Meet our Board

As an independent Charitable Trust, Stepping Stone Trust (SST) is governed by a Board, which serves in the context of a 25-year history of dedicated and faithful service. The Board’s focus is on governing the organisation to ensure the business of the Trust is well run, financially viable, and that our work remains connected to the reason the Trust was originally formed.

To view the Calendar Year 2020 Annual Report please click here.


Grant Adams (Chair) - the Chair of Partners at Parry Field Lawyers, Grant practices business, trust and personal law and is involved in several charities as well as Rotary. He and his wife, Robyn have three adult sons. Reading, mountain biking and involvement at his church, St Christopher’s Avonhead, are how Grant chooses to utilise his free time.

Grant Adams


Mona Contractor (Consumer Advisor) - originally from the UK, Mona is a Community Advisor with Department for Internal Affairs working with Ethnic Communities, with a background in Community Development. Mona loves hanging out with family and friends and her interests include cooking and reading.

Mona Contractor

Lived Experience Perspective
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Chartered Accountant, has been in public practice and served on Church and School Boards in a financial capacity and in organisations within the wider community; brings 35 years of financial knowledge and experience to Stepping Stones. He is married to Kaye; with three adult children and two grandchildren.

Grant Rae


Chris Ansley - married to Caroline with 2 primary school age children, Chris and his family share a love of tramping and camping with friends. Chris is a Consultant Psychiatrist with the CDHB at the Child, Adolescent and Family Inpatient Unit. Chris has an interest in clinical safety and seeing the trust attending to our core work and values.

Chris Ansley


Steve Withington - a physician, works in Ashburton Hospital and for the University of Otago doing rural health research and training post-graduate Doctors. He chairs the board of elders at South West Baptist Church, and has worked abroad in global health and development leadership for over 10 years, with extensive experience of grant applications and management.

Steve Withington

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a partner at Parry Field Lawyers specialising in Commercial & Property Law, Community Housing and Construction Law and has held a number of governance roles over the years. Outside of work, Judith is a mum to two young children and enjoys unwinding by pottering in her garden.

Judith Bullin