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Shining a light on one of Māia's founding trustees

In Volunteer Week 2021 we’re shining a light on one of our Founding Trustees, Sinead Horgan.

As well as being a mother of two active children, Sinead is a consulting specialist in her own business, Morrison Horgan, and holds professional board director positions for the Bank of China, Taggart Earthmoving, Eco Central, FMG, and Fuse IT.

She has built a 20 year career in accounting, private equity and commercial banking, holding senior roles across the world at Price Waterhouse Cooper, Accenture, ANZ and BNZ.

Sinead is Chair of Assistance Dogs Trust NZ and a Founding Trustee of Māia Health Foundation.  Both of these roles are in a voluntary capacity.

Sinead has an innate sense of giving back, being involved in volunteer work at school and university helping disabled people.  As a busy executive for ANZ in Australia, she did not have as much spare time to contribute to other organisations in a voluntary capacity.  However, when Sinead and husband Sam became parents of their first child, they were the recipient of someone else’s generosity that made a real difference.  This elicited a visceral feeling of gratitude that Sinead has never forgotten.

Lachlan, now 12, was diagnosed with global developmental delay and autism, and Sinead and Sam experienced a tough few years in and out of various hospital departments and seemingly endless examinations that challenged their sensitive son.

When the family moved to New Zealand in 2013, Sinead experienced a revelation: Canterbury’s  health system had a model of integrated care and Lachlan’s care was well-coordinated.  Subsequently when Sinead heard that there was a trustee position at Māia, she jumped at the opportunity to add value to an organisation that she knew would help other families accessing the health system.

In 2019 Sinead joined Assistance Dogs Trust NZ as Chair after experiencing the life-changing impact that their assistance dog, Lady, had on Lachlan’s world.  ADNZT was an organisation that Sinead felt she could add significant value to, leading a Board of committed volunteers to develop the service so that it could continue to help families just like hers.

Sinead says that she volunteers her skills to structure Māia for the future.  Her vision is to grow the charity to a financial position where community health providers are able to apply for funding to progress their own mission to help others.

Ngā mihi nui, Sinead for all that you do for the greater good of people in our communities.  Your time and contribution as a volunteer is priceless.

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