Our Trustees

Thoje Hood


Founder, Trustee, Executive Director

Encouraged to think innovatively during his education at the Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School, Thoje Hood moved onto a multi-faceted career encompassing property management, investment, adult education, charity directorship and membership on an educational board. Thoje through his business and philanthropy experiences saw the need to support youth by giving them better understanding of health, its processes and applications.

Helen Stewart



Helen is intrigued by Social Enterprise and working with people to get their businesses underway. She has been working in the 'Profit for Purpose' sector for a number of years and has a wide ranging background covering health, engineering, and business. Being involved in the Bay of Plenty across several not-for-profit organisations she has developed good relationships across multiple sectors. She enjoys both governance and operations and the chance to hear new ideas and see people expand their horizons. Helen is pleased to work with the Toi Toi Foundation ensuring sustainability and capability and supporting people in projects they are passionate about.

Marcus Wilkins

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Marcus is a partner at Mackenzie Elvin lawyers, who have a long history of supporting charities by donating their expertise in governance and providing pro bono legal services. Marcus has served on boards of integrated and private education providers, and is currently acting Chairman of Creative Tauranga. He believes in the power of Social Enterprise to solve intractable social problems and says that invariably Social Enterprises are governed and staffed by people who choose to be there and have energy and enthusiasm. He notes these people are very creative with limited resources, excited about what they are creating and believe that their work is important. Marcus is delighted to serve on the board of Toi Toi Manawa.