Meet the Trustees
Through 2020 and 2021, we were fortunate to identify locals with a heart to see things change in the Waipa area and formed the InterlockNZ Trust.
This team will help to govern the future direction of Interlock and guide them through their community, social, business and legal expertise to ensure that what we deliver is Safe, Affordable and Productive for our members and our community.
In 2022 we become a registered Charitable trust and continue to write comprehensive business plans and policies under the guidance of both our trustees and the good folk at Community Waikato.
Aaron and Lois Ure
Aaron and Lois Ure have worked in the disability sector for over 30 years across youth, residential care, day service, and aged care settings. Over time, many positive changes have taken place for people living with a disability and their families. As a family, those changes also impacted them and their son's life with Autism, now in his 20s.
As a couple walking the fine line between consumers and providers, they understand the challenges and confines of working through systems to achieve the right outcome. The confines are not limited to what a person can achieve but include invisible and unspoken boundaries from family, providers and society that prevent personal and social growth.
Aaron is a visionary driver who loves the hands-on approach, while Lois is a detail and implementer person who enjoys the planning and execution of a good event. Together they are focused on what it means to have a normal life within the confines of an individual's abilities in that present moment. As advocates for their son and community participation, they bring InterlockNZ a wealth of knowledge and practical experiences that will assist Interlock in delivering an ongoing program that continues to provide opportunities for growth, not just for the person identified with a disability but also for their families, caregivers, and community.
David has extensive leadership experience across a range of sectors. Currently he is the Area Manager, Maniapoto for the 2023 census at Statistics NZ. Previous roles include Director Strategy and Performance for a nationwide social enterprise; CEO of a disability provider, an Operations Manager within a District Health Board and a Project Manager in the Public Service.
David also works as “The Optimist Cynic”, an independent sounding board, business coach/mentor and an author. He is passionate about the concept of sustainable communities and the fundamental belief that business is a resource for doing good.
David also has governance roles with Impact Hub Waikato Trust, NZ Williams Syndrome Association and until recently, on the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee for Waikato DHB.
Kate has held leadership roles in the Disability Sector for 20 years, upon completion of a Bachelor of Organisational Psychology and Human Resource Management at the University of Waikato. Kate is currently fortunate enough to have been sponsored to be a member of the Community Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) class of 2023. Currently, she is the General Manager of Partnership & Enablement at ConneXu, a role she has held for the last 10 years.
Kate has been a member of the Enabling Good Lives (EGL) Waikato Leadership Group as a provider representative, a position that she held for 8 years. Kate’s leadership purpose is to empower and assist vulnerable communities to have a voice, and to flourish.
Kate grew up in Tauranga, before heading to the mighty Waikato to attend University. Kate, her husband, and three children live at the base of Mount Pirongia, where they are equity owners of a 540-cow dairy farm, milking beautiful pure-bred Jersey girls. In her spare time Kate enjoys being surrounded by family and friends and loves a day out to the lake for a spot of water-skiing.
Our amazing team of Volunteers that are the backbone of all Interlock Activities
We are reliant on our team of volunteer workers who turn up week after week to support the work of Interlock and create memories and learning opportunities for all participants. These are our regulars: Aaron and Lois Ure, John Taris, Christine Wallace, Jane Brooks, Tracey Graham, Lynn Brouggy, Elaine Peter, Tobias Ure, and Sandi.
"“Interlock has been a fantastic platform for my son and myself to build friendships and connections within our community, as well as having fun creating and seeing others enjoying the chance to try new skills and build confidence within themselves. Thanks to the team who do a fantastic job to provide the opportunities for us all.”
Christine Wallace, parent