Julie Chapman

Julie is the founder of the Pet Refuge Trust and the CEO and founder of New Zealand’s largest children’s charity, KidsCan.

Julie has more than fifteen years’ experience in not-for-profit management. She regularly speaks about leadership and innovation in the not-for-profit sector at business and community forums.

She is a tireless advocate for children living in hardship. She also has a passion for helping animals, especially those who are abused or neglected. She started Pet Refuge using money left to her by her late parents, aiming to remove one of the barriers people face when deciding to leave abusive homes. The shelter is the first of its kind in New Zealand.

In 2008 Julie was recognised with a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, and in 2013 was named Next magazine’s Woman of the Year. In 2015 she was named as a finalist for Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year – the second time her contribution has been recognised by the national award.

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