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Board of Trustees

Child Matters is privileged to have an excellent Board of Trustees supporting us with governance.


Edgar Wilson, Chair and Trustee
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.


John Bailey, Trustee
John Bailey retired from the student support team with the Ministry of Education. John’s teaching background has been in Primary Schools, spending 20years as a school Principal in rural and city schools. John has a Masters degree in Education with a focus on children with special needs and educational leadership. John is married with two daughters and has six grandchildren.


Andrea Twaddle, Trustee
Andrea Twaddle is a Director, specialist employment and health and safety lawyer at DTI Lawyers.  Andrea is frequently sought as an educator on legal issues, presenting to industry seminars/conferences including the NZ Law Society, as well providing as advice to other professional advisors, directors, and leadership teams. She is well known for providing astute, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.  Andrea is a guest lecturer at the University of Waikato, and Co-Convenor of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Branch NZLS Employment Law Committee.  Andrea is married and a mother to young sons.


Andrew Clements, Trustee
With nine years as a trust and business lawyer including time as New Zealand’s editorial Advisor to the British Trusts and Trustees Law Journal, Andrew is a lateral thinker, solving problems from a diverse background. He has managed national and local training providers and consulted at board level on management systems and strategy in the educational and NGO sector (NZ and cross- border). A partner in Grayson Law he has a developing focus on governance and leadership in addition to private client work and business structuring. Andrew is married with four children.


Anthea Simcock, Trustee 
Founding chief executive of Child Matters, Anthea has a background in both education and child protection social work,counseling and therapy. She supervised and developed curriculum for CPS. She is a member of NZASW, The Institute of Directors and the Paediatric Society of NZ. She is involved in advocacy at local and national levels and is currently a member of the Family Services National Advisory Council to the Ministry of Social Development. She is a mother of three adult children and grandmother to three granddaughters.


Brendon McLean, Trustee
Brendon McLean is the International Business Manager at Prolife Foods and has been with them for 17 years.   Brendon has extensive experience in the FMCG industry in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.   He brings strategic and commercial knowledge and expertise.    Brendon has a BCom (Marketing & Management) and Dip Grad (Marketing) from Otago University and was a member of the Community Leadership Foundation 2016.   Brendon is married with one daughter.


Rachel Karalus, Trustee
Leaupepe Rachel Karalus is the Chief Executive of K'aute Pasifika Trust.  K'aute Pasifika Trust is a charitable trust proving health, social, and education services to Pasifika communities in the Waikato region.  It is also the lead provider of the Aere-Tai Midlands Collective, which is a Collective of 7 pacific providers located in Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Tokoroa and Gisborne.  Rachel's background is in law, having practiced as a litigation lawyer for almost 15 years in Auckland, Wellington and in the Waikato region.  During that time, Rachel was committed to serving the community through various governance roles including on the board of K'aute Pasifika Trust, LifeLine Waikato, and LifeLine New Zealand.  She is of Samoan descent with strong roots in the Waikato region.  She is presently a member of the Executive for Waikato Pacific Business Network, a member of the Institute of Directors, and recently appointed to the board of the Hamilton Christian Night Shelter.