TEAM

We are a team of driven humans who care deeply about creating a positive change for young women's wellbeing. We use our diverse skills to inspire and empower young women.

Fran McEwen

Founder

 

Fran's purpose in life is to improve the 

wellbeing of young women. Shift is her brain 

child and was inspired by her own teenage 

years, previous experience working with 

young women and personally knowing the 

power of physical activity and empowerment to 

improve wellbeing. Fran completed a 

research paper for her BA in Sociology in 

2015 titled 'Teenage girls lived experience of 

physical activity and sport in Aotearoa' and 

this, along with attending Lifehack's 

Flourishing Fellowship and the U.S 

Department of State Global Sports 

Mentoring Programme helped her give Shift wings.

Shontel Tugaga

Shift Coordinator - Upper Hutt

Shontel grew up in Newlands and moved to Upper Hutt three years ago where she found her passion for being a youth worker.

 

She is passionate about young people - realising their strengths, purpose and passions. Shontel loves to hear what young people are passionate about and then create a space where they can make this become a reality.

shontel@uhcyt.org.nz

Rosie Wylie

Shift Coordinator - Upper Hutt

 

Rosie grew up in Upper Hutt. She loves to connect and hear what's on people's hearts and the things they care about. She hopes to work alongside young women and create spaces of belonging and inclusion where they feel accepted and empowered.

 

Rosie@uhcyt.org.nz

Ondine Brown

Operations and Special Projects Lead

Ondine has been involved in recreation and sport her whole life, playing, coaching, working and encouraging others to give things a go. She loves seeing young women being in positive, vibrant environments, getting involved and having fun. She is passionate about water sports and sharing her knowledge so everyone can enjoy the fun and excitement in this element. 

"Listening, sharing stories and creating together- that's the magic!"

ondine@shiftnz.org

Chloe Bryan - Maternity Leave

Operations Manager

 

Chloe has a background in youth work, events and management and a natural ability to connect with young people. She is passionate about using design led thinking and a human centered approach to build a community that empowers young women to lead, move, grow and inspire themselves and others.

 

Chloe loves mentoring young women to help them navigate life and grow in confidence. 

Chloe@shiftnz.org

Allie Miles

Shift Coordinator - Lower Hutt

Allie grew up in Te Awakairangi herself, and loves hanging out with young people and hearing their stories. She believes in the power of connection and belonging and loves seeing young people accomplish things they previously thought were impossible.

allie@ignitesport.org.nz

Lauren McCartney

Shift Coordinator - Lower Hutt

Having moved to Te Awakairangi in 2019, Lauren has enjoyed connecting and building relationships with her new community. She loves journeying alongside young people, sharing in the highs and lows of life and all the adventures it may bring. Her passion is to see young people find the value within themselves and others, as well as seeing them achieve their dreams and goals.

lauren@ignitesport.org.nz

Zofia Max

Shift Coordinator - Upper Hutt

Kia ora koutou, 

Ko Zofia tōku ingoa, ko Pirongia tōku maunga, ko Waikato tōku awa, ko Ngāti Maniapoto toku iwi, nō te oko horoi tōku turangawaewae, nō Te Awakairangi tōku kaīnga ināianei. 

 

Im Zofia, I was born and bred in a small town near Hamilton called Cambridge. I moved to Te Awakairangi in 2019. I have a strong passion for encouraging and inspiring young women to strive towards their passions and creating opportunities for youth.

zofia@uhcyt.org.nz

Ella Brown

Shift Coordinator - Wellington City

 

Ella is a born and bred Wellingtonian and after 5 years abroad studying, working and travelling she has returned to her home city jumping into the coordinator role here at Shift. Ella feels strongly about giving back to her community, helping to motivate and inspire our young fearless wahine.  She is passionate about being active and strongly believes in the positive connection between physical and mental health. A lover of sport, trying new things, being social and having fun, she wants to help young people realise their potential and find something they love so they can feel glowing from the inside-out.

ella.brown@wcc.govt.nz

Sophie Clements

Shift Coordinator - Kapiti

Sophie has lived on the Kapiti Coast all her life. Young people motivate her,

she really loves getting to know and helping young people and doing absolutely

anything that makes them feel good.

 

She loves sunsets, travelling to see new places and keeping fit. 

sophieclements@kys.org.nz

Bailey Peterson

Shift Coordinator - Wairarapa

 

 Bailey has lived in the Wairarapa for most of her life while popping to other places for short periods of study/travel. She loves to involve herself in sport, outdoor activities and anything that requires a bit of friendly competition.

She loves working with young people and empowering them to make decisions, create and make changes for themselves. She is all about the fun and always down for chat and a laugh!

baileyp@mstn.govt.nz

OUR BOARD

The Shift Foundation Charitable Trust was established in 2016 and is governed by a strong, passionate and diverse Board. Whilst they each bring unique skills to the table they are connected through their shared passion of

making a difference, empowering women and girls to lead and a love of movement.

Robyn Cockburn

Chairperson

Robyn is a recognised thought leader and strategic developer. Running her own company, Lumin, Robyn has 30 years’ experience as a researcher, strategist, facilitator and educator in the sport, arts, education and recreation sectors. She uses creative and people-centered approaches

to work at national, local and community levels.

She is an agent of change, enabling girls and women to participate in the activities of their choice, and blazing a trail for women as leaders and governors.

Jennifer DeWald-Harrison

Trustee

 

Jennifer is passionate about helping young women see their true value. She believes in the power of movement to help us see and grow potential, resilience and wellbeing.  Jennifer has a broad range of professional, strategic and public interest experience.  She graduated from law school in the US and worked with Native American tribe's on supporting their self-determination and independence. She also served on the Board of Oregon Women Lawyers advocating for the advancement of equality and diversity in the legal profession. Jennifer has been in NZ for 12 years and currently leads PwC's Immigration practice. Jennifer is strategic, energetic, a connector of dots! She is also an athlete, mother and lover of all kinds of dance!

Maddi McLean

Trustee

Maddi is an ambitious young leader with a curious and reflective mind. She has a love of physical activity and the outdoors, and a passion for enabling young women to realise their full potential. Maddi has gained valuable experience, a broad skill-set and a unique perspective of the sport and active recreation sector through placements in government, national and regional organisations as part of the Sport NZ Graduate Programme.

 

She enjoys challenging herself and seeking out opportunities for personal development, as well as engaging with and giving back to her community.

Kelsey Brown

Trustee

Kelsey is a strong advocate for children and young people’s rights and wellbeing in Aotearoa. She believes in the power of valuing lived experience, and will take every opportunity to ensure children are heard in decisions that affect them, and that their views inform and make positive change. Kelsey leads a national mechanism upholding children’s right to participate under Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. She thrives on building relationships with people, and is always open to a challenge, whether that be a big project at work or pushing herself to run the next half marathon. Kelsey has Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts, has been Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, has a Post Graduate Certificate in Children’s Issues and is currently studying towards a Masters of Law on children’s participation rights across different legal settings in Aotearoa. Kelsey’s favourite thing to do outside of her mahi is to have tea parties with her baby nephew.

Emilie Fetscher

Trustee

Need zest? Meet Emilie. An entrepreneur, business design consultant, and passionate adventurer, Emilie brings a diverse background and relentless optimism to all her endeavors. She obtained her Master’s degree from Stanford’s Design Program (aka the d.school) in between coaching young ski racing athletes from Alaska to the western US.

Professionally she focuses on ambiguity, empathy, and ingenuity. Personally she builds supportive adventure sport communities. She is our risk taker, questioning how high we are willing to aim.

Julian Todd

Trustee

Julian has spent the last 28 years working to help others get all they can out of being physically active. Having been mad about being physically active all his life he is a firm believer of the power of just having fun, with your friends, outdoors, on you own, or with the dog. Having worked in local and central government, not-for profit, and commercial organisations he is committed to challenging the norm, breaking down barriers, and championing innovation.

 

He is a father of three children, two of whom are young women, and who provide him with huge motivation to see all young women do exactly what it is they want to do in every part of their lives.

Becky Abley

Trustee

Becky has a keen interest in seeing women flourish both personally and professionally, and believes grassroots empowerment is the best way to achieve this long term. Originally from the UK, she loves to travel and take on new challenges.
 
With a background in small to medium business, Becky understands the challenges a smaller organisation with big goals can face. As a qualified management accountant with a degree in sustainable performance management, she is excited to be able to support The Shift Foundation to positively impact the next generation of young women and help them reach their potential.

Astuti Balram

Trustee

Astuti is a passionate change leader focused on improved health and wellbeing. She brings her positive energy, relationship management, excellent collaboration, strategic planning and enthusiasm to everything that she is a part of. Her experience in the health sector has included working in the community and hospital settings where she has practiced as a pharmacist, health service planner and strategic system designer.  Through this, she has developed a holistic view of wellness and a deep appreciation of the need to support people early in their life journey. Her Indo-Fijian background and experiences growing up in a number of different countries has provided her with a rich experience in cultural diversity. Astuti is also a mother of two active children, who provide her with additional motivation to give back to the community and be part of a movement to improve wellness for young people.

Gina Rembe-Stevens

Trustee

Gina has spent the last decade working and volunteering in social impact initiatives and systems interventions in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She knows first hand the value of physical activity and time spent outdoors, and the benefits they bring to social, physical and mental wellbeing. Gina is a keen volleyball player, Wellington trail runner and some-time swimmer. When she is not supporting Shift, Gina is a mother of one, and works a Wellington-based tech social enterprise focusing on diversity in the tech industry. Prior to this, she worked on Lifehack, a mental health system intervention focused on design, technology, social entrepreneurship and wellbeing where she built her experience is in prototyping new initiatives and programmes