ARMS TRUST BOARD
The overarching philosophy of the ARMS Trust is to respect, acknowledge, value and uphold:
(i) The intrinsic worth, rights, dignity and strengths of all people;
(ii) The Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand, including the rights, responsibilities and privileges conferred on and retained by the signatories;
(iii) The many cultural identities, languages and perspectives reflected in Aotearoa New Zealand society;
(iv) Principles of community development that increase the self-reliance of communities and individuals rather than increase dependency on others;
(v) The laws of Aotearoa New Zealand, international human rights, and professional best practice.
OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Dr Bruce Bryant – Trust Chair
Bruce is a first generation New Zealander with a heart and a conscience for those who may need a hand up not a hand out, many of them Maori, and many of those who have recently arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Father of five, Bruce was a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants for over 40 years and is currently a Senior Lecturer at Manukau Institute of Technology, Faculty of Business and IT. He holds the degree Doctor of Business Administration from Southern Cross University in Australia; a Master’s degree in Taxation Studies (Hon) from University of Auckland and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Massey University. He is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a senior member of the New Zealand Trustees Association.
He is also an approved mentor to the Business Mentors New Zealand (BMNZ) service and is an independent director on the board of Core Education Limited, a leading provider of innovative education delivery models in Aotearoa and worldwide.
As well as his role with ARMS, Bruce is a Trustee (Chair) of Te Tuinga Whanau Support Services Trust in Tauranga where in 2014 they turned 37 out of 38 ‘youth at risk’ around from entering into the prison system and back into their whanau, families and in some cases back to school. Te Tuinga means to weave together and this trust that Bruce chairs, is weaving together the local communities of Tauranga Moana.
Saddled alongside this Chairmanship he is also a Trustee of The Going West Trust in Waitakere. These trust roles are honorary positions.
Bruce believes that the taiaha of knowledge is the weapon for the disadvantaged to face the future with, and his networks and combined skills of 40 years in the business sector and the Trusts he is involved with, provide him with a perfect platform to help those that need help most in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Rahul Govindan – Vice Chair
Rahul is the son of migrants from Kerala who arrived in NZ in the early 80s. Currently he is a manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. He has lived, worked and studied in 8 countries and as such empathises with the challenges faced by new migrants to NZ. He is a management consultant that has worked in corporate, NGO and public sectors in NZ and in continental Europe. He has consulted to the leaders of some of the world’s iconic organisations on strategy, trade, politics and performance, and has worked on high profile public campaigns in NZ. However he derives the most pleasure from the voluntary work he has done over the years with community and NGO groups.
He is awe of the tremendous contribution made by migrants over the history of (and the present) NZ, and is excited about working collaboratively with the wider community to build successful migrant stories in the challenging and exciting future that lies ahead for NZ’s largest and most diverse city.
Anita Keestra, JP
Anita is passionate about growing strong communities, enhancing business growth and regional economic development. She has worked with numerous industry sectors, community groups, youth entrepreneurs and wider opportunities for women’s programme for the past 25 years.
Anita is currently working as a Business Development Specialist with the Faculty of Business and IT at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). She is director of a training consultancy business and a freelance photography business. Anita also lectures in business management, business growth, personal financial management, employment and soft skills. She is an experienced business person having owned and managed businesses since 1994.
Anita holds a MBA, Graduate Diploma in Economic Development and Bachelor of Education (Adult Ed.). She was awarded the Sir James Fletcher Award for Outstanding Contribution to Enterprise and the Adult Community Education – Educator of the Year Award in 2008.
Anita is a Justice of Peace (JP), an Accredited Business Consultant and a member of the Institute of Accredited Business Consultants (NZ) Inc. Anita is on the Board of Trustees for Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) and Papatoetoe High School. She is on the Auckland Council’s Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel and on the industry consultation advisory committee for Business College NZ Ltd.
Anita is committed to building strong relationships and supporting diversity. She is passionate about collaborative partnerships, life-long learning and optimising people potential. Anita believes in an organisation culture that values people at all levels.
Sam Sukumar has had a long engagement with Auckland Regional Migrant Services, as a member of our Settlement Support Groups, Auckland South and Central, during his time serving in different roles in Inland Revenue.
Sam is currently an Asset Management Coordinator at Housing New Zealand, and previously was a Business Services Advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Sam has also served in several managerial roles in the food and beverage sector.
As an approved mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand, Sam helps businesses on a one-to-one basis and also presents at education and training institutes.
Sam is passionate about empowering people and providing the right support and believes that migrants and former refugees bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience that contribute to enhancing New Zealand’s economy. He has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club International in recognition of his services to the community.
Through his involvement on the ARMS Board, Sam hopes to be able to contribute his skills and insights to migrants and former refugees in terms of their issues. Sam speaks English, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Telugu.
Paul S Bryant
Paul Bryant is a strategic advisor with 18 years of commercial experience in technology and business management for private enterprise, hedge funds and investment banks within New Zealand across the major financial trading centres globally. Paul graduated from Auckland University in New Zealand in 1997 with a master’s degree in financial economics and a bachelor-honours degree in law. His first permanent employment was as a lecturer for investment theory at the University of Auckland. He then moved into industry roles with UBS Warburg in Auckland and then to Credit Suisse in London, leveraging his software development experience and solid grounding in financial products and practices.
Paul was a founding employee and head of technology for one of Europe’s most ambitious and successful hedge fund launches from 2002 and was subsequently the CIO of a multi-national service provider to hedge funds and investment banks in London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. Paul’s academic background, long-term involvement in the finance industry, and his engagement in private enterprise have produced a rare combination of technical, financial, commercial and strategic experience.
Paul moved back to New Zealand after 15 years of living and working overseas, and has been a principal strategic advisor on engagements for clients located in Europe and Australasia in the years since. Paul lives in Auckland with his wife and three children and tries to find time for his many outdoor and fitness related activities from triathlons and marathons to mountain biking and windsurfing.
Hatch is Chairperson of the Japanese Society of Auckland and a member of Auckland Council Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel and Waitemata Ethnic Reference Group. She holds an M.A. in Political Science and has an extensive experience working with refugees and migrants. She had many overseas appointments for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and lived in various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe before migrating to New Zealand in 1995. She currently works for efu Investment Limited as executive assistant and is actively involved in several areas of community work. Her education and training includes international relations, law, and applied linguistics.
Tracey Moore originally comes from the UK and has lived in New Zealand for 12 years, making Auckland her home in 2007, after a couple of years in Wellington. Tracey is a senior leader at Auckland Council and has made her career in local government and the public sector. Her background is mainly in social housing and working with diverse communities. She is committed to the principles of social equity and multi-culturalism, and to contributing to making Auckland the world’s most liveable city. She views being a board member of ARMS as a great privilege, and an opportunity to bring her experience and skills to help others make their own contribution to this wonderful country of Aotearoa.