Class of 2022 Graduates


The Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2022 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato on Thursday 10 November 2022.

18 graduates joined the growing CELF Alumni. In its 7th year and with 132 CELF Alumni or Celfies as they refer to themselves, active in the Waikato Community we are seeing increased impact of the ripple effect these leaders and their leadership are having on their organisations and their communities.

The programme’s primary purpose is to bring together established leaders from both ‘For Purpose’ and ‘For Profit’ organisations, to increase leadership capability, social impact and elevation of all participants and the communities they are apart.

This programme (like the foundation itself) is guided by the conviction that socially responsible leadership will always have a positive impact on the community around them.

Kent Holdsworth (Te Whatu Ora) and Rachel Rabarts (BNZ), Class of 2022 graduates, expressed their thanks on behalf of their cohort, for the opportunity to participate in such a life changing and transformational leadership programme that has propelled them on a leadership and learning trajectory.

Pictured above:  The 2022 Elevate Graduates: Back Brett Fleming (Trinity Lands), John Adams (KPMG), Kent Holdsworth (Te Whatu Ora Waikato) Dr Jeremy Mayall (Creative Waikato), Matt Nugent ( Schick), Megan West (Child Matters), Anton Waller (APL), Desarae Frisk (Waikato Plan) Gerald van der Broek (Power Farming) Front: Shannon Clarke (WEL Energy Trust) Riikka Anderson (YWCA), David Wiles (WEL) Vani Mills (NZ Diversity Counselling), Rachel Rabarts (BNZ), Kathy Harward (CCS Disability), Anna Ellis (Prolife Foods). Not Pictured: Marty Emmett (YWAM Ships Aotearoa) & Fraser Bell (Foster Construction)


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