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TalkLink Trust Board

The TalkLink Trust is a Charitable Trust which was established in 1991 to provide assistive technology services for people who have communication difficulties.

The Board of Trustees are:

Sam Fairhall

Chairperson TalkLink Trust

Sam is Managing Director of The Business Farm Limited, a company that works to assist small to medium enterprises to increase profitability and company value. Prior to this, he was an executive at TVNZ working in various management and business development roles, the last of these as Managing Director of TVNZ Satellite Services Limited.

Sam is a highly experienced senior executive who brings his expertise in negotiation skills, in strategic planning and in all aspects of management to the TalkLink Board.

Sam lives in Auckland and is interested in the provision of good quality disability services and the ability to communicate. He is committed to the vision of the TalkLink Trust.

Jim Higgins

Jim owns The Networking Edge Ltd, a company which provides consultancy services over various Public and Private Sector IT applications. The company has been involved in a wide range of e-business systems.

TalkLink, Lower North Island took over business from the Technical Aid Trust, of which Jim was on the board for many years.

Jim received the NZCS Award for the Greatest Contribution to NZ Public Sector Computing in the 20th Century. He has, over the years served on many, mainly IT-oriented companies and other organisations Jim is a Fellow of the NZ Computer Society and of InternetNZ.

Jim brings extensive knowledge of world wide technology development and issues to the Board. He is able to provide contacts with the business community to TalkLink that enable us to maintain excellence in our delivery of professional services. Jim has considerable experience at Board management level.

Rev Vicki Terrell MA (hons)

Vicki is the consumer representative on the board. Vicki has a speech impairment and has been involved in TalkLink since the beginning. She was one of the first people to obtain equipment through TalkLink in 1992.

When Vicki moved to Wellington she kept in contact with TalkLink, assisting in the initial set up phase in Wellington. While in Wellington Vicki was involved with a number of disability organisations and worked for three years for CCS Disability Action. Vicki returned to Auckland to train for the ministry in the Anglican Church at St John’s Theological College. She was ordained deacon in November 2008 and  priest in 2009. Vicki spent three years working in the Parish of Otahuhu.  Vicki now works with a variety of disability and faith communities  promoting accessibility and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with disability.  Vicki uses technology to  assist with communication particularly in presentations.    As well as knowledge and experience of impairment Vicki brings years of experience of the wider community sector.


Sir Gil Simpson

Sir Gil joined the TalkLink Trust Board in late 2007, at the time TalkLink began extending service provision to encompass the South Island. Sir Gil, who lives and works in Christchurch, has brought an understanding of South Island demographics to the Trust.

Sir Gil has a long and distinguished career in computing, and is recognised around the world as an advisor and speaker on Information Technology, particularly in the area of e-commerce.

He is the founder of the Aoraki Corporation, developers of the LINC 4GL and Jade programming language, and Jade Software Corporation. His latest venture is Jolly Good Software Pty Ltd, which he founded in 2006 and manages from the Jolly Good gallery in Christchurch.

Gil also has considerable community involvement and knowledge of the health, disability and charity sectors including involvement with the Christchurch City Mission.


Margaret Ellett

Margaret has a BSc (Mathematics) from Victoria, a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) and a BCom (Accountancy) from Auckland. Following this, she worked at Murrays Bay Intermediate School for 25 years as the Executive Officer and a member of the Executive team.

Margaret is a member of the North Shore Branch of Graduate Women New Zealand and has served on the National Executive on three occasions in the role of treasurer. She is the Academic Dress Convenor for the North Shore Branch and has managed the regalia hire for Massey Auckland since its inception in 1993. She is an honoured member of the North Shore Branch and a Member Emerita of NZFGW.

Her other associations include being a member of Zonta North Shore Auckland and the current treasurer of NCW Auckland. For many years Margaret has been the chair of Northbridge Lifecare Trust, which is a charitable retirement village on the North Shore.

In 1999, Margaret was appointed a trustee of New Horizons for Women Trust and served as Chair from 2002-2005. And in 2010 was awarded membership of New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to women.

Margaret is married and has three adult sons, an adult daughter and 6 grandchildren.  Her hobbies and interests include family, theatre, travel, current affairs interest groups, cooking, reading and puzzles.


Mark Gosche

Vui Mark Gosche is the Chief Executive of Vaka Tautua, a role he took up in July 2014 after 5 years on the board. Prior to this he was the Chief Advisor Strategic Relationships at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in Auckland. Vui was a Member of Parliament (1996- 2008) and held ministerial portfolios of Housing, Pacific Island Affairs, Transport, Corrections and Racing. Since leaving politics he has also held a number of governance roles including NZ Rugby League, TYLA Trust, COMET Auckland, Vaka Tautua, Brain Injury Association and currently serves on the boards of Lifewise, TalkLink Trust and Fonua Ola..

Vaka Tautua is a Pacific community health provider working in the areas of disability, mental health and older people with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Vui’s experience is also informed by his wife Carol whom he is a caregiver for. Carol, had a severe brain haemorrhage in 2002. As a result, Vui has learnt to not only navigate the health system but also appreciate the tremendous work that so many of our carers, health workers, family and friends do in helping others (with disabilities) to live their everyday lives.

Tuini Glenda Hakaraia-Tino

Glenda has close affiliations with Hoani Waitiiti Marae and Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust which has enabled her to develop strong relationships with Maori leaders and the community. Glenda has considerable experience with Community Safe projects and has worked in the unintentional injury prevention and health promotion field for the past 20 years.

Glenda is parent to Geneva who through her determination and passion for life is a successful student at the Auckland University of Technology undertaking a Bachelor in Communication Studies. Geneva uses a speech generating device for all her spoken communication. Geneva and Glenda are both achievers of breaking down barriers for people with disabilities and engage positively with all people of different cultures, beliefs and abilities.

Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson has a detailed knowledge and experience of the NZ health and disability sector. He has strong leadership and interpersonal skills and success in senior management and governance.
Jonny’s particular strengths are in collaboration and relationship management, particularly in event organisation and public education campaigns and projects. He has applied these successfully in his current role as CEO at Tiaho Trust and as a board member of a number of Northland and national community based organisations and charitable trusts.

Jonny has Cerebral Palsy and has a speech impairment. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business, (Pg.Dip.Bus.Admin), Management Information Systems, General.


John Green




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