Peter Cleland Chair
M.B.A., B.Tech (Bio)
Peter is the Manager of the Molesworth Fruit company based in Auckland New Zealand. As a former academic of Massey University’s College of Business, Peter has published in areas of strategy, governance and the New Zealand national innovation systems. Peter has also held a senior management position in the Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand. Prior to establishing Molesworth Fruit Akl. Ltd. with Richard, Peter owned a Junior Golf company (Straight Shot Ltd. Australasia) and an Irish Food company, Maggie Martins Irish Foods.
He is currently involved as a chair or director for a range of social service, property and other organisations’ including the Mangere Community Law Centre and Tidal Properties (Mangere). Peter is married to Adrienne and has a son currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Auckland. For entertainment, Peter is a magician, and enjoys watching movies and reading crime novels.
Andy Cawston Treasurer
Andy is a Canadian, born and raised in Vancouver Canada – one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Growing up in downtown East Vancouver, Andy learned the value of building strong, diverse and resilient communities. These became deeply-ingrained, core personal values. He immigrated to New Zealand with his wife in 1994. They have two New Zealand-born adolescent children.
Having worked for large accounting firms and consultancies, Andy brings deep experience in not-for-profit governance and management consulting to the ME Family Services board. He is a generalist with strengths in Strategy, Leadership Development and Operational Risk Management. He is comfortable working at Chief Executive / Board level and enjoys complexity, variety, and interesting problems. He has resolved troublesome dilemmas for clients throughout New Zealand and across North America.
Andy is a Citizen of New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom.
After being educated at Wellington College, Wellington Teachers’ College and Victoria University, Maurice was called up for compulsory Military Service and later joined the Territorials. He taught at a number of Wellington schools, including a period at Rongotai College. He was promoted to Deputy Principal at the brand new Kamahi School in Stokes Valley and subsequently to the Principalship of Mauku School, south of Auckland. He had a short break when he and his wife, Faye, owned a retail grocery business, before resuming teaching in Auckland until his retirement.
A highlight was receiving the NZEI Lifetime Achievement award. During his career, Maurice was involved with children’s drama and sports, while outside of school, he was also involved in the administration and refereeing of athletics at local, district and national events. More recently, he was chairman of the Parish Council of his Church. He became a member of the Board of the Mangere East Family Service Centre about 20 years ago, and spent a number of years as Chairman, and is now a member of the Finance committee, and serves as Deputy Chairman when required.
Walter is the Head of Pacific Advancement at AUT. He attended the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji, the University of Hawaii and the University of Auckland. He has extensive tertiary management and planning experience. He started his career working at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji and Samoa before he took up a role at the University of Auckland, initially in the Department of English before being appointed Registrar of the Faculty of Arts. Walter returned to the Pacific in 2001 when he was appointed Registrar of the University of the South Pacific (USP). He returned to New Zealand in 2009 to the University of Auckland where he was Director of the Centre for Pacific Studied and Director of Pacific Strategy and Engagement before moving to be Head of Pacific Advancement at AUT in April 2014. In 2015, Walter was also appointed Associate Head of AUT South.