Meet our Trustees
The Waipuna for Tomorrow legacy and bequest programme is the responsibility of Waipuna Hospice Foundation, a Trust Board established in 2003 to look after the longer-term and capital needs of Waipuna Hospice. You can read more about the Trustees below, and click to read our investment policy here.
Bruce Cameron has served on the Waipuna Hospice Foundation board since 2010, and has been its Chair since 2015. Bruce has had a long and successful career in the private and public business sector, additionally he has served on several local, regional, and national boards. Two of the most well-known appointments being as a director of Zespri, and a director of New Zealand Rugby. Bruce is passionate about the objectives of Waipuna Hospice Foundation and committed to growing the awareness and inherent value of the Foundation for the benefit of current and future generations.
Tom Roper is a retired property investor and developer. He currently chairs the Tauranga RDA Foundation and Hillsdene Charitable Trust. Tom has been involved with the Waipuna Hospice since 2002 when he was co-opted onto the Hospice Board. In 2003, Tom was given the responsibility of re-establishing the Waipuna Hospice Foundation which had not operated for some time. Tom’s wife Sue has been a volunteer at Waipuna Hospice since 2001, and together they have given both time and financial assistance to the Hospice which they believe is an outstanding organisation providing much-needed palliative care to our community. The long-term vision for Hospice, through Tom and Sue’s eyes, is to ensure the ongoing quality service remains a ‘free service’ to those in need.
Bernie Gillon has been on the Waipuna Hospice Foundation board since its resurrection in 2003. Bernie states that “it’s been a pleasure to have been a part of the growth of the Waipuna Hospice over the last fourteen years as a Trustee. In that time we have undertaken one large upgrade to the original building as well as two major additions to the complex which I have project managed. With the help of my fellow building committee members Mr Paul Adams and Mr Craig McCord all of these works have been completed on time and under budget. I look forward to many more years being part of the Waipuna Hospice Team.”
Craig McCord comes to the Waipuna Foundation Board with sound knowledge of Waipuna Hospice - he served on the Waipuna Hospice Inc board for 13 years. Craig has had a lengthy association with the Bay of Plenty. He is the owner of Tauranga Plumbing and a director on the NZPM board. He has served – and continues to – on many not-for-profit boards. Craig joined the Waipuna Hospice Foundation Board in 2017, shortly after completing his Inc board tenure.
John and Debby Meldrum settled in Tauranga in 1969. John is a former partner in the long established legal firm of Sharp Tudhope where he continues to work part-time as a Consultant. He has been a trustee of the Waipuna Hospice Foundation since 2003 and chairs its Investment Committee.
Jon Murie is an Investment Advisor with Craigs Investment Partners and has been on the Board of Waipuna Hospice Foundation since September 2014 - having previously been involved with Waipuna Hospice since moving to Tauranga in 2007 (through sponsorship with Craigs Investment Partners). He brings financial markets and marketing experience to his role as trustee for the Foundation. Jon is an active member of the local community sitting on the board of trustees for the Tauranga Arts Festival since 2010 and as a member of local angel investment organisation, Enterprise Angels.
Mark Thomas has been a partner at KPMG Tauranga since 1994 and a trustee of Waipuna Hospice Foundation since 2014. Mark is recognised for his expertise in taxation, strategic planning, financial restructuring, and financial reporting – all valuable skills to have at the board table at the Foundation. As a trustee of the Foundation, Mark uses his skills and experience to provide prudent advice regarding the management of the investment portfolio so that investments can be maximised for current and future needs.
Sara Lunam is the Corporate Services Manager at the Port of Tauranga and joined the board of the Waipuna Hospice Foundation in 2017. Sara has had a long career in the logistics industry and is experienced in governance, having been on the boards of a range of private and public Companies before joining Port of Tauranga. She is currently on the boards of Priority One and the Employers and Manufacturers Association.