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Our board members

Bill English

Bill English


Bill has a long-standing interest in bettering social policy and changing lives. After a time as Finance Minister and Prime Minister of New Zealand, he left politics in 2017. After leaving politics, he set up his own business supporting companies and NGOs to be better at what they do. He also consults on Social Investment in both Australia and the US.

Bill and his family see Manawanui as an opportunity to use the best tools and technology to expand and deepen the experience of self-direction which has changed the lives of so many people.


Ben Irving


Ben was appointed to the Manawanui Board in 2017. He is a passionate, energetic leader of positive change and is committed to finding innovative ways to achieve such change. An experienced director, Ben has 15+ years as a company director in a mixture of start-ups through to large privately owned commercial entities, public entities and trusts.

His passion for governance and the impact a board can make towards healthy and inspired workplaces is a key motivator for his contribution to Manawanui.

Ben is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the English Family Office.


Diana Puketapu


Diana is one of the Directors for Manawanui and was Chair of the Board from 2017-19.

She is a Company Director and Chartered Accountant who has held a number of Chief Financial Officer roles in New Zealand and abroad both in professional sporting organisations and also in iwi business.


Karen Beard-Greer


Karen joined the Manawanui Board in 2011 as a Director from The Independent Living Service. She was previously Chair of the Manawanui Board. She is also the past President and is a current Board Member of the New Zealand Federation of Disability Information Centres’ Executive. Additionally, Karen is a member of the Institute of Directors.

She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Living Service Charitable Trust. She brings a well-rounded range of governance and senior management skills from both the private and also the not for profit sector.