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Shelley is chief executive of the Wise Group. Previously CEO of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, Shelley has held roles as chief executive at Sir Peter Blake Trust and Waikato Primary Health.

Shelley’s extensive background in the health sector saw her become a member of the New Zealand Health and Disability System Review Panel 2019-2020. She oversaw the Better Sooner More Convenient health business cases for the Minister of Health’s reforms in Auckland.

Shelley is the co-chair of the Cancer Agency (Te Aho o Te Kahu) and chaired the Minister’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Taskforce. A member of the New Zealand Order of Merit – health and disability, she is also an Honorary Captain of the Royal New Zealand Navy. In 2007 Shelley was awarded a Sir Peter Blake emerging leader award.

A strong advocate for reducing health inequities, Shelley believes the most effective health systems are those that invest in and develop community and primary health care services and supports.

Joel, of Ngāpuhi descent, is currently attending the University of Waikato, studying for a Master of Management Studies in Management and Sustainability. Alongside his study, he has filled several roles at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, BNZ and the Fonterra Co-operative Group. He is a trustee and chairperson of Taiohi Toa Trust, which provides programmes aimed at reducing offending and victimisation, and creating safe communities.

Cassidy, of Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāpuhi descent, works as a health promoter supporting schools in policy development. He studied finance and te reo Māori at Waikato University and was vice-president of the Waikato Students’ Union and co-president of Te Ranga Ngāku (Māori Business Students Network). Cassidy was the Waipā rangatahi delegate for Tuia Te Here Tāngata, a rangatahi Māori initiative for the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs. 

Jacqui, our board chair, is a co-founder and previous joint chief executive of the Wise Group. Jacqui has a nursing background, holds a Master of Business Administration and has been involved in the development of multiple organisations throughout New Zealand. Jacqui describes herself as a social entrepreneur who is part of a growing number of entrepreneurs who choose to direct their skills to social good.

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