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Board Members

WALSHtrust is governed by a board of ten Trustees, led by Chairperson Suzanne Sinclair. Board members come from various backgrounds, bringing diverse skills and valuable experience to the Trust. We also have a Strategic Advisor to the Trust Board, Bram Kukler.


Suzanne Sinclair


  • Previously Relationship Manager - Family and Community Services, Ministry of Social Development
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Ex MP for Titirangi
  • Former Auckland City Councillor

David Lui

  • Director - Focus on Pacific Limited
  • Board Member - Mental Health Foundation
  • Member - Waitakere Pacific Board
  • Member of Executive - Waitakere Healthlink

Ian MacClure

  • Community Representative
  • NEC, Field Engineer
  • Long serving member of WALSH Trust's Board

Bram Kukler

  • General Manager - Kindergarten Association


  • Finance Committee Chair
  • Previous Manager Housing NZ Corporation South Auckland
  • Long serving member of WALSH Trust Board



Phil Laird


  • Director - Commercial West Limited. 

Gayleen Maurice

  • Administrator Friends of Waiatarau
  • Administrator Facebook page 'Disability Pathways - Towards Tomorrow Out West'
  • Shared Vision Steering Committee
  • Action Council WALSH Trust

Kaylene Parr     

  •  Lecturer, National Certification in Mental Health and Addiction Support, Unitec           

Robyn Fausett

  • Own company, Nest Consulting - providing research, clinical advice, programme writing, facilitation and project co-ordination with the education, employment, health and community sectors
  • Previously employed by WALSH Trust
  • Board Member - Healing through Arts and Action Trust

Gail Tongs

  • Board Member and Elder - Te Atatu Baptist Church
  • Previously employed by WALSH Trust 

Board Members' Responsibilities

  • Planning
  • Financial stewardship
  • Human resources stewardship
  • Performance monitoring and accountability
  • Risk management
  • Community representation and advocacy
  • Management of critical transactional phases
  • Complaints review.

Board Decisions

Board decisions are made as a group at Board meetings at which a quorum of the Board is present. A quorum is required for the transaction of any business of the Trust.

Decisions are ideally made through a consensus development process leading to a formal vote to record the decision. This process is intended to encourage full discussion and development of a decision that all, or at least the largest possible majority of, Board Members can support prior to a vote.

Where disagreements continue to exist, dissenting members may request that their objections be recorded in the minutes. A favourable vote of a majority of the members present, regardless of abstentions, is required for approval.