Marsha is a Canadian expat.  She has been the CEO of Manawanui for five years and has 27 years experience in health and disability both here and in Canada.  She has worked in a variety of environments, including acute/tertiary care, community based care, disability support and government.  Originally a paediatric nurse, Marsha has a Masters of Nursing (Hons) and has held a number of leadership and senior management roles at Auckland and Waitemata DHBs as well as the Ministry of Health before taking up the CEO role at Manawanui.

Marsha is passionate about supporting people with disabilities and their families to have the best life possible and has seen first-hand how giving people choice and control over the support they need can transform their life.  She has personal experience with MS as her late father struggled with it for many years.  She is looking forward to bringing this, and her professional experience to the role as a Trustee at MS Waikato.  Marsha has two adult children, and lives with her partner in Whangaparaoa.


Deputy Chairperson

Mark completed five years of study at Waikato University, then went on to further his education with studies through the Securities Institute of Australia.

Joined Craigs Investment Partners (formerly ABN AMRO Craigs) in 2001

He has a great passion for the outdoors, and loves to go fly-fishing in the central north Island, and has recently taken to the snow enjoying snow boarding and skiing over the winter months.

Mark is married to Alison and has been a Trustee with MS Waikato Trust since 2005. He is also a committee member with the MS Society of New Zealand.


Leanne was appointed to the Board in March 2016. Leanne is a Chartered Accountant and is the CFO at Waitomo Petroleum Ltd in Hamilton.  A lot of her spare time is spent volunteering through Altrusa International where she currently serves on the International Board of Directors and in July 2017 was installed as the International President.   Leanne was born and raised in Gisborne and moved to Te Awamutu over 20 years ago so still counts herself as “new” to the community.  She is an avid soft toy collector and enjoys reading and walking in her rare periods of spare time.



Born into a community minded family Mike commenced his first community challenge at 17 joining a sub-committee of the Auckland City Council.  At 20 he joined Jaycees serving 20 years until retiring as an “Exhausted Rooster”.

Mike served an Automotive Engineering apprenticeship and on completion of this received a N Z Craftsman Training Foundation scholarship to study in Sydney for a year.

Returning from Australia he married Wendy and two years later shifted to Hamilton establishing his own motor repair workshop.  Mike has spent 30 years on the Waikato Branch committee of the Motor Trade Assoc and a similar time on the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers executive.

After retiring from Jaycees he joined Hamilton East Rotary and has enjoyed 33 years serving the community.  He currently chairs the North Hamilton Community Patrol Group working with the Police as “eyes and ears” of the community.  Once a week he is a volunteer driver for the St John Health Shuttle.

Mike looks forward to serving the MS Waikato Board to the best of his ability.


Graham was co-opted to the Board in 2014. He has been part of ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia support group since 2008 due to his wife being affected by these neurological conditions. They have two sons and three granddaughters.

Graham has an MSc and worked at Ruakura as a Technician on Reproductive Physiology and Bloat prevention and as a Scientist on Dairy Hygiene and Quality System development.

He is now retired but works voluntarily in the local community. He is an active student of Te Reo Maaori and tries to follow the Christian ethic.

‘He taangata! He taangata! He taangata! – It’s all about the people’

William is the General Manager at Life Unlimited and responsible for the Life Unlimited Store and Community Programmes.

William has over 20 years commercial experience in senior management roles across both for profit and not for profit sectors including 10 years with St John involved in Telecare and Telehealth, supporting independent living through assistive technology.

William also has experience in various governance roles across industry and community groups focussed on health and wellbeing. He holds a MBA from Waikato University and is a Member of the Order of St John.