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Board Members

The current Board Members are:

Jen Braithwaite | Chair

Jennifer has been on the Board since 2008 and its Chair since 2010.  She is a lawyer and mediator currently specialising in Māori legal issues including Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations for iwi and/or hapū and governance of Māori entities and public law.  Jennifer has been involved in community law since volunteering at Dunedin Community Law Centre as a student and also worked as a solicitor at YouthLaw in 2002/3.  She is also on the management committee of Child Poverty Action Group and volunteers for The Kindness Institute, a social enterprise that provides yoga and mindfulness to marginalised youth.

Andrew Ryan | Treasurer

Andy is a partner at Minter Ellison. He is a chartered accountant and lawyer, and has been a tax adviser since 1993. Andy has been our Treasurer for many years, and works closely with Karen Davis and our accountants to carefully manage YouthLaw’s finances.

Piers Davies

Piers has been involved with YouthLaw since it started in 1987. He has been a lawyer since 1965, specialising in Maritime Law and Cultural Heritage Law. He helped set up the first CAB legal advice and referral service in 1970 and the first Community Law Centre in Grey Lynn in 1977.

David Sutton

David holds qualifications in science and law. He has worked in Quality, Safety and Risk Management in Australia and New Zealand and is currently a Quality Manager in the food industry. He have been involved in law reform with Government and has been an industry representative on Government reference groups.
David has a keen interest in Education law and has taken on a number of Board of Trustees and related cases since first becoming involved with YouthLaw in 2012. He is a member of our Risk and Governance sub-committee and Employment sub-committee.

Harvena Cherrington

Nive Sharat Chandran

Nive has been on the Board since 2013. She grew up in Auckland but now lives in Wellington where she works as a policy analyst for the Ministry of Health on therapeutics and drugs policy.
Nive’s passion is the empowerment of women, young people and children. She is the current Co-President of YWCA Aotearoa and the Vice President of the World YWCA.
Nive has worked as the youth coordinator and advocate for Shakti. She has also held an internship at the Office of Ethnic Affairs in the Department of Internal Affairs and is a past chair woman of the Auckland City Youth Council. She was also a finalist in the emerging leader category for the Westpac’s Women of Influence Awards 2013.
Fluent in both Tamil and English, Nive is also able to stay abreast with contemporary issues facing young people through her connections. She has strong networks within the Ministry of Youth Development, Ministry for Women, Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Leadership Network, Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel, UNESCO NZ’s Youth Advisory Group, and the Office of Ethnic Communities.

 

Simon Judd

Simon Judd is an Auckland barrister with a broad practice in civil litigation, human rights and public law. He has particular expertise in the law relating to suspensions and exclusions from school and has represented students on a number of applications to the High Court to review school discipline decisions. In addition to being on the YouthLaw Board, Simon works with YouthLaw in advising clients and bringing strategic litigation.

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