Mark has been involved with Hōhepa through his brother who is a member of the Hōhepa Community for 39 years and has been an active part of the community. In September 2018, Mark was elected as Chair and in October 2018 became a Trustee on the Hōhepa Homes Trust Board. Mark is comfortable and experienced across a broad range of disciplines – Governance, General Management, Financials, Safety Health and Environmental Management, Marketing, Sales, Research & Development, Strategic planning and measurement, people engagement and public speaking.
Shelly Witchalls has been an SME owner and manager for over 25 years. Her background has been in Tourism, hospitality and manufacturing. Shelly holds a NZ Diploma in Business. Her governance experience is as previous Chair of Hōhepa HB, Chair of Zonta Marlborough and Riding for the Disabled and as a board member for Marlborough Girls College & Fairhall School Marlborough. Shelly has also been a moderator in special education and consumer advisor in health. Shelly and husband Mark have their 24 year old daughter Emily residing at Hōhepa HB and moved to Hawkes Bay 6 years ago. Now serving her second term Shelly joined the board in March 2014.
Josie is a qualified accountant who farms at Porangahau in partnership with her husband, Donald. Josie previously served on the Central Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers Trust as the appointee of CHB District Council, and as a Director of Centralines Ltd. Josie is an Associate Member (ACA) of chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the New Zealand institute of Directors. Josie joined the Hōhepa Hawke’s Bay Regional Board in March 2015.
Santiago De Marco
Santiago was appointed General Manager of Hōhepa Hawke’s Bay in May 2017, having lived and worked at Hōhepa for nearly 20 years. Santiago has a proven commitment to the people Hōhepa supports and their families. Santiago has worked across the globe and carries a wide range of experience in the social sector. He has helped the Hōhepa community to continue it’s development on the anthroposophical special character unique point of difference and is a founding member of the ‘Taking It Forward’ group. Santiago is a board member of the Anthroposophical Society in NZ and he is a fellow member of the institute of managers and leaders.
Mark has held numerous senior positions in the Finance Industry. Whilst working Mark gained tertiary qualifications in Finance and Marketing. These qualifications back up a hard work ethic, common sense and business experience. Mark has a unique ability to work within a team to solve difficult situations and has been contracted by business and banks since being self-employed. Since 2011, Mark has been a Company Director and currently sits on the Boards of three outstanding organizations (Hōhepa, Scallywaggs and Scanpower).