Viv Kartsounis
Viv KartsounisCEO
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Viv was born in South Africa and has lived in a number of countries around the world, finally settling is Australia. Viv has seen that there are needy people everywhere and wants this charity to be what fills her life every day. Her passion is to run and she has had a long and successful running career spanning 30 years, including representing Australia in the 100km World Cup competitions three years in a row. Viv is an architect and works for herself, devoting all her spare time to Shooz.
Andrew Taylor
Andrew TaylorCorporate
Andrew moved from New Zealand in 2005 and has always been a keen runner and sportsperson. He has competed in marathons and half marathon events in NZ, Australia and Japan and still continues to keep active with a bit of rugby on the side. With a young family and passion for life, he is passionate about helping people. .
Jill Taylor
Jill TaylorNew Zealand Manager
Jill lives in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, and is very excited to be expanding the charity throughout her country. Being community minded with a strong can-do attitude she sees this as an opportunity to help more people in need. With a number of skills up her sleeve ranging from finance to retail, she is ideal for the position. She loves to walk and one day hopes to start running.
Margot McGinness
Margot McGinnessCanberra Manager
Margot has lived in Canberra most of her life and loves it! She has been a passionate recreational runner for over 10 years and likes to run all distances from 5km to marathons. When not running she is working part-time organising school sport or standing on the side of an AFL or cricket field watching her sons’ play. She is community minded and looks after all the soles in her area.
Nick Drayton
Nick DraytonAdministration
Nick was born in England and moved to Australia at a very young age. Nick started his professional career as a plumber and now works as an engineer with his own consulting company.  He has always supported charities through volunteer work and regular financial donations.  Nick was a runner for over twenty years, completing in excess of 100 marathons, 2 Iron man Triathlons and numerous ultra-distance events. He now devotes his spare time to Shoes for Planet Earth.
Andy Drayton
Andy Drayton Fundraiser
With intermittent involvement in running events – largely influenced by the female contingent on the sideline – Andy understands the cost of working with the wrong footwear. He has seen the change in quality of life that “Shoes” has brought to the less fortunate both in Australia and overseas and has come on board to help promote corporate sponsorship and logistical support. What Andy lacks in keen interest for running, he makes up for in spades with humour and the desire to help those in need.
Brad Smithers
Brad SmithersEvents
Brad was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He is a reformed accountant and in 2010 celebrated his 50th birthday by competing in a gruelling trail race, where he observed a genuine ‘fellowship’ with fellow trail runners as well as a strong connection to nature. He is a firm believer in ‘Pay it Forward,’ repaying good things done to him to others, instead of the originator of the good deed, with the ultimate aim to make our world a better place to live. Shoes for Planet Earth epitomises this concept in a very practical way.