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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 currently holds the position of Chief Executive of Local Government on Line Ltd, NZ’s Local Government portal.

He also heads 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 Wellington 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 sits on the Councils of a number of organisations, including the Columbia Group Ltd, Computing NZ Ltd, Licence Management Systems Ltd, Compliance Management Systems Ltd, and e-Xpert Developments Ltd. Jim is a Fellow of the NZ Computer Society.

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 excellent experience at Board management level.

Vicki Terrell

Vicki Terrell 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.

Vicki moved to Wellington for fourteen years but 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 in 2006 to train for the ministry in the Anglican Church at St John’s Theological College. She was ordained deacon in November 2008 and currently works in the Parish of Otahuhu. Otahuhu is on the border of Auckland and South Auckland, and the church reflects the multicultural nature of the community. As well as knowledge and experience of impairment Vicki brings years of experience of the wider community sector.

Christine Fenby

Christine is Director of Fenby & Associates Limited and provides independent marketing and business development consultancy services.

Since setting up her company, Christine spent 3 years as Business Development Director at a leading Auckland brand communication agency and is now involved with a number of difference initiatives and organisations.  Prior to 2005 Christine worked in the Public Sector at TVNZ, latterly in the role of Marketing Director, TVNZ Satellite Services Limited, a broadcast services export operation.

During this period Christine returned to school and gained a Master of Business Administration (Exec Programme) from the University of Auckland.

Christine’s combination of skills is brought about by varied experience across both the public and private sectors and including international and domestic business operations.  Her predilection is market orientation, and the transformation that an innate understanding and practice of the discipline can mean to an organisation.

Christine is originally from Dunedin and lives in Auckland with her commercial architect partner.

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


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



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