Board of Trustees
Lloyd Wilson ChairmanLloyd was on the steering committee established following the closure of Te Omanga’s Wairarapa service, and is a foundation Board member. He has been involved in a number of other community initiatives and projects since shifting to Masterton in 1985, but Hospice is a priority and he is committed to the growth of the service. His wife, Anne, is a palliative care nurse.
Phil GuscottPhilip Guscott has been an active sheep and beef farmer for 31 years. In 1985 he started Wairarapa Property Consultants and has been a Farm Management Consultant and Rural Valuer since then, plus is founder and director for Lean Meats Ltd, so brings to the Board table considerable property, finance and management expertise. He is happily married to Jo, has three adult children and is a proud grandparent of 3. Phil became a Te Kowhai Hospice Trustee in 2012 as he believes in the Hospice philosophy having seen what it did for a family member. He wants to see the Hospice grow to be a viable institution for the benefit of all the people of the Wairarapa..
Lynne EwartLynne has had an almost 30 year career in loss and grief. She is co-founder of Skylight, an organisation that provides unique support to children, young people and their families/whanau through trauma, change, loss and grief. Her time spent working at Mary Potter Hospice, has shown her first hand the importance of Hospice and the difference it can make for families.She lives in Greytown with her husband Robert. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Andrew CharnockAndrew is a Carterton resident with a long history of working in healthcare. He started his nursing career in 1974 initially working with people with learning disabilities and then becoming a charge nurse in intensive care. He has degrees in nursing and management and has held positions in education as a lecturer, and in professional management as Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Nursing. He has worked in large NHS institutions, as well as smaller private non-government organisations.
David ParrA former economist and banker, David now works part-time in the area of social finance with experience in funding many community organizations such as charities and social enterprises i.e. businesses that are run for a social or environmental purpose to deliver benefits to the community (such as Hospice shops). He has also been a board member of other charitable trusts and for 4 years was the Treasurer of Okiwi Trust which provides support for the elderly in Wellington’s Eastern Bays. David now lives with his wife Alma in Carterton.
Bev O’KeefeBev’s background is in general practice, having spanned a 28 year career as a principal partner in a Rotorua general practice, and most recently 6 years as chair of General Practice New Zealand, based in Wellington. She led the General Practice Leaders Forum from 2006-2009. She is a member of the National Health Board, and is also on the Board of “Patients First”, a national programme to bring quality and information tools to link primary care with the wider health sector, in order to provide more seamless patient care. Bev has a longstanding interest in palliative care, and has been closely involved with hospice both through family experience, and as a practising GP. In December 2010, Bev moved with her partner Michael to Martinborough, where she has recently begun part time general practice at the local medical centre.
Chris FordChris has a background in public service and is currently in a senior management role in the public sector. He has 3 children and lives in Greytown with his wife Melinda who works in healthcare. Through family experience he has seen the benefits that Hospice provides for palliative care patients and their families. He wishes to see Hospice Wairarapa grow and develop so that it may continue delivering quality services to the Wairarapa community.
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