The Sprott House complex is administered by a Board of Trustees appointed under a Trust Deed. The Board of Trustees meets once a month and once a year for an AGM meeting.

The full Board of Trustees follows. For further information on each of the Trustees, just click on their name.


Don Rennie


Don Rennie is a retired lawyer who practiced in the area of personal injury and accident compensation law. He was special consultant to the original three Commissioners of the ACC and is the author of the standard textbook on New Zealand’s unique accident compensation law.

Don has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Sprott House Trust since 1996 and has been President of the Board since June 2002. He is married to Moira who, from 1992 till 2013, presented an exercise programme set to music for Sprott residents. Don is a life member of the Karori Lions Club and has been District Governor and Chairman of the Council of District Governors for New Zealand Lions. He is currently the Convenor of the NZ Law Society ACC Committee and is a past member of the Management Committee of the Karori Community Centre, the Karori Arts and Craft Centre and the Karori Association.

Don and Moira have four daughters and eight grandchildren

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John Rowe


John joined the board in 1996. He is married with two grown up children and lived in Karori for nearly 40 years before moving to nearby Northland 5 years ago. His mother in law has been a resident of Sprott for 10 years. John is an architect and has contributed to the redevelopment of Sprott House since he has been on the Board with the new Dementia Unit being the last to be completed.

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Christine Thompson


Christine Thompson is a retired Pharmacist; she practiced Community Pharmacy in Karori for 40 years in partnership with her husband David.
She is past Chairman of the Wellington City Mission and has chaired its Community Services and Residential Care Committees. She was awarded the Bishops Medal for Services to the Anglican Church and is a current trustee of the Marsden/Chelsea Day Care Trust.

Christine is the daughter of the Rev. Harry Squires, a past City Missioner who was Chairman of the St. Mary’s Guild (the forerunner of the Sprott House Trust) in 1952. Rev Squires was instrumental in changing the use of Sprott House to the care of the elderly.

Christine lives in Kelburn.


John Dunlop


John is a clinical advisory prescribing pharmacist previously contracted to Well Health. John worked with the DHB to reduce unnecessary demand for medication, and with Well Health practices to optimise medication use by providing medicines information by working with individual patients.

He has extensive experience in community pharmacy and since 1993 has managed the National preferred Medicines Centre focusing on improving prescribing for general practitioners. He managed the implementation of Comprehensive Pharmaceutical Care for the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ, was Manager of Professional Development and then General Manager of the NZ College of Pharmacists.

John has a Masters degree in Pharmacy from Otago and a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Auckland and is one of the first pharmacists to achieve prescribing rights in New Zealand.

He was an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, is a Tutor with the University of Otago School of Pharmacy.

He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacists, a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Pharmacists and a Fellow of The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand. He was a Government appointed member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for 10 years and is a founding member and past Chairman of the Clinical Advisory Pharmacists Association. He is currently an elected member of the Well Health PHO Board and the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ National Executive.

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Lyn Hansen


Lyn Hansen has been a member of the Board since 2010 but has been involved with Sprott House for many years prior to that as Honorary Treasurer. She is a Chartered Accountant and has her own practice in Petone.

Julie Crengle

Julie Crengle


Julie Crengle is a lawyer at Crengle Shreves & Ratner, a boutique commercial law firm, and has been in practice for over 20 years. She became a trustee of Sprott House Trust in 2015. Julie is a member of the Institute of Directors. She has served as a member on the New Zealand Racing Board, was chair of Karori’s Campbell Kindergarten from 2005 to 2008, and is currently Co-Chair of the Karori Community Hall Trust. Julie has lived in Karori since January 2002, raising 2 daughters with husband Selwyn Cubis, and enjoys being part of a strong, vibrant community.