New Chair and Deputy Chair of Trust Waikato

Unanimous votes by Trust Waikato trustees have given Trust Waikato a new Chair and Deputy Chair. Edgar Wilson, the previous Deputy Chair, takes on the position of Chair, while Vicky McLennan will be the Deputy Chair.

Edgar Wilson has been a Trust Waikato trustee since 2012. He says he finds it personally rewarding to see the difference that Trust Waikato funds make within the community.

“This new role is an honour and a privilege,” says Edgar, “and I look forward to further enabling groups to collaborate and address the needs of our communities”.

Edgar’s professional and academic background is in education, both secondary and tertiary, in New Zealand and the UK. He is currently the Regional Engagement Manager for Wintec, working with private training establishments across the Waikato, as well as with the region’s migrant community.

Edgar is the joint author of a chapter of a book titled Business Integrity in Practice: Insights from International Case Studies, part of the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) United Nations book collection. He has co-authored a book: Responsible governance: International perspectives for the new era, published February 2015.

In addition to Trust Waikato, Edgar holds governance roles as Chair of K’aute Pasifika Trust Board and is the Chair of Child Matters.

Vicky McLennan has been a trustee of Trust Waikato since June 2017, having recently retired from the role of Principal at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls.

In her nine years of principalship, Vicky was heavily involved in local and regional educational networks and in the wider community, encouraging the school and its students to support local events, community projects and charities. She is passionate about education, the potential of youth and the power of collaborative communities to transform lives.

Having moved to Hamilton from Christchurch to take up the Principal's role in 2008, Vicky has become an enthusiastic advocate for the Waikato region.

“I am excited by its progress, its increasing vibrancy and enhanced sense of community,” says Vicky, “and it is a real privilege to be involved in the ongoing growth and development of the Waikato area”.

Vicky is also a trustee of the Alandale Foundation Trust and a contracted provider for NZ School Trustees Association, providing governance support to school boards.