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David Jessep

Dave has spent over 20 years in accounting and is the founder of not one, but two, accounting firms – DJCA and Sidekick. He is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is skilled at advising clients on strategy, planning, goal setting and implementing business structures. He has worked with clients throughout New Zealand and overseas, particularly the UK.

What motivated you to be involved with the Rātā Foundation Board?

My mother, Fran, was a Trustee in the 1990’s and I saw first-hand how she was able to help the community by funding great new ideas and projects – I hope to carry this on!

What are you most passionate about supporting in the community?

I am very interested in both housing and learning. I would like to see how we can help fund community housing as it is a massive issue for us all. Likewise, with learning, I think there are some fantastic initiatives that need our support.

What, to you, is one of Rātā Foundations’ greatest achievements and or projects?

As an accountant, I am very impressed with the incredible level of giving, $500 million, while still maintaining a large putea of close to $600m to enable grants and support for future generations.

I would like to thank all the Trustees that have gone before for all their incredible mahi!