Originally from Christchurch David ran a tourist hotel in Rotorua for 12 years before moving to Cambridge in the early 80’s with his wife Jocelyn. In 1987 he started Cooney Insurance specialising in providing insurance advice for families and businesses. He has always taken an active roll in the community and spent 28 years as a member of Rotary Cambridge where he served as President in 1995-96. He is currently Chairman of the Cambridge Community Charitable Trust and his company sponsors numerous community events and groups. David is proud and excited to be part of the Give it Back Charitable Trust and looks forward to acknowledging the unsung heroes of our community.
Jono McCullough has been a resident of Cambridge for the last 30 years and is married to Paula who is a 4th generation Cambridge girl, and they have 3 fantastic children. He owns and runs Rob May Builders a local building company which employs 17 staff and has interests in the farming sector through shares in various farms. Jono has strong community values and his company sponsors a number of local organisations, sports teams and elite athletes and he his on various other Trusts and Boards in the Cambridge area and is also a member of RSCC church. Jono is excited to see what can be achieved through this trust and the benefits it will have back in our community.
Robert Clancy has called Cambridge home for over 40 years. Robert’s passion lies within the horticulture sector, having been a part of his family business, Amber Garden Centre (previously Amber Nurseries) since he was 16 years old. Robert is now the Managing Director employing 12 permanent staff. Robert’s enthusiasm and keenness for all things gardening saw Amber Garden Centre take out 3 wins at the 2016 Waipa Business Awards, including the Supreme Winner. Robert married his wife, Jen, in 2008 and collectively they have 4 children who have keen interests in track cycling, BMX, soccer and athletics. Robert is looking forward to giving back to the Cambridge community he has been proud to be a part of for so long.
Lee Turner is a born and bred Cambridge lad. Completing his early schooling in Cambridge he later studied architecture and after working locally for a couple of years he took up a professional rugby contract in Ireland before moving to England to work in architecture and complete his OE. Moving back to Cambridge in 2006 he married his lovely wife Kristin (after a brief 10 year courtship) and they now have 2 beautiful young daughters who also attend school locally. Lee started Turner Road Architecture in 2006 and a second company in 2014 called Elevate Homes which is an architectural transportable building company. He still lives locally and can’t wait for the opportunity to give back to a community that has been so good to him and his family.
Unlike the others on this great team I am a Cambridge import, yes from Auckland. At the time, I was the General Manager NZ for Wotif.com, an online accommodation website at the leading edge of industry disruption. After nearly two years of commuting to Auckland, I was ready for a change, which meant a move to STAAH, another tourism operation, specialising in channel distribution, allowing me to work from home. Since, I have been extremely privileged to immerse myself in the Cambridge community through my past role as CEO of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. What amazes me about Cambridge and what makes it so unique is the level of community involvement in so many different organisations and where volunteer and support is second to none. My current role, as Executive Director for the Community and Enterprise Leadership Foundation, means further involvement with community and business organisations with the aim of improving leadership capability for a stronger Waikato.