The Taranaki Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to Mark Bowden for his dedicated service on the Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Distribution Committee since 2020. We also welcome Ainsley Luscombe, Trustee, as the new Chair of the Distribution Committee.

Mark Bowden:

Mark has made significant contributions during his time on the Taranaki Foundation Board, notably as Chair of the Distribution Committee. His deep understanding and love for the Taranaki community were shaped during his sixteen years as principal at both Opunake High School and Spotswood College (retiring in 2018), has proven invaluable.  Mark’s dedication to education was honoured with the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 2021 New Year Honours.

He strongly believes in community giving and acknowledges Taranaki’s rich history of philanthropy, noting, “much of what we share today, our parks and community resources, were given and developed by individuals and groups within our province – communities that give together grow together”.

“A giving community is a unified community, and it has been wonderful to have been involved in a philanthropic organisation focused with a real vision for growing community” he says.

Mark’s insightful leadership, dedication to robust grant making and expertise in grant distribution have been instrumental in progressing the Taranaki Foundation forward over the past few years. As we thank Mark for his service, we are confident that his legacy of leadership and unwavering commitment to our community will continue to inspire us all.

Ainsley Luscombe (Trustee):

Ainsley is looking forward to chairing the Distribution Committee and facilitating impactful giving.  With eight years as a Trustee and Director of TSB Community Trust (now TOI Foundation), she saw firsthand how philanthropy can enhance the lives of Taranaki people.

She is passionate about leaving a lasting legacy, stating, “life is about giving back…connecting those who can give with those doing great work in our community.” Ainsley holds immense respect for the unsung heroes in our community who tirelessly contribute with limited resources.

To find out more about our team, please visit Our People page.