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BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND KEY VOLUNTEERS 

Chris Corney

Chris Corney

Chris is the current ORA New Zealand Board Chairperson. Chris and his late wife, Sue, spent 3 years in Tajikistan, Central Asia. They returned to New Zealand with a loving desire to help Tajik people. In 2004 Chris became involved on ORA New Zealand Board. Chris and Sue also spent three months working with ORA in Uganda. More recently Chris has travelled to monitor ORA projects in East Africa and Eastern Europe.

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Chris and Jan Barker

Chris and Jan Barker

Chris and Jan are ORA NZ's Co-Directors. Involved in community development for over 20 years, firstly in Tajikistan and later in Africa and Eastern Europe, they now monitor ORA projects worldwide. Chris and Jan bring business, administrative and agricultural skills to ORA. Chris is a founding board member of ORA NZ.  Jan is the person you're most likely to find in the ORA office. 

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Neil Chesterton

Neil Chesterton

Neil has also served on the ORA New Zealand Board from its foundation. Neil is a vet in Taranaki. Neil and his wife, Sandra have worked with their family in Pakistan for three years and in Afghanistan for 18 months.

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Phil and Wendy Whitechurch

Phil and Wendy Whitechurch

Phil joined ORA NZ's Board in 2014 and is ORA's treasurer. Wendy volunteers in the ORA NZ office. Phil and Wendy have visited Uganda and other African countries several times since 2001. Each time a part of their heart has been left with the people they have befriended. In 2014 they spent 3 months in Uganda working with ORA's Ugandan project partners. Phil and Wendy desire to see the rights of all children upheld and communities transformed.

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