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Board of Trustees Chair - Edgar Wilson

Edgar Wilson has 28 years teaching and management experience in Secondary Schools in NZ and the UK. Subsequent to this, he was appointed Regional Manager (Waikato) for the Tertiary Education Commission for six years.  Edgar was appointed Head of the School of Education and Social Development at Wintec. Currently, he is Regional Engagement Manager working in the office of the Chief Executive at Wintec.  He is Deputy Chair of Trust Waikato, Chair of Trust Waikato Audit and Finance Committee, Chair of K’aute Pasifika Trust Board, and Deputy Chair of the Independent Tertiary Education NZ (ITENZ).  Edgar is the joint author of a chapter of a book titled Business Integrity in Practice: Insights from International Case Studies, part of the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) United Nations book collection. He has co-authored a book:  Responsible governance:  International perspectives for the new era, published February 2015.


Chief Executive - Jane Searle

Jane Searle is the Chief Executive of Child Matters.  Jane previously qualified as a barrister and solicitor practicing criminal and family law. Jane then joined the NZ Police where she worked on the Child Abuse Team after qualifying as a detective.  Jane has also worked as a Counter Fraud Specialist in the UK, where she headed a team of investigators responsible for fraud detection and investigation. After returning to New Zealand Jane worked as a trainer for local government, financial institutions, insurance companies and the health sector before joining Child Matters in July 2015.


National Services Manager - Megan West

Megan is a qualified and registered social worker. Prior to coming to Child Matters in 2019, Megan worked at Oranga Tamariki for a number of years where she held the roles of social worker and then Specialist Child Witness Interviewer, which included progressing to a National Assessor and co-trainer for Child Witness Interviewing. More recently she worked as a social work supervisor for Oranga Tamariki. Megan also has experience working as a social worker on the paediatric ward at Waikato Hospital. As the National Services Manager, Megan is responsible for leading a team of Child Protection Consultants and for the delivery of the child protection trainings, consultancy and policy advisory services. She is also a member of the Waikato Child, Youth Mortality Review Group.   


Administration Team Leader - Luisa Knight

Luisa holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and brings many years’ experience in process, projects  and computer applications training.  Prior to coming to Child Matters in 2019, Luisa worked at Waikato Hospital where she held a number of roles over a span of 10 years.  Prior to this role, Luisa worked as a Social Worker for Child Youth and Family (now Oranga Tamariki) and also a Prison Officer at Waikeria Prison.  During her time at Child Youth & Family she worked in all areas of the youth justice system.  As the Administration Team Leader, Luisa is responsible for the further enhancement to existing in-house processes and overseeing all the administrational functions within Child Matters.

Jane is supported by a capable Board of Trustees and a talented team of staff and tutors.

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Board of Trustees

Edgar Wilson Chairperson and Trustee
John Bailey Trustee
Andrea Twaddle Trustee
Andrew Clements                  Trustee
Anthea Simcock Trustee 
Rachel Karalus Trustee
Brendon McLean Trustee

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