Te hira tangata ki Waikato, ki Raukawa ki Maniapoto, ki Hauraki


Meet our Trustees

Lenadeen Simpson-Brown - Chairperson
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Ko Turanganui te awa
Ko Ngāti Oneone raua ko Ngāti Konohi ngā hapū
Ko Te Aitanga a Hauiti te iwi
One of the things that attracted me to CW was their vision statement "By thriving we mean our communities have a sense of holistic wellbeing."  I am particularly interested in Māori wellbeing and in time CW will be able to respond to Māori needs and measure progress or change in this area.
Another attraction was being able to serve my community in a governance capacity rather than through public service.  I am pleased to say that the CW staff are very skilled and passionate about their communities they serve and it will be a very exciting and challenging time ahead for us all.
I leave you with this whakatauki:
Koi te mata punenga, maiangi te mata pūihoiho!
Imagine the invisible | Explore the potential Defy the impossible
Alison Nation - Treasurer
Ali - Photo-562 Alison is Partner at PKF - Chartered Accountants and Auditors. She loves her work, and says that no day is ever the same. Clients not only need financial advice but sometimes they also need a sounding board for other things that are going on in their lives. In the role she is in, she is able to become their trusted advisor and form strong relationships with the clients.

Alison has been involved with the not for profit sector for many years in various personal capacities from school PTA’s, sports club committees, Zonta and volunteering with NZ National Fieldays Society and board roles. She also has a number of clients in the sector. She says she has gained a lot of experience and knowledge from sitting around the Community Waikato board table from the various board members and met many amazing people from the community along the way.

Alison has worked in both the Commercial sector as well as Chartered Accounting practices. She has been a member of CAANZ – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand for 30 years. She has a special interest in Trusts and the 'Not for Profit' sector.

Melissa Gibson
71 GIBSON Melissa 167cm 24Apr2012(copy)(copy)-676-92 Melissa is passionate about contributing to the community so her charity work is an important part of her role.  Her volunteer work includes being a trustee of a charitable trust for people with disabilities, being on the board of the YWCA, Hamilton as well as her role with Community Waikato.  Melissa is particularly passionate about advancing young women within the community.

Melissa is an Associate at local law firm, McCaw Lewis.  She specialises in governance and charities law and has written articles on this topic as well as leading seminars in asset planning as part of community education programmes.  She is also a member of the Property Council of New Zealand (Women in Property), an associate member of the Institute of Directors and volunteers for the Citizens Advice Bureau. 
Amanda Hema

Amanda is Director of The Stakeholder Agency, a company which specialises in helping Waikato organisations build fruitful relationships, proactively collaborate and recognise strategic alignment opportunities with stakeholders.

With a strong background in public sector management and community services, Amanda is passionate about regional development and believes local empowerment and growth flows from partnerships beyond territorial boundaries, as a result, she also sits on the Creative Waikato board supporting arts across the region.

Amanda lives in the South Waikato with her gorgeous boys and a very patient husband.