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Meet the Team: TeamMember

Karina Leppik


Karina Leppik comes from a NASA background in leadership, relationship building and communication including project management and logistics.  In addition, she also coordinated a food pantry in the United States so is well versed in the vagaries and challenges the food relief sector brings. She began volunteering with FBANZ in 2020, and is now merging that experience with her deep background as FBANZ's new CEO.


Janice Milligan

Co-Founder, Trustee/Secretary

With qualifications in international business and education and a professional background in real estate

development, small business management, non-profit foundations and tertiary education, Janice started her

adult life as an Elementary School Teacher, Mother, and Sports Coach. She later taught as an adjunct professor in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship.

As the Milligans relocated internationally, Janice worked, studied, lectured and taught in New Zealand, Malaysia, Germany, returning to the USA in 2004. Toward the end of 2015, they returned home permanently to Christchurch to be part of the regeneration of their adopted 'home city'! As a Master Reiki Therapist, Life & Lifestyle Coach, Janice inspires women and men of all ages to be all they can be and to delight in their individuality.

During the past few years Janice has visited Food Banks in Australia; South Korea and the USA.

John Milligan

Co-Founder, Trustee, Board Chair

John grew up in New Zealand; and after furthering his education in South Africa and the USA, he went to work at IBM in business systems, sales and marketing, eventually becoming a senior executive in a very competitive and changing world. He later consulted with major international clients through to small community non-profits helping them to become more profitable, more effective and do more good. He actively encourages leaders to take a more customer perspective and to develop and implement more inspired and sustainable strategies through learning from different types of experiences.

Taking a university teaching and business sabbatical and furthering his passion, John sang Opera on many of the major world stages. He is the author of a number of books and published articles as well as being an award-winning poet.
During his Non-Profit Career, John has served on a number of Trustee boards; was appointed to the USA Federal Communications Grants Review Board; appointed to a State Arts Council and served two terms on a Regional Economic Development Council.

From Wellington, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia; from Karlsruhe, Germany to Raleigh, North Carolina, John has travelled extensively to instruct and inspire; to educate and entertain; to teach and train.  Having worked on four continents, John’s experience and knowledge takes on a global perspective. At a NZ Government function, Hon. Hugh Templeton introduced John as not just a respected Kiwi but a 'Citizen of the World'!

As CEO of LeaderWorks NZ and a Change Consultant and Strategic Life & Lifestyle Coach, John has been an invited speaker in New Zealand and Australia as well as the USA and is in demand as an advisor/coach, national speaker and workshop leader.
Being an active member of The Global Foodbanking Network, John has mentored and assisted three new charities in the NZ Food sector as well as the new Food Bank in Bangalore, India. he is an Advisory Member of The Prime Minister's Chief Scientific Advisory Council; Member of Christchurch Mayor's Welfare Council; and actively involved in Advocacy at National, Regional & Local levels.

Penny Marks

Business Administrator

Penny was born and raised in Christchurch and studied for a Bachelor of Commerce at Otago University.

For the past 13 years Penny has been involved in Not For Profit administration and management and has a passion for helping those less fortunate.

The Mother to teenage twins, Penny brings an in-depth experience to the team at FBANZ.

In her spare time she may be found on her E-bike on many of the cycle tracks of Christchurch.

Jacob Roberts

General Manager, Network Operations & Environment

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Christchurch Facility

Jan Robinson


Steve Claude



Richard Grundy

Facility Assistant

Ellie Ashwell

Facility Assistant

John Hetherington

Facility Assistant

Ange Wilson

Facility Assistant


David Benton

Facility Warehouse

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Timaru Hub

Helen McKeown


Christine Phillips

Facility Assistant

Karen Henderson

Operations Assistant / Driver

Rachel McIntosh

Facility Assistant

Volunteer Heroes

Everyone one of our volunteers are superheroes, but some deserve special mention for their long contribution and the special work that they've done for us

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