Kate Russell has had a long career in the not for profit sector, but her community involvement began some years prior, as a member of the national leadership team for the Playcentre movement in NZ, where she took significant responsibilities for fundraising and bringing the association back ‘into the black’ in the late 1980’s.
Her paid charity career began in 1995 working for Presbyterian Support NZ and since that time, she has worked for a number of not for profits, mainly in the health and disability sectors, with an 11 year stint at the helm of Cystic Fibrosis NZ before moving to her current role as CEO of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation and Commercial Director of the NZ Brain Research Institute.
Kate is actively involved in her own professional associations, as a member of the Institute of Directors and Vice President of the Fundraising Institute of NZ (she is also the Chair of the FINZ Ethics committee). She has held numerous Trustee roles in various not for profits as well as several government appointments, such as Chairing the Pharmac Consumer Advisory Board and currently taking part on the Paediatric Society Clinical Network Advisory Board.
As a member of Business Mentors NZ, Kate mentors not for profits to ensure their business and strategic modelling are robust and she is very committed to ensuring the charitable sector gets the support it needs at the highest levels.