Meet the Trustees


Jill Stotter


Married to Kerry for many years. 5 children and numerous grandchildren plus their partners and spouses. Long career as a teacher at intermediate and secondary levels, librarian and leader in the school Library sector.

Musician, singer, choir conductor. Long involvement with the Presbyterian Church, firstly in Howick and then to St Luke’s, Remuera where she has been involved in several key leadership roles. An avid reader especially of modern literary fiction and belongs to 2 book clubs and a poetry group.

Involved in voluntary work in the community group such as Auckland Museum and One Tree Hill College as a literacy tutor. On Board of Trustees of The Dingwall Trust.  Family is always at the centre of Jill’s life. Appreciating the privilege of being able to observe children developing into hopeful, thinking and caring young adults with all the usual up and down of their lives is a great joy for Kerry and me.


Mike Hales


Mike was born in Portsmouth in the UK, raised in London and New York and landed in Piha for the first time more than 20 years ago. Married to Erin, the couple has lived in Piha for 8 years.
 Having originally studied design and Arabic, Mike moved through journalism, digital media, music, radio and most recently telecoms along a varied career path. All the while an avid reader - in print and of course digital - of biographies, design theory, history and surfing books.
A bass-playing lover of all kinds of music, Mike works at Vodafone developing artificial intelligence, support services and more.


Maureen Thompson


Maureen is a recent arrival in Piha from Howick. She has retired after thirty years of teaching in South Auckland primary schools. With an Advanced Diploma of Teaching in Teacher-Librarianship she also managed school libraries for many years.

Maureen has considerable experience to offer the community. She was part of a group which set up Auckland East Parents Centre in the Howick-Pakuranga area. After years as the secretary and a course leader, she went on to the National Executive of Parents Centre Inc. Maureen spent 2 years as a consumer representative on the Adhoc Consultative Committee for Neonatal and Maternal Services for the Auckalnd Hospital Board. She helped establish the Highland Park Community House and was secretary of the Howick Soccer Club.

Maureen and her husband Clive have 3 adult sons and 2 granddaughters.


Lucy McMillan

Lucy moved back to Piha in 2016 with her partner and 2 young children after living for almost a decade in Berlin, Germany. They were looking for a small, dynamic community to raise their children so it was an easy decision to raise them here and quickly a strong network of young families sprouted up around their own. Many of those connections were made at the library on days she and her children Remi and Sid were whiling away hours trawling through books.

Before becoming a mother, Lucy was working as a secondary school Art Teacher. Her most recent position was a 9 year stint at Berlin International School. Lucy is a BFA graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts. A painter, Lucy has exhibited in Europe and New Zealand. Lucy looks forward to further developing and strengthening the library as a resource hub for Piha.

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Professor Brian McAvoy

Professor Brian McAvoy is an Addiction Medicine Specialist at the Capri Hospital Trust. He has worked with the drug and alcohol service in Tasmania and with Auckland Community Alcohol and Drug Service, and was a general practitioner in inner city Auckland. Professor McAvoy has published extensively, has written several books and has been an Adviser to the World Health Organisation.

Brian and his wife, Julie, divide their time between Piha and Auckland City.  They enjoy being part of Piha’s diverse community. Brian is keen to develop the library as a focus and resource for all Piha residents.


 Kerrie Littlewood

My name is Kerrie Littlewood and I was born in Avondale. My parents owned a property at Karekare they bought in the 1950s. I moved into our bach temporarily 44 years ago! I raised 4 children here and was Chairperson of the Lone Kauri School when we became a side school to Oratia. I have been involved, off and on over the years, with the Karekare Ratepayers and Residents Trust - at the moment I am a committee member.


I spent the last 11 years of my working life as a librarian for Auckland Libraries. I did a short stint at Massey Library followed by Titirangi and then 10 years at Glen Eden Library where I met many Piha people. I have been volunteering at Piha Library with Glenda on alternate Mondays. Obviously libraries mean a lot to me and I look forward to my time as a Trustee.

Dr Ella Ussher

Ella grew up in Piha and recently moved back from Australia with her partner to raise their two daughters here. Ella worked part-time for Waitakere City Council Libraries for 5 years while studying, before moving to Australia to complete her PhD in Archaeology.

Now a mother and consultant Archaeobotanical Specialist, she sees the need to maintain and grow a wonderful library in Piha for the next generation. The new ‘Lion Rock and Roll for Babies’ session has provided a great meeting place for mums and babies on a weekly basis, and encourages the use of the library for babies and toddlers.


The library has also proved an invaluable source of information on food for children/families and parenting for Ella, and she would love to see these resources continue to grow and help other families in Piha.