The Lion Foundation Executive Team


MurrayMurray Reade – CEO

Murray joined The Lion Foundation in July 2013 from the Not For Profit Sector. Previously the Chief Executive of the Voyager Maritime Museum, Murray was also a key part of the leadership team at Eden Park. This followed from a career in the New Zealand Defence Force.


rsz_rachaelRachael Dent – People & Performance Manager

Rachael joined The Lion Foundation in April 2010 having held a number of management positions, most recently within the Auckland Council in Building/Asset Management.  Rachael has a Diploma in General & Applied Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies with an HR endorsement.  Rachael’s role as People & Performance manager aims to enhance the organisation’s greatest asset, our people.  Rachael is married with three children and proudly represents West Auckland.


rsz_1marcusMarcus Reynolds – Head of Partnerships

Marcus joined The Lion Foundation in June 2014 having spent a number of years working in Sports Management and International Trade. He is a qualified lawyer and as the Head of Partnerships acts as the connection between The Lion Foundation grants process and our local communities, working closely with the Board, Regional Grants Committee (RGCs) and the Lion Foundation Operations Team.  As a father of two boys Marcus is kept busy, but sneaks in the odd triathlon when time allows.


Helen van Druten  – Compliance & Operations Support Manager

Helen joined The Lion Foundation in April 2018 and is a qualified lawyer with considerable experience in senior compliance roles as well as the not-for-profit sector. Working closely with the Department of Internal Affairs, supports Venue Operators and The Lion Foundation Operations Team around a range of regulatory matters.


We also have some great staff working in our Finance, Audit, Compliance and Grants teams. To contact any of these departments please call 0800 802 908 and we’ll put you in touch with the right person.