The Team


The Elms Foundation is a registered charitable trust formed in 1999. The Foundation is made up of a Board of Trustees, staff team and volunteer network. For more information on the team at The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga here are all the current Board members and staff.

Board of Trustees

  • Alan Withy (Chair)
  • Leanne Elder (Deputy Chair)
  • Puhirake Ihaka
  • Des Tata
  • Georgia Mischefski-Gray
  • Mark Paine
  • Mark Dean



We have an enthusiastic and committed team of over fifty trained volunteers who dedicate their time to guiding, garden maintenance, education programmes, Devonshire teas and much more.