Ākina Foundation Chairman to retire, new Chair appointed

The Ākina Foundation has today announced that Anake Goodall, who has chaired the Board since January 2015, is standing down and will be succeeded by Sophie Haslem.

Mr Goodall stated that the Board had been actively managing its succession at both the management and governance levels to ensure that the appropriate skills are available to the organisation. With the successful transition of the CEO’s role to Louise Aitken in October, he believes it is now time to refresh the Chair’s role.

Ākina this year hosted the successful Social Enterprise World Forum in Ōtautahi Christchurch, and has just been named as partner with the Department of Internal Affairs to help develop the social enterprise sector in Aotearoa New Zealand through the provision of $5.5 million funding over the next three years. We have also launched the Impact Enterprise Fund – established jointly by Ākina, New Ground Capital and Impact Ventures – which is in sight of successfully reaching its goal of NZ$10 million in subscriptions.

The Board has appointed current Deputy Chair Sophie Haslem as the new Chair, effective immediately. Ms Haslem has extensive governance experience, including as the previous Chair of Ākina’s Finance Committee and as an independent director on the boards of a number of companies including Rangatira, Centre Port MetService and Kordia Limited.

When speaking to Ms Haslem, she stated that over the last three years Anake has led Ākina with humility, kindness and wisdom. She believes filling his shoes is a daunting task, but is also excited as the social enterprise space is rapidly building momentum. The opportunity to shift the needle and have lasting impact is very real. Partnered with Louise, she is keen to keep building capability across communities throughout New Zealand, to forge relationships and partnerships based on a common desire to make a difference and attract more capital into the sector to help it thrive.

Mr Goodall added that it had been an enormous privilege to serve on the Ākina board for the past four years, and to work alongside his committed and capable colleagues at both the board and staff levels of the organisation. He paid particular tribute to the tireless work of recently retired CEO, Alex Hannant, for his significant contribution to Ākina and the social enterprise sector. He also wished to acknowledge the array of sector players that he had the privilege of working with, ranging from Ākina’s original funders at the Tindall and Todd Foundations through to the many community-level organisations and the myriad of social enterprises themselves. There is no doubt that the impact sector is entering exciting times and is rapidly showing evidence of its significant potential. He reflected that one only had to look at the level of support coming simultaneously from leading edge corporates, government agencies, foundations and the private capital markets to get a sense of the real possibilities at hand.

From the whole of the Ākina team, thank you for your hard work Anake.

We’re all excited to see Sophie step into the role of Chairman. We’re looking forward to what she’ll do from here.