Our Team

Growth for Tomorrow has a team of Trustees located in Australia and New Zealand who have volunteered their time for a number of years to establish the project, raise funds and train the Romanian team.

We are delighted to introduce our team to you:

Stewart Thompson (Auckland, New Zealand & Mosna, Romania)
Stewart is a qualified Accountant who has spent 25 years working in various Financial and Accounting roles including financial planning, human resources, administration, tax, and providing business development advice to establishing businesses.

Stewart has a passion to see young people achieve their full potential in life (especially those from a disadvantaged background), and has been working with the Alpha Foundation team to help them establish and develop their organisational, planning, financial, and business skills to ensure the success of the training centre project.

In 2011 Stewart gave up his professional career and moved to live in Romania to work first hand with orphans and abandoned youth, and to help the Alpha Foundation grow their programs to provide the best possible chance of success to the abandoned youth as they transition from an orphanage life into the wider community.
Robert Imlach (Auckland, New Zealand)
Robert had a teaching career spanning 28 years in primary and intermediate schools and specialised in teaching reading where he developed a successful Home Reading Tutor programme.

A further 20 years in mission administration in New Zealand and Australia fulfilled his desire to see Bibles brought to those who could not purchase them, and also the mission works to bring material aid to poor children and families in Eastern Europe as the Regional Director of Mission Without Borders NZ & Australia. His particular interest is for those in Romania who grew up in orphanages or poor families and to give them an opportunity for life.

Robert has visited Romania many times over the past 20 years and is fully aware of the desperate needs of those who are disadvantaged through an impoverished and unloved childhood. Robert retired from full time direct mission work in 2009 and sees great blessings for those chosen to take part in the programs in Romania provided by Growth for Tomorrow
Donna House (Perth, Australia)
Donna has spent almost 20 years working in corporate marketing for some of Australia’s largest publicly listed companies. For 5 years she also held the position of Marketing Manager and then Director of Marketing and Client Services for TAFE Western Australia where she was exposed extensively to the vocational training and education environment.

Donna has been involved in foreign aid work for many years, previously appointed as the Australian Director for the international aid agency Missions Without Borders. Her passion has always been to provide support for teenagers who are often “over looked” by aid agencies. She has spent time volunteering in Bosnia and has visited Romania on numerous occasions to work with the team.
Otinel Meszaros (Wellington, New Zealand)
Otinel was born in Romania and has lived in New Zealand since 1995. He is a fluent speaker of the Romanian language and in 2007 and 2008 he took time off from his University studies to live in Romania and work alongside the Alpha Foundation where he provided valuable input and assistance towards the repair and renovation work of the buildings at the training centre. Otinel has visited Romania many times with Growth for Tomorrow and is committed to making a difference in the lives of the orphans and abandoned youth in Romania.
Peter Cameron (Whakatane, New Zealand)
Peter, now retired, spent the majority of his life running a very successful sheep farm in the Waikato region. Peter and his wife Marian have been involved in charitable work for many years and have visited Romania many times in the past few years. Peter is keen to see the development of the farmland and provides valuable insight and advice into agricultural possibilities and use for the farmland.