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Selwyn appoints Board Chair

Bishop Ross Bay has announced the appointment of Hon David Cunliffe as Chair of The Selwyn Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Selwyn Foundation  |  03 Feb 2020

Bishop of Auckland Ross Bay, who is President of The Selwyn Foundation's charitable trust, has announced the appointment of Hon David Cunliffe as the next Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

"David’s significant expertise and experience across many disciplines will support the Foundation in fulfilling its immense potential to achieve better outcomes for all of New Zealand’s seniors." said Bishop Ross today.

"I’m extremely pleased at this appointment, and continue to thank God for the work which The Selwyn Foundation does in serving the elder community."

David Cunliffe is a former Minister of the Crown, who was also Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party during his 18-year political career. He has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors and has also served on the boards of a number of foundations and trusts.

Since leaving politics in 2017, he has been consulting to Boards and Chief Executives through strategy consulting firm, Stakeholder Strategies Limited, intentionally keeping one day a week free to devote to his activities within the charitable and tertiary education sectors.

A committed member of the Anglican faith community, David considers that the church has always been a cornerstone of his calling, which manifested in his work in the public sector.

David is excited by the opportunity to use his strategic and governance experience as Chair of The Selwyn Foundation Trust Board. 

"Having recently spent time supporting my own mother through her final years, I understand how vital ensuring dignity and support in those years." said David Cunliffe.

"The Selwyn Foundation has a deserved reputation as a leading provider of aged care services and a pioneer in caring for the whole person... I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work in service to the Foundation and to be part of advancing its charitable mission for those who are vulnerable and in need."

David will join the Selwyn Board of Trustees in February 2020 and succeeds Dr Kay Hawk, who recently completed her final term as Chair after twelve years of dedicated service.

The Selwyn Foundation is an independent New Zealand charitable trust providing services to older people and their families, which has led the way in improving the quality of life of senior citizens for over sixty-five years.  It provides rest home, hospital and dementia care and independent retirement living across eight village sites in the North Island, as well as a broad range of services for older people living in the community. Through its Selwyn Institute knowledge hub, the Foundation also shares an array of practical knowledge and advice with those who have an interest in helping others age well.