Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees

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

Board Chairman

    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 Tobeck


      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

      Board Member

        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’.

        Daniel Nixon

        Board Member

          Daniel has decades of experience in commercial property and asset management in both New Zealand and Australia, cutting his teeth in both the private and public sectors. Partnering real estate, insurance and commercial cleaning firms, he has worked with multiple government agencies and private companies. Daniel’s passions include providing leadership to people around him and having them discover their own capacity for producing outstanding results.

          Daniel was drawn to StarJam after adopting a child with special needs and seeing the connection and joy the Jammers get from being part of the organisation.

          Olivia Shivas

          Board Member

            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.


            Charmaine Ngarimu

            Board Member

              With more than 20 years’ experience in the events, communications and public relations field, Charmaine has worked on some of the world’s largest major events including Rugby World Cup 2011, Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover (2012 and 2015), ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.

              Charmaine has a strong event management background and understands what it takes to develop a programme that meets the needs of delegates. She has event managed large national events, conferences and dinners including Australia Day for the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, a presidential dinner for Former First Lady of the Unites States, Mrs Rosalynn Carter, and national multi-day conferences for up to 400 delegates.

              Prior to joining ATEED, Charmaine led the communications and PR function for national broadcaster Maori Television, was the public affairs manager for the Australian High Commission and has managed communications, media and public relations programmes for government and NGOs including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, ACC and Quit Group.


              Colleen Milne

              Board Member

                Colleen has many years’ experience in Chief Executive and Senior Manager roles and over the years has transformed multiple businesses into relevant, profitable and financially viable entities. Businesses such as Real Estate Institute of NZ, First National Real Estate, Bakers Delight, and Retail Food Group (BB’s Espresso). Colleen led change management across organisations by revamping teams, redefining strategies and vision, laying out clear roadmaps, implementing IT solutions, leading PR campaigns, and strengthening business alliances with external stakeholders.
                Her  expertise includes improving brand, image and visibility to deliver best practices. Forming potent, strategic business alliances, drive sales, revenues, and profits and her competency to run successful marketing and PR campaigns to elicit funding for social causes has been proven. She is an innovative and effective strategic planner leveraging cross-functional thinking and a collaborative leadership style to build and maintain strong stakeholder relationships and garner sponsorship and grants.