Our people


Peter Boshier

peterboshierx160Judge Peter Boshier is patron of Dwell Housing Trust.

Judge Boshier is Chief Ombudsman for New Zealand. He commenced in this position on 10 December 2015 and it is a five year appointment.

He was born and educated in Gisborne and attended Victoria University of Wellington, obtaining a bachelor of laws with honours degree in 1975. After a period of practice in Wellington he was appointed as a district court judge with a specialist Family Court warrant in 1988.

Judge Boshier has a long association with Pacific judicial issues and was seconded to undertake judicial training there, based in Suva in 2002 and 2003. Judge Boshier has travelled regularly to Pacific island countries to undertake workshops on the subject of family violence and youth justice. He holds the Samoan Matai title of Misa which was bestowed in 2000.

In 2004 Judge Boshier was appointed as the principal family court judge of New Zealand and held that position until December 2012 when he was appointed a Law Commissioner, a position he held until being appointed as Chief Ombudsman. Judge Boshier has served on the government’s Family Violence Taskforce. He is also patron of the White Ribbon Trust.

In 2009 Judge Boshier was made a distinguished alumnis of the Victoria University of Wellington for his contribution to the law. In July 2015, Judge Boshier became the president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts based in the United States. He is the first New Zealander to have held this position and did so until July 2016.


Board of trustees

Keith Taylor, Chair

KeithTKeith is a professional director with a number of board appointments currently including the Reserve Bank, Southern Cross Health Society and Hospitals, Gough, Gough and Hamer (Chair) and previously the Government Superannuation Fund (Chair) and NZQA.  

He has also been involved with a number of community organisations including being Chair of Wellington College and Scripture Union.

He brings to Dwell considerable governance, strategy and finance expertise.  He was previously Group Chief Executive of Tower Limited and is a qualified actuary as well as having science and commerce degrees.


Clare Aspinall, Vice Chair

Clare AspinallFrom 2003 to 2016 Clare worked for Regional Public Health Wellington, as a public health advisor specialising in housing and homelessness.

At the start of 2017 Clare began her Phd in The transfer and evolution of Housing First in New Zealand through He Kainga Oranga, University of Otago, Wellington.

In 2009 she obtained a post graduate diploma in public health through Otago University and in 2013 obtained her masters in public health researching boarding houses in the Wellington region. Her thesis is entitled Anyone can live in a boarding house, can't they? The advantages and disadvantages of boarding houses (PDF, 1094kb).

Clare originates from Devon in the UK and before moving to Aotearoa in 2002 worked as a tuberculosis nurse specialist in London.

She joined the WHT Board in 2008 and became vice chair of the Dwell board in 2017.

Michael Pead, Treasurer

Michael PeadMichael brings to Dwell a wealth of experience in major reforms and development type issues within government services, infrastructure and utilities sectors.

His passion and contribution to housing began early in his career as a housing analyst within Treasury at the time the accommodation supplement and Housing NZ reforms were introduced and was then renewed, in 2011, as the Director of the Social Housing Unit. The then Social Housing Unit was set-up to help foster and grow Community Housing Providers, like Dwell Housing Trust, and responsible for distributing a fund of $140 million.

Michael is currently the Chief Executive of the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree in Accounting & Finance from Otago University and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Michael joined the board of Dwell in 2018.

Julie Motley, Secretary

julie-motleyJulie began her career as an early childhood teacher before joining the IT industry. After working in administration, analytical, sales and project management roles, she joined IBM’s Australia/New Zealand Law Department as a contract negotiator. She works with private and public sector clients to develop complex information technology services agreements and advises internal clients on contractual and other legal matters.

Julie also serves as company secretary for IBM New Zealand and its related financing company, and as a director of IBM’s superannuation fund trustee company. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and is due to complete a law degree in 2021.

Julie has been actively involved in the community housing sector since 2010. She was a member of the Mahora House management committee before becoming a Dwell board member in 2013.

Steph Forrest

Dwell people Stef light Steph has had an extensive background in property, construction and asset management.

Her career has included new business development for Fletcher Construction; General Manager of Buchanan Property, a boutique commercial property management company; Manager, Property Solutions at Wellington City Council and ten years as Associate Director, Facilities Management, for Victoria University. In October 2018, Steph joined Land Information New Zealand as Group Manager Land & Property Wellington.

During her time at Victoria University, Steph also held a role as a board member, including a term as President, of the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) and was a member of the Universities NZ Facilities Committee. She has previously served on the Property Institute’s Wellington branch committee, and is a former Chair, current branch committee member and Fellow of the Facilities Management Association of NZ (FMANZ).

Steph joined the board in 2010.

Jon Holmes

Jon HolmesJon is a partner in the private enterprise division of the Wellington office of KPMG. Jon joined KPMG in 1995 and has significant experience auditing services and providing accounting, tax and group structuring advice to an extensive range of clients in this market. Jon provides many of his clients with specific advice on business planning, budgeting and cash flow forecasting.

Jon has a passion for assisting organisations in the NGO sector and has provided business planning, budgeting and cash flow forecasting services to a number of NGOs. Jon holds a bachelor of business studies with first class honours and a diploma in professional accounting from Massey University and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Jon got involved with Wellington Housing Trust in 2001 and was Dwell's treasurer for six years from 2012-2018.

Lesley Slieker

Lesley Slieker

Lesley Slieker has been engaged in the charitable and community sector of Wellington for longer than she can remember. If asked Lesley would say her key skills revolved around good governance, leadership and fundraising.

Since 2017 she has worked as Regional Manager for Coastguard Central Region. Her key focus is developing Coastguard locally, so they can raise the funds needed to secure much need new vessels while supporting and resourcing their volunteers well.

Some of Lesley’s biggest successes have been, raising $16.3m and rebuilding the Ronald McDonald House in Wellington. She also created the capital campaign for the Te Omanga Hospice rebuild and helped establish the new Walter Nash Centre to inspire community change in a low socio economic neighbourhood of the Hutt Valley.

Lesley and her husband Bob enjoy living in Wellington and share most of their spare time with their very spoilt grandsons and miniature schnauzer.

Past board members

Details can be found on the past board members page.


Alison Cadman, Chief Executive

Alison CadmanAlison is Dwell's chief executive and is responsible for its day-to-day management and the implementation of Dwell’s business and strategic plans. Since Alison began working for Wellington Housing Trust in 2003 she amassed a vast knowledge and experience of community housing and housing generally.  She has a BA in sociology and a postgraduate certificate in Business. Alison has been on the national council of Community Housing Aotearoa – the peak body for community housing organisations in NZ – and was co-chair.

Alison was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 2013 and studied the growth of not-for-profit social housing organisations in the UK and Australia. Her findings can be found in the report Unravelling Housing (PDF, 1960kb). She also spent some time in the UK in 2015 at several London housing associations.

Her other work experience includes roles in the (then) Housing Corporation, coordinator at the Wellington Peoples Centre and community development adviser at Wellington City Council.

She is passionate about the role social enterprises like Dwell can play in community and economic development.

The staff team

Dwell Staff

The staff team is Renee Cowley, Finance Manager; Alison Cadman, Chief Executive; Sue Clarke, Tenancy Manager; Ingrid Downey, Projects Manager.

Supporters and volunteers

Volunteers and supporters play an important role in Dwell. Learn about the different ways to get involved in our work.


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Dwell Housing Trust provides affordable, quality housing for people in need or on a low income. We are more than a landlord - we ensure our tenants have access to the support they need and want to live well, do well and be well.

We believe that affordable, stable and healthy housing is a fundamental right, and that appropriate housing has long-lasting benefits for the people living within those households and the wider community.

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