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Handley finds his able deputies

Derek Handley has found the two right hand people he was searching for as part of the Shoulder Tap initiative, designed to help him on projects with a social entrepreurship bent.

Earlier this year Handley began his quest to find a candidate with skills in venture capital, investment, innovation and sustainability.

“I would really like to hear from anyone who knows anyone who is exceptionally bright and passionate about making a bigger difference than they already are. I believe there are very few jobs like this out there today – especially in New Zealand – and that the jobs of the future will be the ones designed to challenge people to grow their careers while having a bigger social impact,” he said.

His first appointee is Rebecca Milne, who’s making the move from Auckland to Wellington, where she’s spent two and a half years as a management consultant at EY. The second, Nick Winstone, has spent nine years in the finance industry and has most recently been a director at investment bank Northington Partners, working on debt and equity raisings, strategy, mergers and acquisitions.

The pair will become partners and chief operators at The Handley Foundation.

“When we were getting down to the wire, trying to pick one person from the amazing set of characters that we met throughout the campaign, I ended up being inspired by the African proverb, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’,” Handley said on his blog.

They’ll work on assessing new ventures and investment opportunities that integrate social impact, developing a long-term strategy for the foundation.

Handley says the structure and remuneration of the role will be unique as a signicant percentage of their salaries and bonuses will go to philanthropic or social impact initiatives.

“As a starting point in helping reshape how we see work and life, they will both receive an unlimited amount of annual leave,” the blog says. “We also hope to explore restructuring the working week and other forms of working life that are not necessarily optimal for our wellbeing, but yet we all take as normal.”

They’ll also help support projects begun by the Shoulder Tap community of 100 applicants that first met each other in June. Among them is student Hannah Duder’s app for youth voting.

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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