GOVERNANCE & LEADERSHIP
Epic Ministries Inc is a registered charitable Trust (1513937) based in Waipukurau. It was established in 2004 by St Andrews Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand as a localised response to the needs of young people within Central Hawke’s Bay. The Trust that supports this work operates in the following way:
Composed of Trustees: (4-5) Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and Community representatives.
Sally Biss: Acting Chairperson, Community rep, RTLB for Central Hawke’s Bay.
Jackie Lowry: Treasurer, Administrator of Epic Ministries
Laurie Gordon: Community rep, Teacher at Ongaonga School
Tommy Livingston: Freelance Reporter
Responsibilities: The Trust operates monthly meetings and works to the following governance approach:
Governance: vision, direction, policy, strategy and finance (as dictated by the Trust deed). This will be worked through in consultation with the Director and final decisions on direction of the above is the responsibility of the Trust. The director reports to the Trust on behalf of his teams as he/she works to implement objectives. This is not an accountability report, but rather presenting to the trustees any particular issues/problems or correspondence that they should know about. This report should also include ideas and possibilities for the expansion of Epic or possible new directions.
Director and Epic Resource team:
Composed of (4-5) members and this will include Director and Administrator who will coordinate the team members.
Tama Bucknell, Jackie Lowry, Evan Huggett, Jane White, Di Murphy
Resource team is to work in a practical way to support the current goals as set out by the Director. They will work in a team approach to raise profile of Epic, financial goals and ensure information about Epic stays active and current in the community. It is not the role of this team to develop strategies to grow and develop Epic. However, the Director can take ideas on board and work with them and then present to Trust if he/she wants to pursue them further.
Epic Youth Workers:
The role of team members is to develop their youth practice skills in a team environment that Epic has established. They will assist the director in implementing the vision of Epic and provide regular feedback on the needs of their youth and their strategies for initiative implementation. Youth workers are employed to develop teams of volunteers also involving young people in their work. At times they will also train and develop youth work interns.