Our people are at the heart of what we do
Some of the Commonsense team at our 25th birthday party in 2016
From left to right: Lucy Kebbell, Marion Wood, Jim Kebbell, Anna Pitches.
Photo credit: Bruce Foster, Airplane Studios
Our board are the guardians of our values, setting the direction and providing the overall leadership and governance of Commonsense. As a family business our Board is a tight-knit group who each bring a variety of skills and experiences to the table:
- Lucy Kebbell is the Chair of Commonsense and our Corporate Services Manager. The daughter of founders Jim and Marion, she starting working for Commonsense as a 16-year-old in our first shop! Having worked for several years as corporate lawyer she contributes a wealth of commercial knowledge and insight to our growing business.
- Jim Kebbell is our co-founder and organics champion. He was our store manager (and shelf stocker, check-out server, broom pusher, and more!) in the hardest years, when our first store required him to re-mortgage the family home. He is married to Marion Wood and created the Common Property market garden with her in the 1970s. He's also an Honorary Life Member of BioGro NZ for his service to the organics industry in New Zealand.
- Marion Wood is our co-founder and Executive Director. Her mother Frances was the inspiration behind Common Property: she insisted that it be farmed organically from the start. Jim and Marion’s background in social justice has always strongly influenced Commonsense's values. Marion is on the Fair Trade Wellington Board (she and Jim started Wellington's first Trade Aid store), chairs the Organic Traders Association of New Zealand, and has served as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Business Network.
- Anna Pitches is our Chief Executive Officer. She has been with Commonsense for decades. Starting as a shop worker at 16, way back in 1991, she went on to become Manager of our flagship Wellington City store and then our Operations Manager in our head office. Anna became CEO of Commonsense in mid-2016.