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Our Board and Team

Joli Wescombe

Chair, Manager

Joli has been on the Management Committee and board of Hamlin Fistula NZ since 2015, serving in communications and fundraising and was appointed Chair in November 2021. She provides management and oversight of strategic and operational matters. With a background in midwifery, Joli brings a passion and knowledge of maternal health in majority nations. She has a PgDip of International Development and is currently pursuing her PhD, studying midwives as agents of change in developing maternity settings.

With her husband Stephen, Joli enjoys their large whanau of five children, grandchildren and extended family on their rural North Canterbury block. For joy, you will find Joli outside in her garden or tramping in the New Zealand's beautiful back country.

Marty van der Burg

Marty joined the Board in 2013. Marty brings a long history of involvement with Hamlin Fistula Hospital since 2006 when he first visited Ethiopia, including visiting the main Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa. Since then, he has been back to Ethiopia over 26 times and has developed a keen knowledge of the culture and country. For several years Marty took teams to Ethiopia to do voluntary building work with Habitat for Humanity, including a joint venture building project with Habitat and Hamlin Fistula at Desta Mender. He is the Owner of a Residential Construction Company in Auckland and brings to the Board practical know how, organisational and people skills. 

Stephen Wescombe


Stephen has been a Trustee with Hamlin NZ since 2019. As a Financial Planner, he brings 17 years of experience in the financial sector and is director of Ark Financial Group. Stephen has been involved in local church leadership and Youth With a Mission. Having travelled in over 40 countries, many in the Global South, he has a long-held interest in enabling the incredible work of NGOs and considers it a privilege to support Hamlin Fistula as they work with some of the most marginalised women in the world.

Sam Boyes

Sam joined the Board in 2021. He is an accountant and burns late night hours managing our technical needs and database. Sam has a strong family connection to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, with some from his extended family having lived many years and run a Christian radio program from Addis Ababa.

Michael Belay

Michael joined the board in 2022. As a solicitor at Parry Field Lawyers, Michael works in the impact team assisting businesses, charities and start-ups in various ways to make a positive impact.  Growing up in Ethiopia before migrating to Aotearoa, Michael shares a personal connection with Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and enjoys lending his time to support the great work being carried out by the Trust in a country he calls home.

Rosemary McNoe

Fundraising Manager

Rosemary joins us with a wealth of experience in business development and relationship management across the commercial, government and not for profit sectors. With a long career in the travel industry, she has a track record of developing partnerships, increasing revenue streams and strengthening stakeholder engagement. Rosemary has a love of exploring and adventure, having visited all 7 continents and has a passion for connecting with locals on her travels!

With a young son herself, she has a deep respect for midwives and is passionate about opportunities for women to access good quality maternal care and support.  An โ€œactive relaxerโ€ in her spare time, you will find Rosemary out exploring her backyard of Banks Peninsula with her family, from hiking in the hills, to kayaking around Lyttelton Harbour and cleaning up local beaches.

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Hamlin Fistula NZ is committed to providing ongoing support for fistula surgery and for the preventive work of the midwives. The hospital in Addis Ababa has become a centre of excellence to which doctors from other countries come to learn and master the specialist skills of fistula surgery.

Photography credits to Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Joli Wescombe, Natasha Meyer and Martha Tadesse.