Governing Board
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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

Bill Hardie - a chartered accountant and business consultant, Bill specialises in financial management, systems analysis and reporting. Holding a BCom and MBA from Canterbury University, Bill also has a Development Studies Post-Graduate Diploma from Massey University. Other governance roles include the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, Cobham Village Trust and The WEA Book Discussion Scheme.

Bill Hardie


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