Souella Cumming - Chair
Souella is passionate about contributing to the long-term sustainability of community-based organisations including Special Olympics and is involved in a governance capacity with several charities and not-for-profit organisations, contributing to their strategic and financial direction and growth and development.
Souella is a partner with KPMG New Zealand and leads their Consulting and Government sector practices. She is committed to supporting individuals and organisations to reach their full potential and to leaving a lasting legacy.
Grant has dedicated over 30 years of services to Special Olympics New Zealand. In the early 1980s, Grant and his wife Wendy first heard of the Special Olympics movement, and they provided four athletes with the chance to compete internationally. This led to the creation of Special Olympics New Zealand as the leading National Sporting Organisation for people with intellectual disabilities, transforming the lives of thousands of athletes and their families. Grant has been a Trustee of Special Olympics from its earliest days, and was Games Director of the 2005 Special Olympics NZ National Summer Games and Asia Pacific Invitation Games held in Christchurch in the same year.
Peter brings corporate finance experience to the table, with a background in Investment Banking, Venture Capital and Private Equity. He provides skills in capital raising, financial analysis, value creation and strategic advisory.
Currently, Peter works at a Wellington-based boutique investment bank, Clare Capital and formerly at New Zealand’s leading Venture Capital Fund, Movac, and New Zealand’s oldest Private Equity firm, Rangatira Investments.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Sport Management from Massey University.
Peter has an extensive career in sport, competing at three Olympic Games with an Olympic Bronze as his highest achievement.
Peter also sits on the Special Olympics New Zealand Board as an Independent Trustee and sits on the Foundation as an elected Trustee.
Michelle is a marketing and strategy consultant with more than 25 years of experience in her field. She has served on a number of not-for-profit boards and in 2021 she was recognised for her extensive community service with a MNZM Honour in the New Year's Honours list.
Michelle is passionate about contributing to a better New Zealand for all.
Outside of work, Michelle is active with running, reading, tramping and travelling. She has run a marathon on all seven continents (including Antarctica), which she completed just before borders closed with Covid!