Our Trustees

Eric Hill - Patron

The Foundation is a cause that Eric feels very passionate about, because of its work in assisting the elderly in the community. Eric has had a very hands-on approach to helping in the Cambridge community over the years, and it's this same approach that he brings to his role as patron of the Foundation. 

Eric's business background has largely been in the printing industry, in award-winning printing company The Printing Establishment (now known as Print House). Running in parallel to Eric's printing career has been his involvement in property development, with the development of the Cambridge Park subdivision.

When time allows, Eric likes nothing better than 'making something'. Building model ships is his specialty and his accomplishments include seven models, one of which took four years of intricate work. Eric is also a talented photographer, specialising in landscape and competing at a national level, and his stunning Cambridge photographs feature in the Resthaven Foundation calendars and the "Cambridge in Lockdown" book.

LesleyAnn Thomas - Chairperson

LesleyAnn is the principal consultant and founder of People in Mind, a Cambridge-based HR consultancy business. LesleyAnn takes immense professional pride and satisfaction in developing strategies and innovative solutions which reflect the vision, values and uniqueness of the organisation she is working with, and her wealth of governance, commercial experience and business contacts are invaluable to the Foundation.

LesleyAnn has chosen to be a trustee on the Resthaven Foundation because she believes in taking care of our elders in the community and wants to see a vibrant and active community at every age. LesleyAnn has been working alongside Cambridge Resthaven for a number of years and being involved with the Resthaven Foundation seemed to be a natural fit for her interests and skills.

LesleyAnn's governance experience includes serving as a board member and Chair for the Cambridge Business Chamber for a number of years. Time away from work is often spent hanging out with her nieces and nephews, or LesleyAnn can also be found searching out a new subject to photograph or planning her next travel escape.

John Bishop - Trustee

Extremely community-minded, John has vast commercial and board experience spanning both profit and not for profit organisations,honed by a New Zealand and international corporate business career. His business acumen is an asset for the Resthaven Foundation, and his sense of humour means there is never a dull moment at board meetings!

John was a Cambridge Councillor for the Waipa District Council, which included the role of Chair of the Waipa District Council Strategic Planning and Policy Committee. He has also held the position of Chair of the Cambridge Community Board, Cambridge Parks and Reserves, Light up Cambridge and Le Quesnoy Sister City Committees. 

John has taken a special interest in the Foundation because of its absolute community focus and forward-thinking spirit. It comes as no surprise one of John's favourite pursuits is business governance and management, but when John can be dragged away from the board table, his other interests include farming, forestry, wetland trust, Rotary and equestrian activities.

Alan Wellington - Trustee

Alan has recently relocated to Cambridge after spending around 10 years in voluntary work in Northland, including 3 years as a trustee of a Community Trust Board running a retirement village in the coastal town of Ngunguru.

This followed a successful business career in the finance industry and then as a business owner of a motor vehicle franchise business. 

Alan is a trustee on the Cambridge Resthaven Trust Board and Resthaven Foundation Board. His motivation for these roles is being able to utilise his experience and skills to give back to a community organisation dedicated to helping others. He is also an active member of the Golf Club and a local service club.

Married with children and grandchildren in different parts of the country he finds Cambridge a very conveniently central and pleasant town to live in.

Dawn Mienie - Trustee

Dawn Mienie joined the Resthaven Foundation Board in August 2020 and brings to the Board her extensive experience in the aged care sector, passion for caring for the elderly and commitment to getting things done.

People are at the heart of everything Dawn does. Dawn and her husband Doug opened Cambridge’s first fitness centre in 1983, and she has become a familiar face in the community through her many sporting and fitness connections. 

Dawn has spent a large part of her career in the field of Diversional Therapy. She was involved in the development of the NZ Society of Diversional Therapy, sat on the panel for the development of unit standards and became a tutor and assessor for the National Certificate qualification. 

Dawn’s compassion for older people saw her work for Alzheimers Waikato for 5 years and Cambridge Resthaven for 15 years. Recently retired from the role of Activities Coordinator at Cambridge Resthaven, Dawn continues to be an active member of the Friends of Resthaven committee and now brings her skills and positive energy to the Resthaven Foundation Board.

David Hall - Cambridge Resthaven Liaison

David is the CEO of Cambridge Resthaven Trust, having been appointed to this position in 2001. Cambridge Resthaven provides care centre, continuing and dementia care and runs a retirement village comprising both independent living units and serviced apartments.

Prior to this David was employed at Waikato Hospital for over fourteen years in a variety of clinical and management roles. Clinical experience included four years as the Charge Nurse of the Cardiothoracic Unit. Following this he moved into business analyst and operational management roles within the hospital. He then completed a short period as a regional manager in intellectual disability sector before joining the team at Resthaven.

David holds a Master of Health Management Degree from Auckland University, a Post Graduate Diploma of Management from Waikato University as well as a Comprehensive Nursing Diploma.

David is married to Rachel, with whom he has three children.

Phil McCreery - Trustee

 

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