Our People

Board of Trustees

John Palairet – Chair

John is a chartered accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Accountants. He was a Hawke’s Bay partner in national and locally owned chartered accounting firms including KPMG and BDO, specialising in audit, business recovery, and business valuations and has also acted as an advisor to many Hawke’s Bay businesses. John has held a number of charitable trustee and Board directorships, including a long-term relationship with Unison Networks and Hawke’s Bay Airport, where he was Chair. He currently chairs the Audit and Risk committee for Napier City Council and sits on a number of charitable and family trusts. John also sits on the Waiapu Board of Diocesan Trustees.

Bishop Andrew Hedge – Trustee

Bishop Andrew was ordained as the 16th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Waiapu in October 2014. Bishop Andrew has served the Anglican Church as Vicar of Cambridge, Waikato and Chaplain to King’s School, Auckland and also in a variety of governance roles over the past 15 years including Diocesan Standing Committees in Auckland and Waikato, and as a trustee for St Paul’s Collegiate School, Hamilton. Bishop Andrew is a member of several boards in the Diocese of Waiapu which focus on Mission and Ministry, Finance, Education and Social Service sectors of the Church.

Bishop Andrew is a volunteer Ambulance Officer, Chaplain and supporter of the youth programme with the Order of St John.

Evan Turbott – Trustee

Evan is a commercial and property lawyer in Tauranga. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. A former chair of the Bay of Plenty Sinfonia, Evan is a longstanding Rotarian and Councillor of the Automobile Association (Bay of Plenty District). He sits on the board of Age Concern Tauranga.

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Reverend Jo Crosse – Trustee

Jo farms with her husband Hamish on their farm near Weber in Southern Hawke’s Bay. They have three adult children. Jo originally trained and worked as a registered nurse in New Zealand and the UK. Jo was ordained in 2005 and has a Bachelor of Theology. She has offered ministry locally in Weber, as HB Regional Youth Ministry Facilitator, and Children and Families Enabler for the Diocese and was vicar of the Parish of Southern Hawke’s Bay until 2022. Jo has served on numerous church and community committees including the Three Tikanga Youth Commission, Strandz Executive, and General Synod Standing Committee, Waiapu Standing Committee, St John Cadets, and COGS LDC for Tamatea/Tamaki Nui a Rua.

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Russell Wills – Trustee

Russell is married with two adult sons. He trained in medicine at Otago University and completed paediatric and public health training the UK and Australia. Russell was National Paediatrician for Plunket and an academic at the Wellington School of Medicine before returning home to Hawke’s Bay 2001. Russell has led local and national work in child protection and family violence intervention, early identification of children with developmental and behavioural issues, well child-tamariki ora, community management of childhood illness and multidisciplinary assessment of children with complex developmental and behavioural issues. As Children’s Commissioner (2011-2016) Russell increased the public profile of the Office’s advocacy for children and published the Office’s first public reports on child poverty and the work of Child, Youth and Family (now Oranga Tamariki).

Russell currently works clinically in general and community paediatrics and is the HBDHB’s medical director of quality improvement and patient safety.

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Chris Malcolm – Trustee

Chris has family roots in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne although he grew up in Wellington and Horowhenua. He has long personal and family history in the Anglican church (in the Wellington, Auckland and Waiapu dioceses). Chris gained a Masters of Theology from Oxford in 2000. He also has qualifications in CBT, clinical supervision and a Master of Health Science. Since 2009 he has been a lecturer in health science (mainly in Addiction Studies and Mental Health) at EIT. Chris has a special interest in trauma-informed practice and also working effectively with Māori. This was also a theme in his theology studies. Chris lives in Taradale and is a parishioner at All Saints in Taradale.


Dr Hirini Kaa – Trustee

The Venerable Dr Hirini Kaa, of Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata, is currently the Archdeacon for Mātauranga for Te Pīhopatanga o Aotearoa. Dr Kaa has worked as an academic and as part of the leadership team with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland where he taught in history and theology. He has also worked for the social services sector, in research, and for his iwi. Since researching and presenting the historical documentary series The Prophets for Māori Television, he has gone on to become a significant media commentator on a range of critical topics. His book Te Hāhi Mihinare | The Māori Anglican Church has won a number of awards since publication including Co-winner of the W.H. Oliver Prize for Best Book, NZHA 2021, Co-winner of the 2021 Ernest Scott Prize, and was a finalist at the 2021 Ockham NZ Book Awards.


Sarah Park – Independent Chair of Risk and Assurance Committee

Sarah Park has 20+ years international corporate finance and capital markets experience after a professional career with PwC in NZ and HSBC Investment Bank in London. During her executive career, Sarah held a wide variety of roles including advising on M&A and capital market transactions, managing family office investments and as an Equity Research Analyst. Sarah is an avid investor in early-stage companies and the co-founder of Even Capital, a Venture Capital fund focused 100% on investing in female entrepreneurs. Sarah is a Director of NZX/ASX listed Pacific Edge, Hawke’s Bay Airport, Orbis Diagnostics Limited and Annuitas Management Limited, and Deputy Chair of National Provident Fund. Sarah has a MA(Hons) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh and she earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation.

Senior Leadership Team


Lucy Laitinen – Chief Executive Officer |

Lucy has been Anglican Care Waiapu’s Chief Executive Officer since 2017. Prior to this role, Lucy was the General Manager NZ Partnerships at World Vision New Zealand. She has worked in a variety of management, advisory, funding, and policy roles in organisations including the International Organisation for Migration regional office in Finland, Manukau City Council, and the Ministry of Defence. Lucy has a B.A. (Hons) in International Relations from Victoria University and an MPhil (Development Studies) from the University of Cambridge.

Jules Morgan – Chief Financial Officer |

Jules is Chief Financial Officer in Anglican Care Waiapu, and is responsible for financial oversight, asset management, and financial and non-financial data analysis. From 2017, and prior to joining ACW in 2019, Jules worked with the Diocese of Waiapu’s shared services team as Financial Controller. Jules is a Chartered Accountant (CA ANZ) and has previously worked for Public Trust, PwC, and BDO with a strong focus on audit, financial analysis, and internal controls. Jules has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Accountancy and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Geography from Victoria University of Wellington.

Joanne Morris – General Manager People and Culture |

Joanne is General Manager People and Culture joining Anglican Care Waiapu in 2013. Joanne is responsible for leading the organisations human resource, health & safety and quality functions including strategy, policy and operations. Prior to joining ACW, Joanne held senior leadership positions in engineering, manufacturing, and forestry organisations with a wealth of experience in management, HR, H&S and compliance. Joanne has a Diploma in Business Studies, Human Resource Management, and is a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ).

Sarah Mulcahy – General Manager Programme Design and Evaluation |

Sarah is GM Programme Design and Evaluation and champions the use of evidence to improve our practice and lead the design of new initiatives and programmes across the diocese of Waiapu. Sarah joined ACW in 2019, bringing a wealth of experience gained over her 35-year career within health and social care organisations. She has held senior management roles in New Zealand and the UK including Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust, Royal NZ Plunket Trust and Health Hawke’s Bay PHO. Sarah is an NZ Registered Nurse, holds several postgraduate qualifications, and a Masters of Business Administration.


Andy Pilbrow – General Manager Operations |

Andy’s previous role was as CEO at Birthright Hawke’s Bay Child and Family Care Trust in Napier.  He has over 20 years senior leadership experience working in regional and national roles in the UK and NZ across a broad range of NGO and human service roles within the education, recreation, and social service sectors.

Andy has strong Waiapu roots, having grown up in Gisborne and the Hawke’s Bay as well as previously managing operations and delivery across the Bay of Plenty, Taupō, Gisborne / Tairāwhiti, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatu regions.

Andy holds a BEd from Massey university as well as qualifications in counselling, youthwork, social services supervision and advanced management studies.