Hands Across the Water Board
The Hands Board provides the strategic direction for the operation of Hands Across the Water and supports our Thai Partners in the four foundation pillars of governance, compliance, sustainability and leadership.
The Board members are all accomplished in their chosen field, bringing a wide range of skills and attributes to the table. They are well respected and most importantly, they share one vision: supporting the children. Board members are not financially compensated for their time – in fact they cover their own expenses when traveling to our sites in Thailand.
Hands has established a Foundation in Thailand. This allows us to own property in Thailand and to continue the work we do for the long term. Being granted Foundation status by the Thai Government is further testament to the work we do. Hands is also a registered entity in New Zealand and we are supported by a Board of Directors who generate funding for the English Language Program.
Board Member since 2009
Kay is the Chairman of the buying and retail services group NARTA. An accomplished leader, Kay joined NARTA in 1998 after rising through the ranks at Sharp Corporation of Australia where she became the first female director in a Japanese company. Kay also held the position of Sharp’s general manager of sales and marketing. She joined the Hands Board after hearing Peter Baines speak at NARTA’s 2007 conference.
As an accomplished leader, Kay sits on other boards and brings to Hands her extensive knowledge of the business sector, as well as compassion and care for the children.
Founder and Director of International Operations
Peter is the Founder of Hands Across the Water. His passion for helping others, especially Thailand’s children, has inspired people around the world to have the courage to make a difference.
In addition to leading Hands, Peter is the principal of Peter Baines Consulting. Peter helps businesses build effective sustainable leadership programs through a unique mix of leadership and corporate social responsibility initiatives. His corporate social responsibility platforms create goodwill, staff engagement and sustainable change.
Peter was awarded the Order of Australian Medal in 2014 for service to international humanitarian aid in Thailand.
Founding Board Member and Director
Scott helped start the Hands Board in 2006 and today plays a pivotal role in helping Hands identify strategic opportunities and projects. In addition to being on the initial Hands Thailand bike ride in 2009, he has participated in 12 rides—so he is a familiar face to many in the Hands community.
He is a leading international speaker and expert on leadership and influence who helps many of the world’s best-known brands to mobilise their leaders and their people. Scott has his Masters Degree in Communication and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional).
He is also the author of four books including his latest: Leadership Hacks: Clever strategies to boost your impact and results.
Board Member and Director since 2010
Willie met Peter Baines in 2008, after learning about Hands through a friend. For him, Hands ticked all the boxes for involvement in a charity. Hands has a strong inspirational leader, is committed to children (and all children deserve a chance in life), and every dollar donated goes to the children.
Originally from the UK, Willie came to Australia in 1974 as a 10 pound Pom. Willie is enjoying retirement after a successful career in the insurance industry in Australia, the Asia Pacific and the UK. A Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Willie oversees Hands’ accounts and administration requirements and brings a broad range of business skills to the charity.
Willie completed a Hands bike ride in 2010 and another one in 2014 aged 61 and 65 respectively.
Hands Group Team
In 2011, as we continued to grow we knew that to provide more resources for the kids and communities we couldn’t reach our potential just with a board of volunteers, we knew there would come a time that we would need to employ a dedicated team in Australia to help us achieve more. But we also didn’t wanted to spend donors money on salaries.
To give us the best of both we established a private company that would sit next to the charity, operating as a social enterprise to generate its own funds through commercial activities. It is through this social enterprise that we employ a team in Australia and The Phillipines to take care of the operations of the charity.
Claire is a passionate and driven individual who just wants to help people be the best version of themselves. She spent the first part of her career navigating the corporate events space before hanging up her boots to launch her own business helping to bridge the gap between corporates and charities.
Inspired by the work of her husband Peter Baines, Claire became deeply engaged in the work over in Thailand and decided she could bring about greater change if she focused 100% on Hands and the operations in Australia. In February 2019, Claire was appointed CEO of Hands Group to oversee the social enterprise that supports the charity. She has completed 22 bike rides for Hands individually raising over $200,000, and believes that all children deserve a life of choice just like she had growing up.
Devoted wife, Mum to Burton, and the coolest Aunty in the world, Claire loves nothing more than giving every single bit of love in her to those around her.
Jenny is one of those women who keeps the cogs turning in the background. Whether around the Hands office or at home, she’s across the detail without missing a beat. With a background in bookkeeping and administration and having run her own business for almost 8 years prior to starting with Hands, Jenny brings a wealth of experience and a wicked sense of humour to the Hands team. After a trip to Thailand with her daughter Rhiannon in 2013, the entire Tuntevski family completed their first 800kms in 2014, the start of plenty of fundraising, adventures and beautiful visits to Thailand for Jenny.
Jenny and the Tuntevski tribe have raised over $150,000 for the beautiful kids of Thailand in their time as part of the Hands family, and while she might be proud of that – nothing makes her prouder than her two kids Rhiannon and Nathan, and husband George.
Adrian started with graphic design as a hobby which later grew into a design and printing business. He later moved on to lead a team of basketball analysts doing data gathering for NBA teams, then as a web content designer for a sports betting company.
His partner, Airene who was already working for Hands at that time needed some help with design work from time to time so he initially got involved with Hands doing part-time design work. Adrian was then absorbed to work full-time as its offshore multimedia designer and website content manager.
A proud father of four, a devoted partner to Airene, Adrian is a foodie since birth, a child in a man’s body, and the biggest basketball geek you’ll ever meet.
Event Coordinator and Administration
Airene started her career working as a customer service representative for various accounts in a BPO company in the Philippines. She later moved to Hewlett-Packard and worked for their operations in Southeast Asia as Order Management Specialist. After 9 years of working in the Corporate world, Airene learned about the opportunity to work from home and was hired by Hands Across the Water to work remotely as its Ride Coordinator and Admin Support. After having been sent to Thailand in 2015 to see and experience what Hands is doing for the children, she fell in love with the organisation and its cause even more. Being a part of Hands and being able to contribute in achieving their mission is something that she is very proud of.
Airene is a loving partner and mum to Adrian and Devin, and dreams of travelling to many places. She is your go to person for all your ride and fundraising concerns.
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