Francis feels that Spend My Super is a perfect way to help others and to give every Kiwi kid a fair chance to reach their potential. It aligns with everything he has worked for.
From early in life, Scouting has played a major role in shaping the way Francis approaches the world. He’s a living expression of the global Scouting motto, “Be Prepared” in its most profound sense. It means you’re ready, willing and able to do what is needed in any situation that comes along. You are prepared to live a full and worthwhile life as an honourable citizen of strong character.
Francis was a Queen’s Scout and, for a while, was the National President of Scouts New Zealand. Scouting was a big part of family life with his wife, Dianne, and three sons. It took Francis around the globe – to Paris, Tokyo, Tunis, and many other places. The community gave him strong values and a sense of identity that has stayed with him throughout his life he says. He’s sad that some children don’t have such an opportunity. He sees that today, there is endless competition for time and money. For instance, even when families have two parents, both are usually working just to stay afloat.
Francis started work in the railways. At the University of Auckland, he gained a PhD in Engineering and rose to Managing Director of Tranz Rail, a role he held for ten years. Francis was National President of the engineers’ professional body, IPENZ, now Engineering NZ, and later was Chairman of Meridian Energy and the NZ Meteorological Service. He also served on the boards of Antarctic NZ and Standards NZ.
Offering his superannuation to help children living in poverty was a logical decision. His philosophy is to give what you can when you can. He saw the benefits of Spend My Super straight away when he heard about it through the Wellington City Mission. It is important to know that all the funds go directly to the charities he has nominated.
Spend My Super makes it a simple matter to make a big difference. That’s what has always been important to Francis.