CEO and Chief Instructor
Jethro has had a broad and varied career. A head prefect at high school, he went on to work in sales and account management roles, while developing a secondary career as an officer in the NZ Army Reserve Force. During this time, Jethro led a team of youth development instructors at the Limited Service Volunteer programme which helped inspire the start-up of Future Leaders Academy. Having seen many poor examples of leadership in the wider community, he aims to be a champion of change and developing our region’s youth.
Co-founder and Advisor
Being part of the journey since the beginning, Davina has influenced the way we think about positive mindsets and the power of self-confidence. An expert in her field, Davina is also the Director of Marrzipan Drama, and ensures that Future Leaders Academy maintains its action oriented approach to the work we do and brings great entrepreneurial insight for our many ideas.
Business Support Manager
One of Grant’s most recent roles was leading the New Zealand Cadet Forces, a youth development organisation of nearly 4000 members.
He holds Master’s degrees in Training and Development and Strategic Studies, and diplomas in Business and Adult Education.
Outside of work, Grant is married and has four young adult children. He is also a Justice of the Peace
Tony’s extensive understanding of leadership was gained as a senior officer with the New Zealand Army and most notably as a Special Forces Captain within the elite New Zealand Special Air Service.
Add to his military service over his five ‘tours’ is Tony’s vast experience with the civilian sector, both public and private. Beginning as a leadership developer with Fletcher Challenge Group, Tony has worked with every sector from fishing, pulp and paper to tourism and manufacturing both in New Zealand and off-shore. His strategic work early on with Masport set him on his current path as a disruptor and transfomer.
Wayne has a strong Military background and specialises in youth development.
In Wayne’s spare time he is busy with own children, loves keeping fit and has completed a number of triathlons. We hear he is also an amazing cook!
Derek has worked in a number of corporate roles, in Business Development and been part of Military as a Reserve Solider. Derek is a keen fisherman, loves tramping and all things enterprise!