Meet Our Board
We have a passionate Board of Trustees. They bring a wealth of experience as business professionals,
business advisors and consultants, an ex-youth worker, parents,ex-foster parents, managers, farmers,
and ‘horsey people’ that are excited about giving hope and life skills to youth and women.
Many have been influenced by their own time around horses and the benefits they experienced.
Founder and Trustee
Rachel grew up on a beef stud farm with 8 siblings and lots of animals. With a Pony Club background, her first jobs were on thoroughbred stud farms and later as a riding coach for beginners. She has travelled and lived overseas including the UK and Melbourne for over 20 years.
For about 5 years, Rachel and her husband opened their home to teenagers and young adults in need. They were foster parents with Open Home Foundation for about 3 years which had a profound impact on the way Hope Rising Farm was formed.
Rachel loves walking and enjoying the great outdoors, drawing, vegetable gardening, community church life, a wide range of music, live theatre and a good film!
Rachel says, “I love young people and have a powerful desire to see them grow and to become all they can be. I love seeing a change in their thinking about what’s possible and to see ‘the lights go on’ in an area of their lives.
Steven has a diverse background in business ownership, start-ups, sales and management; with a sincere desire to raise outcomes and the value of organisations.
This has led Steven into numerous roles as consultant, advisor and managing director for small and large organisations.
The Hope Rising mission statement resonates with Steven’s values and heart for reaching youth and making positive changes in the lives of people and the community at large.
Andy trained as a Youth Worker and initially worked in this field for about 12 years with a number of youth employment organisations, ranging from local councils, churches, and community groups.
He has had experience working with unemployed young people, people struggling with substance abuse, and low-income families.
Andy transitioned to computer training in large organisations for a while and returned to youth work to establish and coordinate a series of youth unemployment projects. He is currently in a role where he is able to invest in troubled young lives.
Mihi atu ki a koe, Greetings to you.
I am married to Wayne, we have 5 adult sons and 10 mokopuna who, along with our wider whanau, are our world. Tainui and Ngati Porou are my Iwi and we reside at Glen Massey, out of Ngaruawahia.
I have 15 years experience in dairy farming and 15 years in beef and sheep farming. I was one of the guys, mustering, crutching, feeding contactors and parenting our boys.
We prepared our boys for their future by including them in everything we did. Learning by doing. I bring 18 years of experience as an educator, 10 years leading as a Principal, motivating and encouraging staff and youth to aspire, inspire and achieve their dreams.
I believe in the kaupapa/plan for Hope Rising Farm Charitable Trust and am humbled to be part of a special team, providing opportunities and hope for rangitahi/youth and wahine/woman.
Alan was born in South Africa and emigrated to New Zealand in 2006 with his wife Lizette and two boys.
Their boys have since left home and joined up with partners, which gives Alan and Lizette a bit more freedom around home and holiday time. The whole family love fishing and go out as often as they can. They enjoy the outdoors and go tramping and biking all over the country.
Alan says he is a people leader that leads by example and loves to see teams grow and succeed. He is an experienced electronics engineer and has been managing teams and projects in Local Government, Health, IT and Aerospace sectors for more than 20 years and completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management at Waikato University Business School in 2012.
“My aim is to help make Hope Rising Farm a sustainable, efficient and affective trust that will be around for many years, to support and uplift vulnerable children, youth and woman.”