Meet the Foundation Trustees

The foundation trustees are all members of the Matamata community
Louise Trower

Louise Trower

Trustee/Chair

Louise moved to Matamata in mid-2002 with husband John and has two children and two step-children.  She has been involved in several clubs and committees in Matamata including Matamata Primary School Board of Trustees for six years; Matamata Primary PTA; Matamata Athletics Club treasurer; and a committee member of Matamata Kidz Toy Library and Rawhiti Kindergarten Association.  

Louise has been self-employed since 2005 and is currently operating her own consultancy business, Lime Limited, offering human resources, recruitment and business planning.

Louise enjoys walking (and sometimes even running), pilates, reading, vegetable gardening, watching her children play sport and drinking the odd glass of wine.

Gilly Alexander

Gilly Alexander

Fundraising Administrator

Gilly lives at Okoroire with her husband Ross on a sheep and beef property.

They have two adult children, Kyra and Cameron.

Gilly has been involved in fundraising, sponsorship and events in both paid and voluntary roles.

Her most recent role with Sport Waikato involved managing its sports awards programme.

Gilly was also heavily involved with fundraising for Fernhaven at Rangiura Rest Home in Putaruru where over $1 million was raised for the building of the secure dementia support unit.

Sue Bruce

Sue Bruce

Trustee

Sue was born and raised in Matamata. She taught at Otumoetai College before marrying George. They farm in Walton and have three adult children and three grandsons. Sue has served on the Waikato Netball Board. Netball is a passion for Sue and she is actively involved in the Matamata Netball Centre, coaching umpires in both theory and practical applications. Sue’s dad resided at Pohlen Hospital for almost three years; this made Sue realise what a hugely valuable asset Pohlen is to Matamata, therefore would like to give back and contribute to its growth.

Alan Candy

Alan Candy

Trustee

Alan is a chartered accountant and a principal of the accountancy firm Candy Gillespie Ltd. Alan now has over 30 years’ experience in the accounting industry.

Since returning to Matamata, Alan has been a member of the Matamata Community Board, including chairman; a member of Matamata Public Relations Association, including chairman; and has been involved in the administration of a number of local sports clubs.

Away from work, Alan enjoys time with his family on their small, rural property and recreational road cycling, and more recently mountain biking.

Elizabeth Atherton

Elizabeth Atherton

Trustee

Liz has three adult children. She has lived in Matamata for nine years and has been involved with the children’s schools’ PTAs and swimming club. Liz has been an organiser for the three highly successful Home and Garden Tours for the Pohlen Foundation. Liz is an artist, and also likes the creative process of gardening, home design and fashion. She loves reading and socialising, and belongs to a book club and the local women’s club. She works in fashion retail locally. Liz is an enthusiastic trustee and ambassador for Pohlen Foundation Trust.

Jacob Henderson

Jacob Henderson

Trustee

Jacob and wife Kelly moved to Matamata in 2006.

They established Redoubt Bar and Eatery and grown to a family of four, with son Freddy and daughter Mae.

Jacob has been involved in Hinuera Rugby & Sports Club, Walton Golf Club, United Matamata Squash Club and, perhaps foolishly, Walton Boxing Club.

He says foolishly as his last fight was not nearly as good as his first one.

Through his business, he has helped various charities through a range of events.

Now as the Redoubt is established, he is looking forward to contributing to the continued growth and improvement of Pohlen for the Matamata community.

Hayden Wright

Hayden Wright

Trustee

Hayden and his wife Lily are both born & bred locally they have two young children, Maya & Harrison who keep them busy & active.

Hayden is a director & part owner of local company Comag. He is a certifying plumber & gasfitter so has spent a huge portion of time working within the local community and further abroad for over 15 years. His role as Operations Manager involves organisation and leadership which along with construction / trade knowledge can help the Pohlen Foundation Trust to continue their excellent work.

Ben Moore

Ben Moore

Trustee

Ben and his wife Lizzy live and farm at Okoroire, and have two children who were both born through Pohlen.

Ben is Matamata Federated Farmers Chairperson, The Waikato Federated Farmers Dairy Chair, a councillor on the Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game Council, and a member advisory to the Piarere Young Farmers Club. 

Ben believes that having a small town thriving is really important to the community and strong rural base surrounding Matamata.  Pohlen’s services are essential to making this happen.

 

 

Val Walker

Val Walker

Registered Midwife

I have been a midwife for 17 years and for 15 of those years I have worked in the Matamata area providing midwifery care at Pohlen Hospital.

I have four grown up children and seven grandchildren – six of which I have had the pleasure of birthing – plus another one on the way.

I work with a supportive group of midwives all sharing the same philosophy. I am passionate about my role as a midwife and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. It is a pleasure and an honour to be a part of such an intimate time in people’s lives.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing your experience

Cherie Coe

Cherie Coe

Registered Midwife

I was born in Whangarei, New Zealand, and have lived in Matamata since 1978. I have two adult sons who were both born here in Matamata.

I have been practising as an independent midwife since 2006 and have always had a passion for maternity care. Previous to getting my degree, I worked in Matamata as a maternity nurse aide for about 18 years.

Consequently, over these years I have become familiar with Matamata-Piako district families. This adds to the joy of working as a midwife in Matamata. I find myself supporting some of the women who I witnessed being born, now having their own babies. Wow, isn't that really great.

I am very lucky to be working with an extremely supportive group of skilled and caring midwives. We provide primary maternity care by supporting women throughout their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal period. This is a journey I have always felt a privilege to be a part of.

I look forward to meeting you and the future generation.

Annah Young

Annah Young

Registered Midwife

Congratulations on your pregnancy

I have been a midwife local to the district of Matamata-Piako for the last six years. I am married and between husband Jason and I we have seven children. Our older two are independent, and we have five at home, ranging from 1 to 16 years.
I am proud to be a midwife. I specialise in primary care and advocate for women's choice.

I have the benefit of homeopathic knowledge and training and that of some alternative therapies. My hope is to work in partnership with you, to achieve the best outcome for your whanau of healthy mumma, healthy baby. I hope to provide culturally sensitive care.

I am in a long-term locum role with Kerri Houghton while midwife Lynette is on leave, she returns in Feb 2018. I will then move to a part-time role until May when midwife Chantelle returns.
I am happy to discuss home birth as an option.

Angela Gray-Williams

Angela Gray-Williams

Registered Midwife

Greetings and congratulations! My name is Angela and I am the proud Mama of two grown up children. I was born and raised in the beautiful town of Te Aroha and now reside in the neighboring town of Matamata. I am proud to call this community my home. A highlight of my journey towards midwifery was my experience as a maternity aide at Pohlen Hospital before I commenced my midwifery degree. I believe it is an absolute privilege to provide care as a midwife in Aotearoa. I endeavor to provide optimal individualised midwifery care with kindness; within the collective of experienced Matamata midwives. I look forward to embracing new partnerships and promoting positive pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal journeys.