Our People

New Zealand is our home, and we approach our work with a view to both learning from international best practice as well contributing a distinctly New Zealand voice to policy research.

The operation of the foundation is led by the Executive Director, Katherine Errington. We draw on a network of other supporters.

The foundation is an independent trust. We are a registered charity in New Zealand and governed by a board of four trustees.

Foundation Board

Prof. Peter Davis (Chair)
Geoff Pownall
Simon Mitchell
Prof. Cindy Kiro

Key People

Helen Clark (Patron)
Katherine Errington (Executive Director)
Holly Walker (Deputy Director and WSP Fellow)
Paul Smith (Communications and Research Support)
Sarah Paterson-Hamlin (Admin Support)
Andrew Chen (Technical Support)


Helen Klisser During
Mike Williams

Our Partners

Auckland University of Technology and The Policy Observatory are partnering with the The Helen Clark Foundation while the Foundation becomes established. This aligns with the University’s commitment to research for the public good, and public communication of research. The University supports the Foundation’s aim to fund and facilitate research on a range of topics; however its support is not an endorsement of any individual item of work, output or statement made by the Foundation’s staff, directors or patron.

WSP is partnering with the Helen Clark Foundation as part of their commitment to fostering research excellence. Holly Walker will be the first WSP Fellow.

Three organisations, The Helen Clark Foundation, Health Coalition Aotearoa, and the MAS Foundation, are delighted to partner to share expertise and resources to deliver an evidence-based perspective on one of the most important public health issues facing New Zealand – improving health equity.