Helen Melrose (LLB), Chair has practised as a lawyer specialising in retirement villages and elder law for over 20 years. After her time as a partner at a major national law firm, she established her own law firm, from which she has now retired. Helen’s experience in this area has included four years as President of the Retirement Villages Association (an association of for-profit and not-for profit industry representatives). She has served as Chairperson of the National Council of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has contributed too many other not-for-profit community organisations.
Garry Smith has over twenty years’ experience of the health sector, having held senior positions with healthcare organisations throughout New Zealand. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of The Selwyn Foundation, he had been CEO of the country's largest health board, Auckland District Health Board, for nine years. A qualified accountant, Garry has expertise in management, planning, accounting and finance, as well as experience of the banking industry. Garry is passionate about providing ethical and values-based services for older people and ensuring that services are delivered with integrity, warmth and respect for the individual at all times.
Kerry Hitchcock has many years’ experience in property investment, development and financial disciplines as well as in governance. His expertise includes strategic planning, asset management, investment, and commercial and residential property development. A Board Member of Tāmaki Regeneration Company and Smales Farm Business & Technology Hub, his property experience includes development of a broad range of commercial, retail and residential properties and student accommodation in central Auckland.