About Our Team
Our vision is success for extraordinary young New Zealanders on the national and international stage. The Adastra Foundation was established in 2007 to provide financial and mentoring support to extraordinary young New Zealanders in their pursuit of excellence.
To date, the Adastra Foundation has awarded 894 scholarships totaling $2,420,500.
Kevin Burgess - Chair
Kevin Burgess has been a community pharmacist in Cambridge since 1981 and has had a long and active involvement within the Cambridge community, serving on both sporting and community organisations. He has been involved in sports administration since the mid 1980’s and became a life member of the Hautapu Rugby Club in 2012.
Kevin has been a judge at the Waipa and Waikato secondary Sports awards for 15 years and is a passionate supporter of rugby, rowing, netball, cricket and lately, cycling. He has also mentored/sponsored numerous athletes over the years.
A joint founder of Perago Trust for promising athletes in Cambridge, Kevin is also a partner of Inside Running, a sports management company.
Amigene was on the Silver Ferns Netball Squad between 2000-2004 and was captain of the Waikato/BOP Magic Netball team between 1999-2008. She previously represented New Zealand in the NZ Womens Touch Team and was captain between 1999-2003, for three world cups. She also represented NZ in athletics at the 1984 & 1988 Pan Pacific Games.
Amigene is a currently employed at St Peter’s as the Director of Netball and as the Assistant Coach to the Magic Netball Team.
She is married with three children and living in the Town of Champions.
After 6 years as National Grants Manager for the Perry Foundation, Jennifer became the General Manager of the Brian Perry Charitable Trust in 2010. In this role she has overseen the development of the Te Awa River Ride – a cycleway alongside the Waikato River and played a key role in the development of the Home of Cycling’s Avantidrome.
Jennifer is also a Trustee of the Skycity Hamilton Community Trust, a Trustee of the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust and the former Deputy Chair of the Waikato Institute of Leisure and Sports Studies.
Originally from Ottawa Canada, Jennifer is married to Craig and together they have twin daughters.
Bryce Lawrence is the NZ Rugby National Referee Manager and has had a long involvement in sports at local, national and international level.
Bryce was a professional rugby referee for a decade and attended two Rugby World Cups. He officiated in over 200 first class games including 25 test matches. His most memorable game was Sth Africa v British and Irish Lions in 2009. Following his on field career Bryce became the HP referee coach for NZR and led NZ’s professional referees. In 2017 Bryce became the National Referee Manager overseeing the 2000 referees who operate across HP and community refereeing. He still referees when he can on Saturday’s but age is catching up on him!
Bryce’s other passion is education. He has been a teacher, a principal and currently Bryce is a BOT member at Otumoetai College. He loves learning, coaching and working with people, and is passionate about helping people find their “why”.
Bryce is motivated to serve his community and to help young sports people ‘dream big’.
Bryce lives in Tauranga with wife Clare and has 2 daughters, Kate who attends Wellington University and Anna who attends Otumoetai College.
Mark has 24 years’ experience in Leadership, management and the provision of High Performance, Health and Wellbeing services. After studying Degrees in Science (Physiology), Physical Education (Kinesiology), and Physiotherapy (Credit) in Otago he went on to studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine and Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation.
Mark is the company director of Active Health based in Christchurch. With up to 40 staff he led a successful business recovery changing the strategic direction of Active Health, following the Christchurch earthquake, while delivering on-going profitable results.
His passion for people, sport and health has seen him work with Cycling New Zealand and High-Performance Sport New Zealand in numerous roles. As part of the Cycling New Zealand Performance Impact Team Mark travelled to Sydney, Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games as Physiotherapist achieving 3 Silver and 4 Bronze medals.
Mark is a father to three beautiful girls and lives with this wife, Michelle, in Cambridge.
After an enthusiastic but innocuous career in junior soccer, badminton and rugby union, Graeme has accrued over 20 years’ experience leading international sports programmes, and developing successful athlete and coach pathways. These include stints with Queensland Swimming, British and NZ Triathlon, Welsh Rugby Union, UK Coaching and Millfield School.
Graeme has the distinction of having represented 3 different nations in support at summer Olympic Games, and been Chef de Mission for Great Britain at the World University Games.
When not supporting others, Graeme can be found riding various bicycles, hiking up or skiing down mountains, or exasperating his family and livestock on their Waikato lifestyle blockamahere.
Mike Chunn is CEO of the Play It Strange Trust which implements music programmes – songwriting, recording and stage performance – across NZ schools.
After graduating Bachelor of Engineering – Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (Ak University), he started out his professional musical career as bassist with Split Enz and Citizen Band – between 1972 and 1980. Then he ran Mushroom Records and Sony Music Publishing from 1981 through to 1991. Then from 1992 to 2003 he was Director of NZ Operations for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). He was appointed CEO of Play It Strange in Nov 2003.
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