Board of Trustees

The Jassy Dean Trust Board of Trustees is a voluntary group of dedicated local Waiheke individuals who give their time to oversee the work of our organisation.


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Greg Dean, Chairman

I have lived on Wai­heke since 1987, rais­ing 4 daugh­ters. In that time I have estab­lished a small archi­tec­tural and build­ing con­sul­tancy busi­ness which I con­tinue to oper­ate. On 16 April 1992 our eldest daugh­ter, Jassy, fell ill and died from Meningo­coc­cal Menin­gi­tis. Result­ing from my grat­i­tude of the sup­port from the Wai­heke com­mu­nity to my fam­ily dur­ing that time, I began look­ing for vol­un­teers to estab­lish a net­work that sup­ported sick chil­dren on Wai­heke. On 8th April 1994 the Jassy Dean Trust, con­sist­ing of 9 trustees, was for­mally accepted as an Incor­po­rated Soci­ety and has con­tin­ued to oper­ate con­tin­u­ously since

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Judy Denny, Trustee

I have been a Wai­heke res­i­dent with my hus­band and fam­ily since the late 1970’s. I have been involved with edu­ca­tion on the island and spe­cial­is­ing in Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion, cur­rently employed as A Resource Teacher of Learn­ing and Behav­iour. I have a keen inter­est in work­ing with youth and pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives for Wai­heke island.

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Chris Curreen, Treasurer

A long time res­i­dent of the Island, I live in Oneroa with my part­ner Bob Scott. I am priv­i­leged to work with young peo­ple at the High School and have a keen inter­est in their wel­fare and achieve­ments. The Jassy Dean Trust gives me an oppor­tu­nity to assist fam­i­lies in need of help in a com­mu­nity to which I am very attached.

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Wendy Saward, Trustee

I have lived on the Island for over twenty years and, with my hus­band, own and oper­ate our own busi­ness. My work has been in bank­ing and tourism, and I’ve helped in var­i­ous vol­un­tary capac­i­ties locally. I knew Jassy per­son­ally as a very bright and tal­ented young lady. I con­sider it an hon­our to be involved with the Trust. It’s fun work­ing in such a pos­i­tive envi­ron­ment so that we can help fam­i­lies in our community.

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Anna Lowe, Trustee

I grew up on Great Bar­rier Island on a water-access only prop­erty and have spent the last 25 years liv­ing on Wai­heke. Jassy’s fam­ily were amongst my family’s first friends on the island. My inter­est in becom­ing involved in the Jassy Dean Trust grew out of this asso­ci­a­tion and enables me to give some­thing prac­ti­cal to the com­mu­nity I love.


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Eileen Glover, Trustee

I was born on Wai­heke in the early 70s. I have a his­tory of work­ing with chil­dren with spe­cial needs. I am a qual­i­fied Osteopath with my own pri­vate prac­tise and I tutor at Unitec in the health sci­ences depart­ment. I am pas­sion­ate about the wellbeing of our com­mu­nity and bring part of the trust gives me a tan­gi­ble avenue to be of service.

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Lynne Golds, Trustee 

Having made Waiheke my home 11 years ago and raising my children here, I enjoy the wonderful and diverse community that we live in. My finance background has meant I can contribute as a trustee and complement the existing skills and knowledge within the Jassy Dean Trust. I have long admired this charity and I'm delighted to be part of such a passionate and enthusiastic team making a real difference to lives on the island.

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Fiona Gregory, Trustee

I've been lucky to call Waiheke my home for the past twenty years, working on the island as Manager of a not-for-profit organisation and raising my family here. I first learnt about the Jassy Dean Trust when my daughter was a preschooler. After her wee friend developed leukemia, I saw the tremendous support the Trust provided the family with no questions asked, just kindness, compassion and aroha. I knew then that I wanted to be part of this amazing community-owned charity!