Trust Board


Sam Bartrum

General Manager, Planning, Outcomes, Integrated Care & District Hospitals, Northland District Health Board.

Prior to taking up this position Sam was employed by the Waitemata and Counties Manukau District Health Boards as their Director of Human Resources for 11 years.

Sam’s involvement in the Public Health sector began in the late 1980s as an organiser for the Public Service Association representing health sector workers. Over the past 15 years Sam has worked at an executive level over 4 District Health Boards and their predecessors. Sam’s experience in managing Hospital and Community Health Services include Public Health also gives him a thorough understanding of the challenges that providers of hospital services face within the sector.

From an employee perspective or from a management perspective Sam has shared his ideas and learning’s of building organisational capacity where employees of all cultures feel valued.


Sue Glen

As the Whangarei District Council representative, I enjoy working alongside my fellow trustees of NorthAble. As previous President of the Real Estate of New Zealand for Northland for three years, and the six years prior to that, on the Board of Trustees at Whangarei Boys High School, I have been well prepared for this trusteeship. Family is all important to me in my life, along with recognising the beauty this world has to offer.

Alistair Drake

I come from Glasgow, Scotland arriving in NZ in 1983. I am married with one son and two grandchildren. I graduated from Strathclyde University Glasgow and am a qualified Chartered Accountant. I am a member of both the Scottish and New Zealand Institutes of Chartered Accountants. I work for the Department of Conservation in Northland and Auckland.  I was manager of the Corporate Services Department of the Whangarei District Council for 7 years.  Before that I was with Thomas de La Rue-Banknote Printers in financial roles in NZ, England and Kenya. I am also a graduate of Leadership NZ. I look forward to new learnings during my contribution to Northable

Michele Miles 

Michele is a litigator, senior counsel, lawyer for child and court appointed mediator of 20 years practical experience, covering appearances in the High Court (on appeal), Family Court, ACC and the Employment Tribunal Court, and practising in one of New Zealand's highest socially and economically deprived areas, providing an extensive breadth of the various facets and areas particularly of Family Law. Her hobbies include art cinema, tramping, kayaking and reading. Michele is a national title holder in track and field and her sporting achievements include being New Zealand representative to the 1974 Commonwealth Games (placed 5th), the Under 23 Team the Pan Conference Games.  

Dean Abel

I am 54 years old and am married to Debbie and have one son, Joshua. My wife and I owned and operated Snow Bros Auto Electrical Ltd for 21 years which we sold in 2016. Before this, I worked in the capacity of Manager for Lucas and Repco for 17 years. I served on the Board of Trustees of Tikipunga Primary School for a period of time when my son attended there. I am Electorate Chair of the National Party Whangarei Electorate. I am Treasurer of the Whangarei Community Patrol. I was an Adult Leader in all sections of Scouting for 10 years rising to District Commissioner. I am Deputy Chair at NorthAble Trust and Chair of Encompass, a NorthAble Company.

My wife and I enjoy Northland and all it has to offer, we enjoy getting off the beaten track and meeting the locals. We also enjoy travelling when possible.

NorthAble is a wonderful organisation to be part of. It offers opportunities and help where none were available to families before.

I first learned about NorthAble when we were looking after a young man with a disability, NorthAble were able to help point us in the right direction and get his and our lives on track.

Vince Cocurullo

As the past Chair of Northable, Vince has experience working with the disabled community and has been on the Board of Northable since 2008.  He was a Whangarei District Council Councillor from 2007 to 2010, and re-elected again in 2016 where he presently represents the Okara Ward.  Vince is also very active within the Whangarei community, as the past President of the Rotary Club of Whangarei South, the current President of the Whangarei Club, a current Trustee of the Northland Charitable TV Trust, a current Board Member on Northland branch of the Automotive Association, while in the past he was a Trustee of Forget Me Not Adult Day Care Centre.

Vince has been working in his own IT servicing business for the past 18 years, where he deals with a wide range of clients from small businesses, schools to home users, each with their own set of needs and requirements. Earlier in his working career he worked as a Civil Engineer, and either designed or supervised the construction on various roading and structural projects around the Northland region.

Kirit Barot 

Kirit Barot is a Master Mariner and works as Marine Pilot at Whangarei/Marsden Point Harbour. His Responsibilities include Piloting Merchant ships in and out of the Harbour limits. 

Originally from India as a mariner he has travelled around the world for 23 years. He finally settled in New Zealand in 2002 with his wife Bhoomika and their daughter Pavitra. 

Kirit has served on Board of Trustee of Blomfield Special Need School in Whangarei. As a father of special need young Girl, he has interacted with many service providers in disability sector. 

He appreciates and understand the challenges which these sector and organizations face. He brings in a wide ranging experience of service delivery by the disability sector from the client’s perspective.

Kirit is passionate about contributing to the disability sector.


Ken Green

Ken is passionate about all people, irrespective of their level of ability, fully participating in their community and having a satisfying life.  As a child Ken was diagnosed as having Muscular Dystrophy which is a progressive condition now requiring him to use a motorised wheelchair.

Following a long corporate career, Ken now works as a contract accountant and participates heavily in the community. He is a past Lions Club member and served for 7 years as chairperson on the COGS Far North as well as National committees.  He has been involved in CCS Disability Action, Riding for the Disabled, Youthline, Church youth groups, St Johns as well as various other community groups and marae.

Ken brings a depth of knowledge and skill in both the corporate and community settings.  He is presently the Chairperson of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ and represents them on the Ministry of Health Disability Consortium. 

Whangarei has recently become home for Ken and wife, Jan, and Labrador retriever, George.