Abbeyfield New Zealand Incorporated is the parent organisation of Abbeyfield in New Zealand. It is governed by a volunteer Board elected by Abbeyfield members and affiliates, made up as follows:
1. A Chairperson elected annually by the members
2. Four members elected for two-year terms
3. The Executive Officer (non voting)
Meet the Board
Chairman: Simon Hayes - Wakatipu
Simon was born and grew up in the outback of Australia and has lived in New Zealand since 1974. His career was in the hospitality industry until 1993, and since then he has had a successful real estate career. Simon’s commitment to the community is reflected in his long involvement with the Lions Club, two terms as a Queenstown Lakes District Councillor, and involvement with several community groups.
He has been an Abbeyfielder since first hearing of the concept in 1989, and was a member of the Abbeyfield Wakatipu establishment committee and chair of that group from 2005. The Abbeyfield House in Frankton opened in 2007. Simon has been an Abbeyfield NZ board member from 2014, and became Chairman in July 2016.
Katrine Imrie - Palmerston North
Katrine is House Manager for Abbeyfield Palmerston North. By profession she is a Registered General and Maternity Nurse (retired), and is currently a Director of Baywide Credit Union, a Director of her own gift and event planning business, and building manager of an apartment block.
She holds several community and volunteer positions in Palmerston North, including Chair of Neighbourhood Support, Secretary of The Stewarts Centre for Head Injury and Stroke Patients, and a Rotary Club member. Katrine joined the board of Abbeyfield NZ in 2017.
Fenn Shaw - Christchurch
Chairperson - Abbeyfield Christchurch
Fenn Shaw’s professional background is in nursing, with a focus on gerontology care. Now retired, she has been actively involved in numerous community and service organisations including Rotary, and Zonta International. She founded the Abbeyfield Christchurch steering committee, and has been chair of Abbeyfield Christchurch Inc since its inception in 2008. She joined the Abbeyfield New Zealand board in 2017.
Lyndon Carpenter - Waikato
Chairperson - Abbeyfield Waikato
Lyndon has an extensive business background and is also a qualified civil engineer with significant building and construction experience. He is currently branch manager for timber manufacturer Timpack Industries and has held management positions previously with Placemakers, Atlas Concrete and Amcor Kiwi Packaging. Lyndon is very involved in his local community and has been a school board of trustees member and volunteer maths teacher. He joined the Abbeyfield New Zealand board in 2018.
Venus Sood - Nelson
Secretary - Abbeyfield Nelson
Venus owns a supermarket business in Nelson with her husband and has a masters degree in law and graduate diploma in business management. She has previously lectured in law and is particularly interested in governance issues. Venus has held governance positions with a number of community organisations, including the Nelson Tasman Business Trust, Citizens Advice Bureau, and the Nelson branches of Institute of Directors and National Council of Women. She joined the Abbeyfield New Zealand board in 2018.
Susan Jenkins - Nelson
Executive Officer (non voting) Abbeyfield New Zealand Inc
Company Secretary - Abbeyfield Properties Ltd
Secretary - Abbeyfield Foundation Charitable Trust (non voting)
Susan joined Abbeyfield New Zealand as Executive Officer in February 2016. She has a comprehensive professional background in a wide range of sectors including the primary health, social and ethical investment, education and special education.
Susan has served on Not for Profit and private sector boards in New Zealand and the UK. She was born and brought up in Gore, and educated at Otago and Auckland universities.