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Denise Cosgrove


Denise has broad experience as an accomplished senior executive with commercial and public sector experience in New Zealand and Australia. Her previous roles have included being Chief Executive at the Victorian Work Cover Authority in Australia, a general manager at the Accident Compensation Corporation and an assistant auditor general. Her current role is Chief Executive of The Selwyn Foundation.

As well as contributing to various NGO organisations and actively supporting socially-minded entrepreneurs, Denise supports New Zealand’s contemporary art and design sector, especially new and emerging talent.

Jonny Wilkinson

Deputy Chair

Jonny Wilkinson has a detailed knowledge and experience of the NZ health and disability sector. He has strong leadership and interpersonal skills and success in senior management and governance. Jonny’s particular strengths are in collaboration and relationship management, particularly in event organisation and public education campaigns and projects. He has applied these successfully in his current role as CEO at Tiaho Trust and as a board member of a number of Northland and national community based organisations and charitable trusts.

Jonny has Cerebral Palsy and has a speech impairment. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business, (Pg.Dip.Bus.Admin), Management Information Systems, General.

Cathy Comber

Cathy is a postgraduate qualified Business Manager with significant experience gained at The University of Auckland and the University of Cape Town.  She has been responsible for managing corporate services with a focus on commercial and financial management and strong customer service delivery.

Cathy is currently a Trustee for Loneliness NZ. Previous community work included being a trustee (with a short stint as Chairperson) of LifeKidz Charitable Trust – an after-school and holiday programme for special needs children. She contributed to Lifeline Aotearoa, initially as a Helpline telephone counsellor with suicide Intervention skills, then co-facilitating the Foundation Training, and formally mentoring new counsellors

Although Cathy enjoys challenges she now looks for less arduous tramping outings than the two 100km Oxfam Trail Walk Fundraisers she completed with her teams.  Spending time with her extending family gives Cathy pleasure

John Green

John practices as a barrister in Auckland. He has extensive experience working with confidential and sensitive information. During a wide ranging role in local and international business development, he has worked successfully with people from different cultures and circumstances.

John’s business experience has included high level management roles in industry and finance sectors. Entrepreneurially, he has been responsible for the creation of a major international television channel – Asia Business News (now CNBC Asia’s business channel) -and established the ARTS channel on Sky TV.

He is a world ranging sailor, recently having sailed to Chile then through the Straits of Magellan up the Atlantic to Cape Verde islands and back to New Zealand via the Caribbean, Panama and the Pacific. Other journeys include a voyage south to the Auckland Islands. John is a keen and eclectic reader and enjoys playing the piano.

Tuini Glenda Hakaraia-Tino

Glenda has close affiliations with Hoani Waitiiti Marae and Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust which has enabled her to develop strong relationships with Maori leaders and the community. Glenda has considerable experience with Community Safe projects and has worked in the unintentional injury prevention and health promotion field for the past 20 years.

Glenda is parent to Geneva who through her determination and passion for life is a successful student at the Auckland University of Technology undertaking a Bachelor in Communication Studies. Geneva uses a speech generating device for all her spoken communication. Geneva and Glenda are both achievers of breaking down barriers for people with disabilities and engage positively with all people of different cultures, beliefs and abilities.

James Jordan

James has a New Zealand Certificate of Commerce (NZCC) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Auckland University

James is the Director at Northbridge Lifecare Trust an established retirement village, rest home and hospital facility in Northcote Auckland. James has been involved in the retirement industry for 19 years, working in both the public and private sectors and served two years on the Retirement Villages Association Executive.

James brings with him a comprehensive knowledge of the health and disability sector, property and asset management, service provision and practical implementation of technology systems that benefit quality of life and independence.

As a member of Takapuna boating club the weekends often centre around sailing and other water activities.

Maqymseahe Ninces

Maqymseahe has held a variety of roles in the disability sector since 2016. She also holds a Bachelor of Communication and a Master of Business Studies from Massey University. 

Maqymseahe has had a relationship with the TalkLink Trust since 1997. She first received an augmentative and alternative communication device at four years old, which she learnt to use with her toe. Growing up as a TalkLink Trust client, Maqymseahe has seen the advancements in technology as well as the phenomenal growth of our organisation. It is hoped that Maqymseahe’s experience as a TalkLink Trust ambassador will enable her to bring a different perspective to the board table.

In her spare time, Maqymseahe enjoys sailing and going to the gym. She also serves as a board member for Sailability Auckland.