Strategic Leadership Group


lynette adams - CEO, Sport waitakere

Lynette Adams is the current CEO of Sport Waitakere. She has held this position for 14 years and is a strong advocate for the value of sport and recreation. Sport Waitakere aims to make a positive difference in the lives of people by working towards their vision of; Everyone connected, active and healthy.

Lynette also represents the Henderson Ward on the Waitakere Licensing Trust and is also a Director on The West Auckland Trust Services Limited (WATS) which was set up in 1996 to bring a commercial focus and expertise to the two Trusts via the management of the business interests of the two Licensing Trusts. Together, the two trusts and WATS are known simply as “The Trusts”.

Aroha hudson - ceo and Director, HealthWEST

Aroha Hudson, ACA, MBA (Ngati Whatua, Nga Puhi) is the CEO of HealthWest Te Puna Manawa (Est in 1993). HealthWest has Maori Provider Trust Status and operates as a Not For Profit Charitable Trust. HealthWest provides free health, social, whanau ora and community support services especially to vulnerable communities of including Maori, Pacific, children, young people, families and other high needs groups.

Aroha has been on the Spectrum Care Trust Board since June 2013 and currently chairs the Finance and Audit Committee. She is a Board member for Te Hononga O Tamaki Me Hoturoa and has additional governance roles including National Maori PHO Coalition, Director Auckland PHO, Council Member Unitec, Health Research Council, Heart Foundation NZ Institute of Management & Waitemata District Health Board. Her advisory roles includes member Maori Advisory Committee Clinical Trials School of Population Health University of Auckland. Aroha won young chartered accountant of the year and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of NZ.

penny hulse - councillor, auckland council

Councillor Penny Hulse is the Waitakere ward elected member on the Auckland Council and is Chair of the Environment and Community Committee. Penny was previously Deputy Mayor of Auckland from the formation of the Auckland Council Super City until 2016. Penny was re-elected to the Waitakere Licensing Trust in 2016.

Penny has always been a strong advocate for West Auckland and brings a huge wealth of experience and knowledge of our community to the group. Her community involvement includes Patron of Waitakere Special Olympics, Community Waitakere Charitable Trust, Henderson Riding for the Disabled, The Trust Waitakere Brass Band, Northern Football Association, Trustee of Swanson Railway Station Trust, Waitakere Anti Violence Essential Services and former Director of EECA Board.


stefan crooks - managing director - westie food group

Stefan is the Owner and Managing Director of Westie Food Group which create fresh chilled food products. Manufacturing, marketing and distributing affordable savouries, family meal solutions and ready to eat snacks for New Zealand families, the strength of the company lies in its ability to identify market opportunities, create new products and deliver these extremely quickly to market using innovative marketing techniques.

Stefan is also the Club Chairman of Suburbs Rugby has worked with the local board and community to create Suburbs into a thriving vibrant club. He also sits on the Auckland Rugby Chairs group.


peter caccioppoli - senior activation advisor, auckland council

As an Auckland Council Senior Activation Advisor, Peter has the leadership of a key work stream for the Pools & Leisure Team called Activating Aucklanders. As it suggests; it encapsulates a number of projects to support a more strategic and aligned internal and external focus on supporting the health and well-being of Aucklanders across all life stages.

It is about being really clear about the value proposition to Aucklanders and identifying key partnerships to help realise the goal of more Aucklanders, more active, more often, but with a far greater focus on supporting the journey of insufficiently active Aucklanders.

Peter’s previous role included centre manager of Te Matariki Clendon Community Centre & Manurewa Leisure Centre included secondment to work with the Recreation Programme and Planning team to implement youth initiatives as part of the Sport and Recreation Strategic Action Plan.


hare rua, tumuaki at te kura kaupapa o hoani waititi

Hare is currently the Tumuaki of Te Kura Kaupapa o Hoani Waititi and working at many levels to support Hoani Waititi marae and the wider whanau. Hare has influence at all levels from ECE through to tertiary education; with a specific focus of interest for Maori achievement and Te Reo.

Hare sits ont he Runanga for Unitec providing strategic direction and leadership, he has strong stakeholder relationships and works collectively to influence policy for tamariki Maori, Maori whanau and community. His connections with the local boards as well as advocating nationally for the Maori Voice – by Māori for Māori, holds him in the highest regard in our region. His interests expand across the arts and cultural pursuits and he is a senior member of Te Waka Huia.

Hare brings a strong policy development background, te ao maori worldview and advocacy to our stakeholder group.


jade tang-taylor, TBA

Jade comes with a wealth of skills and knowledge in Design for Social Change, Design in Business, Creative and Social Entrepreneurship as well as founding and hosting creative agencies that work to make the world better and global lectures for creatives.

Presently Jade is working as an independent consultant but her previous roles include lecturing at AUT, Leadership NZ and directing Curative NZ Ltd. Jade has a Bachelor in Design and a Masters of Arts Management.

Jade has a fantastic personal mantra “I'm a self-confessed "networkaholic" and believe in both the strength of grassroots communities & leadership networks to connect, collaborate and create change for a better New Zealand/ World. Most of the membership networks I belong to relate to design, diversity, creativity and women who get sh*t done”.