Bridge Housing is an initiative of the Brian Perry Charitable Trust. See our FAQ’s to answer common questions or contact our friendly team with any queries you may have.
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Meet the team at Bridge Housing
Simon is chairman of Perry Group and Brian Perry Charitable Trust, based in Hamilton. Born and bred in the Waikato, Simon is married to Marlene and a father of four. He is passionate about health and wellbeing, and involved in various community projects including Te Awa Cycleway trust.
Why is Simon passionate about affordable housing? New Zealand has become divided into a society of “haves” and “have nots”, and the majority of our hard working young people can no longer dream of owning a home. Home ownership has become the No.1 issue for our community. Bridge Housing has a vision to give first home buyers a chance to get on the housing ladder, we hope to make a genuine impact in this vitally important space.
Leah joins the team at Bridge Trust with vast experience as a real estate professional via a previous career in education. She is currently a Branch Manager at Lodge Real Estate leading an outstanding team of salespeople.
Having lived in Hamilton for over 30 years she is a true Waikato advocate – passionate about our wonderful region and keen to see our young people afforded the opportunity to property ownership, – her own three Hamilton born and bred sons in their 20’s included.
Leah offers a positive, high energy commitment to the Bridge Trust Board along with market knowledge, a network of like-minded, can-do colleagues & friends and a desire to educate our communities about this wonderful achievable housing concept for many.
Leonard is passionate about creating great communities. A Chartered Accountant by training, Leonard’s experience in property has come from 19 years at Foster Construction where he is now the CEO and a major shareholder. Leonard is also a shareholder and director of Anthem homes, and a past trustee and Chair of Momentum Waikato Community Foundation.
Leonard is married to Denise, has three sons and lives in Raglan.
Marlene is a qualified secondary teacher who resigned to raise four children.
She is strong in governance from her experience as a trustee on a number of boards. Marlene is Chair of the Perry Outdoor Education Trust – an organisation aimed at delivering quality outdoor education experiences for students at low decile schools. Marlene is also on the board of the Brian Perry Charitable Trust and Perrinpark Retirement Village.
Nic Greene is the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Central Region, providing housing services to communities in the lower half of the North Island. Nic is also a council member of Community housing Aotearoa, the sectors peak body, co-chair of the Waikato Housing Initiative and is deeply committed to affordable housing outcomes.
Parekawhia McLean (Ngāti Mahanga, Waikato, Ngāti Maniapoto) is Chief Executive of Te Kāhui Tātari Ture | Criminal Cases Review Commission and holds several governance roles including Director of Sport Waikato and Chair, Te Whakakitenga o Waikato.
Parekawhia has Master’s degrees in Social Sciences and in Public Administration and Development Policy and has over 20 years of policy and public sector management experience.
Peter Southwick has spent his entire working career in property, primarily as a property valuer in New Zealand and Australia. He is an active investor and has built affordable housing. More recently he has been involved in affordable housing via 5 years as a Trustee of the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust.