Board of Directors

Janine Edge


Janine Edge is an Edmund Hillary Fellow with a focus on enhancing education in New Zealand schools for mental well-being. She is Chairman of the Scientific and Medical Network Charitable Trust in the UK, which has as its aim transformative learning and change.

Until 2020 Janine lived in the UK where she was formerly a partner of a London law firm, an accredited practicing mediator and a university Fellow in Organisational Psychology on an MBA programme. She has an MSc in Consciousness and Transpersonal Psychology from Liverpool John Moores University, and an MA in Philosophy and Law from Cambridge University.

Janine has worked as a volunteer for the Peace Foundation for over a decade. She facilitated the connection with the Resolution Institute which enabled professional mediators to coach students through mediation role plays as part of the secondary school training. She also has a keen interest in play-writing, improvisation and performance as a way to accelerate learning.

Rosemary Hunt


Rosemary is an Auckland based mediator and consultant. She has had a diverse career which has allowed her to develop a blend of technical analytical skills and pragmatic relationship building skills. She began her career as an accountant with Deloitte in New Zealand in the audit area and then moved to the Consulting division with Deloitte UK. Four children, two countries and quite a few years later she returned to University in Auckland and fulfilled a long held wish to study law.

Her extensive and diverse experience with many different types of organisations and people led her to mediation and she has been an accredited professional member of the Resolution Institute since 2017. Recently, she believes that there has been a ground shift in New Zealand towards a more consultative, kinder way of working. She is optimistic that much can be achieved and that schools and children are the ideal place in which to begin.

“Mau te rourou, naku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi”

Your contribution and my contribution will provide sufficient for all.


Council Member

Philip McKibbin is a writer of Pākehā and Māori (Ngāi Tahu) descent. He holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from The University of Auckland, and diplomas in te reo Māori from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He has written for the Guardian, Newsroom, and Takahē. His book, Love Notes: for a Politics of Love, is published in New York by Lantern Books. When he was a student at Papatoetoe North Primary School, Philip was a Cool Schools Peer Mediator; and as a young adult he taught English and Te Reo Māori at high school level. He is passionate about literature, language revitalisation, and animal liberation. 

Ian Upton

Council Member

Ian was born in Palmerston North and worked mostly in transportation including trucking, bus, and taxi. Ian was also a driving Instructor for the Austin Assembly Plant, worked with the Marsden Power Station, and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  

Ian‘s also has been involved with Mental Health Waiheke Island, was President of the Waiheke Island S.P.C.A., President of Ostend Play Center Waiheke Island, Treasurer and Vestry Member Waiheke AngelIn Church, Cub and Scout Leader with the Waiheke Scout Movement, former director Ahu Ahu Ahu up Whanganui River, and Presently Company Director Awaawroa Eco Village Waiheke Island.

Alyn Ware

Council Member

Alyn Ware is the International Representative of the Peace Foundation. He also serves as the Global Co-ordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, and the International Representative for Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace. Alyn, a former kindergarten teacher, is a pioneer of peace education. As founder of the Mobile Peace Van and the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace Schools Outreach program, he toured New Zealand schools in the 1980s and early 2000s leading classes and advising teachers on peace education. He is also co-founder of Our Planet in Every Classroom and the Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme. He has served on a number of government advisory bodies including the NZ Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control, and the Ministry of Education advisory group that developed the peace studies guidelines for the New Zealand school curriculum.

Alyn is co-founder of a number of international initiatives including the Global Campaign for Peace Education, Basel Peace Office, Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign, NoFirstUse Global, UNFOLD ZERO and Abolition 2000, the global civil society network to eliminate nuclear weapons. He has served as the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy (USA) and was the UN Co-ordinator for the World Court Project, which led the successful effort to achieve a ruling from the International Court of Justice on the illegality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. Alyn, who currently lives in Prague, has won a number of awards for peace education and disarmament work, including the UN International Year of Peace (Aotearoa) prize in 1986 and the Right Livelihood Award (‘Alternative Nobel Peace Prize’) in 2009.

Tamkeen Saeid

Council Member

Tamkeen Saeid is a lawyer and former Peace Foundation employee. Having spent three years as the Youth Programmes Ambassador, she has grown a passion and love for the work our team does. She has grown up in West Auckland as a refugee from Afghanistan and has been involved in refugee and social justice advocacy her whole life. She cares deeply for our rangatahi and is invested in making sure our future generations have the skills and resources to become true peace ambassadors in their communities.

Pierre lyndon

Council Member

Tena koutou katoa, my name is Pierre Lyndon. I am a teacher of English at a Te Reo Maori immersion school. I am also a proud father of some wonderful tamariki. I am from the Ngati Whatua branch of Ngati Hine. I have had experience in media, the public service, engineering and education. I had a rural upbringing in Te Reo and Tikanga Maori.


Council Member

Dr. Jo Diamond is a highly qualified and experienced cultural advisor, specialising in Māori and other Indigenous cultures. She has worked for many educational institutions and organisations, including the Peace Foundation, in this capacity. She would provide an extensive koha to the Foundation’s governance, helping to build Māori culture programs in the interests of peace amongst all peoples of Aotearoa and beyond.