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MSASS Board of Trustees

Dr Kate Taylor: MBCHB, PG Dip Sports Medicine (Otago) - Chairperson

Kate has been a trustee of Midlands Sexual Assault Service from its beginnings in 2019 and recently (June 2021) became Chair.  As a rostered on-call doctor for the Waikato Sexual Assault and Assessment and Treatment Service (SAATs) for over 12 years and the Lead Clinician for the service since 2015, Kate is passionate about providing optimum therapeutic and medical care for all victims of sexual assault.

In addition in 2020 Kate became deputy chair of MEDSAC, Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (the national organisation training and educating clinicians in forensic medical care for sexual assault victims) having been a board member and Chair of their Education and Training Committee since 2018.

Kate is also a member of the ACC Sexual Violence Customer Advisor Panel and a member of the Institute of Directors.  Kate works as a GP in several High Schools in Hamilton and has a keen interest in youth health.  In 2015 she completed a postgraduate diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine with distinction.  Currently Kate is studying forensic medicine through Monash University Melbourne.

She is a passionate advocate for victims of sexual assault and has a vision to improve access to quality, timely care and support for all those affected, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age or sexuality.

Ken Williamson: KStJ QSM CFInstD JP

With his partners Ken built Law Mooney Williamson Insurance Brokers into one of NZ's largest commercial insurance brokerages. He’s a Fellow of the Insurance Brokers Association of NZ.

Ken has served as a governor on a diverse range of boards, including within the tertiary & secondary education sectors; and in the health, philanthropy, special needs, broadcasting, women's refuge, science, and local body sectors. In addition, Ken has been, or still is, a director of several successful businesses including within the transport, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, finance, and engineering industries, as well as the property sector.

He served for 23 years with Te Whakaruruhau Maori Women's Refuge (now the Waikato Women’s Refuge); 27 years with the McKenzie Centre (for children under 6 with special needs); and 46 years as a governor of St John, including until recently serving on their National Governance Board ($350m annual turnover) for 9 years, and Chairing their greater North Island Regional Board. He was the founding Chair of the Momentum Waikato Community Foundation, and is now a founding trustee of the Waikato Regional Property Trust, tasked with building, and then operating, the new $80m Waikato Regional Theatre.

In recognition of his governance contribution Ken was appointed a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, one of a small number of such Fellows in New Zealand. Through his own governance experience, and involvement with the IoD, Ken is often involved in board selection panels, and he also regularly lectures on governance, principally within the not-for-profit sector.

In recognition of his service to the Community Ken has been awarded a Queens Service Medal. He has also received a Hamilton City Council Distinguished Citizens Award. And for his lifetime of service to St John, Her Majesty appointed Ken a Knight of the Order. Ken also received a RNZAF Chief of Air Staff Commendation, and for his service to Rotary, a Paul Harris Fellowship.
All governance fees Ken receives are donated to community organisations. 

​Samantha Lee: LLB/BA (Te Rarawa Kaiwhare, Fasito'o Uta)

Samantha descends from the people of Te Rarawa Kaiwhare in the Far North and the village of Fasito'o Uta in Western Samoa.

Sam and her tāne parent 4 tamariki of their own, and over the years have also opened their home to many other whāngai and foster tamariki. She believes that raising tamariki is a collective responsibility, and that support for both sexual assault victims and their whānau is imperative in the battle against intergenerational trauma.

A registered solicitor, Sam is in-house legal counsel at the largest consumer-owner energy distributor in New Zealand. Prior to this role Sam was a corporate/commercial solicitor at a leading New Zealand Law firm. 

Sam joined MSASS as a trustee in June 2020, and brings to the Board her exceptional problem solving skills and an innate sense of kotahitanga and manaakitanga.

Robyn Hallam – Reid: BSoc Sci (hons), AFIA, MInstD

Robyn has had a career of over 30 years in the finance industry, holding Senior Management roles.

Robyn’s community involvement has included being parent help/taxi for numerous school trips and events, voluntary work for Volunteering Waikato, mentoring of women, fund raising activities for several different organisations and Board involvement.

Robyn has been, or still is serving on Boards in the sectors of agri, finance, business and education and with NPO’s. Robyn is involved with the IoD, having previously served as a committee member with the Waikato Branch for over 3 years, and is involved in Board selection panels for different organisations.

Robyn lives south of Hamilton on a lifestyle property with Mark, her husband of 30 years. They have 2 daughters. 

Scott Neilson

Scott is a Detective Senior Sergeant in the New Zealand Police.  He currently holds the position of Investigations Manager for the Waikato District Child Protection and Adult Sexual Assault Teams.  Scott was responsible for setting up the first Waikato Adult Sexual Assault Team..

Scott is passionate about ensuring Police take a victim focused approach when dealing with survivors of sexual violence.  He has chaired a number of multi-agency SAATS meetings to create a one Waikato approach to dealing with sexual violence.

Scott is passionate about the education of young people to prevent sexual offending and has presented at multiple training days to High Schools and Universities around the Waikato.
A member of the MSASS board since its inception in 2019, Scott is driven to see MSASS offer exceptional service to our survivors.


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