Board of Trustees
Graeme Taylor - Chairman
Graeme Taylor is Circuit’s multi-talented Chairman. He and his wife Mary run a a small agricultural contracting business in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. He brings many years of experience in the area of restorative justice with Prison Fellowship International and as an advocate for indigenous people in Papua New Guinea.
Sharon Bell - Development specialist
Sharon Bell is Circuit’s “pracademic” (practitioner academic) and development specialist. She keeps Circuit up to date with best development practice. She brings years of experience having worked with World Vision and is also a PhD candidate with the Institute of Development Studies.
Stu Corlett - field Programmes Leader
Stuart is a natural networker with sixteen years of experience working and living in Asia. He is committed to seeing people resourced to transform their own communities. He is also a keen motorcycle rider and professional photographer. He was originally trained as a pharmacist.
ruth Corlett - executive director
Ruth runs the NZ side of Circuit and is the primary point of contact in NZ. She is great at connecting with those who support Circuit’s work. She also lived and worked in Asia for sixteen years. Ruth originally trained as a teacher and served in her twenties with Volunteer Services Abroad in the South Pacific. She is also a certified career consultant.
Brian Patchett - Financial Specialist
Brian, equipped with the spiritual gift of administration and years of experience, keeps Circuit running as our accountant and financial specialist. He’s always happy to help brainstorm about any tricky situation. He has a booming laugh for any cheeky joke that might come his way. Aside from us, Brian advises and does the finances for multiple other non-profits.
HNIN PWINT SOE - ETHNIC EDUCATION SPECIALIST
Hnin Pwint Soe is our ethnic education specialist. She consults to the World Bank in Myanmar as a policy analyst and translator. She has many years of experience working in educational and environmental programmes. She also brings experience in developing training manuals, training teachers, and monitoring and evaluation of projects. She has worked with government ministries, as well as local and international NGOs in Myanmar.
July Seng-Lahpai - Ethnic Youth Representative
July is Circuit's ethnic youth representative. July is a former refugee from Myanmar who is now living in NZ. She is currently finishing a commerce degree at Victoria University. She is passionate about technology and helping people. She left Myanmar a decade ago, to get a higher education. Despite the immense challenge of not seeing her family for over ten years, she is grateful to be able to go to university and help her community in Myanmar.
Rob Pritchard - Business Specialist
Rob is Circuit’s business specialist. Rob has been working as a Business Manager and Practice Director at Fronde for over 18 years, providing digital and business advisory services and technology services to businesses. He and his family have been long-term supporters of Circuit’s development work. He has a powerful ability to cut through detail and ask the right questions, whenever there are big decisions to make as a Board.