John McCarthy was appointed to the Project Crimson Trust in 2018. John was first introduced to the work of Project Crimson, and our programmes, through his role as Manager of The Tindall Foundation – one of Project Crimson’s major supporters. Before joining The Tindall Foundation, John was the General Manager of Lifewise, with responsibility for a diverse portfolio of social, health, education and community activities across Auckland. Prior to that he was the Regional Manager of Richmond NZ, and spent six years as Director of the SAFE Programme — an organisation providing treatment to sexual abusers of children, which he helped set up.
John is currently on the Community Advisory Group for Te Kooti o Timatanga Hou – the Homeless Court in Auckland – which he helped establish while working at Lifewise, and is on the board of VOYCE Whakarongo Mai, the national advocacy service for young people in foster care, which four funders (including The Tindall Foundation) and government helped set up in 2017.
John has had a number of other NGO board appointments, having been a board member of NetSafe, the Domestic Violence Centre (now Shine), the Auckland Night Shelter Trust, the James Liston Hostel Trust, the Friendship House Foundation, Fair Food, and Community Waitakere.
“Over the years I’ve been fortunate to work alongside inspirational and dedicated people on a number of new and interesting projects and have loved opportunities to create impact through innovation and collaborative effort. I am excited about seeing the potential of Trees That Count unleash in similar ways, to support people throughout New Zealand to make an environmental impact in their communities. Outside of work I’m a keen tramper and love to spend time in the bush with my family. It’s pretty exciting to help make a positive difference to New Zealand’s precious environment that my children and their children will benefit from.”