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, the Families Commission and most recently as Chief Executive for Community Waitakere. 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. In Auckland, Charlie has lived in Glen Eden and Titirangi and is currently well settled in Woodlands Park with children and grandchildren close by. As a family they have always identified strongly with West Auckland and have enjoyed belonging and connecting to a wide range of groups. Charlie is thrilled to become part of the Board and looks forward to the contribution he can make.