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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 Manager, Child Protection Education & Advisory Service - Amanda Meynell

Amanda Meynell joined the team at Child Matters in July 2010.  Amanda is a registered social worker with qualifications in social work, social science and adult teaching.  She previously worked at Child, Youth and Family as a social worker, social work supervisor and site manager (secondment), and has also practiced statutory social work in the United Kingdom.   As the National Manager of the Child Protection Education and Advisory Service, Amanda leads a team of Child Protection Consultants and is responsible for the national development, design and delivery of child protection training, consultancy and policy advisory services. She is a member of the Waikato Child, Youth Mortality Review Group and is currently seconded part-time as a Senior Advisor in the Tamariki Advocate Service Design team at Oranga Tamariki focusing on Transition Support for care experienced young people.   

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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