Paul Brown steps down as Chief Executive of ChildFund New Zealand

Paul Brown steps down as Chief Executive of ChildFund New Zealand | ChildFund New Zealand

The Board of ChildFund New Zealand regrets to advise that after 16 years in the role, Paul Brown has decided to step down from his role as the Chief Executive of ChildFund New Zealand. 

Since 2004, Paul has been instrumental in leading the ongoing development and growth of ChildFund New Zealand. Today it is well respected and highly regarded for its progressive and innovative approach to child-centered community development. Paul has carefully led ChildFund New Zealand from an organisation that raised funds for programmes managed by other entities to become, in its own right, one of New Zealand's leading international aid agencies with programmes now operating in Kenya, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati, serving the needs of thousands of children and their communities. This development and progress all occurred throughout a period of dynamic change in the role and sources of funding for aid organisations. 

Amongst many successes and highlights during Paul's tenure as Chief Executive was ChildFund New Zealand's membership of the ChildFund Alliance and its securing of a Strategic Funding Partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. More recently, he has built a team, set the direction, and laid the foundation for ChildFund to focus more of its programme activities in the Pacific and to embark on a broader strategic initiative to move into social and impact investing as a means of sustaining ChildFund New Zealand's impact in children's lives, in a world experiencing unprecedented threats, change and disruption. 

Paul has always led with passion, enthusiasm for the mission, professionalism, and commitment to children's rights. His enormous contribution to ChildFund New Zealand over 16 years has left an indelible mark on the organisation which will continue to serve it for years. The Board thanks Paul for 16 outstanding years of dedication and service to ChildFund New Zealand and wishes him all the very best. It has no doubt that he will give his next challenge the same level of commitment and drive as he did at ChildFund. 

The Board will be initiating a search for Paul's replacement to lead ChildFund New Zealand through the next stage in its development. During this time of transition, Paul will continue to provide assistance. His last day in the office will be on Friday, 4th June, 2021. 

Simon Whyte,
Board Chair
ChildFund New Zealand


22 comments


  • danny

    Great contribution to society, well done and all the best


  • Gabriele Mross

    Hi Paul, Thank you for the last 16 years. You certainly have shaped the organization and built it to the size it is today. You will be missed terribly. A hard act to follow for your successor. However, growth and success of an organization also come through change and new innovative thinking and I hope that Child Fund NZ will seize this opportunity and appoint an equally brilliant person to further its course.


  • Suzette Meroiti

    Hi Paul.
    As a sponsor, I have read over the many years, the great work you and your team have done and want to thank you for a job well done.
    We spoke on the phone a few years back and you impressed me with your enthusiasm to help.
    I wish you all the best for the future.
    Cheers…..Suzette


  • Nandani Dayal

    I still remember my interview and meeting you for the first time , you were so enthusiastic towards the cause and over the years you strived to achieve the goals of the organisation. I guess it was not any easy journey and but you gave your best shot. Good luck for your future endeavours and much love to you and your lovely family .


  • Carolyn

    Paul, we will miss you indeed. Thank you so much for all you have done over the years to help the children, youth and communities we serve. Thank you for your care and commitment to our donors and the team. All the best for your next adventure Paul and we look to staying in touch, you will always be part of the ChildFund whanau.


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