Board Members

Bernadette Doube

Bernadette Doube is our current Chairperson: “I have been involved in the disability sector since I worked as a volunteer in a residential school at the age of 14. Throughout my career as a speech language therapist and health sector manager, I have always been passionate about working to support others to reach their potential. As Chair of the Aspire Board I feel I can use my clinical, governance and managerial skills and experience to add value to the people we support by working at a governance level with my colleagues.”

Kevin Bartels

"I have been a Board Member since April 1996. Having grown up in Hamilton and lived here all my life I am married to Deidre with two children, Dylan and Abby. I have enjoyed my time with Aspire and I believe we have a strong productive Board and that our staff and the people we support are achieving great things. Aspire makes a difference, and that is what makes it worthwhile being part of."

Neville Hablous

"I consider it a huge privilege to live in a place and time where the community’s most vulnerable folks are supported by all of us rather than individual families. We tend to take it for granted, but a society which funds organisations like Aspire to help those in need is a rare and valuable thing. Having a family member at Aspire means I understand what a huge relief it is for families to find there are people and organisations out there who provide support. If I can contribute to making this system work, then I’d like to do so, and that is why I am on the Board."

Neville Puckey

"I have been with the Trust since its inception, before the country went down the de-institutionalisation programme. It was strongly felt that we could provide better housing and living conditions than those provided in Tokanui Hospital where all our original people came from. We started off with one house that had an attached flat and from there we steadily grew. It is especially pleasing when we actually make a difference to someone's life and I have watched many of our residents develop to heights they may never have dreamt of earlier. Our goal set a few years ago to provide high quality housing has been fantastic and I believe we are probably a leader in the field.”

Manu Sione

"I am of Māori (Ngāti Whātua), Samoan (Fagamalo and Luatu’anuu) and Cook Island (Pukapuka) descent, born and raised in Auckland. I am passionate about working with whanau/families, organisations and communities to better meet the needs of Māori and Pasifika.

I have over 30 years experience in senior leadership and management roles. My involvement has been in the business, health, social services, disabilities, counseling and justice sectors. I also have over 19 years experience on Boards and National Committees. I’m excited to be joining the Board of Aspire – Community Trust to share my knowledge and experiences."

Russell Drake

"I have been a Board Member with Hamilton Residential Trust / Aspire - Community Support for in excess of 10 years. My personal interest within the sector arises from having a severely disabled brother and recognising the difficulties encountered for him, and the family, while we were growing up. As my brother moved in and out of institutions during the 70’s and 80’s it reinforced to me that he could have had a far better quality of life than the systems of that day provided and hence this is why I now wish to support the sector through this governance function. It is pleasure to be able to bring my professional business skills and knowledge to support an organisation that is making a significant difference in the lives of those people we support."