The Board is the legal authority for Community Connections Supported Living Charitable Trust (Community Connections). Board members represent the interests of the organisation and are entrusted to ensure the organisation is soundly managed to achieve its purpose.
The role of the Board is governance. Governance focuses on the goals and objectives of Community Connections, and the Board supports the Executive Director to achieve those goals and objectives through the development and review of strategic direction and a robust policy framework. The Executive Director is employed by the Board to manage the operation of Community Connections so that the agreed goals and objectives are met. The Board is not involved directly in operational matters.
The Board of Trustees members:
Sue Shotter – Chairperson
Sue has been on the CCSLT Board for three years and considers it a privilege to work with such a dedicated group of board members, management and staff. CCSLT is an organisation that truly lives its values.
Sue has varied work experience ranging from running her own business, through to local and corporate government. Her key strengths are in the delivery of corporate/business services while understanding and aligning this delivery in a strategic way. Sue has a strong understanding of how government works and a passion for ensuring all New Zealanders can lead the life they deserve.
Jocelyn Brace - Board Member
Lee Rutene - Board Member
Lee was born with cerebral palsy which affects the lower half of his body and his eyes, but he doesn't let that stand in his way. Lee first got involved with the Community Connections Board about three or four years ago because because he is passionate about disability issues and wanted to make a difference to the lives of others in the Wellington community. Lee feels that having a disability is all he knows. He was the first person to be educated in a main stream school in the Wellington area in the 1980s and he was also the first client of CCS Supported Living Services when it started. Lee also works for CCS Disability Action as a Disabled Staff Coordinator for the Central Region which covers the Taranaki, Kapiti and Wellington areas.
Lee also has a number of volunteer positions:
- People First chairing meetings related to Mental Health
- Member of The Accessibility Reference Group for the Wellington City Council improving access around the city and dealing with disability issues that come up
- Member of Capital Support Reference Group advising the CEO on what can be done better
This doesn't leave Lee a lot of time to relax but when he does he likes to watch sport. Lee used to play Rugby and Swim for the New Zealand Para Olympics team. After an injury six years ago, he recently got back in the pool.