Jenny Bates: Treasurer and Trustee
Along with my husband Steve, we own and publish two local newspapers - the Waimea and Nelson Weeklies.
My background is nursing, although I completed a commerce degree in Business and Finance in 1996.
Prior to moving to Richmond with Steve and our son Stanley in 2005 to start the Waimea Weekly, I worked as a project manager for 12 years with the Ministry of Health.
Anne-Marie Teece: Secretary and Trustee
Prior to having children, I worked in an accountant’s office. I have since worked as a bank teller for a short time and spent 20 years listing and selling real estate, which I loved.
I have 3 grown up children and adorable 8 year old twin grandchildren.
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cycling and walking.
As I am no longer in the workforce, I felt I wanted to give a little time and energy to the community. After several meetings with teachers, principals and other women keen to do the same as myself, Walk With Us evolved and has shown there is a real necessity in the Nelson/Tasman region to discreetly provide children with adequate school/sports shoes.
Jill Taylor: Trustee
I was born in Nelson in 1954 and raised in Motueka. I trained to be a teacher in Wellington in the 70’s , taught in Nelson schools for 5 years before having family. I am married to Paul, a mother of 2 adult children and a grandmother.
I joined the Nelson Toy Library founding committee in 1985. In 1989 I became an executive member of the NZ Toy Library Federation Board of Trustees, working as the newsletter editor.
In the 1990’s I was elected to the Nelson Central School Board of Trustees where I managed the Community group. I was elected to the position of chairperson before resigning in 1996.
My connection to early childhood started in 1989 with teaching and administration positions in a newly opened, purpose built centre . In 1996 I went into business with 4 other woman and founded The Childcare Company Ltd of which I was one of the directors. I sold up and retired in 2018.
My interest in children, their education and welfare has been the driver in my choices of paid and voluntary work and this continues with the Walk With Us trust.
Sue Cross: President and Trustee
I am thrilled to be a Trustee of 'Walk With Us' and over the years have seen first hand the need for children to feel like their peers with shoes they feel proud to own.
Classed as a local girl, I was born and schooled in Ranzau and Richmond where I really enjoyed a rural family life, consequently marrying and having two delightful children and several grandchildren.
Until recently I worked in real estate which I did for 21 years and have witnessed the needs in our community.
No I have more time to help with this very worthy cause.