Maria was appointed as Chief Executive of the TSB Community Trust in 2014, and Chief Executive of TSB Group Ltd in 2016 . Since commencing in her role, Maria has been integral in steering the Trust through significant operational and strategic development. With the Trust’s maturity has come added responsibility and increasing engagement with key partners.
Prior to starting at the Trust, Maria was the Manager of Service Delivery at Puke Ariki, New Plymouth’s Library, Museum and Visitor Information Centre, as well as its Acting Manager.
Originally training as a Comprehensive Registered Nurse, Maria worked for 11 years at Taranaki District Health Board in various roles. In addition, she managed rest homes and private hospitals.
Away from the Trust she is the Chair of Netball Taranaki, a Board Member of the Elite Athletes Foundation, as well as a Community Mentor with a community mentoring scheme run through Venture Taranaki.
CA BBS, PGDip AgriCom
Dion has recently joined the team as Finance Risk and Group Strategy leader, a role which has been recruited in response to the increased financial and strategic planning needs of TSB Group.
Born and raised in Taranaki, Dion brings a wealth of experience gained through Executive financial roles at Taranaki based organisations PKW Incorporation and WITT.
A Chartered Accountant, Dion began his accounting career in New Plymouth prior to leaving NZ in 1999 where he worked extensively in London, Dublin and Melbourne over a ten-year period.
In the community Dion has been a Trustee for Mahia Mai a Whai Tara Trust and St John Bosco School. Currently Dion is the Chair of Te Rua o te Moko Ltd and an Associate Director for Te Kiwai o Ngaruahine Ltd.
Dion has a passion for all things Taranaki and looks forward to making a significant contribution to the aspirations of the Trust.
Glen West brings an extensive background in Executive Senior Management. In his past positions he has had responsibility the strategic and operational management of businesses within the public, commercial and private sectors.
Leading teams and individuals while providing sound guidance and support with strong business acumen is important to Glen, as is pragmatic, consistent and concise communication.
Glen is well connected to the region, its industries, and has a depth of experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders with varying needs. His strength is establishing and maintaining both internal and external working relationships.
Glen has extensive experience working and reporting within formal compliance environments and has served on many Boards, Authorities and Trusts.
Glen lives in New Plymouth with his wife Tetsu, and their two children Oscar & Chilli.
Keri comes to the Trust in the new position of Manutaki Whai Hua Maori – Maori Partnerships and Outcomes Leader. This role supports the Trust’s commitment to working in partnership with Taranaki Iwi and our Maori community.
Previously Pouwhakahaere/Trust Manager for Te Reo o Taranaki Charitable Trust, Keri’s work is underpinned by a strong cultural base with extensive experience in community, immersion education and indigenous design sectors.
Keri returned with her partner Hemi Sundgren home to Taranaki to raise their three children. Over the last 15 years she has been an advocate for positive change alongside the Taranaki Maori community with a portfolio that spans many roles within the education, community and creative sectors.
Keri is passionate about her work in the cultural space and is committed to the Trust’s vision of empowering and helping our communities achieve their hopes and aspirations.
Tania is Personal Assistant to Maria Ramsay, the Trust's Chief Executive, as well as Board Support to the Board of Trustees.
This is a varied role which sees Tania arranging Board meetings, minute taking for the Trust's entities, managing Board invitations, travel and accommodation, and a myriad of other duties that help keep the work of the Board running effectively.
With the Trust since 2006, Tania's previous experience includes 16 years with the New Plymouth District Council in various roles including Office Manager at the Taranaki Museum, and PA to Manager of Puke Ariki.
In the community, Tania is a voluntary Committee Member with the Te Kupenga Stone Sculpture Society, which organises a biennial stone-carving event in New Plymouth and is also Secretary for Together Grow Better Community Trust working within the Marfell Community.
BA, MBA (Finance and Accounting)
Yvonne commenced in a new role as the Trust's Finance Assistant / Business Analyst in January 2019.
Yvonne was born and raised in Germany and studied for three years in Berlin – completing a Bachelor of Arts (Business and Real Estate). In 2009 Yvonne then moved to Townsville, Australia where she studied for two years at the James Cook University – completing her MBA in Finance and Accounting.
In 2011 Yvonne moved to New Zealand, travelled and then worked in Auckland prior moving to New Plymouth to work for KCL (now Augusta) as a Finance Administrator. In 2014 Yvonne took up a role at Transport Investments Limited where she worked as a Finance Assistant until January 2019.
Yvonne met her Irish husband in Australia, moving together to New Zealand in 2011. They have a daughter named Eva.
With the Trust since 2011, Kathryn is responsible for the management of grant funds distributed to community groups, including; application management and applicant facilitation, management of the Trust's community funding process, grants related research and assessment, and managing granted related community relationships. Kathryn also works on the Trust's special projects and provides strategic assistance, assists with the Trust's learning and reporting processes.
Prior to her current role Kathryn held the position of Grants Co-ordinator and Grants Advisor with the Trust.
Previously, Kathryn was employed as the Customer Service Manager with a Wellington-based legal publisher and software provider after gaining an arts degree from Victoria University. She returned to Taranaki and started with the Trust in 2011 as Grants Co-ordinator.
Kapoi is a member of the Trust’s grants team, with responsibility for assisting with grants management and grants related community engagement. The role is ‘hands on’ processing and managing grant applications and getting out and about around the Taranaki region, facilitating community engagement with the Trust’s grant making processes.
Kapoi is actively involved in nurturing and promoting the Trust’s community connections, enhancing new and existing relationships and increasing awareness and knowledge about our funding work within the community.
A key focus is working with Maori and Iwi organisations, as well as wider Taranaki community groups to facilitate positive outcomes and results in the Trust’s Community Wellbeing, Arts, Culture & Heritage and Environment funding areas.
Kapoi comes to us with a background in Maori radio broadcasting and has spent the last five years in the Heritage sector. She is an active trustee of a Waikato-based radio station and is current Chair – a position she has held for the last 3 years.
Liza was appointed as Grants Assessor at the TSB Community Trust in January 2019.
Liza assists and supports individuals and community groups applying for community grants through the Trust. The role is ‘hands on’ processing grant applications and communicating with applicants to improve access to the Trust’s community funding processes.
In previous years Liza spent over 10 years working at New Plymouth Libraries and Puke Ariki in varied library related roles including mobile library service provision, organising events and promotions and leading the library's customer services team, as well as managing the New Plymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.
Liza moved to Auckland to manage the St Heliers Community Library in 2005 and for the past 11 years she has held National Sales Manager roles for Gale Cengage Learning and EBSCO Industries.
Liza now lives in New Plymouth with her husband and two children and is thrilled to be working back within the Taranaki community.
Prior to working for the TSB Community Trust, Rob spent five years with Sport Taranaki. Starting in community development, he progressed to play a key role in leading the organisation as Insight & Evaluation Lead. During his last year with Sport Taranaki, Rob split his time between Taranaki and Wellington whilst on secondment with Sport New Zealand to manage the expansion of a national research project.
Experience leading staff and networking has sparked a passion for making connections and contributing to the community. Rob is looking forward to bringing a strength in relationship building and innovation to his role as Philanthropic Strategy Leader with the TSB Community Trust.
Rob and his wife moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2013 and gravitated to Taranaki for the beautiful landscape and opportunities. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, on the mountain, at the beach or working in the garden with his chickens! Rob cycles to work most days, enjoying the many walkways that New Plymouth has to offer. This interest has progressed to becoming a member of the newly formed Taranaki Tracks and Trails development team.
Melissa has an extensive background in hospitality, event and sponsorship management. She is passionate about supporting communities. Melissa joins the Trust after working for 2 and half years as Events & Volunteer Coordinator at the Cancer Society of Taranaki. Prior to this Melissa and her husband Tony resided in Samoa for nearly 7 years. During this time Melissa worked in various roles managing resorts, event support for NZ High Commission and Marketing for ANZ Bank. While in Samoa Melissa was heavily involved with supporting the local community, through joining the Apia Rotary Club she worked on large projects to enhance the lives of Samoan people, she was also an Executive member with the Samoan Cancer Society.
A passionate theatre goer and performer Melissa looks forward to getting involved again with our local theatres. Melissa loves the ocean and spends her spare time beach combing, trying to catch fish, bush walking or just relaxing at home with a good book. She is content to be home again under Taranaki Maunga and exploring our beautiful region.