John Stansfield is one of New Zealand's leading practicing academics in the field of community organisation management. Currently he is CEO of the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, and is credited with turning this organisation around after 2002 when it was beset with scandal, insolvency and poor management systems.
The PGF has re-emerged as a world-standard organisation leading innovative strategies in eliminating the harm done by gambling, and addressing the systemic issues that have come from charities and sporting organisations who have become reliant on gambling for funding.
As an academic, John was co-founder of the Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management at Auckland Unitec. He brought together the team which created this highly successful programme now taught throughout New Zealand and the Pacific.
He lives on Waiheke Island where he founded the Orapiu Grove Organic farm, which houses several families and produces lavender products and award-winning wines.
He is also the founding director of Clean Stream Waiheke Ltd, which is responsible for refuse and recycling collection and management for the island. This enterprise employs 20 staff and is committed developing some of the community’s least advantaged employees.
The community arm of this “waste-to-jobs” initiative is the Waste Resources Trust, which leads education and change strategies around waste and recycling, and hosts the popular annual Waiheke festival “Junk to Funk”.