Board of trustees
Chris Parsons, Jaye Pukepuke,
Greg Williamson, Margie Rees, Steve Reid
Greg Williamson, Chairman
Greg owns a sales and marketing consultancy based in Christchurch that works with hi-tech exporters. He has significant sales and marketing experience in the hi-tech industry, is a guest lecturer at the University of Canterbury and a member of the Institute of Directors. Chairman of Basketball New Zealand, a Board member of FIBA Oceania and Chairman of Agape Street Ministries Trust (now Bros for Change) since 2004, Greg is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, and has completed the IOD’s Certificate in Company Direction. Out of work he spends time with his wife and three children, involved in church activities, basketball, slow-motion triathlon and some very average surfing.
Steve Reid, Board member
Ngati Porou and Pakeha decent, He is married to Gina, together they have 3 young adult children, he has worked in youth work for over 25 years. He started his working career in the NZ Army which gave him a skill set to then work in the area of youth to help prepare them for life. Over the years he has both volunteered and worked professionally in church youth groups, coaching rugby, outdoor education, school kapahaka, men’s groups, also in landscape and construction. For 17 years Steve and Gina managed Agape Trust an NGO that had an Alternative Education school, OSCAR after school and holiday programs, and many other youth focused contracts.
In 2010 he was awarded the New Zealander of the Year local hero’s award for services to the youth community and again in 2011 for his support to young people and their families during the Christchurch earth quakes.
Steve’s core motivation and belief is there is a very rich and rewarding life for anyone who has faith in God, works hard, and helps others.
Margie Rees, Board member
Married with 4 children between 14 and 26
Background of Residential Social Work from 1986, Teaching English to Foreign Students and voluntary connection with many organisations from Operation Friendship to Big Brother Big Sister
Social Worker in Primary Practice in Aranui since 2011
Board Member of Hillview Christian School 2003-2012
Board Member of Agape Street Ministries Trust from 2012 until closing 2017
Current Board Member of Bros for Change Charitable Trust
Facilitator of Building Awesome Whānau parenting courses since 2016 and Early Years Toolbox since 2012
Accredited Clifton Strengths Coach since 2008
Mentoring Adults and young women
Actively involved at Grace Vineyard
My focus is on building hope into individuals and whānau and supporting them in reaching their goals.
Chris Parsons, Board Member
Chris is a Senior Behavior Specialist and Registered Psychologist. He works with people with disabilities and learning difficulties. He is a Positive Behavior Support Consultant for material from the British Institute of Learning Difficulties. He previously worked for the Ministry of Education, a District Health Board community team, and was an English as a Second Language teacher overseas for several years. He has had a long term interest in teenager’s learning and behavioral difficulties. He was previously involved in a pilot of the University of Minnesota’s “Check and Connect” program with adolescents at risk of school failure. This was where he first worked with Jaye, who was an Educational Mentor on the program. He is married with two adult children and spends time in church activities, books and spending time out in the New Zealand landscape as much as possible.
Jaye Pukepuke (Managing Director and Founder)
Previously a member of the New Zealand Maori, New Zealand Warriors and New Zealand rugby league teams, Jaye Pukepuke is now the director (and founder) of the successful alternative education programme 'Bros for Change'.
With his experiences working with young people Jaye has successfully developed a programme for helping young people labelled as problematic and dysfunctional to learn valuable skills and set realistic goals for the future.
His other experience includes:
New Zealander of the year medal recipient 2019
Founder/President of the BRO XIII Canterbury Maori Rugby League
Change Agent for the Te Papori o Whakatere Incubator programme
Studying Psychology as a Social Science at Massey University
Nga Okawa a Tangaroa, Certificate in Customary Fishing
NZQA Level 3 Chef qualification from the Auckland Hotel & Chefs Training School
NZQA Sport and Recreation- NorthTech
Former educator at Kaiwhakahaere YMCA Alternative Education Christchurch
Education mentor Check and Connect programme Halswell Residential College
Youth Worker and Coordinator - Canterbury Youth Development Programme
Former NZ Warriors, NZ and NZ Maori rugby league professional
"Its easier to build strong children, than repair a broken man" (Frederick Douglas)
With extensive recreation and outdoors experience, as well as a long history of working with young people in the last twenty years (Kaiwhakahaere at Te Kaupapa Whakaora alternative education - Te Ora Hou), programme facilitator Ben uses his life experience and education in Maori and cultural studies from ARA (formerly CPIT) to build valuable and meaningful relationships with young people (rangatahi).
As a Kaiako (instructor) of Mau Rakau - Te Arawa style, pou Tahi in whare tu taua and Kaihaka with Te Pao A Tahu Ben also uses his knowledge in the programme to help teach perseverance, discipline and respect.
(Youth Worker/ Mentor)
BJ is a qualified builder with 13 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has operated a residential building company here in Christchurch which has given him the opportunity to manage projects, run crews and mentor apprentices. He enjoys challenges and getting his hands dirty whilst sharing the knowledge and skills that he has.
He is also a qualified SCUBA diving instructor and has a passion for underwater adventure. BJ is loving his new role with Bros for Change, working with the team creating rangatahi positive experiences.
Previously an officer in the New Zealand Army and a corporate risk management consultant overseas, Bernard Isherwood is now an advisor to the programme 'Bros for Change'. He brings with him extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of leadership and motivation, together with strategic level planning, governance and interdepartmental relationship building. His experience covers the full spectrum, from direct interface with young people at risk, through to senior political and official level.
During his 31 years in the New Zealand Army, working his way up through to the ranks of a colonel, he was responsible for the command and training appointment of many soldiers including some of those deployed to missions of the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS).
After working overseas briefly as a corporate risk management consultant Bernard returned to the New Zealand Defense Force and become responsible for the management of their 'at risk' youth programmes including the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme and the Service Academy programme, embedded in a number of low decile secondary skills across the country.
By working with 'at risk' youth Bernard intends to use his experience to help reintegrate young people labelled as dysfunctional back into the mainstream system rather than continuing to ignore and isolate them.