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
Helen Klisser During
Dr Hinemoa Elder
Dr Tamasailau Suaalii
Rajen Prasad

Key People

Helen Clark (Patron)
Katherine Errington (Executive Director)
Holly Walker (Deputy Director and WSP Fellow)
Matt Shand (Health Equity Fellow)
Paul Smith (Communications and Research Support)
Soraiya Daud (Admin Support)
Andrew Chen (Technical Support)

Our Partners

AUT and the Policy Observatory

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.

The Health Coalition Aotearoa and the MAS Foundation

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.

Kōkiri ki Tāmakimakaurau Trust

We know that Māori leadership is essential to addressing inequity in New Zealand. No area is more urgent than health inequity, where the consequences can be the difference between life and death.

We are grateful to have concluded an advisory partnership with Kōkiri ki Tāmakimakaurau Trust, who have agreed to work with the Foundation Executive Director to support research in the field of health equity and regulation of alcohol. Our organisations will collaborate to ensure that the resulting research informs better health outcomes for Māori, and that policy proposals around alcohol regulation honour Te Tiriti.

David Ratu, Chair of the Trust and board member for the Health Coalition Aotearoa,  joined the selection panel for the Health Equity fellow, together with Dr Boyd Swinburn.