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Our People and Structure

CWS Board

Alison Maccoll (Chair)

Alison joined the board in 2012 and was voted chair in 2014.  As chair she is also on the Staffing Committee.  She has brought her broad experience in disaster management home, working actively to support the Canterbury earthquake recovery  She has worked in Africa, Asia and the Middle East supporting and managing humanitarian response after disaster and war.  A food and nutrition specialist by training she has provided training for local groups and managed community development programmes, including for the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Somalia and Sri Lanka.  She has had a strong and active commitment to the Girl Guide movement.

"CWS's approach to social justice and strong focus on working with and standing alongside local partners is so critical to achieving social change in the communities they support. The standing alongside and speaking out on issues that affect all of us is one of the things that attracted my interest and continually motivates my commitment to CWS."


John Caldwell

John is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Canterbury, and currently specialises in Child and Family Law. His interest in global justice issues was sparked by a period in his career where he taught and researched the Law of International Organisations, and he strongly believes in the value of ecumenism. He has held lay leadership positions in both the Presbyterian and Anglican churches, and is presently on the Board of Anglican Care, the Anglican Social Justice agency in the Canterbury Diocese.

"The energy, commitment, and determination of the CWS staff and supporters combine to produce an organisation that really does make a practical difference to those most in need. CWS is Christianity in action."


David Culverhouse

Representing the Finance Committee

Rev Prince Devanandan

representing the Methodist Church of New Zealand

Prince was born and brought up in Sri Lanka. After high school he pursued theological education in Theological College of Lanka. He was ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Ceylon, Diocese of Colombo in December 1988.  Prince served urban and rural parishes Sri Lanka and as the Executive Secretary of the Commission for Justice and Peace and acting general secretary of the National Christian Council of Sri LankaIn 2000 Prince completed an MTheo from Auckland University before working as a vicar back in Sri Lanka.  He returned to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2003 to take up a position in parish ministry in the Methodist Church.  Prince was the District Superintendent of the Manukau District until his appointment as secretary of Methodist Mission and Ecumenical in February 2012.  He is also on the boards of Methodist Mission Northern, Lifewise Trust and represents the Methodist Church in the Friendship House Trust in Manukau.  Prince is currently a member of the General Committee of the Christian Conference of Asia and President of the Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa.

"CWS is an important organisation for me to work with because of the Christian commitment for service. This institution has worked on behalf of New Zealand churches for over 60 years and has helped people in many countries. The funds donated directly help people in need. It operates as a not for profit entity to serve people in the developing world. As a member of the governing board I encourage everyone to become an active participant in the work of CWS."


David Fielding

representing the Anglican Church


Graeme French

representing the Quakers


Jill Hawkey

Beginning her career as a social worker, Jill went on to become the Director of Christian World Service for 10 years (1993-2004).  Jill worked as a consultant for the World Council of Churches to set up ACT Development (Action by Churches Together) and became its first Director in 2007.  ACT Development joined with its sister emergency response alliance to form the ACT Alliance in 2010 and Jill was appointed as the Deputy General Secretary.  ACT Alliance, of which Christian World Service is a member, is one of the largest global humanitarian alliances with 130 member organisations in over 50 countries.  It is based in Geneva.  Jill and her family returned to Christchurch in January 2011. She is the Executive Director of the Christchurch Methodist Mission.

"Christian World Service has over 65 years experience of working with people to overcome poverty and injustice throughout the world. It is committed to addressing the root causes of the problem, not just the symptoms. It is a highly professional, ethical organisation supported by staff, volunteers and donors who want to make a difference in their world."


Jenny Dawson

Representing the Supporters' Council


Sally Russell

Representing the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand


Jenny Smith

Representing the International Programmes Working Group


Pauline McKay

National Director, ex officio

Joining CWS as National Director in February 2009, Pauline brings much experience of social justice action within New Zealand and the world wide ecumenical movement as well as a background in health and development. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement and YWCA from the 1970s to the early 90s and worked for the Africa Information Centre and the Waitangi Consultancy, which introduced Treaty of Waitangi principles to pakeha New Zealanders. She then moved to Geneva where she spent 15 years working for the World Council of Churches, International YWCA and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Much of her work was around organising international conferences, latterly highlighting inequities in health research and health issues in developing countries.

“I feel privileged to have been able to bring my interests and skills in development, social justice and ecumenism to CWS. It is an honour to work for this organisation, which has such a strong analytical base and a 68-year history of standing alongside and working with the poor.”


CWS Staff
National Director Pauline McKay

021 289 1225

International Programmes Coordinator Trish Murray


Relationships Coordinator based in Auckland David Lawson

(09) 571 9150

Database Manager and Office Coordinator Emma Gondwe


Office Assistant Nadine Wells


Communications Coordinator Gillian Southey


Unless otherwise stated, please contact CWS staff members via the National Office: or 03 366 9274.


Supporters' Council

The CWS Supporters’ Council is part of the new constitution agreed in November 2013.  It is made up of partner churches, organisations and individuals committed to the vision, values and objectives of Christian World Service and who have provided financial support for CWS work in the past two years.  It meets annually in different locations.

The Supporters’ Council can nominate persons for membership of the Board. 

Supporters' Council 2016

Rev Dr Jenny Dawson was appointed to the Board from the Supporters' Council.  Information and the nomination form are available here if you are interested.  

The 2016 meeting was held on  Friday 16 September 2016 from 6 to 8pm at the Parenting Centre, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland.  International Programmes Working Group member Rob Wayne reported on his visit to the Centre for Community Solidarity in Uganda and meeting with Wadalla Peter of the Maridi Service Agency in South Sudan.

The 2016 AGM of the CWS Board was held Saturday 17 September from 9:30-10:20 am at the same venue.