ABOUT US

Our Philosophy

We believe in developing leaders who can influence and lead positive action. This also includes self leadership for people to make change in their lives and their communities.
We use military inspired thinking to push leaders to find the best methods to plan, decide, act and review. 
We work with people to build a positive effect that influences individuals, organisations and communities. 
Future Leaders was established in 2013 to provide a service to the NZ Government in the youth development sector, taking a holistic and end-to-end approach to facilitating sustainable employment outcomes. Since then we have grown our efforts to bring leadership history, effectiveness and practices from the military to the civilian world.
From self-leadership to team and operational leadership, our emphasis is on equipping people with the skills and tools that will help them lead themselves or a team effectively, assert positive influence, deliver successful and productive results, while driving vision and intent.
Our team is made up of people with extensive military and business experience, who are experts at delivering training in an interactive, engaging, meaningful and of course experiential way.
We believe our vision means to seek and enable opportunities for people so that we can champion action that makes a real difference. We've all seen the results of inaction, injustice, disadvantage and a lack of direction. From lost productivity in one setting to desperate personal situations in other settings. Together we can all positively contribute to our communities, whatever that might mean to you.
It just so happens that our experience comes from the NZ Army, youth development sector and corporate world. This unique combination of experience and values is what leads us to deliver our current range of programs, courses and activities. However, as an adaptable and agile organisation, the how to our why is always a work in progress. Most importantly we know we can't do it all on our own, and the true power of change is the positive influence we can help champion.

Our Team

 
Jethro Gilbert
Founder and Chief Instructor

Jethro has had a broad and varied career. A head prefect at high school, he went on to work in sales and account management roles, while developing a secondary career as an officer in the NZ Army Reserve Force. During this time, Jethro led a team of youth development instructors at the Limited Service Volunteer program which helped inspire the start-up of Future Leaders. Having seen plenty of hardship while growing up, coupled with poor examples of leadership in the wider community, he aims to be a champion of change.

Davina Marr
Co-founder and Advisor

Being part of the journey since the beginning, Davina has influenced the way we think about positive mindsets and the power of self-confidence. An expert in her field, Davina is also the Director of Marrzipan Drama, and ensures that Future Leaders maintains it's action oriented approach to the work we do and brings great entrepreneurial insight for our many ideas.

Erin Carver
Office Manager
Programme Coordinator

Erin has been with us since 2016 and brings some of the most inspiring organisational skills we've ever seen. Thinking ahead, championing initiative and adapting to the many hats of our organisation are all in a days work for her. A passion for her family, art and a true desire to see a better life for all people is what makes her tick.

Jay Berwick
Team Leader
Youth Development & Support Services

Originally from Fiji, Jay has been has been involved with youth development for over a decade and brings a wealth or experience and a genuine approach to Future Leaders. He cares deeply about the well-being of young people, and aims to help give them the direction and support opportunities they need to succeed. 

John-Paul Taute
Leadership Instructor 
Youth Employment Mentor

JP brings 10 years of experience in the military, with six years as a team leader. He has worked extensively in the youth sector as a leadership instructor and mentor. His passion for sport and fitness are an asset to our training courses, and aims to develop in our potential leaders, the practical skills they need to lead themselves and their teams.

Manaia Opai
Youth Employment Mentor

Manaia has led corporate sales teams in Wellington for 15 years ,with previous roles including Regional Sales Manager with Southern Cross Health Society, Courier Post and the Freightways Group. He has coached and managed junior sports teams in rugby, basketball and touch. Manaia is a firm believer in helping people discover what truly motivates them, supporting their personal development and ultimately realising their potential. 

Catherine O'Neill
Youth Employment Mentor

Catherine joined our Waikato team in March 2019 having worked previously in a Supported Employment role. She has extensive experience working with youth, both in New Zealand and in Ireland where she lived for 20 years. Catherine has an education background and has worked in many roles with disengaged youth, adults returning to education, special education and tutoring carpentry apprentices. She is driven to supporting our rangatahi by opening up opportunities to help them to realise not just who they are, but who they can be.

Jeremy Murray
Youth Employment Mentor

Born and raised in the Waikato region from which he has tribal links, Jeremy has a passion for working with youth spanning 20 years. He has professional experience within the Youth Development, Health, Sport and Fitness, Disabilities, Education and Tribal Sectors. Jeremy lived in Australia working with youth in the Queensland region in the Child Protection and Disabilities Sector. Helping people has been Jeremy's life passion and he is excited to bring this to Future Leaders to help develop young leaders of the future.

Colin Kennedy
Strategic Advisor

Originally from Ireland, Colin arrived in New Zealand 15 years ago. He has 20 years’ experience of working in the education sector across a variety of different interfaces and countries. He is currently the Head of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES).

Previously Colin has worked in the global migration and exchange of ideas as the Director of Programmes and Engagement at Fulbright NZ; lectured in Development Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, and been the Head of Student Recruitment at the same University. 

Colin also currently sits on the Advisory Board for Education Trust. ​

Future Leaders offer practical, engaging leadership programs that equip individuals, teams and communities for success.

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