Our People


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Aaron Davy

Standards and Humanitarian Manager

Aaron has been involved in the development and emergency response/humanitarian sector since the late 90s. With a background in policy and operations, personnel and organisational compliance, training and human resources, Aaron has previously worked for MFAT’s NZ Aid Programme, and managed the International Aid Worker Programme for NZ Red Cross. Aaron has been part of humanitarian programmes in the Pacific, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, and Australia. Most recently, Aaron was based in Samoa where he supported capacity-building and surge support for human resourcing. Aaron has a keen interest in the supporting best-practise and impact, but also the important role that being personable and ‘enjoyment of work’ has not only upon staff well-being but also productivity within an increasingly stressful sector.

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Sarah King

Communications and Events Manager

Sarah is a creative communications and events specialist, with vast experience in designing and delivering strategic and practical applications for communication for development. She is passionate about the work of the humanitarian and development sector, and strives to communicate stories that connect, inspire, and build trust.

Sarah previously worked for 7 years at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK as a research communications and events specialist. She returned home to New Zealand in June 2021 and started her role at CID in Mid August 2021.

Sarah leads on CID's communications and events, organisational strategy planning and implementation, and manages CID's social media accounts, website, and is the producer of CID's podcast series, Useful Outsiders.

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Elizabeth Young

Business Development and Member Engagement Manager

An experienced executive manager with three degrees and many years’ experience in the refugee and humanitarian sector, Elizabeth is a specialist in the areas of refugee resettlement, human rights and asylum issues. Elizabeth has a specific interest in organisational development, community building, policy and advocating for positive change. Elizabeth believes in innovative and modern workplaces that adapt with the times, supporting people to grow and prepare themselves for both their own future, and that of the communities they serve. She has collaborated at all levels of government in both Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia to implement change that recognises and respects diversity in its many forms.

Elizabeth's personal kaupapa (purpose/values/principles and ideas which act as a base or foundation for action) include social justice, human rights, equality, and equity. It is this kaupapa that has driven Elizabeth to dedicate her professional career and personal life to volunteering and working with refugee communities and displaced people. This mahi/work is extremely important to Elizabeth, feeling more like a calling than a career.

Elizabeth is also the current Chair of the Australia New Zealand and the Pacific Working Group for the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).



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Deputy Chairperson:
Jackie Curry – Spacific Consulting

Board members & organisations:

Eliala Fihaki - Tearfund

TJ Grant – World Vision

Kimberleigh Murray - Deloittes

Michelle Sharp - UNICEF

Murray Sheard – CBM

Denison Grellman - ADRA

Molly Harriss-Olson – FairTrade

Nick Clarke - Habitat for Humanity

CID Humanitarian Network Chair:
Carlos Calderon - Oxfam Aotearoa

CID Humanitarian Network Deputy Chair:

Anna Downing – ADRA

Code of Conduct Committee Chair:
Jaydene Buckley – OSACO

Code of Conduct Committee Deputy-Chair:

Stuart Batty – Rotary New Zealand World Community Service

If you are a member of CID and would like to access board meeting minutes, please get in touch with us at office@cid.org.nz