New and retiring Trustees

We are delighted to welcome three new trustees to the board of Hawke’s Bay Foundation. All bring a wealth of experience from a diverse range of backgrounds, but share a common goal to build a better and fairer region for everyone, forever.

Sarah Mihiroa Reo

 Mother of two, Sarah is a Law and Bachelor of Arts graduate from Victoria University. She is the co-founder of Cultureflow NZ and Cultureflow China, both language software companies established in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Recipient of the Fulbright Platinum Triangle Business Award, Sarah completed her EMBA at the University of Hawaii in 2017, and was made a member of the New Zealand order of Merit in 2018 for services to education and community. Sarah’s current focus is the contribution entrepreneurship and social enterprise has on regional economies and community development.

Kevin Callinicos

Kevin is a partner in the law firm Willis Legal, Napier.  Being born and raised in Hawke’s Bay, Kevin is hugely committed to the region, having supported and championed the Foundation for several years.  He has a strong sense of community, having been a member of the Reignier Catholic School Board of Trustees, being a general committee member of the Napier Sailing Club (and is currently Honorary Solicitor for the Club), and currently chairs the Napier Boys’ High School Charitable Trust and the Percy Storkey V.C. Memorial Trust and is also a Trust Board member of the M. F. Greenwood Education Trust.

Craig Hay

After 15 years living and working in London and Auckland, Craig returned to Hawke’s Bay in 2002. Craig’s background is in engineering and marketing, but he entered the hospitality industry by restoring Greenhill, a colonial Hawke’s Bay homestead where he established a luxury lodge. The skills he gained here were later applied to the restoration and operation of the Art Deco Masonic Hotel in Napier. Craig is a founding Patron and Trustee of MTG Foundation.
Craig strongly believes that gifts and future bequests that stay within Hawke’s Bay have a strong connection to the wellbeing of our community.


Retiring Trustee  – James Williams

Hawke’s Bay Foundation Trustee James Williams has stepped down after seven years of service to the organisation. HBF Chair Giles Pearson says James’ contribution as a Trustee will be sorely missed.

“As a founding member of the Board, James has huge mana and respect in the Hawke’s Bay community and a great insight into the charitable sector.”

James will continue to give ongoing support and guidance as an Ambassador of the Foundation and as a member of the HBF Distributions Committee.