CHAIRPERSON - Dr. Susan Thompson - MA (History), BTheol (Theology), PhD (Theology)
Susan joined the Board of Community Law Waikato - Te Tari Ture ā-Hapori o Waikato, in 2013. Born in Christchurch, she trained as a Methodist minister in Auckland, was ordained in 1994 and has lived in Hamilton since 2002. She completed doctoral studies at the University of Auckland in 2002 and has a continuing interest in New Zealand history. Susan is an advocate for the acceptance and equality of LGBTQ people in church and society. She is active in the Waikato Interfaith Council and has just started learning Te Reo Maori. She is currently working as Superintendent of the Waikato-Waiariki Methodist Synod.
TREASURER and DEPUTY CHAIR PERSON - Dave McEwen
Dave joined the Board in 1999 and serves as the Board Treasurer and Deputy Chairperson. Dave brings a wealth of experience from his background in the RNZAF and as an accountant in the private sector.
TRUSTEE - Sue Lane - B.Sc (Chemistry), M.A. (History) JP
Sue has been a Trustee, then Board Chair since 2000 and has advocated tirelessly and passionately for Community Law Waikato’s cause. In 2018 Sue retired as Board Chair and trustee leaving behind a legacy of compassion and determination. Her contribution has been invaluable.
TRUSTEE - Brian Dobbs
Brian has been a Trustee since 2004. He has corporate and leadership experience in a number of industries and specialises in governance, finance, audit and risk analysis. He is Chairman of a number of Boards that govern medium to large companies and trusts, some of which are charitable.
TRUSTEE - Cheryl Green - LLB
Cheryl has been a Trustee since 2013 and graduated from the University of Waikato in 1993 with a Law Degree (LLB) and is currently a Referee of the Disputes Tribunal in Hamilton. She was previously the Director of Clinical Legal Education and Competitions at the University of Waikato.
TRUSTEE - David Allan - LLB
David is a barrister, admitted to the bar in 1995 and has served as Trustee on the Board since 2017. His legal areas of interest include criminal, mental health, intellectual disability, and parole. David has a particular interest in improving the interview method of lawyers across the whole criminal justice system.
TRUSTEE - Patience Te Ao
Patience Te Ao came on board as the Tainui representative Trustee in December 2016. Patience is Chair and Board member of many community organisations. Patience graduated from the Institute of Directors, residential directorship training programme.
SOLICITOR - Christina Howe – LLB/BSocSci
Christina’s expertise and experience covers a wide range of areas from family, criminal, elder abuse, employment, and tenancy to immigration. She currently holds a LLB and BSocSci majoring in political sciences and economics from the University of Waikato. Christina has a deep understanding and a passion for working with the community. She is a board member for Single Parent Services and Hamilton Multicultural services Trust. Outside of work, Christina enjoys playing the piano, saxophone and the guitar. She also offers her time at the Waikeria Prison as a music teacher. “Don’t work for recognition but do work worthy of recognition” - H Jackson Brown
SOLICITOR - Harriet Youn - LLB BCom
Harriet joined Community Law Waikato - Te Tari Ture ā-Hapori o Waikato, as a solicitor in 2019. She started her career as a junior barrister in Auckland where she gained 7 years’ experience in a wide range of criminal litigation work. She then practiced on her own account for a couple of years in Hamilton. Harriet studied law and economics at the University of Otago.
Maa mua ka kite a muri; Maa muri ka ora a mua.
“Those who lead give sight to those who follow, those who follow give life to those who lead”