Our Governance

Edgar Wilson

Chair and Trustee

Edgar Wilson is a Justice of the Peace, Marriage Celebrant and...

Edgar Wilson is a Justice of the Peace, Marriage Celebrant and an educationalist with 28 years of teaching and management experience in secondary schools throughout New Zealand and the United Kingdom. For six years, he was the regional manager for the Tertiary Education Commission in Waikato and was head of the School of Education and Social Development at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec). Currently, he is the regional engagement manager at Wintec. He is also the Chair of Trust Waikato, Chair of K’aute Pasifika Trust and Chair of Child Matters (Child Protection Studies).

John Bailey

Trustee

John Bailey has a master’s degree in education with a focus on...

John Bailey has a master's degree in education with a focus on children with special needs and educational leadership. John's teaching background was in primary schools, spending 20 years as a school principal in rural and city schools. He also spent time with the Ministry of Education supporting schools and children. He is now retired, plays croquet, travels throughout the Pacific and follows the progress of his grandchildren with their education.

Andrea Twaddle

Trustee

Andrea Twaddle is a director, specialist employment and health...

Andrea Twaddle is a director, specialist employment and health and safety lawyer at Davidson Twaddle Isaac Lawyers. Andrea is frequently sought as an educator on legal issues, presenting to industry seminars and conferences, including the New Zealand Law Society, as well as providing guidance to other professional advisors, directors, and leadership teams. Andrea is a guest lecturer at the University of Waikato, and co-convenor of the Waikato / Bay of Plenty branch of the New Zealand Law Society Employment Law Committee.

Andrew Clements

Trustee

Andrew is a trust and business lawyer who has been New Zealand’s...

A director at Grayson Clements (Lawyers) and Notary Public, Andrew acts for business, charitable, and private wealth clients domestically and internationally. His focus includes structural design, trusts and succession. He is a past New Zealand editorial advisor to the British Trusts and Trustees Law Journal and a full member (TEP) of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners. Andrew has managed national and local training providers and consulted at board level in the engineering, educational and philanthropic sectors.

Anthea Simcock

Trustee

Anthea has a background in both education and child therapy...

Anthea has a background in both education and child therapy. She is a member of the New Zealand Association of Social Workers, the Institute of Directors and the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. Anthea was the founding chief executive officer of Child Matters, a role she held for 23 years. Anthea now brings her knowledge and experience to a governance role on the Child Matters board.

Brendon McLean

Trustee

Brendon McLean is the international business manager at Prolife Foods...

Brendon McLean is the international business manager at Prolife Foods. Brendon has extensive experience in the fast-moving consumer goods industry in New Zealand, Australia and Asia, bringing with him strategic and commercial knowledge. Brendon has a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing and management. He was also a member of the Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation programme in 2016, whose mission is to build future leaders who can reimagine a stronger Waikato from a social, environmental, cultural and economic perspective.

Rachel Karalus

Trustee

Leaupepe Rachel Karalus is the Chief Executive of K’aute Pasifika Trust...

Leaupepe Rachel Karalus is the Chief Executive of K’aute Pasifika Trust. K’aute Pasifika Trust is a charitable trust providing health, social, and education services to community using pacific models of care and practice. 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 Institute of Directors and a trustee of the Hamilton Christian Night Shelter, Pacific Business Trust and St Joseph’s Primary School.

Moko Tauariki

Kaumātua

Moko Tauariki is a well-qualified and experienced former social work...

Moko Tauariki is a well-qualified and experienced former social work practitioner with many years’ experience working within government and non-government organisations. Although he is no longer a full time practitioner in the field, he continues to advocate for vulnerable tamariki and whānau. This includes working with the Department of Corrections and the reintegration of prisoners back into society, as well as the formation of the Mokopuna Ora strategy, a partnership between Waikato Tainui and Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children that looks to keep children within whānau care. Moko recognises the importance of tikanga (custom) and kawa (protocol) within all tribal regions throughout Aotearoa.

 

Expert Advisory Group

Child Matters’ expert advisory group brings together key stakeholders who offer their expertise and advice on the progress and direction of Child Matters’ deliverable outcomes. This valuable feedback allows Child Ma