Our Team - 2017/2018

National Executive

Lyn Gillingham, National President
Supported by Robert Boyd-Bell as co-President

Lyn has been Chair of her BC since 2011. In that time, she has been involved in a remediation, the introduction of a professional building management company to the complex, documentation of procedures and projects, and the management of operating and Long Term Maintenance budgets and funds.

Lyn is the foundation Chair of the Auckland branch of BCCG from September 2014. She became involved due to recognition of the need for better resources and the education of BC Chairs and committees. Lyn says the BCCG is an ideal forum to share skills and experiences and to promote good governance, as well as providing opportunities to work with other groups to press for legislative changes to the Unit Titles Act.

Lyn is a director of Asante Designer Jewellery Ltd, Auckland.

She is also Chair of the the Auckland Branch.

Neil Cooper, Immediate Past President

Neil co-founded the Body Corporate Chairs’ Group in 2012 with a vision that by combining their knowledge and skills, chairpersons could assist one another, along with input from other professionals, to establish higher levels of body corporate governance. He also felt that a single national organisation that spoke for chairpersons collectively, would be beneficial.

He has had extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector for several decades. His body corporate experience started in Auckland in 2001 and he became chair of his body corporate in Wellington in 2009. Since 2007 he has been a manager in several government departments.

Neil has been on the BCCG Wellington branch committee and National President since the group’s inception. He decided this year to take a well-earned rest from the National President role although he continues on the National Executive and the Wellington branch committee.

Tony Brindle, Vice-President

Based in the Bay of Plenty, Tony is a Director of Property Managers Body Corporate Ltd and is a BC Administrator/consultant.

Tony is one of 14 in a workgroup formed by MP Nikki Kaye, which presented the NZ Government with a paper addressing the Unit Titles Act 2010 and Regulations 2011 and its required changes. This has since led to Tony becoming an Auckland executive committee member of the BCCG. He believes the BCCG will give him an added advantage as a positive transparent body corporate administration and consultant operative.

A 30 year background in the hospitality industry, with the past 15 years being in the ownership of a five star Apartment Management Rights operation, has given Tony a wealth of body corporate administration knowledge. He has a very sound ownership and operating knowledge in all characteristics pertaining to Executive Corporate Motel, Hotel, and Apartment Management Rights.

Sheryl Langley, National Secretary

Sheryl has been BC Chair for two Body Corps since around 2010. Although both Body Corporates are smaller self-managed complexes, they vary greatly in type, construction, and culture of the residents and the Body Corporates. She has held a number of positions within BCCG Wellington Branch and has been National Executive Secretary since inception. Sheryl also manages her own rental properties.

An experienced administrator and business person, Sheryl brings a quiet order to BCCG proceedings, and her inputs are highly valued by BCCG.

Wendy Booth, National Treasurer
Supported by David Watt as co-Treasurer

Wendy is also one of the co-founders of the BCCG, working with Neil to establish the organisation. She has been a BC Chair since 2010. Hers is a particularly challenging body corporate, involving three different types of buildings in a single complex, giving her direct experience of the challenges of ownership and utility interest.

Her expertise in project management has helped with managing a couple of major projects within the BC.

Wendy has been Treasurer of the Wellington Branch and National Executive from the outset.

Robert Boyd-Bell, National Executive Member
Also supporting Lyn Gillingham as National President

Robert is a retired Television and Film Journalist and Producer, and also a Director of his private company Kaitiaki Productions Limited. Robert has been Secretary of the Auckland branch of the BCCG since its formation, and Chair of his body corporate for two years. He stood down from the Chair in 2016 but remains Secretary.

As a newcomer to inner-city living and to the Chair's role in a BC building of 33 floors and 185 apartments, Robert has valued the ability to join and share his experience with others in the BCCG. He says he has learned a lot and has much more to learn. He has been on the National Executive since 2015.

He is also the secretary of the Auckland Branch and supports Lyn in a co-President capacity.

David Watt, National Executive Member
Also supporting Wendy Booth as National Treasurer

David has been Treasurer of BCCG Auckland in since 2015, having been a founding committee member, and has previously served on the National Executive.

He has been BC chair since 2010, leading changes to rules and structure arising from the Unit Titles Act 2010 and its regulations and the introduction of Long Term Maintenance plans. His BC has achieved initial compliance with the new Health and Safety requirements and he has shared this experience with BCCG members in a case study in 2016.

An accountant, David has worked in a major corporate and a number of New Zealand horticulture export organisations and local supply chain businesses. He has more recently worked on a contract basis in project management, and is now retired from full time employment.

Auckland Branch

Lyn Gillingham, Chair

Lyn is the BCCG National President (supported by Robert Boyd-Bell in a co-President capacity). See above for bio.

David Watt, Treasurer

David is a member of the BCCG National Executive and also supports Wendy Booth as National Treasurer. See above for bio.

Robert Boyd-Bell, Secretary

Robert is a member of the BCCG National Executive and also supports Lyn as National President. See above for bio.

Tony Brindle, Committee Member

Tony is the Vice-President of the BCCG National Executive. See above for bio.

Karl Hutton, Committee Member

Karl is the Chair of a 60 unit mixed-use BC and has been in the role since 2011. He has a background in the Navy where he managed their property portfolio for 11 years, before moving on to manage the property portfolio for the Ministry of Education Northern Region for a further 10 years.

Karl also has an engineering background, working in private consulting engineering organisations in the 1970s and 1980s. He is a registered Engineering Associate (civil and structural).

Jeremy Whyte, Committee Member

Jeremy has been the Chair for the last 2.5 years, and a Committee Member since 2012, of a large BC of 85 terraced townhouses that suffers from leaks and is currently undergoing remediation.

He grew up in Taranaki before relocating to Auckland to study towards a conjoint LLB/BBUS majoring in Accounting. He is now a Senior Solicitor with Pidgeon Law practicing in the unit titles and residential and commercial property areas.

Jeremy says he and his BC have greatly benefited by being a member of the BCCG Auckland Group over the last 2 years in preparing for their remediation project.

Wellington Branch


The role of chair is currently vacant.

Wendy Booth, Treasurer

Wendy is the co-National Treasurer of the BCCG National Executive. See above for bio.

Karin Knedler, Secretary

Karin has worked in senior government science and policy positions for 30 years. Her involvement with bodies corporate began in 1996 with unit ownership, initially in Wellington and then Auckland. Her experience in body corporate matters includes:

  • 17 years as an active body corporate committee member
  • 14 years as a body corporate secretary
  • co-management of weathertightness remediation

Her legal and policy background enables her to contribute to better governance.

Karin was first elected Secretary of the BCCG Wellington Branch in 2015 and has been active in committee matters and in planning the 2016 Wellington Earthquake Seminar Series.

Neil Cooper, Committee Member

Neil is the Immediate Past President of the BCCG National Executive. See above for bio.

Liz Edmonds, Committee Member

Born and bred in the Wellington area Liz is currently the Division Manager for one of Wellington’s largest Body Corporate companies. Having worked in this industry for the past 5 years, she is very committed to delivering quality outcomes to their clients and is a constant support to her team members to ensure the same values are instilled across this entire division. She fully recognises the importance of all Bodies Corporate being able to meet their obligations under the Unit Titles Act.

In July 2017 Liz and her team became the first BC managers in Wellington to become accredited under the Strata Community Management program with SCA (NZ).

This is the first year that she has sat on the BCCG Wellington branch committee.

Maggie Miller, Committee Member

Maggie has been Chair of a 17 unit Body Corporate in Mt Victoria for more than 10 years. The Body Corporate is self- managed and Maggie is also Treasurer. The property is undergoing weather tightness remediation, a project that started well over five years ago and Maggie is managing this.

Maggie is also an active member of an 8 unit Body Corporate in Kelburn where she currently lives.

As a self-employed contractor, she provides secretarial and property management services to residential companies, bodies corporate and similar entities. She has in the past worked as a legal executive, held various Government department positions involving land and housing administration and was a former Private Secretary to the Minister of Housing. She has also worked in public relations.

Andy Robertson, Committee Member

Tony Simpson, Committee Member

Tony is no stranger to corporate governance. Over the past four decades, as well as pursuing a career in public service, he has served on a wide range of national and local boards of national and local organisations, and was a director of Copyright Licensing Ltd for six years.

Most appositely he has been the chair of the governing committee of Blythswood Flats (rather unusually these days a cross lease) for over twenty years. He also is chairman of Blythswood Flats Restructuring Limited as his building goes through the throes of earthquake strengthening to meet Council requirements.

Sue Glyde, Website Administrator

Sue has been involved with the BCCG since 2013, including as Branch co-Chair in 2016, and has been a BC Chair since 2007. With her IT background, she has taken on the job of helping look after the BCCG website.

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