Meet the Foundation TrusteesThe Foundation trustees are all members of the local Matamata community.
Lindsay has lived most of his life in the Matamata district. Before entering Parliament, Lindsay was a self-employed management consultant and company director.
Lindsay has been MP for the Waikato Electorate since 1999 and is currently The Assistant Deputy Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives. Lindsay is actively involved in the Matamata Community; he is a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Matamata Lions since 1982 and holds the Commemorative Medal for public service.
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.
While away from work, Alan enjoys working on their small rural property and recreational road cycling and more recently mountain biking.
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, 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.
Grant and Karo have three adult children, and farm in Walton. Grant takes an active role in the community, currently representing the Matamata Fonterra dairy farmers on the Shareholders’ Council. Grant also continues to enjoy sports; playing tennis, basketball and golf. Having grown up being part of the Matamata community, he is looking forward to becoming involved in the Pohlen Foundation Trust. “We have a high calibre facility in Pohlen, which makes a positive difference to many local people’s lives. I’m honoured to be able to contribute towards that.”
Liz has three adult children. She has lived in Matamata for nine years and has been involved with the children’s school’s 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.
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 being a trustee on the Matamata Primary Board of Trustees for six years, the Matamata Primary PTA, treasurer of the Athletics club, a committee member of the Matamata Kidz Toy Library and the 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.
Jacob and wife Kelly moved to Matamata in 2006, since then they have established their business The Redoubt Bar and Eatery and grown to a family of 4 with son Freddy and daughter Mae.
Jacob was a member of the Hinuera rugby club, the Walton Golf Club, Matamata squash club and perhaps foolishly a member of the Walton Boxing club. We say 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 his business is established, he is looking forward to contributing to the continued growth and improvement of Pohlen for the Matamata community.
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 with fundraising, sponsorship and events in both paid and voluntary roles. Gilly’s most recent role with Sport Waikato involved managing their Sports Awards programme. Gilly was also heavily involved with the fundraising for Fernhaven at Rangiura Rest Home in Putaruru where over $1 million was raised for the building of the secure dementia support unit.
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