our vision

benefits of working with us


students and recent graduates 



background to the trust

about the trustees


Kathy Waghorn

BFA, BArch, PhD

Kathy is a senior lecturer in the architecture programme at Auckland University who in her teaching and research works at the intersection of art, architecture and urbanism. In 2016 Kathy was Co-Creative Director of ‘Future Islands’, the official New Zealand exhibition for the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, which has since toured New Zealand venues including Objectspace (Auckland) and the Adam Art Gallery (Wellington). In 2013 Kathy produced the project ‘Muddy Urbanism’ for the Lab at the 5th Auckland Triennial for Auckland Art Gallery. This project looked at the Whau river in Auckland’s inner west and proposed new interfaces between urban policy, ecological systems and community participation for regeneration of the catchment. With HOOP-LA, an Auckland based cooperative, Kathy develops performative art events that connect people to local places and their stories (

Rachel Shoebridge 

BCom, Chartered Accountant

Rachel is a Partner in the Advisory team of BDO Auckland, an international network of accounting, tax, consulting and business advisory firms, based in the Auckland CBD Office. With her significant experience, including three years in the UK working in the financial services industry, Rachel provides business advisory services to small and medium businesses, working with them to grow and reach their goals.
In her day to day role Rachel advises a wide spectrum of clients and together with the experience and expertise of the whole BDO partnership.
Rachel’s services include compliance accounting, general tax advice and planning/structuring, general business advice to SME and mid-market businesses, forecasting and modelling, buy and sell advisory, valuation and strategic planning. Rachel has a team of 5 professional staff working directly with her to provide services to clients.

Mike Davis

Trustee, Chair
BArch (Hons), MArch, PhD

Mike Davis is Director of Architecture programmes at the University of Auckland, School of Architecture and Planning where he teaches and researches in the areas of architectural design and architectural media. Mike holds a PhD from RMIT, Melbourne and a Master of Architecture in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association, London.
He is an NZRAB registered architect who has practiced architecture in New Zealand, Canada and the Netherlands, and been involved in projects from Ethiopia to New Caledonia.

Vanessa Ceelen


Commencing her career as a lawyer, Vanessa translated her skills to building brands, strategy and innovation. Vanessa has lived and worked in New Zealand and the Netherlands, with clients across Europe, the UK and Asia.
Using a toolkit which includes human-centred design, Vanessa works with clients to deliver compelling customer experiences, design organisation structures, develop new programme offerings, align products and services, craft meaningful brand stories – all to enable an organization to operate more effectively and deliver meaningful and tangible outcomes.
As former President of the Board of Directors of the YWCA Auckland (elected 2009, re-elected 2011; 2013 and 2014-16 as President), Vanessa brings governance experience in the not-for-profit sector.


contact us

For more information or to find out how we might work together, please contact Mike Davis: