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Ken Williamson CStJ; QSM; CFInstD; JP
Role

Chair Person

General Information

Ken and his partners built Law Mooney Williamson Insurance Brokers into one of NZ's largest commercial insurance brokerages. They sold 'LMW' to Crombie Lockwood in 2007 and he’s now employed in their Hamilton office. Ken is a Fellow of the Insurance Brokers Association of NZ.

Ken has dedicated his life to community service and has been a governor on a wide and diverse range of Not-for-Profit boards, including within tertiary & secondary education, health, philanthropy, special needs, broadcasting, women's refuge, science, and local body sectors. In addition, he is a director of several highly successful businesses including within the distribution, manufacturing, engineering industries, and commercial property sector. Ken is passionate about the work of the Young Enterprise Trust and he's mentored many high achieving student teams and also acts as a 'YES' judge. He is one of a small number of Chartered Fellows of the Institute of Directors in NZ and is a long serving committee member of the IOD's Waikato Branch. Ken is a Justice of the Peace and has received a Queen Service Medal (QSM), a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship, a Chief of Air Staff RNZAF commendation, and a Hamilton City Citizenship Award for his services to the community.

He commenced his involvement with the Order of St John in 1969 and Chairs its Central Region, as well serving on Priory Trust Board, the Order's national governing body. Her Majesty appointed Ken as a Commander of the Order in 2016.

Ken and Julie live in Hamilton. Their beloved daughter Kate graduated from the University of Waikato in 2016. Ken is extraordinarily proud of his 23 year involvement with the McKenzie Centre. He believes the Centre’s real strength is its people, and what makes them so special is how much they all care for the Centre's very special children. Ken ascribes to the words of Winston Churchill, "We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give".

Dr David Newman
Role

Medical Representative

General Information

David Newman is a Developmental and General Paediatrician working from the Child Development Centre at Waikato Hospital. David has been a Trustee since 2007. Joanne and David have three adult children, one of whom has Dyslexia.

David was the inaugural Developmental Fellow at the Mater Children’s Hospital in Brisbane Australia and has spent time working in The Outback of South Australia alongside the Royal Flying Doctors Service. David was the President of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand for four years to November 2017. He is committed to the medical assessment, management and support of children with special needs and their families in the context of a multidisciplinary team. David believes that one of the most powerful tools for families is knowledge and understanding.

Julie Treweek
Role

Education Representative

General Information

In 1998 Julie trained as an Early Intervention Teacher (EIT), in 2001 she was lucky enough to be employed by McKenzie Centre as an EIT, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. She felt very privileged to spend a short time as the Centre Director but her family circumstances changed and she moved to another leadership position within the Early Childhood sector. She believes so strongly in the way the children and families who attend McKenzie Centre are supported that she wanted to continue her association with them. So at every opportunity she pops along to this lovely place and gets in touch with the wonderful people who help to govern and work here.

Julie is married, has 3 adult children, and is a very proud ‘Poppy’ to six beautiful grandchildren.

Kalev Crossland
Role

Community Representative

General Information

Kalev Crossland is a past chairperson of McKenzie Centre Trust and has sat on the Trust Board since 2004. He has four daughters and two sons. Kalev works as a lawyer. Kalev has learnt a lot about special needs children from a zero base through the camaraderie of the multi-disciplinary team. He volunteered in India in 2018 working children with special needs (sports).

Nan Jensen
Role

Community Representative

General Information

I was Business Manager at McKenzie Centre from August 2006 to February 2011, when I left my employment to study fulltime and finish my Law degree, which I had been working toward part-time. It was and is a privilege to be associated with McKenzie Centre, and I am pleased to be able to continue that association through Trusteeship. I now practice law with a specialty in disability law, assisting people with special needs and their families.

Aside from working a lawyer I am a busy mother with two sets of twins. Two of my children have autism, which is the reason I switched careers from the business world. I am originally from New York City, but I left there in 1988 to live in Denmark, and came to New Zealand with my family in 1995. The result of this is that the six people in my family have a total of 13 passports from three different countries! We love New Zealand and consider ourselves Kiwis now.

Maree Haddon
Role

Community Representative

General Information

Maree joined the Trust in February 2013. Maree is a chartered accountant working for a large NZ firm. She has two children, Connor and Hunter, both of whom have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and attended McKenzie Centre from June 2009 until September 2013 . Maree has seen first hand the benefit of the McKenzie Centre, both through the fantastic progress the children have made, and the support from the team and other families.

Fran Crowther
Role

Community Representative

General Information

I joined the Board of Trustees in June 2014 as one of the Parent Reps. I work as an accounts administrator for a local company called Mum 2 Mum. Outside of work I am married with two children, a son Zac and daughter Alex and keep myself busy with them and singing with a local acapella group called the Waikato Rivertones.
I came to McKenzie Centre between February 2013 and July 2016 with Alex who has a deletion on one of her chromosomes. This has affected most of her development but especially her speech.
I am very excited to be part of the Trustees as I feel it is very important to give back to this amazing Centre that has given so much to our family. I want to make sure that it stays in the best shape possible to keep going for many more years and that the input from the parents is really important. Having been in administration for many years now, I hope that I can bring organisational skills and support to the Trust.

Renee Wood
Role

Community Representative

General Information

Renee joined the Trust in June 2014. Renee is a Physiotherapist and currently works part time at Anglesea Clinic Physiotherapy as a Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphoedema Trained Therapist. Renee has twin boys Tamai and Lucan. Tamai has been diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome and as a family they attended the McKenzie Centre from September 2012 until May 2015. The whole Mc Kenzie Centre experience has been beneficial, not only to Tamai, but to the family as a whole, at home, at the kindergarten the children attended and during the school transition process. Renee’s gratitude for the help that she and her whanau have received led to her joining the Trust as a parent representative, so that she could give back to the Centre in some way. Her expertise and perspective as both a medical professional, and most especially as a mum, are particularly valued by the Trust.

Simon Rickman
Role

Community Representative

General Information

Simon joined the Trust in April 2015 after returning to the Waikato following 13 years in Auckland, the United States and UK. Simon is the CEO of Holdfast, a Director of Jumping Beans International and a Trustee of Momentum Waikato which has a purpose of “a better Waikato for everyone, forever”. Before moving back to Hamilton, Simon held a number of senior leadership roles with Les Mills International including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive of its US business unit based in San Francisco. Simon has experience in the forestry, dairy, construction, education, management consulting and health and fitness industries and holds a Bachelor of Management Studies qualification from the University of Waikato.

Spare time is spent with his family, wife Joanne and 2 young children.

Candace Allan
Role

Parent Representative

General Information

I joined the Trust in February 2016. I am a qualified teacher and have spent the past 10 years working at Berkley Normal Middle School, where I was a team leader and taught in both a mainstream classroom and an accelerate classroom. I also own a dance school where I teach a range of dance styles to children aged from 3 to adults.

I have 3 children, Tyson, Kobe and Armani. Our precious boy Kobe was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and we have been going to Mckenzie centre since the beginning of 2015. I feel honoured to be a part of the Trust as I have always wanted to give back to them in some way, for all the help and support they have offered myself, and my family, over the course of our time with them. I love their approach to things and enjoy being a part of this amazing team.