name to a cause close to her heart: becoming an ambassador for So They Can. On her reasons behind the partnership, Kimbra says “It hopefully means being a part of these children’s lives by giving what I can and helping to raise awareness for what we can all do to help”.
Miranda is an accomplished New Zealand actress and director. She has won international awards for her acting, directing and theatre work. In 2004 Miranda was made an ONZM for her services to theatre and the community. With her love and track record in mentoring it is little wonder why she is passionate in community development and So They Can’s work.
Megan Morton is an internationally acclaimed stylist who has been called on to style, design and work her ‘house whispering’ magic for celebrities and magazines including Elle Decorating UK and Vanity Fair. Megan has been a supporter of So They Can since its inception.
“Having watched So They Can grow since the beginning, I am so pleased that we will now be working together.”An intrepid traveller, Megan visited our Kenyan projects last year, “I loved visiting the communities So They Can works with in Kenya, meeting the women and children whose lives are being transformed through education.”
Andrew is a professional footballer, who has captained the Wellington Phoenix since 2008 and played for the New Zealand national team, the All Whites, since 2013.
‘’I’ve been indirectly involved with So They Can over the years, donating my time when the opportunities arise. I now look forward to being more involved in this amazing organisation as one of their Ambassadors. To see so many young children and families affected by poverty, health issues and a lack of education is shocking and with young girls of my own, their situation really hit home.” Andrew lives in Wellington with his wife Sarah and their three girls Adalyn, Milana and Evita.
I am thrilled to become a So They Can Ambassador. I believe that when you put out a helping hand to people, you always get much more than you give and you always learn something about your values. One of my favourite quotes is, “If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time but, if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together”. I look forward to working together with So They Can and the communities they support.
Jessica Grace Smith
Jessica is an accomplished actor and director, first appearing on our screens in the award winning Australian drama series, Home & Away. After graduating from Toi Whakaari, New Zealand Drama School, with a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Acting, Jess has pursued her love of acting and theatre with vigor.
“I feel very excited and privileged to be working with So They Can. I am particularly inspired by the work they are doing with single mothers in Kenya through Sew Women Can, providing the resources and training for them to become self-sufficient in the future. I want to learn from these communities, these women, and build a reciprocal relationship of sharing, learning and growing.”
Peter Hunt AM
Chair of So They Can Board
- As an investment banker, Peter advised local and muti-national companies and governments in Australia for nearly 35 years.
- Co - Founded Greenhill Australia, one of Australia’s leading independent investment banking advisory firms and Executive Chairman and Chairman between 1999 - 2018.
- Chaired the Securities Institute's Taskforce responsible for the Mergers and Acquisitions graduate diploma course from 1993 – 2000.
- Member of the ASIC Advisory Panel from 2009 – 2012 and a founding member of Adara Partners (www.adarapartners.org).
- Chaired Cambooya Services Pty Ltd, which runs the Family Office for the Vincent Fairfax Family, from 2010 - 2017.
- Chairman and Co-Founder of Mind Medicine Australia (www.mindmedicineaustralia.org).
- Chairman of Grameen Australian (www.grameen.org.au) and Grameen Australia Philippines.
- Co-Founder of Manly Women’s Shelter and Founder and Director of Women’s Community Shelters (www.womenscommunityshelters.org.au).
- Director of Project Rozanna (www.projectrozana.org).
- Member of the Advisory Councils of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and the Centre for Social Impact.
Chief Executive Officer, Director and Co-Founder
- Bachelor of Laws: Master of Arts medical law and ethics.
- Medico Legal Counsel Capital & Coast Health New Zealand.
- Fellow Medical Law and Ethics North Shore Hospital Sydney.
- 12 years’ experience in international development and NGO projects.
- Nominated for 2015 New Zealander of the year (1 of 10 finalists).
- Nominated for 2018 New Zealand Women of Influence Awards (1 of 10 finalists).
Country Director Kenya, Director and Co-Founder
- Bachelor of Business (Land Economy).
- 3 years project management with Lend Lease Development in Sydney and London.
- 10 years event production and general manager for David Grant Special Events.
- 10 years owner/director of the Skywalk Company, operating as executive producer/ project manager.
- 10 years’ experience in international development and NGO projects.
- Recognised as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015.
- Bachelor of Economics (USYD), Master of Business Administration (UNSW), FAICD, SF FINSIA.
- Over 35 years’ experience in corporate finance, consulting and general management as a company director and corporate advisor in Australia, Asia and the USA.
- Past roles included senior banker and advisory roles with Citibank, JBWere and Goldman Sachs.
- Currently Chair of the Australian Scholarships Foundation and MS Research Australia; director The Sydney Institute, Grameen Australia, MS Australia, and the Australian String Quartet and a director of several private companies.
- Bachelor of Commerce University of Western Australia; GAICD; Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia; member Chartered Accountants ANZ.
- Over 30 years’ experience in investment management, corporate finance and banking.
- Director of a private investment company.
- Chief Investment Officer of a family office for 10 years to 2016.
- Chair of the Investment Committee of Impact Investment Group.
- Director of Jewish Care Foundation.
- Owner of Tyre & Tube Australia, a national import/wholesale business.
- Initiator of Miti Mingi Village (a So They Can project in Kenya).
- Executive Chair, Australia at africapractice.
- Previously Chief Executive at 360m.
- Previously Chief Executive at Burson Marsteller Australia.
- Previously Executive Vice Chairman (Worldwide) at Gavin Anderson.
- Previously Chief of Staff and Campaign Strategist to the NSW State Leader of the Opposition.
- Di has a background in education. She has special interests in the areas of medical research, animal welfare, human rights, the arts and ethics.
- Chair of the Lort Smith Ethics Committee.
- Director of Cell Care Australia.
- Member of the Australian Committee for Human Rights Watch.
- Patron of the Arts actively supporting the MSO and the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Board Members/Trustees of So They Can Global Family Entities Outside Australia
So They Can : New Zealand
So They Can : USA
So They Can : Kenya
So They Can : Tanzania
Kenyan Advisory Board