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…”