Life Unlimited Board of Trustees
John Dobson, Chairperson
John has been a Trustee of Life Unlimited since the establishment of the organisation in 1979 and Chairman since 1991. He is an Executive Director in the Hamilton office of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, having been a partner for over 30 years.
After completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1973, he undertook various accounting and commercial assignments in Hamilton and overseas in Montreal and Bermuda.
He has been a partner since 1980 specialising in financial and management advisory services to a wide range of private and public sector clients.
John is Chairman of the Hamilton golf club and Hamilton Gardens Development Trust and supports his wife, Louise, in a number of other charitable endeavours.
John and Louise have three adult children. Apart from his family, John’s passions are golf, fly fishing and Asian cuisine.
Andrew Smith, Trustee
Andrew has practiced law for 25 years both overseas and in New Zealand, most recently in Hamilton since 1995. He has been a trustee of a number of charitable trusts. Andrew brings a wealth of legal experience to the trust board and has a particular interest in charity law.
He has three children ranging in age from 12 – 21 years. His hobbies include music, travel and enjoying time with his kids.
Bruce Tocker, Trustee
Bruce was co-founder of Life Unlimited in 1979 when the Trust was established under the name “Disabled Living Centre (Waikato)”. He has held the position of Chairman, including the period when a significant fundraising campaign was undertaken to build the present building in Palmerston Street debt free.
Bruce is a life member of Parafed Waikato having been a co-founder of the organisation in 1967 – past Treasurer and President also being some of his roles. As an athlete Bruce was involved in Paralympic sports and then went onto administrative roles culminating in being the NZ Paralympic team Chef de Mission at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.
Bruce was CEO of Paralympics NZ from 1987 to 1995, and then was Finance Manager at Sport Waikato from 1995 to 2006. He is currently Chairperson of Melville High School Board of Trustees, and Treasurer of Rukuhia Community Hall Society.
Together with his wife Helen and daughter Alana, he voluntarily teaches young children to swim utilising the swimming pool at the site of the Latter Day Saints complex. His hobby is racing slot cars, being President of the Hamilton Slot Car Club.
Lindsay Cumberpatch, Trustee
Presently Chief Executive of the D V Bryant Trust, a long established philanthropic trust in the Waikato. Lindsay has thirty years’ experience in the community sector. He gained a Bachelor of Arts degree, at Auckland University in 1976 and then went on to receive a Licentiate in Theology and Certificate in Adult Teaching.
Lindsay has served as Presbyter of the Hamilton and Invercargill Methodist Parishes, been the Ecumenical Campus Chaplain at the University of Waikato and the Chief Executive of Workplace Support Waikato, and most recently was Director of Hamilton Methodist Social Services. During this time he also served as Chairperson of the Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank Trust. He is also a member of Poverty Action Waikato and Hamilton Council of Christian Social Services. Lindsay is currently a Trustee on the Hamilton Christian Nightshelter Trust.
Lindsay is married to Lynley, they have two adult sons and a granddaughter. His other interests are tramping, photography, music and travel.
Anthea Simcock, Trustee
Anthea is Chief Executive of Child Matters, a national trust dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. She has a background in education and child protection social work. She is a member of The Institute of Directors and the Paediatric Society of NZ, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and ANZASW. She is a Justice of the Peace and is currently a member of the Family Services National Advisory Council to the Ministry of Social Development and the Child Mortality Review Committee.
Anthea is mother to three adult children and grandmother to three granddaughters.