Hui E! Trustees

Simon Cayley – Co-Chair

Simon is currently Chief Executive Officer of the Bishops Acton Foundation in New Plymouth which works as a catalyst for change supporting communities and organisations to address as yet unmet needs. He has extensive experience in community development, capacity building, social research, governance and management.

Simon has an MPhil with a research thesis that examined governance in community sector organisations and has completed Post-Graduate Diplomas in Development Studies and Public Health.

He is the inaugural Chair and current Co-Chair (with Pania Coote) of Hui E! Community Aotearoa, is an accredited business mentor with Business Mentors New Zealand and a coach of junior level cricket and football.

Pania Coote – Co-Chair

Pania Coote CropDescendant of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Porou, her whakapapa is from the Titi islands through to Moeraki and beyond. Born and raised in Bluff, she is married to Russell, with three beautiful adult children and blessed with four mokopuna.

Pania is the Southern DHB Executive Director of Māori Health, Kaiwhakahaere Hauora Māori. She has the overall responsibility for Māori Health across the Southern district (Otago/Southland regions). Pania is current Co-Chair (with Simon Cayley) of Hui E! Community Aotearoa.

Pania has a background in health, social and education, with a Masters in Social Welfare through the University of Otago. She has a range of interests including research, community development, workforce development and reducing health disparities. Building on over 20 years’ experience in the health arena, she strives to improve, promote and protect the health and wellbeing of the people that she serves.

Charlie Moore

CharlieMoore (165 x 164) Charlie has spent many years working in both Auckland and Wellington in a variety of public sector and community roles. This has included a number of roles with the Dept of Labour, (including 3 years as General Manager of the Community Employment Group (CEG)), with the Dept of Internal Affairs, the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector and with the Families Commission.

A constant theme has been a recognition of the critical importance of community development and working to improve the connection between community and government systems. Charlie is currently Executive Office for Community Waitakere a community development / environmental organisation working in West Auckland.

He is currently well settled in Titirangi with children and grandchildren close by.

Sandy Thompson

sandy photo (2) (225 x 150)Sandy is based in Auckland where she is a senior lecturer on Unitec’s Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management. Sandy is involved in developing and delivering Not for Profit Leadership programmes in both New Zealand and the Pacific and is part of a consortium of consultants who support leadership and organisation development in the sector.

Sandy is the Chairperson of ChildAlert ECPAT NZ, an organisation that seeks to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. She is also the Pacific representative on the ECPAT International board. Sandys Pacific experience has led her to being an Ako Aotearoa trainer delivering workshops on effective teaching in tertiary institutions around NZ.

Dorte Wray


Dorte is based on Waiheke Island and is the Executive Officer of the Community Recycling Network Aotearoa which supports community organisations working on waste and resource issues. She has developed a strong respect for the role of networking organisations and peak bodies whilst in this position and believes that more can be achieved by working together than separately.

Dorte has a graduate diploma in Not-for-Profit Management and has worked in a variety of roles within the community sector including the peace education, health and disability and environment sectors. A key interest is the intersect between social, environmental and economic outcomes and the value that can be realised within communities when these things are considered as interdependent.