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Our National Board

Gerard (Gerry) Stevens

Gerry became involved with the Society in 2013 when he joined the Petone Conference and also became the Spiritual Advisor for the Hutt Wairarapa Area Council.

Prior to that he was working in the Information and Data Storage industry managing his own company.  He was also the foundation Chair at his children's school on the introduction of “Tomorrow's Schools”.

Moving to Otaki “to retire” from business he maintained his connection with the Petone Conference and the Hutt Wairarapa Area Council. He was elected Area President for Kapi Mana (Tawa to Levin) in 2018.

He is married to Stephanie and has five daughters and ten grandchildren.

Fr Alan Roberts

Alan Roberts is a priest of the Archdiocese of Wellington and has served in parishes throughout that diocese since 1973. 

He spent 3 years as  Chaplain to Victoria University and worked for 5 years as Spiritual Director to the National Seminary in Auckland. 

Alan trained in Ignatian Spirituality soon after ordination and has maintained his interest in this to the present day, conducting retreats throughout the country. 

He is the author of Make the People Sit Down - an encouragement to deeper prayer, and I Know You Are Near - a journey to faith. 

He is currently parish priest of Pukekaraka, St Mary's Parish, in Otaki and nearing retirement.

Mike Daly

I have served as a Vincentian for 14 years and as Christchurch Area Council President for 5 years.

I am a St Bede’s College Old Boy and Lincoln University graduate. After spending 24 years working in agricultural research for the Crown, I left to form my own Company 20 years ago. I work with my son and a number of part time employees. Our company makes soil enhancing products for the farming sector.

I have 5 adult children and 11 grandchildren. I am married to Marianne and live in Christchurch. 

I believe that everyone has gifts and we need to value each individual; by recognizing one another’s gifts, and accepting each other’s weaknesses, we can then work effectively together to achieve our mission. 

Michael Burrowes

Michael commenced work at the Financial Markets Authority in late April 2021 as a senior solicitor. Prior to that he was Head of Legal at Cigna Insurance NZ from January 2016. He held a number of additional roles at Cigna at various times including Executive Director, Head of Compliance and Chief Risk Officer. His roles for 2020-2021 were General Counsel and General Manager Governance. In these roles he had overall responsibility for all legal matters, corporate governance and regulatory affairs. 

Michael is an active member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce. He has had a number of governance roles in his career – prior to becoming a National Board Member for SVDP he was for 3 years a director of a company owned by Mary Potter Hospice undertaking a $17m property development.

He is also a leading insurance law specialist. With over 30 years’ experience providing legal advice to the insurance sector, Michael is renowned for his depth of knowledge of the insurance industry. 

Prior to joining Cigna in 2016 Michael was senior partner at Mahony Burrowes Horner, Barristers and Solicitors. MBH had its roots in Burrowes and Company, a boutique Wellington law firm established by Michael in 1997. Prior to establishing Burrowes and Company, Michael was a partner at the national law firm Dentons Kensington Swan for 11 years. He holds an LLB (Hons) degree from Victoria University.

Phillipa Huberts

I joined SVdP about 14 years ago as treasurer for the conference which I did for approximately 5 years. Following that I have been president of the conference several times and am currently president for the Central North Island Thermal lands Area Council. 

I have worked in a variety of jobs and businesses, but for the last 15 years have settled to administrative work, first at a secondary school, and currently working fulltime at a polytechnic.

This includes secretarial work, pastoral support, management of resources, working with various computer programmes and liaising with students, staff and stakeholders.

Before that Ken, my husband, and I, owned a retail business for 22 years.  This was open 7 days and employed more than 20 staff at its peak. Together we handled all facets of the business.  Prior to that I worked with the NZ Police and the NZ Army.

While I was born and raised in Auckland, I have now lived most of my life in Gisborne, where we have raised our 3 children. They all now live in Hamilton, along with our first grandchild.

Paola Minehan

Previously the youth coordinator for Hawke’s Bay. I have held this voluntary role on the National Board since 2018. 

I am responsible for managing the digital communications, social media platforms, and content creation for the organisation, as well as providing national oversight of the youth coordinators' professional practice, organising professional development, and facilitating AGMs.

I have also actively participated in international meetings for youth and young adults' leaders, representing the organisation and sharing best practices. 

Alongside this I am on the Board of the Auckland Vinnies Trust and part of the International Membership working party.

I am passionate about making a positive impact on communities through social initiatives and youth development programmes, and I have a strong background in psychology, crisis intervention, and mental health.

I am married to James and we have 5 children. We both enjoy spending any spare time on our local Awa and belong to Heretaunga Ararua O Ngati Kahunguna Waka Ama Roopu.