We're Recruiting 2 New Trustees to Join Our Board of Trustees

Ministry of Awesome is a force for high-growth founders, startups and innovators in New Zealand.

With our world-class incubator and accelerator products, Ministry of Awesome empowers entrepreneurs across New Zealand  to improve the global economy through sustainable, profitable innovation that benefits people and planet. MoA supports entrepreneurs from early-stage onwards through its vast network of founders, operators, mentors, advisors, investors, partners, and community leaders. We also partner with HTK Group to incorporate Māori values into the ecosystem and specifically to support Māori and Pasifika entrepreneurs.MoA operates through an equal opportunity lens, celebrating the diversity across the entire organisation, programmes, and activities.

The board of trustees meets six to eight times per year in Christchurch or virtually, with some workshops and regular communication between meetings. Trustees support our team and leverage their local, national and international networks on behalf of Ministry of Awesome.

While Ministry of Awesome is headquartered in Christchurch, our partners and activity are increasingly national in scope.

Current trustees Dale Aotea Stephens (Chair), Paul Claridge, Claire McGowan, James Burnes, and Kaila Colbin are seeking two additional trustees who will support our inclusive culture, contribute to the vision for growth and increase our capacity for diversity of thought. Kaila Colbin will rotate out from the board with the appointment of the new trustees.

About this Trustee role

Location of applicants: Anywhere (meetings in Christchurch or on Zoom)

Duration of appointment: Three years

Time commitment: Approximately 9 days per year

Remuneration: $5,000

Incumbents restanding: No

Application closing date: 15/12/2022


The people sought will bring one or more of the following:

  • Engagement and influence within innovation and startup networks throughout NZ
  • Strong connections with innovation and startup networks internationally
  • Senior corporate or professional services experience, especially related to innovation
  • Senior management or governance experience within central government organisations, especially related to innovation funding
  • Personal experience as a founder and or investor in high-growth startups.
  • Experience building, participating in, and/or operating internationally recognized incubation and accelerator programmes.


Contact name: Kaila Colbin, Trustee & Co-Founder

Contact email: kaila@boma.global


Please submit your CV and a covering letter to: kaila@boma.global no later than 15 December 2022.



Join our team!  In addition to this role, Ministry of Awesome is recruiting for two senior leadership roles. Know a great candidate? Please share this opportunity with them as we are urgently looking for the right person.