CEO 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 Academy. Having seen many poor examples of leadership in the wider community, he aims to be a champion of change and developing our region's youth.
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 Academy maintains its action oriented approach to the work we do and brings great entrepreneurial insight for our many ideas.
Business Support Manager
Erin has been with Future Leaders Academy 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.
In the Army Grant held many different command, staff and training appointments throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as travelling extensively internationally participating in exercises and training activities, or deployed on operations.
One of Grant’s most recent roles was leading the New Zealand Cadet Forces, a youth development organisation of nearly 4000 members.
He holds Master’s degrees in Training and Development and Strategic Studies, and diplomas in Business and Adult Education.
Outside of work, Grant is married and has four young adult children. He is also a Justice of the Peace
As an organizational development expert, Tony F Williams has led transformational projects for numerous government and corporate organizations around the world.
Tony's extensive understanding of leadership was gained as a senior officer with the New Zealand Army and most notably as a Special Forces Captain within the elite New Zealand Special Air Service.
Add to his military service over his five 'tours' is Tony's vast experience with the civilian sector, both public and private. Beginning as a leadership developer with Fletcher Challenge Group, Tony has worked with every sector from fishing, pulp and paper to tourism and manufacturing both in New Zealand and off-shore. His strategic work early on with Masport set him on his current path as a disruptor and transfomer.
Wayne joins our team with a wealth of experience, he is passionate about empowering youth to become best versions of themselves.
Wayne has a strong Military background and specialises in youth development.
In Wayne's spare time he is busy with own children, loves keeping fit and has completed a number of triathlons. We hear he is also an amazing cook!
Originally from Fiji, Jay has been been involved with youth development for over a decade and brings a wealth of experience and a genuine approach to Future Leaders Academy. 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. Promoting the cultural values of Pasifika People motivates Jay to develop our youth.
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. He's also pretty good on the guitar!
Derek has an education and business background, he is passionate about youth development and is especially passionate about the Young Enterprise Scheme - where their focus is inspiring youth, unleashing leaders!
Derek has worked in a number of corporate roles, in Business Development and been part of Military as a Reserve Solider. Derek is a keen fisherman, loves tramping and all things enterprise!