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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



Fran's purpose in life is to improve the

wellbeing of young women. Shift is her brain child and was inspired by her own 'tricky' teenage years and a love of working alongside young people.

Fran completed a research paper for her BA 

in Sociology in 2015 titled 'Teenage girls lived

experience of physical activity 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.

You'll find Fran running trails through Upper Hutt's beautiful bush, studying for her Masters in Social Work, or doing her day job as the Active Recreation Lead at Ihi Aotearoa Sport New Zealand.

Kata Ngatai

Puawai Lead


Ngā mihi ki a tātou,
Tenei he uri nō Ngati Porou, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui me ngā moutere o Rarotonga, e mihi ake nei. I tipu ake ki Porirua, Poneke engari ko te Wairarapa taku kainga inaianei. Ko Kata taku ingoa.

Kia ora, I’m Kata. I was born in Porirua, however grew up in the Wairarapa which I now call home. I love to chill, hang out and tag along on young people’s journeys - which allows me to support them with any challenges they may face. I am passionate about physical activity, sport and kapa haka. I’m excited to be part of the Shift whānau and codesign  great opportunities alongside young women!

Chloe Bryan

Operations & Inspiration


Chloe has been part of the shifterhood since it's inception, she was the first ever Shift Coordinator waaaaayyyyyy back in 2015! 


Chloe has a background in youth work, events and management 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.


Vicky Lister

Operations & Impact


Vicky has led a number of major community grants programmes supporting culturally, linguistically and faith diverse communities in both Australia and New Zealand. She brings with her a background in event management, community development and monitoring and reporting.  She is passionate about the numbers, measuring impacts, and highlighting success through evidence and data. 


Vicky believes in the power of community, inclusion and the empowerment of young women. 

Meet The Team

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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.


Maddi McLean


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.


Gina Rembe-Stevens


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 two, 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


Astuti Balram


Astuti is a passionate change leader focused on improved health & wellbeing. She brings her positive energy, relationship management, excellent collaboration, strategic planning and enthusiasm to everything she does. 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, who provide her with additional motivation to give back to the community and be part of a movement to improve wellness for young people.


Robyn Cockburn


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.

Julian Todd


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.

Leone Vito-Toleafoa


Leone is an advocate for young women and promotes a strong sense of self-identity around Māori and Pacific language and pride in cultural heritage. Mental health and wellbeing are important to Leone to empower and uplift all young wahine toa of NZ to reach success and their full potential. 
Leone has strong commercial expertise in partnerships, marketing, sponsorship and events. 
She has spent over 10 years working in the environmental and renewables industry and then switched to the media industry specializing in multimedia for NZ Pacific audiences, across the Pacific regions and Pacific audiences globally. 
She is married with 2 daughters which inspires her to help create safe environments and support spaces for our up and coming young women. 
Leone is passionate and has a heart to serve communities and our young women with purpose to achieve long term positive outcomes. 


Rachel Knight


Rachel makes sense of complex challenges and works alongside communities to design a better world. She has led social innovation projects across Aotearoa and Australia, ranging from reducing homelessness in Tāmaki Makaurau to helping more tamariki play across the motu. As a long-term friend of Shift, Rachel now brings her strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills to help sustain and grow Shift's impact. Rachel has Ngāi Tahu and Pākehā whakapapa, and loves spending time outside on her bike or in the water to recharge.



Jake Downing


Jake brings an international perspective to Shift - he has been lucky enough to work in three different continents, including governance and board experience both in New Zealand and the Falkland Islands. 
His career in the tourism industry encompasses all aspects of strategy and management: from sales and marketing, to operational delivery, through to HR. Jake particularly enjoys connecting people and building teams. Leadership and relationships are his speciality! 
His greatest passion is the outdoors and physical activity, and he recognises the very important role these play in our mental health. He strongly believes in supporting young people to challenge themselves in a safe environment, enabling them to find their passion and be proud of themselves. 


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