Discovery Foundation

Board of Trustees

Chairperson - Mike Johnston (CMInstD)

Responsibilities: Providing strategic governance to the organisation, leading the management team, chairing meetings, board member accountability and membership, holder of casting vote in decision making.  Signatory for funding and accountability operations.

Occupation: CEO, Emergent & Co Limited

Profile: Living in the centre of Auckland city, Mike is married with three children. Mike has a diverse mix of senior leadership, operational, service, legal and commercial experience. Originally qualifying in telecommunications and computer engineering, Mike also has a BBS (Finance).  As well as a board member for Discovery Foundation, Mike is a business management consultant and performance coach and has been numerous corporate roles, including the former MD for Canon NZ.  Mike is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors (CMInstD).

Board Member - Robyn Fond

Profile: Robyn has an unbridled passion for being a catalyst for inspiring personal leadership in others. She has made a career out of facilitating, consulting and training individuals, start ups and many types of businesses on leadership and EQ skills. Robyn volunteered to be a Team Leader on a Discovery Programme in 2015, and realised how powerful and important the work was, and that each and every teen should have the opportunity to go through their “rite of passage” to adulthood. It is so important to give back, for the right reasons, and I am exactly where I want to be! Giving back to teens, their beautiful futures, and the future of generations to come!

Board Member - Britta Christiansen

Occupation: Business Coach and Trainer at The Ripple Effect NZ

Profile:  Britta became involved in Discovery after her daughter attended the Discovery for Teens programme in 2013 and realized that many of the core principles in the programme matched her own business coaching philosophy. She has a particular interest in developing the next generation of leaders- our teenagers- and joining the Discovery Board is a natural extension of that. Britta has been a business coach for 15 years and brings a broad range of skills to the Board.


Board Member - Katie Vujcich

Occupation: Educator, St Cuthbert's College

Profile:  An Educator at St Cuthbert’s College since 2007, Katie is a highly experienced educational professional with special responsibility for leadership, careers and mentoring in sports and events outside the classroom.

In addition to her full-time teaching role and working with not-for-profits such as Discovery Foundation, Katie is currently completing a MBA at the University of Auckland. Passionate about sports and with a daily connection with youth, Katie brings a valuable and relevant perspective to the Discovery Boardroom.

Board Member - Blair Peach

Occupation: IT Manager and Life Coach

Profile: Blair has been a Team Leader and Core staff member for several programmes. He has a passion for helping young people to achieve their maximum potential.

Blair brings a broad range of web, technology and process skills to the board.

Coming up This Month

Discovery for Teens               (14-18 year olds)

8-14 October 2017 
Starts: Sun 8th
Ends: Sat 14th

Discovery for Kids
For Years 7-8(10-13 year olds)

Auckland 8-10 September 2017
Auckland 3-5 November 2017

Information Evenings

Youthline House
13 Maidstone St
Grey Lynn

Wed 24th May 2017 7-8pm
All Welcome