Dale Bailey

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern ERO

Dale’s career has spanned many areas within the education sector, working with ERO in Auckland before moving to Career Services ‘rapuara’ in 2007 in the role of Northern Area Manager and General Manager Operations (acting) for Careers New Zealand. During his time at Careers New Zealand he led the career education programme and the development of career education benchmarks for intermediate & secondary schools and tertiary education. Dale rejoined the Education Review Office as the National Manager Review Services Northern in 2013. Dale is currently on a 6 month secondment with Te Papa.

Dale has a MA (Hons) in Geography from Massey University and a Masters in Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington. He has been very involved in heritage governance, most recently serving on the Auckland War Memorial Museum board.
Dale chaired the central region panel for the Grassroots Giving Fund and also has his own fund managed by Auckland Communities Foundation.

Lilijana Erakovic

Ljiljana Erakovic

Ljiljana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business, the University of Auckland Business School.

She received a BSc in Economics from the University of Split (Croatia), a MSc in Economics from the University of Zagreb (Croatia), and a PhD from The University of Auckland.

Her research interests are in corporate governance and the governance of non-profit organisations. She is the co-author, with Judith McMorland, of the book ‘Stepping through Transitions: Management, leadership and governance in not-for-profit organisations’.
Ljiljana is currently involved in the project “Governance in NFP organisations: Contributing to the common good”. This project focuses on the links between not-for-profit governance and the broader public interest and needs.
She has been on the committee since 2013.

Phil Harington

Phil Harington

Principal Lecturer in Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland

Phil has a background in sociology and some experience as a psychologist on an alcoholism treatment programme. Phil began teaching sociology, social policy, research methods in the social work qualification and now has a wider role in the curriculum, research and administration of the School. Phil has previously worked with organisations with an interest in mental health, alcohol research and more recently through membership of the Lotteries Grants Board in grant making for community development.

Phil also works on the Auckland Fabians programme for new narratives in NZ politics. His work is focused on the value of practitioner education and research to be effective and great practitioners and innovation to enhance the civic wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Phil has been involved with Auckland Communities Foundation since 2010, initially working on our MacroAuckland project.


Tim McMains

Tim has worked in Community Development and Philanthropy for 35 years. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa for 4 years in the early 1980s then worked 8 years in marketing, finance and management for a large US not-for-profit World Learning. Upon arriving in New Zealand he was CEO of United Way of Auckland then left to co-found the UNITEC Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management in 1996. He then went on to become manager of the Tindall Foundation where he had a particular focus on the creation of Community Foundations throughout New Zealand. He served for 6 years on the board of United Way International which was instrumental in establishing and supporting community generosity organizations around the world. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina he returned to his native Louisiana to work with the local community foundation in relief efforts.

Tim has a Bachelors in International Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virgina.

He has a particular interest in basketball as his son Ross was recently name Assistant Coach of the Tall Blacks.

Kirk Sargent

Auckland Communities Foundation Trustee
Educational Consultant, Former Head of Lifelong Learning – Auckland Museum, Trustee at Onehunga Primary School.

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Alison Sutton

Auckland Communities Foundation Trustee

Enhancing the confidence of families, to raise the early oral language and school readiness of Auckland children has become a major focus of Alison’s work. Alison supports collaboration around digital inclusion and financial literacy across the city. Alison also provides data and analysis to underpin education collaborations in communities with high education need.

Alison has been a researcher, evaluator and project developer in adult literacy for 27 years.
In 2015, Alison was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship which has taken her to England and the USA to look at city-wide literacy action.
Alison was a Joint lead researcher (with Dr John Benseman) in the first three major foundation learning research projects in New Zealand commissioned by the Ministry of Education – a ‘best evidence’ literature review on effective teaching, an observation study of foundation learning teachers and mapping foundation learning provision (2003-2000).

Alison was a technical expert in the International OECD-led study ‘What works formative assessment project for adult basic education’: OECD, Paris (2005-2007). Alison has a Master’s degree in social policy from Massey University and a B.A. and secondary teaching qualification from the University of Auckland.

Alison started her adult literacy career as a coordinator for the Auckland Adult Literacy Scheme (a forerunner to Literacy Aotearoa). Subsequently she worked as an independent researcher, during which time she led development projects, evaluated workplace literacy programmes and reviewed workplace literacy and embedded literacy projects. She has been associated with most of the major literacy providers in one form or another over the past 20 years.

Alison and her parents were born in Auckland and her children and grandchildren are also locals! She is a keen walker, cook and an enthusiastic community choir member. She has been on the research and grants committee for five years and a Trustee of ACF since xxxx