Ensuring the legacy endures…

With the Waitemata District Health Board as trustee, the Trust’s Committee of Management is dedicated to the Trust having children, young people and families as its top priorities.

The committee’s aim is to give young people and their families support and resources to help deal with challenges they may face.The Committee of Management is only too aware of the magnificence of The Wilson Home Trust site, and of the interest of the wider community in ensuring that it is always utilised as it was originally intended – to help children with physical disabilities.

The role of the committee

The Wilson Home Trust Committee of management is appointed by the Trustee, the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) and the Auckland Branch of CCS Disability Action.

The Committee takes responsibility for the effective governance of the Trust and delegates a number of day to day management functions to the Trust staff, in particular the Trust Manager.

Adina Halpern, Chair of the Committee of Management, was appointed in December 2016 by Waitemata District Health Board.

I am very excited to have been given the opportunity of chairing the Committee of Management of The Wilson Home Trust.  At this crucial time I hope to work with beneficiaries across the upper North Island and other stakeholders, to enable the Trust to attain its potential and the vision of the Wilson family.  I look forward to meeting beneficiaries and hearing from them first hand and via the survey about their care and support needs, so that we can maximize the value of the Wilson’s generosity. I am a lawyer who has worked in the health and commercial sector for many years.

Jacob (Jake), a representative of CCS Disability Action Auckland, was appointed to the Management Committee of the Wilson Home Trust in January 2018.

Jacob is an Investment Banking professional and qualified Chartered Accountant who has worked as an advisor for Ernst and Young and Bancorp Merchant Bankers and is currently with Fletcher Building.

I am honoured to serve as a member of the Committee of Management and look forward to contributing to the future of this unique and special organisation.  I am excited to meet the many stakeholders and beneficiaries over the coming months to learn more about their experiences and to ensure the needs of our beneficiaries are being met.

Jake loves the beach and lives with his partner Sarah, in Takapuna.

John Wolk joined the Committee of Management in November 2016 as the Trustee representative on behalf of CCS DisabilityAction.

John is Auckland born and raised and says he has very fond memories of childhood stays at Wilson Home.

‘It’s an honour to be on the Committee of Management of this great organisation. I hope that during my time here i can help strengthen the positive contribution that is made to the lives of children and young people with physical disabilities and their families’.

John is the owner and editor of Without Limits Magazine, which focuses on disability issues.

He has served on many boards and committees within the disability sector.

Mark joined the Committee of Management in March 2017 as a trustee representative of the Waitemata District Health Board.

Mark has Communications, Human Resources and Commercial experience in large corporates. He has governance experience in corporate charities, superannuation schemes, and is a trustee and former Chair of the Rett NZ Charitable Trust. Mark also has a daughter with special needs.

” I am very pleased to join the Wilson Home Trust and contribute to its future direction and support the great work done by so many in caring for children and young people and their families”

John Whitehead joined the committee as an appointment of the WDHB in March 2017.

As an experienced property professional with a commercial lifetime in the construction industry and as a property consultant I see my key role as addressing the issues confronting the committee over the current condition of the buildings on the Takapuna site, their “fit for purpose” immediate future and the longer term development options for the site to ensure the Wilson Home Trust can continue to provide appropriate facilities from which to deliver its services.

Over my career I have been a Director of publically listed property companies, held a position as trustee of the Bledisloe Estate Trust for some 19 years and currently sit on the property board of the Selwyn Foundation. I look forward to assisting the Wilson Home Trust to meet its objective of providing respite and assistance to children and their families whose circumstances qualify.