Trust Board


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

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.


Stephen Waite

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Anton Sullivan

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Ian Hartley-Dade

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Elinor Niha

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Rupert Wakeman

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