Structure & Governance

We are governed by a board of Trustees. Lantern House is a registered Charitable Trust. No income or property of Lantern House may be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly to any trust member and no remuneration or other benefit is paid or given by Lantern House to any Trustee. The number of trustees on the Lantern House board can range from a minimum of three to a maximum of six.


Meet our Trustees

Andy Hay (Chair), New Plymouth

Andy Hay is the Chairman of the Trust and is one of the founding Trustees. Andy is the Manager of Bidvest Foodservice Ltd in New Plymouth. Bidvest distribute food products in the Taranaki region.

Andy has held previous community roles, including:

  • Taranaki branch of Epilepsy NZ;
  • Board of trustees at Marfell Community School; and
  • Chair of the Kindred Trust.

Andy is married to Sheri, who is also a Trustee. They have two children; Monique and Patrick. Monique has Dravet syndrome and will be one of the first residents in Lantern House.

Andy is an avid surfer! He also enjoys socialising with family and friends, cuisine, travelling and watching Patrick play football on the weekends.


Bev Gibson, New Plymouth

Bev has a Masters in Management and extensive experience in commercial business initiatives and social and environmental enterprises. 

She presently holds governance positions with Parininihi Ki Waitotara Committee of Management, Chair of the HR PKW Committee, Chair of Mahia Mai A Whai Trust and is a member of the Lottery Taranaki Community Committee. 

Bev is also a registered nurse and has a professional background in nursing, education, management and is a qualified health auditor. Bev comes from an entrepreneurial family and is a managing director of her own consultancy business.

Bev is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

 Sheri Hay, New Plymouth

Sheri Hay is one of the founding Trustees of Lantern House Trust. Sheri works in Administration at Bidvest Foodservice Ltd in New Plymouth.


Sheri is married to Andy, who is also a Trustee. They have two children; Monique and Patrick.  Being parents of Monique, who has Dravet syndrome with significant special needs, we have had a history of seeking the best opportunities for our daughter and have fought very hard to make sure Monique has the best quality of life possible.

Sheri enjoys swimming and like Andy, also enjoys socialising with family and friends, cuisine, travelling and watching Patrick play football on the weekends.



Julie Landers, Kaponga
Julie was appointed a Trustee in October 2012. She is born and bred in South Taranaki. Julie is currently the Office Manager at LJ Hooker in Hawera. She is involved in various community groups and board of trustees.

Julie is passionate about supporting those with very high need disabilities, and their families, in our community and the contribution she can make to Lantern House Trust.

Julies interests include family, walking and movies.

Julie is married to Roger, with 4 children; Lauren, Jordyn, Mitchell and Hannah. Mitchell was born with Cornelia de Lange syndrome. We have always sought out opportunites for Mitchell to have as full and active life as possible within his own community.

Roger Landers, Kaponga

Roger was appointed a Trustee in October 2012; and is based in South Taranaki. Roger is currently Dairy Farming near Kaponga and has also got a background in Automotive Engineering. He has gained governance experience through:

  • Local Rugby and Squash clubs;
  • Dairy Equity partnership;
  • Waimate West Demonstration farm; and
  • Family Estate.

Roger's interests outside of work include squash, rugby, touch rugby, jet skiing and tractor pulling!

Roger is married to Julie, who is also a Trustee. They have four children; Lauren, Jordyn, Mitchell and Hannah. Mitchell will be one of the first residents in Lantern House.