Our Board

The Commission is governed by a Board, with members appointed by the Minister for Agriculture.

To communicate with our board please contact our corporate team.


Don Cameron

Don Cameron is Mayor of Ruapehu District and a representative on the national council of Local Government New Zealand. He is a keen mountain biker with a wealth of experience in rural and recreation access issues. He is a member of Ruapehu-Whanganui Rural Support Trust and Rural Health Alliance NZ, is the co-Chair of the Road Controlling Authority and recently helped to set up the Ameku Road cycle and walkway in Raetihi.


Hilary Allison

Hillary AllisonHilary Allison brings a wealth of experience in local economic development and strong governance in Otago and Southland. Hilary was previously the National Operations Manager for the Community Employment Group amongst other public sector economic development roles. She is a governance specialist, having held Board roles for Beltex New Zealand, Otago Hospice, Dunedin PHO, Otago Community Trust, a MANA Authority Board and a major Dunedin social service delivery agency. Hilary trained as a general nurse and a social worker.

Lisa Chase

Lisa ChaseLisa has worked extensively in international brand and marketing in Europe and Japan and returned home to farm her own sheep and beef properties in the Rangitikei. Later working in corporate agri-marketing across Aotearoa including FarmSafe. Previously regional economic development senior advisor for Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Tai Hauāuru. More recently a consultant working on Māori economic development for Tūwharetoa. She has a passion for the regions and farming, is a graduate of the Agri-women’s Development Trust - Escalator programme and has an Honours post-graduate diploma in computer graphic design.

Peter Coburn

Peter CoburnPeter Coburn is from Westport. He is a passionate outdoor recreationalist and was the private secretary for Rural Affairs from 2006 to 2008. In this role, he managed and monitored key rural issues including overseeing Walking Access legislation through parliament and developing the ‘Rural Proofing’ policy. He has considerable management experience in the maritime industry and conservation sector and has helped to establish marine reserves in the West Coast region. 

Pierre Henare

Pierre HenarePierre Henare (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Hine) is the current Board Chairman and a founding Director of Tairāwhiti Pharmaceuticals Ltd Group. He has also held Board positions with Māori Incorporations, Māori Land Trusts and with the Māori Advisory Boards to Tairāwhiti District Health and Midlands Health. Pierre has also worked for a range of government departments in both advisory and management capacities.

Helen Mexted

Helen MextedOriginally from a farming background in Hawke's Bay, Helen joined the board of the Walking Access Commission in 2018 and brings a strong mix of governance, executive leadership, and policy, advocacy and strategic communications and engagement experience within public sector agencies, local government, commercial entities, and NGOs. She has a wealth of experience in leading and influencing organisations to deliver sustainable change, enhancing communications and engagement performance, and working effectively with central and local government. Helen is currently an executive at Wellington’s two DHBs, an independent director at Wellington Regional Council’s holding company, and has recently consulted to the Overseas Investment Office and held leadership roles at Local Government New Zealand, the Ministry of Social Development, Public Trust and Federated Farmers. Helen holds a BBS and an MBA, and is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

Raewyn Tipene

Raewyn TipeneRaewyn Tipene established He Puna Marama Trust in 1997 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since 2006. Prior to this, she was a National Manager at Housing New Zealand, and an advisor with the Community Employment Group. She is completing a Masters in Indigenous Studies, and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management, and a Bachelor of Science.

Celia Wade-Brown

Celia Wade-Brown QSO lives in the Wairarapa and was the Mayor of Wellington from 2010 to 2016 and previously a city councillor. She founded the walking advocacy group Living Streets Aotearoa. She is also a trustee of Walk21, the international charity dedicated to improving walking conditions, and a trustee of Te Araroa Trust. Ms Wade-Brown is a keen walker, cyclist and kayaker, and has walked the full length of Te Araroa Trail.