Our People / Whānau

Executive Committee / Poari 2020-22


Tess Casey (Chair / Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington) is the Chief Executive of Neighbourhood Support NZ. Tess is also lead facilitator for organisation development service One Fish Solutions, a member of the Disability Employment Forum and the Education for All Network. Tess previously worked in the areas of communications and community development for over 20 years.


Andrew BeyerAndrew Beyer (Secretary / Ākarana / Auckland), has been on our executive since 2002 and was chair for six years. He is on the Auckland District Council of Social Services and Manukau East Council of Social Services executives. Andrew lives & works in South Auckland with a community liaison role across the region & local ministry through an                                   Anglican Church in Mangere.


Jayden Cromb (Arekahānara / Alexandra) currently chairs both the Alexandra Council of Social Services and the Alexandra and Districts Youth Trust. He spent three years on the executive board of the Otago Polytechnic Students’ Association and is currently a Whānau Ora Navigator at Uruuruwhenua Health.


Liz Davies (Tauranga) is the General Manager of Socalink and over the past 30 years has worked in public health, local government, adolescent health and mental health in NZ and Melbourne, as well as a brief stints in child protection in London and working for the WHO in the Pacific and Asia in adolescent health. She completed a Masters in Social Work in                                       Melbourne.


Chris Glaudel (Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington) is Deputy CEO of Community Housing Aotearoa. He has considerable experience both in New Zealand and the United States working in the community sector with a particular focusing on housing.


Liz Graham (Tairawhiti) is the Chairperson of Tairawhiti Community Voice. She has been involved with St. Johns for 40 years in a range of roles, and with various other community organisations. She is currently volunteering for Stroke Tairawhiti.


Liz Hawes (Ōtautahi / Christchurch) is the Kaituiora for the Social Equity and Wellbeing Network in Christchurch. She has a strong community background, having worked in the sector for 35 years, with experience across a range of different organisations.


holly-snape-655Holly Snape (Waikato), Chief Executive of Community Waikato, has worked in the community sector since leaving the University of Waikato in 2004. Community wellbeing has been Holly’s driving force for more than a decade. She believes in being informed about what is impacting our communities so that we can apply creative solutions to local problems.


Kaumatua – Te Urikore (Papa Julius) WaengaPapa2

Te manu e kai ana te miro               The bird that feast upon miro berry
Nona te ngahere                              The forest he owns
Te mea e kai ana te matauranga     The one who feast upon knowledge
Nona te ao                                       The world is his
Huri noa nga hau e wha                  Turning to the four winds
O te motu                                         of this island
Tena koutou katoa                           Greetings to you all

Ko wai  au. No whea au.
Who am I and where am I from.
My name is Te Urikore Waenga also known as Papa Julius Waenga.  Resided in Wellington almost 50 years Te Whanau-a-Apanui and Ngati Porou are my iwi.  I am also the Kaumatua for Community Networks Aotearoa.  Tena koutou katoa.

Our Staff / Kaimahi

Ros Rice, our Executive Officer, has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 25 years. In 2007 she moved to Wellington from Dunedin to take the position of Executive Officer of Community NetworksAotearoa . Ros is active in ComVoices, a sector-led media and promotional organisation. Ros is also on an Advisory group for Transpower and runs a radio programme on the sector on Wellington Access Radio. Ros works closely with peer organisation, and when possible she spends time travelling around the country to visit members.  Especially when asked to come visit.  Ros also working in an advisory capacity to different government departments, including recently the National Emergency Management Agency but specially the Ministry of Social Development .


Patrick Davies has joined CNA in the role of Executive Assistant. This involves general administration duties, communications and special projects work. It also means doing anything Ros asks (within reason). Patrick has a background in the Arts and has taught and performed both nationally and internationally. He was a Producer/Administrator for Dunedin Improv Inc, Production Manager for the Dunedin Fringe Festival, Allen Hall Theatre Manager at the University of Otago, Assistant Producer for the NZ Improv Festival, and Community & Education Coordinator for the NZ Festival.

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