Trust Waikato staff at an event

Staff and Kaumaatua


Tame Pokaia


Tame is from Ngaati Mahuta and Ngaati Hikairo descent, and was born and raised in Ngaaruawāhia.

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Dennis Turton

Chief Executive

Dennis’ significant senior management experience puts him in good stead, as Trust Waikato’s Chief Executive

Molly Allen

Grants Advisor

Molly joined the Trust Waikato team in June 2017 and has loved the change to the not-for-profit sector.

Jade Astill

Office Coordinator

Jade is the key point of contact for our community meeting rooms, and finance and operations administration. 

Jasmin Aldworth

Business Services Coordinator

Jasmin oversees the Trust property, health and safety, and supports the Trust Board. 

Natalie Jessup

Communications Manager

Natalie delivers the communications strategy including funding opportunities and impact stories.


Rongo Kirkwood

Pouhere Puutea / Strategic Grants Advisor

Rongo Kirkwood is of Ngaati Mahuta descent, and draws strength from her whanau, hapuu and iwi.


Tarita Templeton

Grants Advisor

Tarita joined the Trust Waikato team in 2010 and as of December 2016 she has been a Grants Advisor.

Nita McNeil

Database and Information Manager

Nita's role involves managing the grants application process and providing helpdesk support to groups.

Maggie Zhang CA

Finance and Investment Manager

Maggie looks after the Finance and Investment of the Trust, ensuring operational agility.

Melanie Blackmore

Business Manager

Mel manages the office of the Chief Executive, supports the Trust Board and assists with the development of effective policy.