Our CommUnity Team
Community Funds Limited Directors
John Parker – Chairman/CEO
During his long and varied career, John has both coached international athletes across several sports and has been an international professional athlete himself. His international sports consultancy can count several prominent sporting organisations, both national and international, among its clients. He has also worked in the sporting media, and has founded multiple sport and physical activity related educational organisations which offer everything from short community courses to tertiary degrees in sport and physical activity.
John has also overseen the funding and construction of large sporting facilities, has managed and led new sport and physical activity organisations, and helped to launch a chain of organisations promoting sporting participation in two countries. He has also developed computer programs to help make both sporting organisations and the corporate world more accountable.
John Wiltshire – Director
John is the senior equity partner at Beattie Rickman Legal in Hamilton where one of his specialties is Sports Law. In addition to acting as a lawyer for several international sports athletes and national sports organisations, John also lectures in Sports Law at the University of Waikato.
Johns sits on several boards and clubs including the Independent Schools Council of New Zealand and the Board of the Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society. John has also captained two first class New Zealand cricket sides. John is the ‘legal brains’ behind CommUnity and will apply his wealth of knowledge to support CommUnity and all its components through his legal experience and wisdom.
Simon Wills – Director
Simon has been involved in the Telecommunications industry for the past 18 years, both in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. During that time, he has both owned his own high profile Vodafone dealership and worked for Spark as a Senior Business Consultant. Having also been a merchant for over a decade, Simon understands the trials and tribulations of running a business, the costs associated with sponsorship and trying to track the returns (if any) from loyal customers.
Simon can empathise with merchants, the stress of running a business while trying to maintain a healthy relationship with customers and retaining loyal staff to keep the business profitable. CommUnity will benefit merchants in so many ways that he only wishes this program was around during his time as a merchant!
Since leaving the telco industry, he set up his own business designing customised smartphone apps, websites and shopping carts for businesses. This is how he came to meet the two Johns and got involved with the design, implementation and rollout of CommUnity over a 6 year period. Simon is really looking forward to building close working relationships with everyone in the CommUnity ecosystem to deliver real benefits to local communities and hardworking merchants both now and into the future through his Operations & Regional Manager roles within the CommUnity family.
What people are saying about us
"I can see the vision of what CommUnity could be and I’m excited. A place where Kiwis back their neighbor to nourish their community.” – Josh, Sunny Nelson Real Fruit Ice Cream
"The arts is often seen as a bit of an indulgence which we know is not true. It’s actually a massive necessity for wellness in society and personal wellness so we’re really excited that people get the opportunity to share some of their goodwill and see it distributed amongst the community," Simone Andersen, The Incubator Creative Hub
“Living and working in a community, it’s been really important to find new and powerful ways to connect to our customers. Giving back to the community who support us everyday is really important to us and CommUnity allows us to do that in a really seamless way.” - Jessica and Brownyn Payne, Owners
"We are so excited to be part of the CommUnity group. Through coming on board, it is going to allow us to do greater. Whether this is by assisting women and families, in New Zealand, with finance or clothing - whatever the need, we love to give and the greater we can give the more impact we can have." - Anna Paterson – Founder / CEO, Everlasting
“Together with CommUnity, local businesses and the families in our community, we can all take a confident stride towards heaven - right here, today!” - Michael Loretz, Director, Fourviere NZ
"We’re so excited to be on the CommUnity platform because it allows us to get on with our work and be part of communities and help them." - Livia Esterhazy, CEO, World Wildlife Fund
As a group that relies on donations, Ocean Beach Kiwi Surf Life Saving Club is thrilled to have another platform to fundraise.
"As a national sporting organisation we're constantly looking regionally and locally to support our members. CommUnity is a way of us supporting commercially, at a local level, and our volunteers, at a local level. For a national body to have that umbrella outlook is very exciting" said Rowing New Zealand's Simon Peterson.
Providing clothing for New Zealanders doing it tough. In 2020 alone this not-for-profit kept close to 4,000 clothing items out of landfill by giving them a new life with those in need.
"A way for businesses and community groups to fundraise in the new technology era. It will raise money for causes you care about while you shop. So watch this space, you will be hearing more about it in the coming months!" - Tania Gibson, Greg District Mayor.
“When we opened Alpha Sports we knew we wanted to give something back to local charities, community groups & organisations... for Alpha Sports, this was really important. CommUnity gives us the platform to be able to do that, and more. How could you say no to giving back to your local Community... the same people that support us every day? Let’s do this!” - Mike and Dean, Alpha Sports
These incredible ladies are here to support people with Alopecia. NZ Alopecia is a place for Alopecia sufferers to learn more about their condition, to view new developments and to reach out and connect with others.