Hospital Board of Trustees

Alan Candy

Alan Candy

Chairperson

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 the 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, along with recreational road cycling and more recently mountain biking.

Peter Thissen

Peter Thissen

Along with his wife, Ineke, Peter is a managing director of a local engineering supply business, The Boltholder Ltd.

They have been in business for 33 years and currently employ 16 staff.

Peter has been involved in the Rotary Club of Matamata for 32 years. He was president in 2005 and has been director of a number of the committees.

His other interests include: walking and tramping throughout New Zealand, fishing and golf. He is very passionate about nature and all birdlife.

Thomas Coats

Thomas Coats

Thomas is IT Manager for J Swap Contractors Ltd and has extensive experience working with Technology.

Born and raised in rural Waikato, Thomas has a BSc and post-graduate diploma in Artificial Intelligence through the University of Waikato.  

Thomas has spent 10 years producing software for a wide range of industries, including animal Improvement, education, power generation and meteorology.

Thomas lives in Matamata with his wife, Harvinder who teaches at New Shoots Matamata. Together they have two children.

Thomas enjoys tramping and barbeques.

Ross Smith

Ross Smith

Originally from the South Island, Ross moved to Waikato in 1989 and has been involved in the Health sector for more than 25 years.

 He is currently employed as General Manager, Practice Services for Pinnacle/Midland Health Network in Hamilton.  Pinnacle is one of the largest primary care organizations in NZ with more than 80 general practices across Waikato, Lakes, Taranaki and Tairawhiti providing primary care services to around 450,000 people.

Prior to this Ross has managed a large home-based support business in the not-for-profit sector and spent several years in senior roles with the various health funding authorities.

Outside of work Ross spends time with family at Whangamata where he is a keen boatie and fisherman.

Ross has been a member of the NZ Institute of Directors since 2016.

Shannon Crawford

Shannon Crawford

Shannon was born and raised in Matamata. He graduated from Victoria University in 1998 with a BSc. Shannon worked for Mainfreight until heading overseas in 2002 for an extended OE, working as a golf caddie in Scotland, a barman in London, and later as a tour bus driver in Europe.

Shannon returned to Matamata in 2006 and works for J Swap Contractors Ltd as a business analyst. He is married to his architect wife Linda and together they have two young children.

Outside of work, Shannon is involved in tennis as the president of the Matamata Tennis Club, and recently as a trustee of Matamata Futures. Shannon enjoys tennis, golf, road cycling and baling hay as part of the small-scale rural contracting business Classic Contractors.

Joanne Aoake

Joanne Aoake

Joanne has been in Matamata/Okauia since birth and educated in Matamata before moving to work and study.

Joanne has an extensive background in public health which has included working on environmental projects of water safety and protection around significant sites.

Joanne has held a range of senior management positions working with teams and independently at a regional and national level, and has chaired a number of boards and participated in national advisory committees with Government and non-Government organisations.

Committed to the Matamata region and its people, and looking to promote the very best healthcare Pohlen Hospital Trust stands for.

Joanne brings hard work, professional integrity, community insight and a support for sustainability and diversity to the board.