Wise Group trustee Josiah Tualamali’i started with the group in December 2015 on the board of Le Va, and joined the boards of Te Pou and BluePrint in November 2020. He is most proud of the work across the group in leadership and care he has seen for those most left behind experiencing mental health and addictions challenges, and their whānau and communities.
Josiah is an activator for mental wellbeing, equity and Pasifika leadership, he is the youngest person to have been a panel member of a Government Inquiry (Mental Health and Addictions 2018) and that same year accompanied Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Samoa, Niue, Tonga and the Cook Islands to represent New Zealand’s young Pacific people. In 2016, he received the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Award for Leadership and Inspiration. Born in Dunedin and of Samoan Pākehā heritage, Josiah’s goal is to foster social agency, ensuring all New Zealanders’ voices are heard. A postgraduate student, he co-led the petition to parliament to #TautokoThePanthers calling for recognition of the dawn raids and successfully sought an apology from the Government.
Wise Group trustee Craig Fisher is a consultant specialising in governance and financial matters and is a professional director. Formerly an audit partner working across government, commercial, and non-profit sectors providing external audit, assurance, risk management and governance advice to a diverse range of organisations.
He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, chartered member of the Institute of Directors, and holds governance roles in various organisations including charitable trusts, a professional association, a Māori trust, and an Independent Crown Entity.
A member of the Wise Trust Board, Professor Richie Poulton is Director of the University of Otago’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit which conducts the world-renowned Dunedin longitudinal study, one of the most detailed studies of human health and development ever undertaken.
In 2010, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and was the joint recipient of the RSNZ Dame Joan Metge Medal for excellence and building relationships in the social science research community. In 2014, he was appointed to the part-time role of Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Social Development.
Wise Group trustee Sue Bidrose is CEO of AgResearch, one of the Government’s seven Crown Research Institutes. Her past positions include seven years as CEO at Dunedin City Council, and time across central government, private sector and not-for-profit agencies.
Sue holds a PhD in Psychology and has studied at Oxford University, the University of California and Victoria University, Wellington. She has been extensively published in her specialist area of childhood emotion and memory.
Wise Group trustee Hayden Wano has recently been appointed as Chair of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. This appointment follows his most recent role as Chairman of the TSB Community Trust where, under his leadership, the trust focused and made huge investments in youth, families and Māori communities. Hayden is also a former director of TSB Bank.
Hayden, who is an Alumni of Columbia (USA) and Massey Universities, has also previously chaired both the National Health Board and Taranaki District Health Board and was recently elected to the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce as a director. Notably, he is also the chair of his marae at Parihaka.
Wise Group trustee Dr Mike Pratt is a business advisor and professional director. He holds a doctorate in Finance and is a chartered accountant.
He is a Senior Lead Reviewer for the State Services Commission’s Performance Improvement Framework.
His company Sustainable Enterprise Ltd provides peak performance development services to companies, NGOs and government agencies. From 1990 to 2007 Mike was Dean of the University of Waikato Management School. Mike has published extensively in academic journals and the business press, and is known for his “Peak Performance” books and workshops.
Jacqui Bennion is executive trustee on the Wise Trust Board.
Jacqui describes herself as a social entrepreneur who is part of a growing number of entrepreneurs who choose to direct their life’s work to social good.
Jacqui has a nursing background, holds a Master of Business Administration and has been involved in the development of multiple organisations throughout New Zealand.
As co-founder and previous joint chief executive of the Wise Group, Jacqui now holds various governance roles throughout the group.
Julie Nelson is the executive chair of the Wise Trust.
Julie has vast knowledge and experience in the areas of governance, infrastructure services, leading complex services and development of community-based solutions.
Julie is a strong advocate for quality housing and effective wrap-around support services for our most vulnerable people. She is proud of the pioneering role she has played in bringing Housing First to New Zealand.
As co-founder and previous joint chief executive of the Wise Group, Julie now holds various governance roles throughout the group.