Karen Beard-Greer – Independent Living Service Shareholder Director/Chair
Karen is Chair of the Manawanui Board having joined the Board in 2011 as a Shareholder representative from The Independent Living Service. She is a past President and current Board Member of the New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres’ Executive and is a member of the Institute of Directors. Karen is the CEO of the Independent Living Service Charitable Trust. She brings with her a well-rounded range of governance and senior management skills from both the private and not for profit sector.
Terry Kilmister – Independant Director
Terry is corporate governance specialist and co-owner of BoardWorks International Ltd, a New Zealand based governance consulting company that has clients in New Zealand, Australia, the USA and Great Britain. Early in his business career Terry worked for CCS as the National Director of Training and Development. His consulting career has brought him into contact with companies and organisations in all sectors from large multinational companies to small community based organisations. He has worked extensively with disability related organisations in New Zealand and Australia. Terry is widely published in the corporate governance literature and is currently semi retired with a small number of directorships and clients in Australia and New Zealand.
Gary Williams – Imagine Better Shareholder Director
Gary was nominated to the Board by one of our four shareholders Imagine Better.
He is Ngati Porou and a disabled person. He’s been directly involved in the disability sector all of his life and for at least the last 35 years, he’s been active in the governance and management of various sector-related NGOs and companies both in NZ and internationally.
Gary was previously the CEO of DPA for a decade and, before that, a scientific software developer for GNS Science.
His particular “Board” passion is good governance which supports exceptional management and staff. Other sector Boards he’s on are Imagine Better, Access Ability, SAMS and the Barrier Free NZ Trust. Outside the sector, he’s a Trustee of the Nga Hau e Wha National Marae.
Gary was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for his work nationally and internationally.
He and his wife, Ruth Jones, are Christchurch-based consultants to the sector. Their major focus, at present, is leading a collaborative project to ensure that post-earthquake Christchurch genuinely caters for disabled people. Because he uses Manawanui in Charge to host his Individualised Funding package, Gary’s focus is ensure the company continually develops and maintains world-leading services.
Diana Puketapu – Independent Director
Diana is one of the Independent Directors for Manawanui in Charge. She is a Company Director and Chartered Accountant who has held a number of Chief Financial Officer roles in NZ and abroad in professional sporting organisations and in iwi business.
Diana is an experienced director currently on a number of boards including New Zealand Olympic Committee, Tamaki Redevelopment Company and Ngati Porou Holding Company. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and Chartered Accountants NZ and Australia
Raewyn Kirkman – Shareholder Director
Raewyn brings to the Board table some 30 years experience of human resources, employment relations and learning and development, built up in tertiary education, manufacturing, dairy and health services sectors. She has held numerous leadership roles in community organisations – in particular Rotary, which has allowed her to strengthen her strategic and leadership capabilities.
As well as the Manawanui Board, she is currently Chair of Sport Waikato Trust Board, and a Trustee of the Waikato Hospice Trust Board. She has previously been a Trustee of CCS Waikato Fundraising Trust Board, Enterprise Hamilton Trust Board and a National Councillor of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
Raewyn is an Associate Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (MHRINZ) and believes that Boards can add value in ensuring and enabling the CEO and the senior team to get on with the business. Raewyn is a member of the Institute of Directors and committed to professional development in governance.
Geneva Harrison – Independent Director
Geneva Harrison joined the Manawanui Board in June 2014. She is of Ngati Kahu, Te Aupouri & Te Rarawa iwi descent. Geneva has held senior leadership roles within the community development sector for the past 20 years in NZ, Australia & Samoa. She currently works in the tourism and culture sector, operating an Art Gallery & Waka Tours in the beautiful Doubtless Bay area of the Far North.
Her current directorships include Tai Tokerau Fibre Network Ltd, Whaingaroa Fisheries & Asset Holding Ltd, and Awarere Associates. She is also a Trustee of Tarai Waka and Nga Waka Taonga which support traditional waka navigation activities.
Geneva has a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Social Sciences, PG Diploma in Business and is a member of the Institute of Directors.