Governance Bio
Raewyn Kirkman
Appoint Professional

Raewyn Kirkman

20 Years
Paid or Unpaid Roles

Interested In:


Private company
Community Group
Government Sector Org
Non Governmental Organisation
Sport & Physical Recreation Orgs
Council Controlled Organisation


Board Member
Committee Member
“I have been in not for profit governance roles in the sports and health sectors for over 10 years and I am now keen to offer my skills and experience to a broader range of organisations, enabling me to grow my skills. I have worked in manufacturing and health, have a strategic outlook and a strong human resource background.”


Special Interest Groups

Governance Roles


Hospice Waikato

May 2007 - Present (12 years)

Trustee since May 2007. Hospice has around 60 staff and an operating budget of around $7m


Sport Waikato

June 2005 - Present (14 years)

Trustee since June 2005, Deputy Chair since Dec 2007, Acting Chair since Oct 2011, Chair Dec 2012 - Dec 2015. Sport Waikato has around 70 staff and 35 contractors and an operating budget of almost $8m


CCS Waikato Fundrasing Trust (Gemini Trust)

December 2000 - April 2004 (3 years)

CCS purchased and operated a commercial business as a social enterprise

National Councillor

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand

July 1999 - June 2004 (4 years)

Elected Councillor of professional body


Enterprise Hamilton Trust

November 1996 - April 1999 (2 years)

Economic Development

Executive Roles

Community and Philanthropy Manager

Momentum Waikato Community Foundation

July 2015 - Present (4 years)

Work with donors to assist them with their philanthropic giving plans, and work with community organisations looking for financial support to carry out their work

Director - Consultant

Kirkman HR Ltd

October 2004 - Present (15 years)

Own and operate a boutique HR and employment relations consulting firm, working mostly with small - medium business and NFPs across the full range of HR activities and levels

Human Resources Manager

Life Unlimited

July 2011 - April 2014 (2 years)

Senior Leader reporting to CEO, responsible for HR. Life Unlimited is a national organisation working in the disability sector, employing 90 staff and with a operating budget of around $7.5m

HR Director

Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology)

January 2003 - August 2004 (1 years)

Managed a team of 8 HR and H&S advisors. HR Budget $600,000, 1,100 staff (750 FTE), wages and salary budget approx $37m.

Employee Relations/HR Policy


January 2002 - November 2002 (10 months)

Short term employment to amalgamate NZ Dairy Board and Kiwi HR and ER policies following the merger and creation of NZMP (Fonterra)

HR Manager

Canpac International

April 2000 - January 2002 (1 years)

Reported to CEO. Managed team of four direct reports and 18 other staff covering H&S, training, HR, payroll, internal communications and employee services and welfare. HR Budget $1.2m, wages and salary budget approx $30m.


University of Waikato

MMS, HR and Organisational Communication

1992 - 1996

Waikato Institute of Technolgy

Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, Adult education

1987 - 1991

University of Waikato

BMS, Management

1980 - 1984