Our Board of Trustees
The StarJam Board of Trustees ensures good governance so that StarJam serves the needs of its stakeholders with integrity, objectivity and accountability. We have a team of trustees, each of whom has demonstrated excellence and success in their chosen field.
Mark Williamson is a partner at law firm DLA Piper New Zealand specialising in commercial law (with a particular focus on contracting, insurance and regulatory compliance issues). He was ‘Jammed’ in 2005 whilst attending the opening of the Telstra Pacific Events Centre. DLA Piper New Zealand has provided pro-bono legal services to StarJam since that time. Mark’s previous board roles include membership of the advisory board of the Competition Law & Policy Institute of New Zealand and the management committee of leading choir Viva Voce.
Karen is a recent addition to the Board, a partner at Chartered Accounting firm Monteck Carter. She assists many small to medium businesses with their accounting, tax and finance issues. Karen has wide experience in management accounting, having had previous experience as a commercial accountant, and now deals with a large number of small to medium businesses. She can bring this experience to StarJam to assist with financial and money management issues. Karen has previously been on the Board of Trustees for various Primary and Secondary Schools. Monteck Carter provide pro-bono accounting services to StarJam.
Maggie Eyre has over 30 years’ experience in business, public relations, education and theatre. She is the author of: Speak Easy and Speak In Public With Confidence. Her books sell in India, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. A presentation trainer, stylist and media advisor to former Prime Minister Helen Clark, Maggie’s work has been recognized in Time Magazine and in international media in the UK, China and Dubai.
Maggie returned to Auckland in 2012 after seven years working in London, the Middle East and Europe. Prior to travelling, she worked as an account director for top PR firm Acumen Republic – heading up their presentation and media brand, Encore. Maggie is the Director of Fresh Eyre a niche training company specialising in teaching presentation and media skills. Her team of journalists, voice coaches, actors and camera operators provide Creating Presence programmes to help transform hesitant speakers into confident communicators. Key clients are: business executives, senior managers and a few very special not-for-profits.
Maggie brings creativity and business skills to the StarJam board. She is guided by principles of equality, integrity and compassion and lives to make a difference especially for disadvantaged youth and elderly New Zealanders. Her motto is: ‘never give up on anyone’.
After entering real estate in 1986, Stuart joined Harcourts two years later and became a business owner in 1991. Since then, he has owned multiple offices throughout central Auckland.. Stuart has focused on growth strategies, making sure the systems are right to deliver the very best professional service possible.
A long-time Mt Eden resident he is married with two children. Obsessive about all things music, he truly appreciates the synergy between music and personal development. Stuart has previously been a trustee with Ronald McDonald House and was formally chairman of Heart Children (NZ Inc.).
Olivia Shivas became a StarJam Jammer in 2005, and has gone through the ranks of participating in workshops, shows and representing StarJam as a ‘Jambassador’. Olivia recently completed her Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons) and now works as the digital manager at Attitude, a TV production company creating video content about people with disabilities. Because of her lived experience of having a disability and being a Jammer, Olivia brings a unique perspective to the StarJam Board of Trustees and is passionate about seeing young people’s lives transformed through performance.