Graham Fletcher - Board Chair
I am a chartered accountant (retired) formerly a principal at McIntyre Dick & Partners Ltd, specialising in business advisory services to the rural sector and professional practices. I have been a trustee of Number 10 since it's inception and became Board Chair in 2016.
I joined the board in 2008. Originally from Otautau, I am a partner at Preston Russell Law and bring with me a broad range of legal skills and knowledge.
I am a former elected board member of the Southern District Health Board and served on the Community and Public Health Committee as a member of the Iwi Governance. I am a past National President of Plunket, and have over 35 years experience working in the community and advocating for the very best outcomes for children, youth and their families.
I joined the board towards the end of 2012 and bring the Board an education perspective. I have a background in management roles in the public service having worked in health, welfare and education. I am employed part time by Barnardos as an Intensive Wrap Around Service Facilitator across Otago.
I have been working as a Family Doctor in Invercargill for 23 years. My interest in being on the board is wanting to ensure that young people in Invercargill can have access to quality affordable and appropriate health care in an environment in which they feel comfortable. I am married to Robert and have two young adult children and they keep me aware of this age group and the challeng they face and the special qualities they have to offer.
Over a number of years I have participated in both Youth Groups and Youth Council, Child, Youth and Family friendly Sub-Committee and joint research projects between New Zealand Treasury and the McGuinness Institute delivering strategies to the New Zealand Parliament on multiple subjects including Poverty in New Zealand. I am also involved in Real Estate and Property Management which gives me a 'real world perspective.'
Joanne is the representative of the Waihopai Rūnaka, providing cultural awhi (help) to the Board. Her whakapapa is to Ngai Tahu.
Joanne was born to be an educator and get the best for young people. She has been involved in almost every primary school in Invercargill as well as kura kaupapa and supporting kohanga reo. Her work is based around manaaki (extending respect and hospitality to others in a way that upholds their mana and enhances your own) and whanaungatanga (close kinship), and she feels that Number 10 is an excellent fit for her skill set and passion. She is looking forward to the opportunity to network and be within the conversations extending the world of manaaki (support) to whānau (families) and rangatahi (young people). She considers it a privilege to straddle the world of mainstream and Māori, and is looking forward to her work with Number 10.