Our People


Fighting for freedom together.

Board Members

Child Rescue’s board members provide advice on policy, advocacy, fundraising and public relations.

WENDY STEELE

Sales, Marketing & Media

Wendy jumped at the opportunity to serve on Child Rescue’s board after reading Christian author Daniel Walker’s book titled God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey Into Sex Trafficking And Rescue.
Wendy is passionate about helping those in need and was part of Global Poverty Project in Auckland for many years. She has plenty of experience in marketing, media and event management having previously worked in travel, hotel, not-for-profit and media sectors. She is also a director of the Intermedia Group, a publishing company that specialises in business-to-business publications and events.
In her spare time, Wendy enjoys cooking, gardening and sewing.

JONATHAN WATTS

Pastoral & Business

In early 2017, Jonathan joined our board after following Child Rescue’s growth and impact for a few years.
He has a wealth of corporate knowledge from years in the travel industry, including a role as senior management at House of Travel and Air New Zealand Holidays. Jonathan has also served as an elder, preacher and worship leader at Northcross Community Church in Auckland. Today, he owns and runs a mortgage broker business.
He desires to see Child Rescue functioning at full capacity, doing all it can to spread its message to New Zealanders and inspire them to help free children worldwide.
Jonathan lives in Auckland with his wife, Jodine. He has three adult sons. In his spare time, you will find him drinking coffee or halfway between Takapuna Beach and Rangitoto Island on his kayak.

JD

Operations

In 2012, JD handed in his landscaping business and joined us as a volunteer in Thailand and Mozambique.
He worked in many roles after then, including second-in-command for rescue missions in Thailand. He also managed and trained baristas at a Destiny Rescue-owned café in Thailand where our rescued girls used to work to gain employment skills and experience.
Before moving back to New Zealand in late 2015, he served as director of international operations which included project start-up and oversight, victim rescue operations, security risk management and intelligence gathering.

STEVEN PERICH

Finance & Accounting

Steven Perich founded his own accounting firm Perich & Co Ltd in December 2020 after managing his first company Eden Perich Prewett for 21 years.
Steven has been operating in the NFP sector for all of his career, ranging from creative arts to churches and teaching ministries. Steven is passionate about seeing not-for-profit organisations thrive, with a particular focus on immaculately-managed financial processes.
Steven is married to Catherine Perich, who is involved in pastoral ministry in West Auckland. They have four adult children, and enjoy hosting people at their lifestyle property in Oratia.
Steven and Catherine took their four children to experience a different culture for twelve months when they worked at a missionary school in Chiangmai Thailand. They are both passionate about seeing all people in all cultures free from all kinds of oppression.

Our Team

Is united in the fight to end child sex trafficking and exploitation

BRIAN SAIPE

National Manager

Brian has previously worked for The Salvation Army and Rhema Media in New Zealand as well as other charities. His travels to Cambodia and Thailand have left him deeply impacted by the plight of young people caught up in this horrible industry.
Like his colleagues he has a strong heart for justice, a passion to help set children free, and to impact the global fight against trafficking.

LOUISA WELSH

Finance & Supporter services

Louisa was born in the Solomon Islands and has lived in New Zealand from age nine and worked in both Sydney and London in PA roles. A former accounting/ICT teacher, now in finance and support services, she wants a bright future for children caught in trafficking/abuse.
Passionate about the great outdoors, Louisa particularly enjoys swimming in the ocean and lakes, hiking, cycling and boating. More recently she joined Pink Dragons, a dragon boat team of breast cancer survivors.
She is an emerging alto sax player and plays keyboard, guitar and sings.

CHRISTOPHER HILL

Relationship Manager

Chris trained as a lawyer 25 years ago, but ended up getting his first job in investment banking in London, where he lived and worked for six years before taking a sabbatical year at Regent College in Canada.
Just prior to that, Chris took a trip to South Africa that included helping build a home for a family in a township. This experience was transformational, and combined with learnings at Regent especially around caring for Creation and the Gospel into action, he decided to put his business skills into starting a travel company that combined sustainability, sightseeing, and service, where each trip included a hands-on volunteering component, everything from medical care to wildlife conservation to building homes for families in need of a decent place to live.
Chris says, “I am blessed to be married to Audrey, my wife of 14 years, and we are proud parents of two boys, aged 9 and 8, who were both born in London, and are loving life here in New Zealand, especially rugby, cricket, the beaches and the bush.
I am thrilled to be able to work for Child Rescue, as I can serve God’s heart for people whose freedom has been taken away by evildoers, and as a parent, this cause of children in slavery is particularly poignant and gut-wrenching for me.”

AMY ROXBURGH

Administrative Assistant

Amy was born in Dunedin, New Zealand. She moved to Auckland in 2016 to study theology at Laidlaw College.
She has a passion for helping the voiceless find their voice and hope for their future.
In her spare time Amy like to bake, read (especially autobiographies) and watch documentaries.

TONY STEELE

IT Support & Digital Marketing

Tony loves to hear the stories of children being set free from human trafficking and child slavery and being a part of an amazing team. His role in Child Rescue is technical support and digital marketing.
Tony has a wife, and we have 3 awesome children, Christopher, Caitlin and Amy.
He enjoys spending time with my family and friends, studying and discussing the wonderfulness of God, watching sci fi and playing with technology. Tony is currently studying at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute.