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.