16 Dec 2019
Award-winning Smart Waikato has appointed a new Chair and Trustee, both keen to contribute to the trust's impact in the region.
Ngaati Makirangi and Waikato iwi descendent Julian Williams has stepped up as Chair of the Trust, after several years as a general board member, while Longveld's GM of People and Culture Deb MacCauley has been appointed Trustee after being inspired by the positive impact of Smart Waikato's work.
Julian's first task as Chair was to acknowledge the contribution of outgoing Chair Sarah Morton-Johnson:
"Ka aumihi i te tuatahi ki a Sarah, te tiamana ina tonu i ahau. Paimarire ki a ia, me ngaa mema o te poari nei mo oou koutou aawhina. An acknowledgment to Sarah, the previous chair. Blessings to you and the current board for your support."
Sarah will continue to watch the success of Smart Waikato from the sidelines as she expands her HR consultancy: "I am immensely proud to have been involved in both the growth and maturity of Smart Waikato during my five years with the Trust. The scope and impact of the Smart Waikato initiatives are impressive... in handing leadership to Julian I am confident I am leaving things in good hands and good heart, as well as strong financially."
Julian has strong connections throughout Waikato and a focus on supporting whaanau and communities as kaitiaki (guardians) of the environment, with his own whaanau consultancy and focus on Waikato River.
"I am privileged to be a member of the innovative and active Smart Waikato team. In this role I will focus on supporting staff, promoting the good work of Smart Waikato, reciprocating the social investment we receive from our many partners and proactively encouraging our rangatahi to fulfil their potential. The outlook for 2020 is promising.”