Waitematā Community Law Centre is governed by a Board comprising of members from the local community as well as the legal profession.
Joanne Silcock Chairperson
Joanne has been the Chairperson of WaiLaw since June 2020. Joanne has 20 years experience as a Barrister and Solicitor, with her own sole practice for the last six years. Joanne has a deep understanding of the challenges and needs of WaiLaw as she was the Senior Lawyer at WaiLaw for over two years and has also worked closely supporting other Community Law Centres before returning to WaiLaw on the Board.
Joanne brings first-hand knowledge of the issues facing Law Centres and their clients and has lived in West Auckland for almost 10 years. Joanne is committed to supporting the WaiLaw staff to ensure that we have the right people, who are well equipped to provide quality legal advice and support to each of our clients, who has their own story.
Rob Mackenzie Treasurer Rob is retired and has been a WCLC board member for 2 years. He has a background in retail, procurement, retail, purchasing and property. His previous employers; The Warehouse, Whangarei District Council and Kahui To Kaha. He lives at Manly on the Whangaparoa with his partner Rose. They are in the final stages of a major renovation of their home.
Malcolm English Board Member Malcolm is a lawyer with almost 20 years experience. He is a senior lawyer at the Waitakere Public Defence service. He has a long history of commitment to access to justice having previously worked for the Grey Lynn neighbourhood law office for around 5 years, and also having spent 2 years volunteering as a legal adviser in the Solomon Islands.
Kara-Lucia Parkin Board Member
Ko Mauao te Maunga Ko Tauranga te moana Ko mataatua te waka Ko Ngai Tu-whiwhia te hapu Ko Ngaiterangi te iwi No moutere o Matakana Ko Kara-Lucia Parkin toku ingoa
Kara-Lucia has extensive experience working across the health, social, justice and education services within the capacity of contracts management, quality management, quality systems, continuous improvement, organisational culture, change management, auditing and health and safety. With over 10 years’ experience working within a Kaupapa Māori environment she has developed a passion for supporting the development of iwi organisations and contributing to positive outcomes for whānau and communities.
Alana Harris Board Member Ko Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri, Ngai Takato me Ngā Puhi ōku Iwi Ko Ngāti Pākau me Te Māhurehure ōku hapū Ko Alana Harris tōku ingoa
Alana has experience working at both national and regional levels pertaining to health, social, education, information technology and social impact & innovation. Early career was predominantly in roles of Finance and Accounting, with more recent endeavours into Relationship Management and Outcomes Measurement & Impact. Being born and bred in West Auckland drives her passion to play an active role in improving the wellbeing for all in our community, with a particular focus to advocate and drive strategy that enables whānau empowerment to impact generational wellbeing and advancement.