Sam Stead President
After finishing High School in Auckland, Sam completed a BCom at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Public Policy and International Business. He currently works in the professional services industry.
Having joined the party as a year 12 student in 2013, Sam’s party experience stretches the organisation. Prior to being elected President at the AGM in 2018, Sam filled a number of roles in Auckland and Wellington across the Young Nats and National Party, most recently as LNI Young Nats Chair from 2016-2018.
Sam believes young people need to be represented at the table and have an impact and influence on the policy and political direction of New Zealand, a goal the Young Nats proudly work towards.
Pereen Dhaliwal Vice-President
Pereen is currently in her third year studying a double degree of Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and History, and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canterbury.
Pereen got involved in the National Party back in the 2014 election, whilst she was still in High School. Since moving to Christchurch to further her studies, Pereen was elected secretary of the Canterbury-Westland Young Nats in 2016 and was elected Chair of the Canterbury-Westland Young Nats in 2017.
Stephanie-Anne Ross Secretary
Steph was raised in Otago, in the small, rural town of Balclutha. She is studying towards a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts at Otago University.
Steph believes in the National Party values of individual responsibility, less government, free enterprise and hard work being rewarded. This inspired her to join the Young Nats in her first year of University, and she has been involved ever since on a regional and national level.
In her spare time, Steph loves to indulge in a cheeky wine with friends over good food, or spend time out on the water with her family.
Vivian Griffiths Treasurer & Southern Chair
Vivian has been part of the Southern Young Nats since 2012 and held several roles on the Southern Executive before becoming Chair in October 2017.
After growing up in Dunedin, he is studying towards an LLB and BCom in Economics at the University of Otago. He balances his academics with his love of rugby, being active as a player, coach, and big fan of the Highlanders.
He sees his role as encouraging involvement in the Young Nats across the whole Southern Region, and allowing people to get the most out of their Young Nats experience. Vivian does his best to ensure everyone has a good time in the Southern Young Nats!
Andrew Mahoney Policy Chair
Born in Australia, but having lived in New Zealand since 2013, Andrew is a young professional currently working as an accountant in Wellington. Being a member of National Party since then, Andrew has also been heavily involved within the Party including being a member of the Rongotai Electorate Committee, Deputy Chair of the Lower North Island Young National Regional Executive and an active member of the Economic and Social Development Policy Advisory Groups.
Andrew is a self-confessed policy nerd and believes that good government and policy should empower people and reward hard work, and spends a lot of time researching and developing policy ideas.
Outside of politics Andrew enjoys travelling, catching up with friends over a brew (coffee or beer) and being involved with a range of non-for-profits.
Neve Williams Membership Officer
Kathleen Williams Creative Director
Kathleen is originally from Auckland but moved to Wellington in 2015 to study an LLB/BCom majoring in Public Policy and Economics at Victoria University.
It was in her first year at university that she signed up to the Young Nats. Since then has held a number of roles within the party, including the Secretary of Lower North Island Regional Executive and the Wellington Central Electorate Committee.
When she’s not out campaigning or at a National event, Kathleen enjoys cafe-hopping around Wellington, or getting out on the boat back home for a fish and a scuba dive.
Shelley Addison-Bell Northern Chair
Shelley is a young professional working for the public sector. She studied at the University of Auckland completing a Bachelor of Art and Commerce, graduating in September.
Shelley has been involved in the Young Nats since 2014, holding roles such as general executive, area representative, events and being on the ball committee. She has been involved in all aspects such as campaigning and has never looked back.
Shelley has a keen interest in local government, technology, youth representation, women leadership and innovation. In her spare time, she goes likes to explore New Zealand, go to the gym and hang out with friends. I really encourage all those interested regardless of your background or interests to get involved in our youth wing!
Matt Horsfield Central North Island Chair
Matt grew up in Hamilton and Sydney. After finishing high school Matt decided it was best to go back to his beloved hometown to study. Matt is currently studying towards a BA in Public Policy/Political Science at Waikato University.
Matt signed up to the Young Nats at O week during his first year. He joined as he understood that National was the party that rewarded success, freedom and personal responsibility whilst also ensuring those in needs receive the assistance they need to improve their lives.
When he’s not busy with party business he often enjoys going for a leisurely drive around the Waikato, gardening and the odd glass of wine.
Grahame Woods Lower North Island Chair
Grahame is originally from Tauranga but moved down to Wellington in 2017 to study a BCom in Public Policy and International Business at Victoria University of Wellington.
Having been a member of the National Party since 2013, Grahame is a firm believer in the right of people to succeed on their own merits and limited government. Over his time in the Young Nats Grahame has served on four different executives in a range of roles throughout both the Young Nats and the greater National party.
While not spending time on politics Grahame is often walking around Wellington, going to local shows and trying one of the countless Wellington cafes.
Adam Griffin Canterbury-Westland Chair
Adam has been a member of the Young Nats since 2014 and was elected Secretary of the Canterbury-Westland Young Nats in 2017 and now Chair in 2019.
After being born in the UK, Adam moved and grew up on the West Coast before moving to Christchurch for University. He is currently studying a Master of European Union Studies degree after completing his BA in Political Science & International Relations, European Studies and Economics.
Adam strongly believes in the values the the Young Nats and the National Party represent, particularly personal responsibility and individual freedom.