FREEDOM Advisory Council

Alison Nation

Alison started her career in the accounting industry in Wanganui before completing her university studies at Massey. She then moved into Chartered Accountancy in Wanganui prior to heading to London for her OE where she worked for two years, including a yearlong assignment with British Rail. Alison has had an outstanding record as a practising Accountant and in the Waikato region. Alison was an Associate with Staples Rodway, Waikato where she worked for many years and partner in 'Accountants on London' until joining with BDO Hamilton where she was an Advisory Partner. Alison currently serves her community through a range of not for profit board directorships and is an advocate for quality accounting education. She is currently a Director in PKF Hamilton Ltd. Alison is a supporter of economic independence and well-being and has been highly successful in supporting the economic freedom of individuals and organisations regionally and nationally.

Eisen Shin

Eisen is the Director of Dynafuture and a leading member of Green Medicine Association of New Zealand. He spends much of his time working, teaching and researching in the area of Green Medicine and supporting its inclusion in traditional medical education both in South Korea and New Zealand. Now resident in Hillcrest Eisen is a lover of New Zealand’s great outdoors and the promotion of health and well-being. Originally a pharmaceutical engineer Eisen brings his high level education and achievements in this sub field to his work today. Eisen is also a builder of a trading bridge between South Korea and New Zealand. Eisen supports the freedom of people to be naturally healthy, well, educated and economically independent. 

Hinemutu Reid

Ngati Wairere, Tainui
Hinemutu is an advocate and leader of positive social and cultural change in her community and outside. A leading contributor to re-integration and life change support in the Corrections Department Hinemutu works daily to overcome challenges that have their roots in colonisation. Currently pursuing higher education and examining effective life change support processes Hinemutu draws on traditional and a range of other approaches to be effective. Recent interests include an integration in educational and economic development for her people. Hinemutu is a supporter and advocate for educational, cultural, economic, social and environmental freedom lived with a sense of responsibility and care.

Jovi Abellanosa

Jovi was a university lecturer in the Philippines before coming to New Zealand. She has held roles as a Co-ordinator for Settlement Support, Relationship Manager for the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust and currently Ethnic Development Advisor for the Hamilton City Council. Jovi has relationships and understanding of the ethnic communities residing in Hamilton and Waikato and works to promote the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of communities she advocates for. Jovi’s life experiences and work show her dedication to helping others settle and start new lives. Her work supports and promotes cultural diversity in New Zealand.

Liz Pennington

Liz was appointed Chief Executive of Vitae in August 2013. She was born in Hawkes bay and is of Irish descent. Following her nursing education she completed further study in education, health and management. Previously Liz has worked in a range of roles in mental health, social and community development, tertiary education and in the not for profit sector. In addition Liz has worked as a National Auditor/ Surveyor of Health and Disability Services and has served as Chairperson of the Anglican Care Network of New Zealand. And advocate for care and support of those in need in our communities.  Liz supports the freedom of people to hold diverse belief systems and to be empowered through education and support. Liz’s contributions to the not for profit sector in particular have been significant. 

Robin Milne

Robin is currently the Chairman of the Bay of Plenty Alliance Leadership Team(BOPALT) and the owner of Resolution Incorporated.The BOPALT is responsible for leading the effective integration of Primary & Secondary Health Services across the Bay of Plenty. It is guided in this work by the BOP Integrated Healthcare Strategy, which provides a 'road map' of priorities and processes necessary to support the goals of the Strategy. Robin is renown for his effective and collegial leadership practices and advanced communication skills and capabilities. In the past Robin has held roles as the general Manager of Southern Cross Healthcare, CEO of the Western Bay Health CHE, CEO of Western Bay Health at Tauranga Hospital and group Planning and Development Manager at Lion. Robin demonstrates leadership as a mindset. Robin's staff speak highly of him and many believe he liberates the professionals he works with to make positive customer focused advances. 

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Matthew Talipati

Matthew is currently the Bank In-Charge at the Bank of India in Hamilton. He has been involved in the banking sector since 2008 and is renowned for building a good rapport with customers and staff with an excellent record in customer service. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications and also a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication. He is actively involved in voluntary work through the community and his local church. In his free time, Matthew regularly does exercise at gym and trains the Knighton Vipers Soccer Team.


Craig Yarndley - BMS, CA

Craig is the owner of Gener8 Business & Life Solutions. He holds the vision and passion for Gener8, and regularly shares this with his team. Over the past several years he has invested not only time and money developing his own skills in the area of leadership, he has also encouraged his team to step into new levels of personal leadership and intentional living. As a Certified Leadership Coach and Trainer, and Certified DISC Behavioural Styles Consultant, Craig brings both a numbers and a people focus to his work with clients. Craig is an award-winning business leader who is both innovative, and fosters a positive working culture through effective leadership. Craig will ably contribute to business education and Institute growth and development.

Craig Joined the FREEDOM Advisory Council in June 2019.


Alistair McBride

Minister at Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand – Scots, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

 Alistair has served at Scots Presbyterian Church in Hamilton since 1996 and then between 2010 and 2015 worked also with St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in Melville.  He came from serving in parishes in Napier, Wellington and Picton, and has five years as Ecumenical Chaplain to Victoria University in Wellington.  While being a parish minister he also took on positions as industrial chaplain or workplace support person in a variety of work places under the auspices of ITIM (Interchurch Trade and Industry Mission) which is now known as Vitae.

Prior to ordination in 1979, Alistair taught science and mathematics at Tawa College, Wellington and Huntly College in the Waikato. Alistair is a graduate in Chemistry from Canterbury University and trained at Christchurch Teachers College.  He did a B.D at Otago University while completing his training for ministry, and received a Master of Theology in Pastoral Care from Edinburgh University. He has served the Presbyterian Church in a number of senior roles. He is currently chair of the Ecumenical Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board at Waikato Institute of Technology, was appointed to the D.V. Bryant Trust by the Presbytery of Waikato in 2008 and sits on a number of other community trusts.

Alistair is a keen fencer and has represented New Zealand and Scottish Universities in epee and sabre and still competes in regional competions, and Masters Games.

Alistair Joined the FREEDOM Advisory Council in June 2019. Alistair will support FREEDOM to further develop its holistic, pastoral and spiritual learner support systems.