Meet The Trustees

The Dingwall Trustees are a group of dedicated and passionate individuals from the Presbyterian community who are determined to help the professional team provide opportunities and fulfilment to children and young people in need of foster care.

Among the trustees are professionals with specialist skills such as engineering, legal expertise and financial skills.

William Stevens

Chairman
William Stevens has been a trustee since 1990 and chairman since 2012. He has worked in the financial industry since 1986 as an authorised financial adviser and a director of Craigs Investment Partners. He is also a director on the Financial Markets Authority and a trustee of the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Maritime Museum of New Zealand. William's initial involvement with Dingwall was as financial advisor to the trust. He quickly became aware of the unique and special organisation that Dingwall is. He is focused on building on Dingwall's founding principles, while developing the type of care and support suitable for today's needs. Delivering on the vision of providing opportunities and better futures to all the children that pass through Dingwall is fundamental to all his decision making.

Jayshree Das

Financial Services and community engagement expertise
Jayshree became a trustee in 2018. An industry leader with several years' experience in financial services, Jayshree set the benchmark for financial services regulatory compliance, collaborating with regulators to establish industry-wide frameworks. As a statutory director, she successfully led the New Zealand operations of a global investment bank and held the role of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Jayshree was also directly responsible for community engagement via evaluating, establishing and nurturing key community and corporate relationships - leveraging those partnerships for growth, workplace giving, skilled volunteering and sponsorship initiatives. Jayshree believes in the value of strong family bonds and that any small action can have a positive effect in the community and lives of those around us. She looks forward to contributing to an organisation which has a direct, measurable and lasting difference on each young person within the Dingwall Family.

Jill Stotter

Representative of St Lukes
Jill’s working life has encompassed her love of children, literature and music. She enjoyed a long career as an intermediate and secondary teacher and worked as a librarian and leader in the school library sector. She is also a musician, singer and choir conductor. Jill has a long involvement with the Presbyterian Church, in Howick and more recently at St Luke’s Remuera where she has held several leadership roles. She also volunteers as an Auckland Museum tour guide and at One Tree Hill College as a literacy tutor. Married to Kerry, mum to five children and grandmother of many grandchildren, family is always at the centre of Jill’s life. She greatly appreciates the privilege of being able to observe children developing into hopeful, thinking and caring young adults and wants to create and pass on those opportunities to other young people at Dingwall Trust. Jill is convenor of the Education and Welfare committee.

Tangiao Wiperi

Trustee, independent business consultant
Tangiao, or T as she is known, is a graduate of Dingwall’s Enhanced Education Programme so has first-hand knowledge of the support the Trust provides to children in need. She also received a scholarship through Auckland Rotary and these two opportunities helped change the course of her life. The first in her family to graduate from both high school and university, T and has spent her career working in business operations, predominantly in the not-for-profit sector. Her passion is to empower others to bring about positive generational change in whanau and she believes  opportunity is key: showing people a path and giving them the opportunity and tools to pursue that path. She feels privileged to be a part of the Dingwall Board. T is married to Murphy and they are expecting their first child in August.

Kelly Seabourne

Representative of Jackson Russell solicitors
Kelly became a trustee in 2018 and  is proud to continue in the footsteps of her predecessors at Jackson Russell, including long-standing trustees and former Jackson Russell partners, Thornton Jackson and John Jackson.  Kelly is a partner in Jackson Russell’s Property and Private Client team and specialises in a wide range of general and commercial property matters.  As a general property practitioner, Kelly particularly values the personal client contact and diversity that her practice brings, as well as the long term relationships that Jackson Russell enjoys – one of which is the Dingwall Trust connection (Jackson Russell being the firm of solicitors that wrote David Dingwall’s Will). Kelly is pleased to be part of the Dingwall Trust Board and to help contribute to and oversee the good work of the Trust in caring for and supporting its young people. Kelly is from a Northland farming community and enjoys returning home regularly to spend time with family.

Moyra Cooke

Representative of St James’ Church and Community
Moyra feels very privileged to have joined the Dingwall board in 2005. She is a lay representative of the church and community of St James. She is particularly interested in child welfare and was previously convenor of the Education and Welfare committee. Moyra is a “lifelong” learner and student who is currently studying Te Reo at Te Wananga o Aotearoa and is very conscious of the importance of education for young people in care. She is married to Jim and they have three sons and eight grandchildren

Reverend Glynn Cardy

Minister St Luke's Church
Glynn has been a trustee since 2013 when he became the Minister of St Luke's Presbyterian Church in Remuera. St Luke’s was where David Dingwall and his sister attended, and taught Sunday school. Glynn has been involved in, and committed to, the welfare of children throughout his ministry. He was a community worker and then the Anglican/Methodist minister in Glen Innes in the 80s and 90s and, amongst other things, convened the local Care and Protection Panel. He has also worked in Epsom and downtown Auckland. He has led many youth groups and youth activities over the years. Glynn is married to Stephanie, a paediatrician who specialises in child protection. They have four children and two cats.

Ernst Sansom

Trustee, Engineer
Ernst Sansom has been a Trustee since 1994. He is a civil engineer and been involved in the construction industry for all of his professional career. Ernst has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for 50 years, firstly with the Glendowie Parish and more recently with Somervell Church in Remuera. His parents and grandparents were Salvation Army officers and as a consequence Ernst became very aware of care for children from disadvantaged backgrounds from a young age. This, coupled with experience in the construction industry, has enabled him to offer support on property issues as well as focus on care. Now retired, Ernst has been a trustee of St Andrew’s Home and Hospital for a similar period, with the added responsibility of being chairman for eight years. Ernst has been married to Ailsa for some 57 years with three children and seven grandchildren, all residing in Auckland. Ernst is a keen sportsman, including playing golf and supporting his grandchildren in their activities.

Reverend Douglas Lendrum

Minister at St David’s Church
Doug is the Minister at St David’s Presbyterian Church in Grafton and feels privileged to have been part of the work of the Dingwall Trust for 16 years. He is convenor of the Auckland Presbytery Property and Finance Workgroup, a member of the Council of Presbytery, a trustee of Dingwall Trust and member/director of the Presbyterian Development Society. Doug has spent 33 years in Christian ministry and before that was in the motor trade for 23 years. He has served in various general assembly committees and in Parishes including Taumarunui, Upper Hutt and Auckland and spent six years as co-director of Mission Resource Team Northern Region. He is married to Wilhelmina and they have four children, 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

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