WaiBOP Region Team

The WaiBOP Region covers all venues and recipients in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Thames Valley, King Country and Taranaki regions. The Lion Foundation has a local operations team looking after all the venues in this area, as well as a Regional Grants Committee (RGC,) ensuring that the funds best impact our local communities.


For all grants inquiries please call Carlie Kelleher, our WaiBOP Grants Advisor, on 0800 802 908 or Email: carlie.kelleher@lionfoundation.org.nz


The WaiBOP Regional Grants Committee (RGC)  is made up of the following members:

Murray Gutry (Chair)

Tarena Ranui

Andy Roche

Carlie Kelleher (Grants Advisor)


For all venue related inquiries, our WaiBOP Operations Team is:

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Philip Steele
Regional Manager

Email: philip.steele@lionfoundation.org.nz

Phone: 027 223 6659


rsz_samSam Ecclestone
Senior Account Manager

Email: sam.ecclestone@lionfoundation.org.nz

Phone: 027 836 1102


Luke ten Hove
Account Manager

Email: luke.tenhove@lionfoundation.org.nz 

Phone: 021 791 626