NorthAble Disability Services

Meet the Trustees

Sam Bartrum - Chair of Trust

Sam Bartrum

General Manager, Planning, Outcomes, Integrated Care & District Hospitals, Northland District Health Board.
Responsibilities include implementation and monitoring of the strategic direction of the DHB, accountable for the development of the DHB’s Annual plan and Statement of Intent, the delivery of services within Northland DHB’s district hospitals,  contributing to the developments within the primary care sector towards integration of services and models of care that enable improved outcomes for the population of Northland, and developing planning and population health intelligence function
Prior to taking up this position Sam was employed by the Waitemata and Counties Manukau District Health Boards as their Director of Human Resources for 11 years.
Responsibilities included all aspects of Human Resources and Employee Relations including Workforce Development, Organisational Development, Strategic Recruitment and Occupational Health and Safety. National responsibilities included Chair of National GMsHR Forum and member of the National Employee Relations Strategy Group.
Sam’s involvement in the Public Health sector began in the late 1980s as an organiser for the Public Service Association representing health sector workers. Over the past 15 years Sam has worked at an executive level over 4 District Health Boards and their predecessors. Sam’s experience in managing Hospital and Community Health Services include Public Health also gives him a thorough understanding of the challenges that providers of hospital services face within the sector.
From an employee perspective or from a management perspective Sam has shared his ideas and learning’s of building organisational capacity where employees of all cultures feel valued.

Sue Glen - Trustee

Sue Glen

As the Whangarei District Council representative, I enjoy working alongside my fellow trustees of NorthAble. As previous President of the Real Estate of New Zealand for Northland for three years, and the six years prior to that, on the Board of Trustees at Whangarei Boys High School, I have been well prepared for this trusteeship. Family is all important to me in my life, along with recognising the beauty this world has to offer.



Alistair Drake - Trustee

Alistair Drake

I hale from Glasgow, Scotland arriving in NZ in 1983. I am married with one son and two grandchildren. I hold a BA degree from Strathclyde University in   Glasgow and I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with membership of both the Scottish and New Zealand Institutes of Chartered Accountants. Professionally
I have come from seven years as Manager of the Corporate Services Department of the Whangarei District Council, and prior to that, five years as Finance Manager; nine years with Thomas de La Rue-Banknote Printers in financial roles in NZ, England and Kenya; and two years with a small family business. I have enjoyed voluntary work over the past 25 years having contributed to several organisations and remain a current member of each. I have worked for KPMG, Grant Thornton, Coopers and Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Cooper PWC), and am a graduate of Leadershp NZ. I now look forward to new learnings during my contribution to NorthAble.


Hapi Brown - Trustee

Hapi Brown

I consider it a privilege to be asked to join the NorthAble board of trustees. I have been running my mechanical workshop business from its current location on John Street for about 15 years. I have seen NorthAble grow from a small office, to the vast organisation it is today, the showroom, the vehicles they have, to run the business and the halfway house where all the clients meet to do mahi (work). I know many of the staff and the clients who in turn have supported my business. My family, staff and I have supported many of the fundraising ventures at NorthAble. On a personal level, I am married to my wife Mary; together we have 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Some 20 years ago two of my own children were diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 19 and 22, my family and I have first-hand experience of what a vital role organisations like NorthAble play in day to day lives of people with disabilities and their families. I consider myself to already be a part of the NorthAble family and would be proud to support them on a more formal basis as a board member.


Michele Miles - Trustee

Michele Miles

Michele is a litigator, senior counsel, lawyer for child and court appointed mediator of 20 years practical experience, covering appearances in the High Court (on appeal), Family Court, ACC and the Employment Tribunal Court, and practising in one of New Zealand's highest socially and economically deprived areas, providing an extensive breadth of the various facets and areas particularly of Family Law.
Her hobbies include art cinema, tramping, kayaking and reading.
Michele is a national title holder in track and field and her sporting achievements include being New Zealand representative to the 1974 Commonwealth Games (placed 5th), the Under 23 Team the Pan Conference Games.  


Dean Abel - Trustee

Dean Abel

I am married to Debbie and have one son, Joshua, who is in his early 20s. My wife and I own and operate Snow Bros Auto Electrical Ltd and have done for 15 years. Prior to this, I was employed in the capacity of Manager for Lucas and Repco. I served on the Board of Trustees of Tikipunga Primary School for a period of time when my son attended there. I was a Leader, a Group Leader and then District Commissioner for Scouting for a number of years in the Whangarei District, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am an active member of the Whangarei Community Patrol and am interested and keen to help where possible on the NorthAble Trust, since I have had some personal experience with NorthAble.


Kirit Barot - Trustee

Kirit Barot

Kirit Barot is a Master Mariner by profession and works as Marine Pilot at Whangarei/Marsden Point/Bay Of Island Harbour. His responsibilities include Piloting Merchant ships in and out of the Harbour limits. Originally from India, Kirit widely travelled around the world for 23 years before finally settling in New Zealand in 2002 with his wife Bhoomika and their daughter Pavitra. Kirit has served on Board of Trustee of Blomfield Special Need School in Whangarei. Being the father of special needs young girl, he has closely interacted with many service providers (like NorthAble) in the disability sector and appreciates and understands the challenges which the sector and organisations face. As a Trustee, he brings his wide range of experience of service delivery by the disability sector, from the client’s perspective. Kirit is passionate about contributing to the disability sector. .


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