Anna Casey-Cox was appointed as a trustee of Trust Waikato in December 2018. Anna is a Paakehaa New Zealander of Irish, English and Scottish decent.
Starting out as a health promoter and evaluation researcher, Anna has spent the majority of her career in the NGO sector. She is a lead researcher for Poverty Action Waikato, an organiser for Living Wage Waikato and is on the Board of Living Wage Aotearoa. Anna is employed at Go Eco, formerly the Waikato Environment Centre, as a Community Liaison and Organiser and is the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Waikato Regional Environment (or ACRE). Anna is also a member of the Diabetes Waikato youth committee.
Concern for poverty and inequality encouraged Anna toward studies in Social Sciences and Social Enterprise at the University of Waikato. Anna completed her PhD in 2014, focusing on the importance of noticing privilege and social transformation. Anna is passionate about facilitating community voice, participation and action.
The Waikato has been Anna's home for the majority of her life, growing up on a sheep and beef farm on the foothills of Maungakawa. Anna now lives in Kirikiriroa Hamilton with her partner Tim and three teenage children.
“The Waikato has many stories that shape the realities of our people today. I'm passionate about how these stories inform our actions. My dream and motivation is for a connected, compassionate, resilient Waikato”.