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Our Trustees

Yvonne Anderson

Yvonne is a paediatrician with a passion for undertaking research that enhances the health and wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi. Yvonne and her research team work to find innovative solutions to complex health problems, prioritising child and whānau voice.

Bev Gibson

As well as being an experienced clinical nurse who whakapapa's to Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Te Arawa Iwi, Bev has deep governance experience across numerous organisations. As a Trustee of Tamariki Pakari, Bev contributes toward advancing research of tamariki and rangatahi maximising their future health and wellbeing.

David Patten

David Patten is a lawyer who moved to Taranaki from Wellington some years ago. David has a keen interest in the vision of the Trust and the positive outcomes that are emerging for our tamariki as a result of the research the Trust is engaged in.

Kay Crofskey

Kay Crofskey was principal of Welbourn School for many years, following an extensive career in Education as a teacher and educational leader. Kay has seen first-hand how the research from Dr. Anderson's team is improving health and wellbeing of both tamariki and rangatahi, and the Trust's potential.

Roddy Bennett

Roddy Bennett has recently retired from TSB after 25 years working as part of the Finance team, the last ten as Chief Financial Officer on the leadership team. Roddy brings governance and financial oversight experience to the Trust and is keen to see community collaboration to successfully implement research outcomes for the betterment of the health and wellbeing of tamariki and rangatahi in Taranaki.

Ken Taiapa

Ken Taiapa (Ngāti Porou, Rongo Whakaata) is a public health researcher and evaluator with experience of working in areas such as Māori health workforce development, whānau ora, positive youth development, Māori values and eco-health, hapū development, media and racism, and the national Community Action on Youth and Drugs (CAYAD) project. His recent PhD work was based on working with local hapū Ngāti Tāwhirikura to explore the links between mārakai, ahi kaa and collective aspirations. He has also held roles at WITT including Kaiārahi, Head of Faculty Health and Wellbeing, and tutor. Ken joined the board because he has an interest and experience in working with young people in a range of communities using research as a tool for development.