KIN welcomes our newest writer, who heads a charitable Trust which is one of the biggest employers on the Kapiti Coast.
She’s Wendy Huston, chief executive of the Kapiti Retirement Trust.
The trust employs around 120 staff and provides nearly 250 villas for the elderly, as well as running an elderly-care hospital with 59 beds, and respite care for many other Kapiti people.
Wendy and another staff member will be writing columns about their vital work – which is driven not by the need to make a profit, but to provide services for the elderly.
She’s been Trust Chief Executive for almost five years.
Before this, she spent her working life in education – first secondary (including some years in the early life of Paraparaumu College).
She then worked in the Polytechnic sector – first at Manawatu Polytechnic (which became UCOL during her time there) and then for Whitireia as the Kapiti Regional Manager.
As well as her teaching qualifications, Wendy holds an MBA (distinction) from Massey University
She’s a JP; is past president of Business & Professional Women Levin; is a past member of Kapiti Rotary Club; and is now a Board member of the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce.
She and her husband John, a secondary school teacher, have two adult children, Kimberley & Oliver. Both were past dux of Paraparaumu College. Oliver was also head boy and Kimberley was first arts captain.
They’re obviously a talented family!
KIN feels Wendy will give readers a penetrating insight into the aged care sector, which caters for an elderly population which is about twice the average proportion for this age group nationally.
Her first column appears tomorrow.