Our Team.

Hilary Sumpter
Chief Executive

As well as guiding the Management Team, Hilary handles the continued development of the Village...

As well as guiding the Management Team, Hilary handles the continued development of the Village and our role within the wider community.

Hilary has a wealth of experience within community organisations. Before joinng us she was the CEO for the Auckland Communities Foundation and prior to that, the CEO of the Auckland YWCA.

Hilary has lived in Northland, primarily based in Whangarei, for around 20 years of which 8 were spent working in Auckland.

Outside of work she enjoys travel, horse-riding, boating, sports and great food and wine.

Cheryl Silich
Operational Support Manager

Cheryl supports the leadership and administration teams. She’s all about the details and it’s her job...

Cheryl supports the leadership and administration teams. She’s all about the details and it’s her job to implement the systems and strategies that keep things running efficiently.

Before joining us Cheryl was the Revenue and Collections Manager at the Far North District Council. She has also had a lot of experience working with Voluntary Organisations.

Part of Cheryl’s motivation in moving to Kerikeri almost 20 years ago was to spend more time on the water and her passion is Big Game Fishing.

Frances Shaw
Village Manager

Frances manages the licencing and refurbishment of the cottages and apartments at the village...

Frances manages the licencing and refurbishment of the cottages and apartments at the village. She also organises the social programs for village residents.

She came to us in 2011 from the legal profession.

The former Wellingtonian lived in the U.K. for some time but has been enjoying the Kerikeri lifestyle since 2009.

With two small boys she doesn’t have a lot of free time but enjoys watching their sports and helping at school events. She also plays the cello.

Janeen Hamlin
Accountant

The Village has grown so much that we have an in-house Accountant on the team...

The Village has grown so much that we have an in-house Accountant on the team.

Janeen, a qualified Accounting Technician and a member of the Chartered Accountants Association of New Zealand, handles all our budgets as well as our monthly Management Reports and annual  Financial Reports. She has a wealth of accounting experience including working as an auditor for six and a half years.

Janeen grew up in Dargaville but moved to Kerikeri after her second child was born.

Janeen has a wide variety of interests including boating, fishing, reading, cooking, travelling, and spending time with friends and family.  We think her very busy life is powered by her fondness for good coffee which she says “makes everything better”.

Kathy Renner
Clinical Manager

Kathy is responsible for making sure Care Facility residents receive the appropriate level of care...

Kathy is responsible for ensuring the Care Facility residents receive the appropriate level of care. In addition to managing the Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistants she handles all the reporting to the District Health Board and Ministry of Health.

Kathy has a Bachelor in Nursing and past roles include working in various hospitals in intensive care, orthopaedics and accident and emergency departments.

Born and raised in St Heliers, Auckland, Kathy moved to Tauranga in her early 20s to raise a family.  She was later seconded to Hamilton to open a new care home and recently moved to Kerikeri where she joins us in the Village.

Rather surprisingly, the mother of four still finds time to enjoy her interests of cooking, gardening and fishing.  She also has two cats and is looking for the right dog to join the family.

One day she hopes to travel Europe with her husband to explore their roots.

Coleen Allison
Assistant Clinical Manager

Coleen assists Jan Bennenbroek and also handles Infection Prevention & Control...

Coleen assists Jan Bennenbroek and also handles Infection Prevention & Control.

Originally from Feilding, Coleen shifted to Kaikohe when she was first married, working at the Kaikohe Maternity home. She later moved to the Bay of Plenty where she completed a Bachelor of Nursing and went on to use those skills in a variety of nursing roles in Rotorua, Australia and Rarotonga. She settled in Kerikeri ten years ago.

She adores spending time with her four grandchildren and also enjoys cooking, reading and holidaying at Matauri Bay.

Robyn Henderson-Rihari
Assistant Clinical Manager

Growing up Robyn lived all over New Zealand. She was 14 when the family moved to Kerikeri...

Growing up Robyn lived all over New Zealand. She was 14 when the family moved to Kerikeri and not a lot older when she joined St Johns Ambulance as a volunteer. She loved it so much she went on to qualify as a Registered Nurse, starting her nursing career in Whangarei.

Robyn returned to Kerikeri in 2001 with her husband and daughter and has been working as a Registered Nurse at the Village since 2002. Over that time she has had two more children and has held a number of roles with us including Quality Co-Ordinator, Restraints Co-Ordinator and Continence Co-ordinator. She has also completed Certificates in Palliative Care and Dementia Care

After hours Robyn enjoys spending quality time with her family, listening to music, cooking and various arts and crafts.

Lisa McKee-Wright
Accounts Manager

Lisa is kept very busy paying the bills, invoicing and doing the payroll for over one hundred and...

Lisa is kept very busy paying the bills, invoicing and doing the payroll for over one hundred and thirty village staff.

Lisa and her partner moved to Kerikeri over 16 years ago and her personal life over that time has been every bit as busy as her professional life because in that time she has raised two daughters, built three houses and planted an avocado orchard.

A real animal lover, she has four pet alpacas, a pig and a dog that she enjoys walking. She also loves camping and relaxing with her family.

Angela Hawkins
Medical Records Administrator

Angela keeps all our medical records straight and also assists with administration...

Angela keeps all our medical records straight and also assists with administration.

Prior to joining us, Angela had significant administrative experience with the Auckland District Health Board and a number of North Island District Health Boards.

Originally from Auckland, Angela moved to Kerikeri 2014. The busy Mum enjoys spending time with family and friends, knitting and keeping fit by getting out and about walking.

Rochelle Taylor
Reception

You’ll find Rochelle answering the phones, greeting visitors and assisting with administration.

You’ll find Rochelle answering the phones and greeting visitors in reception as well as assisting with a host of administration tasks.

Rochelle has extensive experience in people centred roles, including 12 years running the St Johns Sick Bay at Kerikeri High School.

Rochelle has lived in Kerikeri since she was 8 and is now raising her own family here. She and her husband have three girls. Rochelle’s idea of a great weekend is watching her daughters play sport, going to the beach or live music concerts with friends, shopping and girl’s weekends. As if that’s not enough to keep her busy, the family has a cat, four dogs, four goats and lots of cattle and sheep to care for.

One day, when time allows, Rochelle hopes to travel and see more of the world.

 

Anthony Chalder-Royle
Maintenance Supervisor

Anthony looks after the maintenance in the Care Facility. He also handles maintenance and...

Anthony looks after the maintenance in the Care Facility. He also handles maintenance and repairs in the cottages and apartments and works hard to make life hassle-free for the residents.

Anthony was born in England but grew up in Amanzimtoti which is on the east coast of South Africa. In 1995, he returned to the U.K. gaining extensive experience as a commercial Shop Fitter. The job also involved Project Managing subtrades, something he does a lot of in his current role.

It was in the UK that he met his kiwi wife and after holidaying back here, they decided to make Kerikeri their home.

In his spare time Anthony enjoys fishing, playing soccer and getting out on the Bay.

Geran Brewer
Maintenance Supervisor

Geran has worked at the village since July 2009. His responsibilities include general repairs...

Geran has worked at the village since July 2009. His responsibilities include general repairs and maintenance throughout the complex as well as co-ordination of cottage and apartment upgrades and new projects. He also shares the afterhours on-call duties with Anthony and serves on the OSH Team.

Geran has over 25 years’ experience in construction both in New Zealand and the U.K.

The village is virtually a second home to Geran’s family as his wife Judi works for Village Support and their eldest daughter, who is an Occupational Therapist, visits here often.

Leanna Jay
Head Gardener

Leanna has worked at the Village since 2009 and during that time has gained her Level 4...

Leanna has worked at the Village since 2009 and during that time has gained her Level 4 Advanced Certification in NZ Horticulture.

Leanna has lived in Northland all her life and prior to working here she and her partner had their own paving business.

The busy mother of two likes to stay fit and active with boxing and running.

Robyn Williams
Quality & Risk Co-ordinator

Robyn is responsible for the co-ordination of Quality, Health and Safety, Wounds, Restraints...

Robyn is responsible for the co-ordination of Quality, Health and Safety, Wounds, Restraints and the KKMC GP clinic at the Village.

She came to us from Auckland 7 years ago with 40 years of diverse nursing experience in community, public, private and emergency medicine.

Born in Russell and raised in Whangarei, Robyn has been an avid sportswoman with a current love of paddle boarding and hiking.

She is passionate about her family, the environment, animal freedom and the Bay of Islands.

Joanna Comely
Village Support Manager

Joanna oversees the Village Support service, providing home based support in the Cottages...

Joanna oversees the Village Support service, providing home based support in the Cottages and Wendywood Apartments.

Born in the UK, Joanna lived in Nigeria before her family emigrated to New Zealand in her early childhood.

She qualified as a Registered Nurse and Midwife in Auckland before moving to Australia where she worked for 26 years.

On her return Joanna moved to Kerikeri in 2009. She now works part-time with us at the Village and also works part-time as a District Nurse.

Sue Parsons
Village Support Co-ordinator

Sue Parsons assists with the co-ordination of the Village Support Team...

Sue Parsons assists with the co-ordination of the Village Support Team.

Originally from the UK, Sue emigrated in 1974 moving to Kerikeri in 2002. The former dancer and teacher also had experience in Hospital Care for the elderly and joined the Village Support team in 2011.

The mother of two now has two grandchildren and enjoys walking, dancing and embroidery when time allows.

Jan Gough
Chaplain

Jan provides spiritual support and companionship for our residents and occasionally acts as their...

Jan provides spiritual support and companionship for our residents and occasionally acts as their advocate.

A registered Diversional Therapist with more than 20 years’ experience, she has been known to help us in this capacity as well. She also wears a third hat as a volunteer co-ordinator.

Jan was born in Martin and was educated in Napier. For many years she worked as the Community Services Manager for IHC but she and her husband moved here after they retired.

In addition to having three sons and two granddaughters, Jan has fostered many children over the years.

To relax she enjoys reading, doing jigsaws and helping her church community.

Karen Hawtin
Part Time Activities Coordinator

Karen, a teacher with over 25 years’ experience, is responsible for organising...

Karen, a  teacher with over 25 years’ experience, is responsible for organising and hosting a varied and stimulating program of events for cottage and apartment residents.

Originally from Canada, Karen moved to Kerikeri in 1989 as a newlywed. She returned to Canada for a while but now considers New Zealand her home. She has 3 adult children in New Zealand and Australia.

Her partner Gavin  grows orchids which she loves to use in her floral art. She’s a woman with many interests including walking, bike riding, yoga, square dancing, sailing, fishing, floral art, gardening, cooking, and playing the guitar and ukulele.

Karen also has strong community ties. As well as volunteering at the Turner Centre, she does the floral arrangements at the Cornerstone church. 

Penelope Spencer
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Penelope has worked at the Village for some time in the Home Support Team, assisting elderly...

Penelope has worked at the Village for some time in the Village Support Team, assisting elderly who need a hand in their own home. Recently she has also taken on the role of Volunteer Co-ordinator where she is responsible for helping to recruit and manage our many volunteers, ensuring that everyone knows where and when their help is needed.

Previously from Auckland, Penelope moved to Kerikeri in 2016 with her partner Duncan. She has a grown daughter and two stepsons who all live in Auckland.

Her background is diverse and includes experience in sales, admin and private childcare. Not one to rest on her laurels, she is completing her Level 2 Career Force papers.

Penelope is an active relaxer and in her downtime she’s into cycling, mountain climbing and walking half marathons. She also enjoys photography.