Our Board of Trustees

Meet our WISE trustees. Left to right, Ed Parker, Graham Armstrong, Tiri Porter, Damon Jacobsen(Chair) and Andrew Pepper. Absent Melissa Kay.

Meet our WISE trustees. Left to right, Ed Parker, Graham Armstrong, Tiri Porter, Damon Jacobsen(Chair) and Andrew Pepper. Absent Melissa Kay.

Damon Jacobsen

Damon Jacobsen(Chair).

As a current Human Resource and Health & Safety Manager, my working career helps fulfil the passion I have for people, their welfare and development. WISE is a great organisation to be a part of as this is at the heart of their existence regarding both their employees and customers. Being married with two children and an active member of ‘The River’ church in Waitara, I have a loving appreciation for whanau. I enjoy keeping fit and active, being outdoors and getting into a bit of DIY renovations.

 

Graham Armstrong

Graham Armstrong

Graham is a retired Chartered Accountant who worked in accountancy for 47 years, including 30 years running his own practice in Waitara. Graham is a Justice of the Peace. He is also an elder at Knox Presbyterian Church, Waitara, where he is very involved, and has a number of leadership roles and also co-ordinates community money management courses. He enjoys spending time working on his hobby farm (grazing dairy heifers), sea kayaking, whitebaiting, fishing caravanning and is a keen sports follower. Judy and Graham have three children and five grandchildren, who they enjoy spending time with.

 

Tiri Porter

Tiri Porter

Tiri of Te Atiawa and Ngāti Kahu descent, has a strong interest in community engagement and collaboration across different sectors. Born and raised in Waitara, she is pleased to return home to raise her two daughters, 17 and 3 years old. Alongside parenting, Tiri provides administration knowledge and expertise for local Hapu, Marae and Community organisations as well as a strong interest in governance, education and Maori business. 2018 sees Tiri remain with WISE Better Homes alongside commencing tertiary study at Laidlaw College, studying Indigenous Theology.

 

Ed Parker

Ed Parker MBA, Dip Dy Sci&Tech, BSc.

Ed is the Regional Manager – Taranaki for NZ Trade & Enterprise. He works with businesses to help them grow internationally, with the goal of creating jobs and wealth through exporting. His career started with project work in the dairy industry. He moved on to management roles and completed the Massey University MBA program. He was the inaugural General Manager of WISE from 2002 – 2005. He has worked in commercial roles on oil and gas projects, including Pohokura, Kupe and Mangahewa.

He has been involved in the community and not for profit sector throughout his career. He is currently on the Waitara High School board of trustees and helps lead the “Dynamite Bay Extreme” after school programme for boys. Ed lives in Waitara with his wife, they have two children.

 

Andrew Pepper

Andrew Pepper

Andrew is Managing Director of Pepper Construction, a 3rd generation family owned business based in New Plymouth. He is married to Paula and they have a daughter Phoebe. He currently serves as a trustee on the Devon Intermediate BOT, is chairperson of the Together Grow Better Communities Trust, chairperson of the Taranaki Construction Safety Group and is also a past president of the Taranaki Master Builders. Pepper’s also provide support to the New Horizons, Build a Bach, Gateway programmes and sponsors numerous community activities. Andrew has a passion for people, enjoys socialising, travel and is an avid sports fan who tries to play golf.

 

 

 

Contact Info

You can also reach us here:

Taranaki

97 Mould Street, Waitara 4320, Taranaki, New Zealand

Phone: 0508 238 837 or (06) 754 7361

enquiries@betterhomes.co.nz

Rotorua

1180 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Phone: 0508 238 837

enquiries@betterhomes.co.nz