Chairman of the Board
Ajit is business advisory consultant specialising in growth, turnarounds and exit strategies for shareholders.
Ajit Balasingham grew up in Sri Lanka but moved to the UK where he completed a Management Accountancy degree. In 1987 he emigrated to New Zealand and settled in Whangarei, later qualifing through Northtec as a Chartered Accountant.
Ajit has run his own business advisory consultancy since 2009, specialising in growth, turnarounds and exit strategies for shareholders.
He has experience across a wide range of industries including food manufacturing, sales and distribution, transport, civil engineering, and steel fabrication. His breadth of is knowledge is further augmented by involvement in the property development, quarrying and boat building sectors. He is also a former Chairman of Northland Rugby.
Ajit and his wife Minesha have an adult son. Outside of work, Ajit enjoys walking, hiking and keeping fit and active which is probably just as well given his love of food and the fact that his signature dish is a decadent chocolate pudding.
Suzanne Brocx, joined the Board in 2014 and was appointed as Deputy Chairman in 2017...
Deputy Chairman, Suzanne Brocx, has been on the Baord of Trustees since 2014.
Suzanne and her husband Terence have two adult children and have lived in the Bay of Islands for over 20 years. They milk 650 cows on 2 dairy farms in Okaihau and Ohaeawai.
A Registered Nurse by profession, Suzanne has a Masters in Nursing (Clinical). She has held management positions at Greenlane Hospital and managed Hospice Mid-Northland from 1999 to early 2008. In 2008 she became the regional educator/advisor for North Haven Hospice and set up a palliative care education service for Northland.
She now contracts to Hospice New Zealand as a peer mentor and is a clinical consultant for Pal-Care Pty Ltd. (an online patient management application).
Vicki is a qualified pharmacists and owns three pharmacies in the Far North.
Vicki Douglas grew up in Kerikeri but spent her teenage years in Auckland, before moving to Upper Hutt for study. Vicki qualified as a pharmacist in 1982 and in 2008 she returned to Kerikeri where she bought her own pharmacy. She later expanded to three sites.
Vicki joined the board in 2014. Now that her two children have grown, Vicki spends a lot of her spare time on Rotary community projects.
Brent has been an Accountant for over 30 years and currently works at Sumpter Baughen...
Brent has been an Accountant for over 30 years and currently works at Sumpter Baughen.
He gives a lot of time to the community and is a longstanding member of Lions. A passionate rugby supporter, Brent is the past President of the Northland Rugby Union and has spent nearly three decades volunteering as a referee and assisting with rugby management.
He loves spending time with his three children and three grandkids and is hoping for more. He also enjoys fishing and gardening.
Barbara joined the Board in October 2021 and is a qualified Director....
Barbara joined the Board in October 2021.
Barbara is a qualified director (Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors) and experienced senior finance executive (Chartered Accountant CAANZ).
Barbara is an experienced CFO with proven strategic and leadership skills, expertise in financial control and governance, commercial management, and business transformation.
She has worked in a wide range of industries including health, social services and housing.
A director in the NFP sector, she is also on Audit and Finance committees.
Barbara and her husband Paul have three adult children and in her spare time she enjoys walking the dog, travelling ( when possible) and playing bridge.
Paula Baker is a Chartered Member, Institute of Directors and has an MBA (Distinction) from the...
Paula Baker is a Chartered Member, Institute of Directors and has an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Waikato.
Paula is Trust Manager for Braemar Charitable Trust, the 100% shareholder of one of New Zealand’s largest private surgical hospitals, Hamilton’s Braemar Hospital. Paula’s previous board roles include National Advisor-Governance at Plunket, Deputy Chair Hospice Waikato and the NZ Dietitians Board and board member of disability service providers Enrich+, Community Living Trust and its IT social enterprise subsidiary, Platform Plus Ltd.
Paula currently sits on the Boards of Northern Districts Cricket, the Waihikurangi Trust and Hamilton’s Alandale Retirement Village. Other roles include Trustee for the Hamilton Sky City Community Trust and member of the Waikato Community Lotteries distribution committee.
Paula joins Kerikeri Retirement Village with a passion for community development and working with organisations to build sustainable, healthy and resilient communities. Paula is married to Stuart and they have two daughters, age 22 and 24.
Kylie Mooney joined the Board October 2023 and is an experienced senior executive...
Kylie is an experienced senior executive with experience on both corporate and not for profit boards.
Kylie’s previous roles were CEO and COO for law firm Meredith Connell where she was responsible for IT, risk management, finance, HR, marketing and all operational functions.
She has worked previously as an independent contractor providing change management and project management support.
She was a trustee for Diversity Works New Zealand and Good Shepherd Primary School and is currently on the Board for The Turner Centre in Kerikeri.
Kylie and her husband have two adult daughters. They moved to Kerikeri in 2022 to spend more time gardening and boating.