John Proctor – Chair
John has a broad business background. He has run his own consultancy firm for more than 20 years, working with a range of organisations from customer service and telecommunications, to libraries and museums, and is currently CEO of the Rural Connectivity Group. He brings a breadth of experience in marketing and strategic planning. Born in England, John came to New Zealand in 1989 with his Kiwi wife, Tooki, who is one of our Programme Coordinators. They have two children, one an ESOL teacher and one a computer programmer.
Will grew up in Whangārei, attended Bream Bay College and is passionate about realising the potential of our young people. He is an experienced secondary school teacher of te reo Māori and Japanese. Will recently completed his PhD studies at Otago University on the learning experiences of non-Māori secondary school students learning te reo Māori. Will leads the Education Māori portfolio at COMET Auckland, and strongly supports the flourishing of te reo Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau. He is also an elected member to the Henderson Massey Local Board (Auckland Council). He affiliates to several iwi including Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whatua and Ngāti Maniapoto. He trained as a secondary school teacher at the University of Waikato and started his teaching career in 2007. In his spare time, Will enjoys playing sport particularly tennis, reading novels, hanging out with whānau and travelling around the world.
Theresa is a business woman and educator. An innovator and driver, she is currently manager of Whau ACE, and is active in many fields as an educator and business advisor. She sits on a number of community boards. Theresa is passionately committed to her large family, and her church.
Anne joined us as a tutor in 2015. Previously she had worked as a nurse in areas which included neonatal intensive care, palliative care and detox. Anne derives a lot of pleasure from nature and at one time had a herb nursery. She also enjoys music and poetry. Anne sees learning as a shared process (ako) and loves being part of a team that supports this.
Keith came to Literacy Waitakere as a learner in 2013. Until he came, he felt he was locked in a room without any light because of his literacy difficulties. He was afraid to speak up for himself in case it made him look dumb. Now he feels the doors are thrown open and the light is pouring in, and he can see the value of asking questions. He has a new confidence and no longer shies away from paperwork. He can identify the main points in what he reads, and gets very excited about his ability to grasp more complex texts. Keith is a born-again advocate for those with literacy issues, a wonderful support to new learners, and he brings their voices to our governance meetings.
As Mana Whakarite – Manager – of Literacy Waitakere since 2006, Jane brings a business and people management focus to the organisation from a diverse career in small business, including her own. Capacity building has been her focus, as well as creating a vibrant and supportive workplace, learning about the literacy and community sectors at the same time. She juggles the lives of her two sporty adult children with her work, and her husband’s business, enjoys being a linguist, a foodie, a skier and attends writers’ festivals when she can.