Meet the Board

Diana Puketapu – Independent Director/Chair


Diana is one of the Independent Directors for Manawanui in Charge and became Chair of the Board in 2017. 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

 Karen Beard-Greer – Shareholder Nominated Director


Karen joined the Board in 2011 as a Shareholder nominated Director from The Independent Living Service. She is the previous Chair of the Manawanui Board,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 – Independent 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 – Shareholder Nominated Director

GW_2Gary 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.

Raewyn Kirkman – Shareholder Nominated Director 

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Raewyn brings to the Board table some 35 years’ experience in 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. She currently works as the Donor and Community Engagement Lead for Momentum Waikato Community Foundation in Hamilton.

As well as the Manawanui Board, she has been a trustee and chair of Sport Waikato Trust Board, and is currently 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 believes that boards add value best by setting direction for the organisation and enabling and allowing 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.

Geoff Warne – Independent Director

Geoff has had 35 years of leadership and management experience in the not-for-profit sector, half in New Zealand and half overseas. Almost all those roles have been in health and disability organisations. He was General Director (CEO) of The Leprosy Mission International, based in London, from 2006-2016. Prior to that he spent 16 years based in Auckland with the Foundation of the Blind, in corporate services and finance roles including Chief Financial Officer.

Currently he provides a range of consulting, advisory or contracting services, mostly to not-for-profits. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).


Ben Irving- Independent Director

Ben is one of the Independent Directors for Manawanui in Charge appointed in 2017. Ben is a passionate, energetic leader of positive change who is committed to finding innovative ways to achieve positive change.
Ben has a naturally inclusive leadership style and an ability to articulate a clear deliverable vision to motivate, direct, coach, engage and encourage an organisation, board, team or individual to achieve. Ben is currently Chief Operating Officer at Mons Royale.