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 programme 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 its action oriented approach to the work we do and brings great entrepreneurial insight for our many ideas.

Erin Carver
Operations Manager

Erin has been with Future Leaders since 2016. With an extensive career in office management and administration in both the public and private sectors she 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. She is passionate about her family and art and has a true desire to see a better life for all people.

Jay Berwick
Leadership Instructor

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

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.

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. ​



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