Cath Blake (Co-Chair)
Cath became involved with ConneXu primarily because she has an intellectually disabled sister who lives in Tauranga and wanted to actively contribute toward creating opportunities to give people with disabilities better lives.
She recently sold her business Blake’s Hire Company and now work full time for Dairy NZ as Manager of Dairy Training in New Zealand.
Colleen Joblin (Co-Chair)
As well as being a Trustee for ConneXu, Colleen’s governance experience includes being the Vice President for Age Concern Hamilton. She has also previously been a Director for Asthma Waikato and Respiratory Inc. (Asthma Waikato).
Colleen has a background in the development of professional networks, strategic planning, stakeholder management, business analysis and risk management. She has developed these skills at the East Midlands Development Agency and De Montfort University in the United Kingdom, and more locally at the Waikato District Health Board.
Murray was born and bred in Te Awamutu and for over 43 years owned and managed three retail companies. He was Chairman of Directors for a national men’s and women’s fashion company for 20 years (Auckland based).
He is a NZ Justice of the Peace and involved in numerous charitable projects through Rotary International. Murrays says he now retired and living the good life.
Campbell is a community pharmacist in Te Awamutu. After attending university and a brief stint working and travelling in the UK, he returned to his home town, Te Awamutu, where he purchased Unichem Marshalls Pharmacy. The business has now grown to occupy two locations.
Campbell joined the board of ConneXu in 2010 and has witnessed the organisation grow and develop during this time. Having grown up in Te Awamutu, it is a pleasure for Campbell to be able to contribute and put something back into the local community.
Terry brings a wealth of governance experience to ConneXu from his time as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Kawerau Enterprise Agency, Trustee and Director of Norske Skog Tasman superannuation scheme, and Chairperson and Trustee of his local school board. As well, he has worked for national and multi-national based organisations such as the NZ Fire Service, Norske Skog, Winstone Pulp International, PACT Group, and his current role is Quality, Safety and Environmental Manager at Alto Industrial, located in Hamilton.
From a personal perspective, Terry’s son is supported by ConneXu, and he says that his role on the board is his way of giving back. “Our son is now achieving his goal of independence, and with this support from ConneXu, Sherryl (pictured with Terry) and I are now able to enjoy the life we saw other couples our age living…”
Jan has always had a commitment to give back to her community. This is reflected in her being awarded the distinguished Membership of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Education and the Community in 2017. Her career includes many years of advocating for young children with physical, mental and behavioural disabilities, as well as several governorship roles within public benefit entities, and two decades as a CEO.
Organisations she has worked with in the past include Central Kids Kindergartens (as Chief Executive), NZ Kindergarten Association (as Executive Officer), and Relationship Services (as both Regional Manager and General Manager). Jan was also Trustee for both the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust, and the CNI Early Education Services Trust.
Having loved living in Te Awamutu for well over a decade, Sylvia feels compelled to give back to the community. She is excited about being a part of ConneXu’s work supporting people with disabilities.
Sylvia has been involved with the hearing-impaired community for several years, and through this work, brings extensive governorship experience to the board. She is currently Chairperson Northern, as well as Vice-President and Treasurer for Hearing Association New Zealand Incorporated. Her other roles include Council member for National Foundation of the Deaf, as well as Assistant Secretary for the Te Awamutu branch of the Hearing Association.
Amanda is inspired by the work ConneXu does to empower people with disabilities, and is keen to assist in working towards our vision.
Amanda is an Associate at McCaw Lewis Lawyers in Hamilton, and has had a decade of experience working in law firms in both New Zealand and Australia, with a specialty area of property and commercial law. She earned a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Waikato, and was admitted to the Bar in 2009.